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VIVALEWES

EDITORIAL

When we choose the January theme, we look for something that encapsulates

most everybody’s desire to make their life better for the New Year, whether

that involves quitting something, or taking something up.

This year we decided to use the computer term ‘reboot’,

knowing that when things start going a bit nightmarish on

the technical front, the magic trick of turning the damn thing

off and on again works a treat, at least half the time.

Would that it were so easy to do that with international, national, or even local, affairs. We won’t

mention the US presidential election, or the dreaded ‘B’ word (oops); on a local level 2016 will

go down as the year in which the Southern Rail dispute - which has caused so much misery -

snowballed, and when Lewes High Street lost its dedicated Post Office, after 146 years.

What does 2017 hold in store? Can we start again please? Or will things get even worse? As

we put this magazine to bed (and it’s always a difficult task, writing about self improvement

in mince pie and paper-hat party season) we’re starting to hear disturbing rumours that the

NHS is considering closing Lewes’ Victoria Hospital, to help achieve the cuts demanded of the

organisation by the government.

Only rumours at this stage, granted. But how about this for a New Year’s resolution? Let’s reboot,

reassess our priorities, and put our weight behind campaigns geared towards protecting and

enhancing public welfare in this fine County Town of ours. Enjoy the issue… and Happy New Year.

THE TEAM

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EDITOR: Alex Leith alex@vivamagazines.com

SUB-EDITOR: David Jarman

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

Daniel Etherington, Mark Greco, Anita Hall, John Henty, Mat Homewood, Paul Austin Kelly, Chloë King, Rebecca King,

Dexter Lee, Lizzie Lower, Carlotta Luke and Marcus Taylor

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THE 'REBOOT' ISSUE

CONTENTS

Bits and bobs.

8-25. Just-retired auctioneer Julian

Dawson’s Lewes, the making of George

Hadley’s brill cover, the Thomas à Becket

Church clock, The Rainbow… and Viva

takes the highway that’s best.

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Columns.

27-31. Chloë King steps out of her

comfort zone, David Jarman analyses

bookshop customers, and Mark Bridge

plans his alien resistance techniques.

On this month.

33. Jah Wobble. PiL bassist brings his

Invaders of the Heart to the Con Club.

34-35. Jenny Matthews. The acclaimed

war photographer turns her attention

to The Jungle in Calais for Holocaust

Memorial Day, and beyond.

37. Charlotte Mendelson. The novelist

gets to grips with non-fiction… and a

postage stamp-sized garden.

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39. Cinema round up, with a star turn

from Lily Tomlin… and a ten-hour

documentary about the Holocaust.

41. Art. Focus on the late painter Gaylord

Meech, the last exhibitor in Angie

Osborne’s Hop Gallery.

43-46. Art and about. Art round-up.

47-52. Diary dates. What’s on, where

and when including all the Holocaust

Memorial dates.

53. Classical music round-up, by Paul

Austin Kelly.

55-57. Gig guide. Minnesotan duo

The Cactus Blossoms, and the Lewes

Psychedelic Festival.

59-61. Free time. Jacky Adams and family

work out al fresco at Egerton Park in

Bexhill.


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Community growing projects

Tool sharpening Café

Usual and unusual seeds and plants

Growing mushrooms:

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Seed Saving:

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Also, wildflowers in Lewes, share your top

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THE 'REBOOT' ISSUE

Food.

63-71. Steak and turnip at the Café du

Jardin, Lewes’ smallest micro-brewery,

grilled courgette salad from Kabak, Chloe

King’s food news, and Anita Hall on why

diets don't work.

The way we work.

73-76. Rebecca King directs the spotlight

onto four of Lewes’ boot-wearing

amateur athletes.

Features.

78-84. Amanda Saurin’s apothecary in

Western Road, Micheal Blencowe on

fairy prawns, John Henty out loud, and

Barry Collins talks to Lewes FC Assistant

Manager Ross Standen.

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Business news.

85-86. More Southern Rail grief,

new blood at the Lewes Arms, and

the Directory spotlight on St Anne’s

Pharmacy’s Debbie Baker.

Inside left.

98. The Magic Circle, when it really was

magic, back in 1920.

VIVA DEADLINES

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advertising/copy deadline. Please send details of planned events

to admin@vivamagazines.com, and for any advertising queries:

advertising@vivalewes.com, or call 01273 434567.

Don’t forget to recycle your Viva.

Every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of our content.

Viva Lewes magazine cannot be held responsible for any omissions, errors or

alterations. The views expressed by columnists do not necessarily represent

the view of Viva Lewes.

Love me or recycle me. Illustration by Chloë King


THIS MONTH’S COVER ARTIST: GEORGE HADLEY

This month we asked local graphic designer

and “creative chap” George Hadley for his

thoughts on our ‘reboot’ theme. “When I

was given the theme, I set off in lots of different

directions,” he says - and he means

lots; when we met up early on to discuss

ideas, he had seven different concepts on the

go - “before returning to the first thought

that the word conjured up to me: the terrifying

sight of a warning/error screen flashing

up on your computer.” We all agreed

that none quite summed up the closure of

the year that was 2016 like the blue screen

of death.

George started researching the many negative

news items and deaths of the past year,

but when it came to whittling down the

long list into something which could fit on

the cover, he says, “That must be what it

feels like selecting what goes on the news. I

knew I wouldn’t be able to fit everything in,

so I made it look as though the text is running

off the edge of the page to suggest that

there’s much more there.” Definitely time

for a reboot.

But back to George’s work: “I'd like to think

I'm a pretty versatile fellow; for the last 13

years I've worked across disciplines from

branding to editorial, packaging to websites,

apps to exhibitions… whatever the medium

you always need good design thinking, the

ability to communicate and an eye for detail.

After five years working for a company in

Brighton, I decided in October last year to

dive into the freelance waters. Now I work,

with agencies in London and Brighton and

for some of my own clients, directly from

my attic in Lewes. Freelancing is good for

keeping you on your toes, experiencing dif-

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ferent approaches to design and getting to work for

a real range of clients.”

Some of his projects over the last year have included

helping to create a brand for an ethical clothing

start-up, designing a Christmas gift range for a

bakery and signage for a cheese shop. And he’s beginning

2017 beginning 2017 with some branding

work for a Kickstarter campaign and designing some

literature for the charity Sightsavers.

So here’s hoping for a shorter error list in 2017, and

George has a few hopes of his own: “I hope that miraculously

Trump isn't as much of a disaster as we're

all expecting, there is some hope for the people of

Syria and more locally that the train strikes come to

an end.” Fingers crossed. Rebecca Cunningham

See more of George’s work at thought-craft.co.uk

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Photo by Alex Leith

MY LEWES: JULIAN DAWSON, AUCTIONEER

Are you local? I was born and bred in Chichester.

I actually spent a year teaching nine year olds

in a prep school near Worthing before coming to

Lewes to do my articles of clerkship with George

Carey at Thornton’s. I started off doing various

evaluations in agriculture, 57 years ago, and ended

up selling pigs and sheep in the Cattle Market. I did

hundreds of markets.

And you’ve carried on being an auctioneer...

Yes; of course I moved on from the livestock to the

furniture business in Garden Street. I’m retiring

at the end of the year and my partners are moving

the whole operation down to Gorringe’s in North

Street. We used to pay rent to the Railway for the

Garden Street sheds, but I bought them off them.

We’re going to turn them into houses.

You live in Kingston… At first we lived in the

Street but we moved to the estate over 50 years ago,

and we’ve been there ever since. It’s a good place to

live, only ten minutes’ drive to Lewes. Mind you

the traffic’s got much worse over the years, especially

on Southover High Street. And the junction

at the end of Wellgreen Lane! You used to be able

to turn without hardly bothering to look if anything

was coming… now you have to wait for ages.

What’s your favourite pub? It’s great to have the

Juggs in the village, it’s a fine pub. If I’m going further

afield I’ll go to the Halfway House on the road

to Uckfield. I go there nearly every Tuesday with

a friend, and the food is excellent. I always have

salmon with prawns inside.

What do you do to keep fit? I play golf. I’m not

as good as I was, I once had a handicap of 14, and

now it’s 24. The Lewes Golf Course is a marvellous

place to play, with those all-round views, though I

must say the hill is getting steeper. Cricket was my

game before I retired from it. It was a great pity

when they stopped playing cricket in Kingston.

Do you feel ready to retire? Yes and no. I’ve been

going a long time. 700 lots a week, for all those

years, I wouldn’t like to count them all up. But

I’m fed up with practically giving things away. The

young people don’t like dark wooden furniture any

more. Mahogany and oak are out of fashion so the

prices have been going right down. They want to

buy awful flat-pack stuff. Also my memory isn’t as

sharp as it used to be.

So what are you going to be doing with yourself?

I’m looking forward to doing a bit more gardening

and playing a bit more golf, and watching

Sussex play in Hove, and the Albion at the Amex. I

started going again when they got the new stadium.

Is there anything you’d change about Lewes?

I’d put in more car parks.

Where would you live if not in Kingston? Nowhere.

I’m a man who loves home. Alex Leith

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COMMUNITY BITS AND BOBS

CHARITY BOX #10: DEMENTIA FRIENDLY LEWES

Cllr Esther Watts tells us about

Dementia Friendly Lewes.

The Town Council voted to

become a ‘dementia friendly

town’ last March. It’s part of

a national campaign, there are

over a million Dementia Friends

in the UK, but the target is four

million. We want to increase awareness of dementia

in the local community and reduce the stigma.

We’ve formed a group, the Lewes and District Dementia

Alliance, to promote it.

What’s the most common misconception about

dementia? That it’s inevitable with old age. It’s not.

We all have some natural memory loss as we get

older, but dementia is different. It’s when forgetfulness

gets in the way of your life, and it’s caused by

diseases of the brain. If the brain were a set of fairy

lights, dementia causes them to

flicker and dim, and some to go

out altogether. Some people

with dementia have good days

and bad days. Carers can find

the inconsistency difficult and

assume people with dementia

are “doing it on purpose”, but

actually they’re not ‘choosing’ to forget.

If people think they might have dementia, what

should they do? Go to your GP, and take a friend.

With a diagnosis, you can access information and

support. There are Dementia Navigators in East

Sussex who can help you find out what’s available.

There are groups, like the Ringmer Dementia Café

and a singing group. Emma Chaplin

Next Dementia Friends info session: Fri 20, 1-2pm,

Yarrow Room, Lewes Town Hall. All welcome.

Photo by Emma Chaplin


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BITS AND BOBS

TOWN PLAQUE #22

Many of the plaques around the town tell us of things that are

no longer evident - on buildings which have changed their use

and where the ‘former life’ is no longer apparent. In few cases can

this be more true than of the racing stables of Lewes - of which

there were once around 60. One of the plaques installed last year

celebrates Auriol Sinclair, among the UK’s first female racehorse

trainers (even though she initially needed a man’s name on the

licence…) The former Nunnery Stables at the eastern end of De

Montfort Road are now all residential, with a row of town houses tucked away inside, but as recently as the

1970s the western end of Lewes had strings of horses being led out on the roads early, with steamy horsebreath

a regular feature of winter mornings and skittish blanketed stallions a familiar traffic hazard on the

estates. Marcus Taylor

LEWES IN NUMBERS

At the time of the last Census, 8,431 of Lewes town’s residents aged 16-74 were in employment, with

higher than average proportions employed in education (17%), professional and technical (9%) and public

administration (8%). Together with health and social work (12%), this accounts for approaching 50% of

all residents compared to 35% nationally. The town is under-represented in manufacturing, transport, construction,

finance and insurance sectors.

Unemployment in the town is relatively low. The claimant count for October 2016 stands at 1% for Lewes

town, with 115 people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit. Sarah Boughton

GHOST PUB #27: THE RAINBOW, 179 HIGH STREET

I have been debating whether the Rainbow counts as a ‘ghost’ pub, or whether it

was simply the old name for the Rights of Man. Whichever it may be, I’ve decided

the Rainbow deserves an article in its own right. 179 High Street was once occupied

by William Cox, a breeches maker, until he sold up in 1841. Shortly after this

it became the Rainbow beer shop. George Kemp was landlord from 1887 to 1910,

and in 1894 a huge party was held at the Rainbow Tavern for his 40th birthday.

Many friends contributed songs, including Mr Gravett, who sang The Soldier’s

Grave, and Mr Bachelor who sang a song entitled Kippers! The Rainbow Tavern

saw a dramatic change in the 1930s. It had been decided that the building, which

was believed to be 400 years old, was no longer suitable. The owners, Portsmouth

United Breweries, were prepared to finance a complete rebuild, and in 1937 the

building was pulled down and rebuilt. During the work, two old pennies from the reigns of George I and II

were found. The new improved Rainbow Tavern continued to thrive under several landlords, including Harry

Betts, and John and Trish Bugler. The Rainbow name lasted until 2009, when it was briefly re-branded as

Lincoln’s. In 2012 it was re-opened by Harvey’s Brewery as the Rights of Man, and is once again a thriving

and popular Lewes pub. Mat Homewood

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PHOTO OF THE MONTH

SHADES OF GREY

We contacted John Hinitt to tell him that this

picture had won this month’s ‘Photo of the Month’

competition, and he revealed that the £20 he’ll

collect when it’s published will go towards his

honeymoon fund - he’s just married his longterm

(30-year!) partner Marnie. So it’s a double

congratulations to John who further tells us he

took this picture on Cliffe Bridge (with his back to

Argos) using his Nikon D600, at 1.06 on Thursday

1st December. “I love the long shadows which the

low winter sun casts on the surface of the bridge,”

he says. He went to work with the image, as is his

wont, on Lightroom and Nik software to crop

it and adapt the colours (or in this case multiple

shades of grey) to his liking: “I feel sorry for

people who learnt those skills for years in a darkroom,

that we can now just do in five minutes on a

computer,” he says. The Nike-clad foot, he tells us,

belongs to a ‘young lady’.

Last month we asked if anyone could identify

the rusted ‘vent pipes’ on top of the Downs

photographed by Daphne Hughes. Reader John

Beck, who used to work in the water industry

before his retirement, suggests that the image is

of a pre-WW2 (and possibly even Victorian) air

vent on the top of a potable reservoir, typically

built at high points in the countryside to ‘permit

the gravity feed of treated water to customers’.

Thanks, John!

Please send your pictures, taken in and around

Lewes, to photos@vivamagazines.com, or tweet

@VivaLewes, with comments on why and where you

took it, and your phone number. We’ll choose our

favourite for this page, which wins the photographer

£20, to be picked up from our office after

publication. Unless previously arranged, we reserve

the right to use all pictures in future issues of Viva

magazines or online.

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BITS AND BOBS

LEWES WORTHY: NORMAN SHERRY

The author and academic Norman

Sherry, who lived off and on in

Kingston and Lewes in the 80s and

90s, died in October 2016.

Norman was best known for

his three-volume authorised

biography of Graham Greene,

which took him 30 years to write.

Greene, impressed by the depth of

Sherry’s research on Joseph Conrad,

commissioned him to write

the book, prophesying that he

(Greene) would live to see the publication of the

first volume, but not the second, and that Sherry

would die before the third went to print.

Sherry went to all the places the novelist had

visited - which, Greene being Greene, amounted

to scores of countries - and spoke to everyone he

could find that had met the writer. It is rumoured

(and it should be said he started the

rumours) that he even slept with the

same women as Greene - some decades

on - in order to get a good feel of

his experiences.

Greene was right about the timing of

his own demise, but Sherry did live to

see the task completed, in 2004, and

well beyond that date. He was 91 when

he died, which was a good ten years

older than he had been letting on to

some.

Born in Newcastle, in 1925, Sherry served in

Burma in the war, and then was educated at King's

College Durham. He worked at the University of

Lancaster and Trinity University of San Antonio,

in Texas, and was married three times. It was

with his first wife, the late children’s writer Sylvia

Sherry, that he moved to the Lewes area. AL

CLOCKS OF LEWES #2: ST THOMAS À BECKET

In December 2016, the Whitechapel

Bell Foundry closed its

East London premises, where the

company, founded in 1570, had

been operating since 1739. It was

there they made Big Ben, in 1856.

It's tragic how many of our traditional

skills we lose in this country.

Thankfully, some companies

prevail. One such is Thwaites &

Reed of Rottingdean.

It was founded in 1740, with

clockmaking forebears from a century before.

They are considered the oldest clockmakers in the

world. For 30 years, they maintained the Great

Clock of Westminster, which controls the chimes

of Big Ben. More recently they've restored a more

modest timepiece: the clock of St Thomas à Becket

church in Cliffe, a building which

is currently being restored.

Its clock, made in 1670 by Ditchling

blacksmith James Looke, is the

second oldest in Sussex. Its tower

contains four bells; in 1906 they

were maintained by the Whitechapel

Foundry. In the 1990s

one was connected to the clock.

Thwaites & Reed overhauled the

clock, stripping, cleaning, repainting,

re-lacquering, polishing,

straightening, welding, replacing and remaking

parts, before re-assembly and testing. The clock

(accurate to within two minutes over a week) and

the connected chimes are now fully restored, reinvigorating

a key part of the Cliffe environment,

both visually and aurally. Daniel Etherington

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BITS AND BOBS

SPREAD THE WORD

Here we are on a monster-hunting Highland

fling with Rowena Eithton, by way of a spot

of tartan shopping in Inverness. Where better

to read VL than the banks of the Ness?

(In a nice warm teashop, perhaps…)

And that’s us with Denise Wilmshurst,

celebrating her birthday on the ground at

Ostrava in the Czech Republic after a diversion on her way to fog-bound Krakow.

We’re told that we did eventually make it, 3.5 hours later, and it was a parky -4 degrees. Brrrr.

If Krakow is a bit chilly for you, you might be interested to know that, thanks to the

Gulf Stream, Jersey has the warmest summers and the mildest winter in the British

Isles. That’s us, with Sasha Zeitlin at Corbiere Lighthouse, basking in some of that

winter sun. And finally, Martyn Wallwork

and his friend Terry accompanied us across

the Atlantic, and then some... “This year

we took Viva Lewes all the way across the

USA on the iconic Route 66,” he tells us.

“Starting in Chicago and after over 2000 miles ending up at Santa

Monica beach in Los Angeles.” Keep taking us with you on your

adventures and send your photos to photos@vivamagazines.com

WHERE DID YOU GET THAT HAT?

What better way is there to stay warm and brighten up a

wet and gloomy Monday than with a brightly coloured hat?

Soraya can’t remember where her purple velvet ensemble

came from originally, although she thinks it was probably

purchased in Brighton. With its abundance of quirky and

individual shops, that sounds about right! Kelly Hill

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CARLOTTA LUKE

RESTORATION

This month Carlotta Luke has really hit the

‘reboot’ theme nail on the head, with pictures

of various restoration projects she’s been

commissioned to photograph. Each of the

pictures shows some sort of opening, she tells us:

“make of that what you will”. Clockwise from

top left: priceless stained-glass window from

Southover Grange; two images showing the

Depot cinema finding its shape; a stairwell and

interior window in the Grange; and an interior of

the Hiker’s Rest, in Coldean, being restored by

Lewes-based architect Nicola Furner. You can see

more of Carlotta’s work at carlottaluke.com.

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BITS AND BOBS

SUSSEX WILDLIFE TRUST CALENDAR

All together now… aaaah.

These foxes, photographed

by Lisa Geoghegan, are the

January entry for the excellent

Sussex Wildlife Trust

2017 calendar, and the organisation

still have some copies

available, at the discounted

price of £5 (originally £8.99),

if Santa didn’t put one in your

stocking. Please call 01273

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We

can promise waxwings, hares

and hedgehogs as well…

and that’s just taking us up

to April!

AXIS OF HEAVEN BY PAUL BROADHURST & GABRIELE TRSO

This book is subtitled The Greenwich

Meridian, Britain’s Secret Axis of Power,

and it posits, in great detail, the theory

that, though officially founded in

1884 the Meridian line is much more

ancient than we think, and was actually

‘laid down’ by Celtic astronomers,

to align with the Celestial North Pole,

as a symbolic centre around which

the stars were thought to revolve.

The writers’ evidence for this theory

includes the inordinately high number

of remarkable ancient sites the Meridian ‘accidentally

passes through’. Lewes figures prominently towards

the end of the book, where the authors muse at

some length on the meaning of the twelve (by their

account) mounds on which Lewes was built. They

pay particular attention to what they call ‘The Tump’

(and we Lewesians generally call ‘The Mound’, or

‘the Mount’, at the top of Mountfield Road). They

figure this to be a ‘Neolithic observatory

for viewing the sun’s annual

journey through the skies’.

This is believable enough, but the

authors often stray from plausibility,

particularly when they try to

shoehorn historical events and

characters (including Tom Paine) into

their theory. They even suggest that,

since Landport Bottom is just off the

Meridian: ‘It is reasonable to conclude

that Lewes was understood by both

Henry III and de Montfort to represent the mythic

‘gateway’ to the Axis Mundi symbolising the power

over the land, and as such was the place to fight for

rulership.’ Um… Nevertheless it’s a good read, and

one which will lead us to explore the mysteriously

circular ‘Golden Horn Copse’ in South Chailey in

more detail in a future issue. Alex Leith

Mythos, £25, axisofheaven.com

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COLUMN

Chloë King

Outside the comfort zone

As the cod psychology

columnist in a magazine

otherwise engaged with

talking about how great

our town is, life is fraught

with anxiety.

It’s a little known fact

that the first time I met

Viva’s editor, ten years

ago, I threatened to set

up a rival publication entitled

Downs and Frowns.

You could say he got the

last laugh. But January is

the time for change, and as this issue is themed

‘reboot’, what better opportunity to alter the

direction of this here page?

For many, 2016 has been an exceptionally bad

year. I personally wound up on the hypnotherapist’s

recliner, and very comfortable it was

too. I went with the aim of confronting what I

perceive to be an issue with timeliness, but in

the very back of my mind was the apocalypse. I

learnt that, as with many things, ones’ relationship

to time is connected to all sorts of other

goings on. And so, I have more to think about,

but at least now I’m practising ‘the long gaze’.

When one pauses, looking at a spot in the far

distance, it has a calming effect. This, for a

myopic user of digital media like myself, is a

welcome discovery. Another tip I learnt, is that

if you want to quit an ingrained habit, you can

begin doing so by staging interventions. This

might mean smoking your ‘good job’ fag with it

wedged between your big toe and its neighbour

while hunched over the compost bin in minus

two centigrade. It could also mean changing

the direction of one’s magazine column to

reflect the outcome of a

prescribed activity outside

of your normal routine.

I don’t think it’s too bold

to say that New Year

Resolutions tend to centre

around our collective fear

of death. We promise

to replace unhealthy

behaviours with good

and to spend more quality

time with people we

love. Then of course we

have the bucket list, the

most unromantic place in which to scrawl ones’

ultimate desires.

These lists often feature premium experiences

like far-flung travel and, thus, are a marketer’s

dream. The first activities Mr and I discuss are

giving up social media, and survivalism. I do

sometimes wish we would focus on the lure of

a Swiss chalet, perfectly frothed flat whites and

matching pure lambswool sweaters.

Instead, our conversation veers towards George

Orwell. “I knew that I had a facility with words

and a power of facing unpleasant facts,” he says,

in Why I Write. “I felt that this created a sort of

private world in which I could get my own back

for my failure in everyday life.”

What then, if I were to stage a number of

actions designed to make me confront the avoidable

and challenge the comfortable? Would

this make me better appreciate life, act more

positively, write an interesting column?

In any case, I’m willing to give it a go.

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propose costing less than £100, email

chloe@vivamagazines.com

Illustration by Chloë King

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COLUMN

David Jarman

84, Lewes High Street

Between 1926 and 1928 there

was a secondhand bookshop

at the junction of Shaftesbury

Avenue and High Holborn.

Hanging outside, a sign,

painted by Edward Wadsworth,

read, without definite

article or capitals, varda

bookshop. The proprietor,

briefly married to the Greek

surrealist artist, Janko Varda,

was always known, tout court,

as Varda, rather than by her

Christian name of Dorothy.

Quite possibly the only London

bookseller to have starred

in one of CB Cochran’s revues at the Pavilion

Theatre, Varda had also translated the first of

Raymond Radiguet’s two precocious novels. The

translation, alas, never found a publisher. (TS

Eliot was one of those who, not without regrets,

turned it down). The composer, Constant Lambert,

lived in one of the two small flats above the

shop and was occasionally called upon to help

out. He complained that he always hit upon a

day when all the lunatics in London had been let

out to buy their books. When I worked in a secondhand

bookshop on the Charing Cross Road

in 1983, every day seemed like that. After all, as

George Orwell points out in his essay Bookshop

Memories, reminiscing about his time at Booklovers’

Corner, a shop in Hampstead: ‘In a town

like London there are always plenty of not quite

certifiable lunatics walking the streets, and they

tend to gravitate towards bookshops, because a

bookshop is one of the few places where you can

hang around for a long time without spending

any money’.

Orwell wrote Bookshop Memories in 1936, but his

observations seem very pertinent

to my experience working

in various bookshops in the

seventies and eighties. I especially

recognise the customer

type evoked in: ‘the dear old

lady who read such a nice book

in 1897 and wonders whether

you can find her a copy. Unfortunately

she doesn’t remember

the title or the author’s name

or what the book was about,

but she does remember that it

had a red cover’.

Perhaps it was something like

this that inspired a colleague at

Foyles in 1977 to completely overhaul the Poetry

section that he was in charge of. Abandoning

alphabetical order or chronology, he rearranged

the whole stock by the colour of the spine.

But however eccentric the customers or the staff,

many bookshop yarns strike me as inherently

implausible. The story that Anthony Powell

tells about the Varda Bookshop in his autobiography,

for example, is surely apocryphal: ‘One

afternoon, when a friend was understudying

Varda in the shop, a customer asked if they had

Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound. The works of the

Romantic School were then not much in fashion,

and the proxy replied: "No, but I’m sure I’ve

seen a bound copy on the shelves." It’s over forty

years since I started work in my first bookshop,

but I cannot in any way emulate the forty years

continuous civilising presence on Lewes High

Street that A&Y Cumming chalked up last year.

In the 1991 edition of Drif’s Guide to Bookshops in

Britain Andrew Cumming is described as ‘one of

the most admired booksellers in England’. True

then, equally true now.

Photo by Alex Leith

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COLUMN

East of Earwig

When worlds collide

Given the large

number of science

fiction books I’ve

read and the equally

large number of

sci-fi films I’ve seen,

I always thought

I'd be ready for a

dystopian future.

I knew exactly

what I’d do if I

found myself in the

radiation-riddled

ruins of Ringmer.

My first stop would be the village shops, where

I’d stock up with cake, award-winning sausages,

bottled beer and a lamb dhansak, whilst avoiding

any zombies lurking outside. I’d run across the

road in sudden short bursts to confuse the killer

robots. I’d build decoy bonfires to distract the

heat-seeking alien predators. And, although an

autonomous drone might not understand the

tradition of religious sanctuary, the thick walls

of St Mary’s church would prevent such a device

from detecting me if I hid inside.

Next would come the resistance. If I wasn’t able

to stow away on a rebel spacecraft, I’d stay in

the village and start illicit radio broadcasts. ‘Free

Radio Ringmer’ would offer post-apocalyptic

news, anti-government satire and squirrel-based

cookery tips. Naturally, we’d also jam state-sponsored

TV propaganda with our programmes. Our

secret headquarters - you won’t tell anyone, will

you? - would be the football club bar. Not only

is it close to the chemist for emergency medical

supplies but the pitch could serve as a helicopter

landing pad when we needed to evacuate.

But things haven’t worked out as I’d planned. Instead

of malevolent computers and shape-shifting

time travellers, 2016 gave us post-truth politics

and Alan Rickman's

funeral. Unbelievable.

Actually, the unbelievability

of the

past twelve months

is further cause for

concern. A number

of scientists have

suggested that we’re

all living in some

kind of virtual reality,

a little bit like the

citizens of The

Matrix before they’re rescued and unplugged.

The more I think about it, the more this makes

sense. Although I don’t have any experience of

creating artificial life, I did once have a model

railway… and that’s very similar. When you’re

a child with a model railway, you spend every

penny of your pocket money on the contents of

the Hornby catalogue. First comes a village halt

with a siding. Next, a mainline station. You want a

post office, some fields with livestock, a coal yard,

a red telephone box, some weird spongy bushes

and a level crossing. Essentially, you want at least

one of everything.

Disconcertingly, Ringmer seems to have been

constructed in the same over-enthusiastic way.

We have butcher, baker, pet shop and pub – and

another pub. And another. Village green with

cricket club. Football club, too. Multiple industrial

estates. A pond with a heron standing next to it.

Schools. An electricity sub-station. Allotments. A

petrol station. Even a farm with sheep and cows.

That’s what really started me thinking about the

reality of my current situation. I’ve not checked

yet but I wouldn’t be surprised if the grass in the

fields is stuck on with wallpaper paste.

Mark Bridge

Photomontage by Mark Bridge

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ON THIS MONTH: MUSIC

Jah Wobble

“I’m a f***ing tortoise”

Towards the end of my hour-long phone conversation

with John Wardle, aka Jah Wobble, I ask what

the score would be, if his life was a football match.

I’ve been reading his 2009 autobiography Memoirs

of a Geezer, and I know it’s been quite a turbulent,

but highly productive 58 years. The nutshell

version is that he was brought up in a rough

neighbourhood in the East End, became the bassist

in John Lydon’s Public Image Ltd, aged just 18,

then left that band two years later to go it alone.

Since then he has given up booze and drugs - he

was prone to violent outbursts - set up his own

record label, and been involved in the production

of 50 or so albums, most of them incorporating an

interesting fusion of musical genres. “I invented

world music in 1983,” he jokes, at one point.

“I find it easier to talk about football than music,”

is his opening gambit, but it turns out he doesn’t

find it hard to talk about anything. Soon we’re

discussing the obsessional behavioural patterns he

has displayed since his childhood, which he has

managed to channel to positive ends. “Psychiatrists

would have had a lot of work to do on me

if they’d come into contact with me as a kid,” he

says. He used to listen to the between-stations

oscillations on the short-wave band of his radio,

which he maintains was a big influence on his

idiosyncratic style of playing the bass. He’s always

found it extremely comforting getting lost in the

music he makes, which is characterised by tightly

woven “geometric patterns”. “I’m definitely in that

anxiety/OCDish ballpark,” he says. “I’m more of a

checker than a washer.”

The turning point in his life came in 1986, when

he joined Alcoholics Anonymous, aged just 28. His

behaviour was out of hand, and “I’d turned orange,

and I was bloated with that excess fluid that you

get… I realised ‘if I don’t stop, I’m f***ed’.” He

hasn’t touched alcohol or drugs since, and has

become a “music making machine”. “I used to see

myself as a mercurial hare type of person. Looking

back over that 30 years I’m a f***ing tortoise, actually.

Making a track here, making a track there,

doing a gig, just plodding forward, steadily.”

The resulting canon of work is so vast, he says,

it’s difficult to boil it down to a playlist. The latest

tour will be with his band Invaders of the Heart,

and will be an “all singing, all dancing” highlight

package of his most popular songs, as well as covers

of songs and tracks which have influenced him.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” he says. “It's going to

be very dancy”.

And that football score? “It’s been a ding-dong

match,” he says. “I’m 5-3 up, with seven minutes to

go. There’s going to be six minutes of added time

because there’s been lots of injuries. I could still

blow it.” Alex Leith

Jah Wobble and the Invaders of the Heart, Con Club

Lewes, 26th Jan

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ON THIS MONTH: PHOTOGRAPHY

Jenny Matthews

Documentary photographer

Why did you

decide to photograph

the refugees

in Calais?

A lot of my work

has featured the

plight of refugees,

particularly in

Africa, and when

I heard about

Calais, it seemed

a logical thing to

make a piece about

it. There had been

refugees in Calais before, but the so-called ‘Jungle’

started developing – on a land-fill site – in spring

2015 and I first went there in August of that year.

The picture above shows that life goes on…

You really notice the spirit of resilience shown by

the refugees. It was impressive how much they

made do with the little they had, and also how they

did what they could to keep themselves clean and

tidy. For women, it was important to put make-up

on and do their nails, for men it was important to

have a haircut. This helped them maintain a sense

of dignity.

Whose tent was it? It was in the Sudanese section

of the camp. Different nationalities tended to live

together, so there were different areas for Sudanese,

Ethiopians, Eritreans, Afghans, Pakistanis,

Iraqi Kurds and, increasingly as time went on, for

Syrians. There were Sudanese refugees escaping

from two different wars in their country.

How did you make yourself ‘invisible’ in order

to take the pictures? You can’t, and I didn’t.

You have to talk to people: some, understandably,

didn’t want their picture taken, and others were

very welcoming.

I’ve heard it suggested - rather illiberally, I

must add - that the refugees in Calais must be

rich to have

travelled so

far, so they’re

not ‘proper’

refugees. Often

they’ve sold up

everything they

have to get going.

Sometimes

they started

their journeys

with money collected

by family

and neighbours

so they could go out and earn money in Europe to

send back home. I befriended a young Sudanese

man called Anwar who had taken five years working

his way through Africa and Europe, stopping

and working in bakeries in Libya and Egypt to

earn enough for the next stage of his journey. But

by the time they reached Calais they often have no

money at all. They couldn’t buy food, they had to

wait for people to give it to them.

Your photographs are being exhibited to mark

Holocaust Memorial Day. How come? One

of the people I photographed for the project was

Baron Dubs, who was a refugee from Czechoslovakia

on the Kindertransport, and recently

campaigned to give refugee children safe passage

to the UK. It’s important to remember the Holocaust,

but it’s also important to realise that wars

didn’t stop in 1945, and we have to be aware that

terrible outrages have happened since and are still

happening now.

Interview by Alex Leith

Jenny’s photographs will be displayed in a trail of

over 50 shop windows from 27th Jan (Holocaust

Memorial Day) to 19th February. For details of

other events taking place to mark Holocaust Memorial

Day, see Diary Dates on pg 47.

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ON THIS MONTH: LITERATURE

Charlotte Mendelson

Green-fingered procrastinator

Charlotte Mendelson

has built a reputation

as an author who

writes spare, fastmoving,

character-led

novels, with largely

Anglo-Jewish protagonists.

Her fourth,

Almost English, was

long-listed for the

Man Booker.

But she was having

problems with her

fifth novel. You see

she’s also a passionate gardener, having turned the

tiny yard of her North-West London house into

an allotment, of sorts. And when she wasn’t out in

the garden, neglecting her writing, she was trying

to shoe-horn material about her horticultural

passion into the novel. “It didn’t really fit there.”

she tells me, down the phone, from the smokers’

roof of the British Library.

So she turned it all into a non-fiction book,

instead, called Rhapsody in Green and subtitled A

novelist, an obsession, a laughably small excuse of a

vegetable garden. A memoir of her decreasingly

amateurish experiments in that space, it’s been

a big success, finding her a whole new audience.

“It’s not Gardeners’ Question Time,” she says. “It’s

more ‘which way up do I plant this?’”

She’s been told that it’s ‘a book about gardening

that reads like a novel’ though she hasn’t

consciously tried to use novelistic techniques to

pique the readers’ attention. “Though what I do

in my novels is to set up some sort of conflict and

go from there, and in this case the conflict is that

my garden is the size of a napkin and I want to

grow millions of things on it.”

I ask her if - like Hemingway’s Death in the

Afternoon - it’s a book that’s essentially about

writing, disguised

as a book about her

passion. But no.

“Though it’s helped

me understand what

sort of person I

am,” she says. “And

where all the writing

comes from: I’m very

much an enthusiast.

Mind you, there’s

more death than in

Hemingway, that

lightweight. There’s a

lot in it about killing slugs.”

She found writing Rhapsody in Green “much more

fun that writing fiction”, she continues. “All those

things I could spend hours talking about have

found it into my book… whether it was compost,

or not washing pots, or growing things to eat, or

why do so many people grow such disgustinglooking

roses, or can you get lion poo from

London Zoo to scare away cats.”

Has she got any more passions, I wonder, that she

needs to get out of her system, before she returns

to the fifth novel? “Like real ale?” she says. “Or

skateboarding? Or bullfighting?” It seems not:

the reason she’s in the British Library is because

that’s where she goes to write fiction, when she’s

not working as a magazine editor, or looking after

her family, or, of course, tending her garden.

Though now that she’s back in full flow with her

fifth novel again, her garden “is dingy and cold

and horrible,” having been put on the back burner

of her priorities. “Actually it’s like a neglected

hamster cage: I need to clean it so I’m hiding

from it. It’s a good way to get novels written.”

Alex Leith

Charlotte is the next guest at the Lewes Literary

Society, All Saints, Jan 24th

Photo by Graeme Robertson

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ON THIS MONTH: FILM

THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS U 88mins

Saturday 28th January 3pm

What do our pets really get up to when we’re not around? An

animated comedy about two pet dogs who embark on an

adventure through New York when they find out that an

angry bunny is scheming against humans.

Cinema round-up

All sorts at the All Saints

Peggy Guggenheim, Art Addict

CAFÉ SOCIETY 12A 94mins

Saturday 28th January 5pm

Set in the 1930s, Woody Allen's bittersweet romance CAFÉ

SOCIETY follows Bronx-born Bobby Dorfman to Hollywood,

where he falls in love, and back to New York, where he is

swept up in the vibrant world of high society nightclub life.

Centering on events in the lives of Bobby's colourful Bronx

family, the film is a glittering valentine to the movie stars,

socialites, playboys, debutantes, politicians, and gangsters who

epitomized the excitement and glamour of the age.

I, DANIEL BLAKE 15 100mins

Saturday 28th January 7.15pm

British drama Directed by Ken Loach. Daniel Blake (59) has

worked as a joiner most of his life. Now, for the first time

ever, he needs help from the State unable to work due to a

recent heart attack. Daniel crosses paths with single mother

Katie as they both struggle with the red tape of the British

benefits system caught on the barbed wire of welfare

bureaucracy as played out against the rhetoric of 'striver and

skiver' in modern day Britain.

SHOAH PG 556mins

Sunday 29th January 10am

A special one-off screening presented on behalf of the Mayor

of Lewes: Claude Lanzmann’s epic documentary recounts the

story of the Holocaust through interviews with witnesses –

perpetrators as well as survivors. Free entry - limited to

capacity.

Happy New Year from Film at All Saints!

Info & advance tickets from the All Saints Centre Office,

the Town Hall, High Street, or www..lmatallsaints.com

or call 01273 486391 – and on the door on the night.

All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes, BN7 2LE

Grandma (Jan 6th, 8pm) is dominated by Lily

Tomlin, who plays a foul-mouthed out-of-work

lesbian poet who is driven into action (and to

eventual redemption) when her granddaughter

comes to her asking for $600 dollars for an abortion.

The old girl doesn’t have the money, so the

unlikely pair have to make a Broken Flowers-style

road trip round LA in a beaten up Dodge Royal

to try to scrounge it up. It’s a scream.

Peggy Guggenheim, Art Addict (Jan 10th, 8pm)

is a traditional-style documentary charting the

troubled art collector’s life hanging out with the

likes of Man Ray, Picasso and Jackson Pollock as

she embraced (and nourished) the avant-garde

art scene either side of the Atlantic, either side

of the war. Fascinating stuff, but it’s produced

without the elan you’d imagine from such

subject matter.

Embrace of the Serpent (Jan 20th, 8pm) is set in

Amazonian Colombia, and follows two Westernled

scientific expeditions, forty years apart, into

territory inhabited by indigenous natives, in

search of a hallucinogenic plant. Directed by

Chilean Ciro Guerra, it looks amazing, if you’re

into well-shot, thoughtful, occasionally violent

psychedelia.

Ken Loach’s return to form, I, Daniel Blake

(Jan 29th, 7.45pm) examining the desperate

straits of a man whose benefits are cut in the

Tories’ austerity drive, seems like a fittingly

heart-rending way to end your cinematic 2016.

Though it’s also well worth mentioning that the

Lewes Holocaust Memorial group are showing

all nine hours plus of Shoah, Claude Lanzmann's

landmark documentary about the Holocaust

(Jan 29th, from 10am). All films at the All Saints.

Dexter Lee

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Start your New Year with a

SMILE!

Ends: January 31st 2017


ON THIS MONTH: ART

Focus on: 'Ma and Uncle

Howard' by Gaylord Meech

Oil on canvas, 80cm x 100cm

American artist and radio playwright Gaylord Meech

was born in New England in 1934. He moved to

Brighton in the 1970s with his lifelong partner Tim

Chilcott. Between 2011 and 2016 he had a wonderful

working relationship with the Hop Gallery and

its curator Angie Osborne, and together they put

on four successful one-man shows. Gaylord died

in August 2016, and, in what we’re sad to say is

Angie’s last show as Hop curator, she is putting on

a retrospective of his work. We’ve asked Tim to talk

about a painting featured in the exhibition, Ma and

Uncle Howard.

How did this painting come about? Gaylord

sometimes started his paintings from photographs,

and this is one of them. The original photograph

of his mother and uncle was taken sometime in

the 1920s, in his home state of Connecticut. The

painting beautifully evokes the innocence of the

American dream, and the ‘brave new world’ that

everyone thought was possible.

Tell us how the retrospective came to be named

Those Blue Remembered Hills [from a line in

AE Housman’s A Shropshire Lad]. A number

of Gaylord’s paintings, like Housman’s poem, are

haunted by a past time now irrevocably lost; and the

sense of the elegiac is never far from the centre of his

imagination.

How would you describe Gaylord’s style? It

remained largely figurative throughout his career,

but his palette changed markedly: from early

nostalgic, autumnal browns and bronze, to later

vibrant, primary colourings of red, yellow and blue.

The emotional world of his early work is often

calm, contemplative, stilled; but later work has a

raw energy that pulses out in disturbed and restless

movement.

What did he most enjoy painting? Human figures,

unquestionably. He painted relatively few landscapes,

but remained fascinated by the contours and colours

of the human face and body.

Did he have a favourite gallery? The Hop Gallery

was always his favourite place to exhibit. Its space was

large enough to show his large canvases effectively,

yet it was small enough to remain intimate.

Which is your favourite painting by Gaylord?

There are so many, but one I have always found

compelling is a portrait of a priest entitled Father

Johnson. The man’s eyes are heart-rending, seeming

to reach towards some inexpressible sorrow or pain.

But his stance is firm and resolute, as he grasps a

stick with a bony hand. The painting is in Gaylord’s

retrospective. Interview by Emma Chaplin

Gaylord Meech, Retrospective: Those Blue

Remembered Hills at the Hop Gallery, Star Brewery,

Castle Ditch Lane, Sat 7th - Sun 15th

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ART

ART & ABOUT

In town this month

'The Charging Bulls' by Gaylord Meech

Hop Gallery director Angie Osborne is hanging one final

exhibition on Sunday 15th, Those Blue Remembered Hills,

featuring paintings by the late Gaylord Meech (see pg 41).

Since taking charge of the gallery nine years ago, Angie has

organised over 200 exhibitions and featured work by around

1,500 artists. We wish her every success in the future and

thank her for her vibrant contribution to the Lewes arts

calendar. Good luck to Alex Grey, taking over the gallery in

the New Year. It will be renamed The Martyrs' Gallery &

Project Space, and Alex will put on a show every month,

starting in March.

Our congratulations to Chalk Gallery and the

‘Chalkies’, whose decorated Snowdog, ‘Clifton’, raised

£6,000 at auction in December, contributing to the

£337,900 total raised for the Martlets Hospice. Back

at the gallery HQ, from the 9th to 29th, the Chalkies

are having a studio sale. For three weeks in January the

gallery will take on a very different look, with a huge

array of work for sale at bargain prices.

St Anne’s Galleries have yet to confirm their 2017

exhibition schedule but they’ve recently been accepted

onto the Arts Council’s Own Art scheme so, when they

do, customers will be able to buy their favourite pieces

in interest-free, monthly instalments. In addition to

their regular group shows, they’re planning solo shows

in 2017 by Tom Benjamin, Jo Lamb, Paul Jackson

and Julian LeBas.

'How to Forget the Past' by Katy Oxborrow

The continuing exhibition by Michelle Wooldridge and Lucinka

Soucek comes down on January 17th, but the Pelham House hotel

walls won’t remain bare for long. The 18th sees the launch of the hotel’s

annual Open Exhibition. Work from around 40 artists will adorn the bar,

reception and atrium. It’s an opportunity to discover the unexpected,

with works by experienced painters and first-time exhibitors, working

with a range of materials. More than 100 pieces are submitted, with the

final selection made by curator Diana Wilkins, with input from the hotel

staff. A percentage of all sales go to support the Sussex children’s charity,

Rockinghorse. Entry is free, and the show is open daily from 9am to

9pm, until 28th February.

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Out of town

Brave the cold and

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the Garden from the

16th; an installation

by internationally

renowned artist John

Newling. He’s produced public art works in

swimming pools and burnt-out cars, from

the streets of Los Angeles to the Yorkshire

Sculpture Park near Wakefield. His latest

commission is a horticultural alphabet that

invites you to follow a trail around the garden

at Nymans, exploring the language of its

plant species and discovering the origin of

each letter. [nationaltrust.org.uk/nymans]

At Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne One Day, Something

Happens ends on the 8th, and there’s a last chance to see Towards

Night which ends on the 22nd. Then the gallery presents A

Certain Kind of Light, a major new exhibition examining the

different ways a wide variety of artists explore and exploit light.

It includes work produced by around 30 leading artists over

the past six decades, and works are taken from the Arts Council

Collection, private loans, and from Towner’s own collection.

Expect ethereal seascapes from Lowry, the light-absorbing

sculptures of Anish Kapoor and Katie Paterson’s huge rotating

mirror ball. Illuminating.

Both Century & Stanley Spencer finish on the 8th

and so you'd best get to Jerwood Gallery quick

if you’ve not seen them. Then, from the 28th, the

gallery launches its 2017 exhibitions with Keith

Tyson’s Turn Back Now. A selection of drawings

from the studio

wall of this

Brighton-based,

Turner Prizewinning

artist,

which collectively

form a visual diary

of his practice, as

well as the societal

changes through

which he has

worked, over the

past 20 years.

'Totality' © Katie Paterson, Arts Council Collection 'Late Night on the Gatwick Express, 20th Sept 2016' © Keith Tyson

Photo by Sam Moore

There’s a lot on at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft including

Beyond Craft, a show about artist, weaver and tapestry maker Tadek

Beutlich, a celebration of the 100th anniversary of fellow villager

Ethel Mairet’s definitive text A Book of Vegetable Dyes, and a tribute

to another local resident, artist, author and obsessive diarist John

Vernon Lord. A Catalogue of Life is an exhibition of his illustrated

diaries and notebooks, made over 56 years as a working illustrator

and teacher. John has written and illustrated texts from The

Nonsense Verse of Edward Lear to the Epics of the Middle Ages but it is

his 1972 book, The Giant Jam Sandwich, which remains a consistent

best-seller in the museum shop.

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TUESDAY 3

The Group. Club for people aged 50+. A tbc

pub in Lewes, 8pm, see thegroup.org.uk. From

Thursday 5.

Glyndebourne backstage tours. Running most

weekdays. Glyndebourne, 10.15am, £13.50, see

glyndebourne.com.

THURSDAY 5

Comedy at the Con. With Bob Mills and two

supporting acts. Con Club, 8pm, £7.50-£11.

SUNDAY 8

Christmas tree collection.

Proceeds to

local charity, see lewesbarbicanrotary.co.uk

for collection points

and details, £3.

MONDAY 9

Challenging the Myths of the Lewes

Martyrs. A Lewes History Group talk. King’s

Church, Brooks Road, 7 for 7.30pm, £3 (members

£2).

Waking up to

Trump. In this

open Labour Party

meeting, Steve

Burman opens a

discussion on the

election of Donald

Trump. Phoenix

Centre, 7.30pm,

free.

TUESDAY 10

FRIDAY 6

The Curious Case of Homo Naledi. A Lewes

Archaeological Group meeting. Dr William

Harcourt-Smith discusses the discovery of

a new human-like species and its effects on

our understanding of human evolution. Town

Hall Lecture Theatre (Fisher Street entrance)

7.30pm, £3.

Film: Grandma (15). An acerbic grandmother

embarks on road trip across LA with her pregnant

granddaughter. All Saints, 8pm, £5.

Film: Peggy Guggenheim (15). Documentary

about the famous American art collector. All

Saints, 8pm, £5.

WEDNESDAY 11

The Art of Snow and Ice: How artists transformed

the winter landscape. Civic Centre

Uckfield, 2pm, £7, free for members.

SATURDAY 7 - SATURDAY 14

Jack and the Beanstalk. Traditional family

panto with a topical twist. St Mary’s Social Centre,

times and prices vary see stmaryspanto.org.

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JANUARY listings (cont)

WEDNESDAY 11 (CONT)

RSC Live: The Tempest. Live broadcast of the

Gregory Doran-directed production from the

Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford. De La

Warr, 7pm, £12.

THURSDAY 12

FRIDAY 20

Unconditional Basic Income. A Headstrong

Club discussion. Elephant and Castle, 8pm, £3.

Film: Embrace of the Serpent. Drama exploring

the results of colonialism on the Amazon’s

indigenous people. All Saints, 8pm, £5.

The Restoration of Bridge Cottage. Michael

Harker talks about the rescue and complete restoration

of the 1436 building in Uckfield. Priory

School, 7.30pm, £4/£2.

Lewes U3A winter social. Christ Church Hall,

12.30pm, see u3asites.org.uk/lewes.

Needlewriters. Prose and poetry readings.

Needlemakers, 7 for 7.45pm, from £3.

FRIDAY 13

Quiz Night - Lewes FC Supporters’ Club.

The Dripping Pan, 7.30pm, £2.

WEDNESDAY 18

The History of the Brighton Workhouses.

Talk with James Gardner exploring the ‘hidden’

history of Brighton, and the harsh lives led by its

poorest inhabitants. The Keep, 2.30pm, £3.

I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue. Official tour of

the BBC Radio Panel game. Chichester Festival

Theatre, 7.30pm, £29.

SATURDAY 21

Lewes Psychedelic Festival. Music from

Flamingods, The Lucid Dream, Sculpture and

more. All Saints (festival sold out, but see Gig

Guide for Friday pre-party details).

TUESDAY 24

Does a Novelist

only write

fiction? Charlotte

Mendelson at the

Lewes Literary

Society (see pg

37). All Saints,

7.30pm, £10.

Arnold Daghani

- Artist

and Holocaust

Survivor. Discussion

with Samira

Teuteberg and

Bill Smith. The

Keep, 5.30pm, £3.

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SATURDAY 28

Cafe Society © Frenetic Film

Film. Café Society (12A). Woody Allen’s

romantic comedy-drama set in the 1930s. All

Saints, 5pm, from £5.

Film. I, Daniel Blake (15). Drama exploring

the state of the British welfare system, directed

by Ken Loach. All Saints, 7.15pm, from £5.

WEDNESDAY 25

The Search for Justice: Christian Involvement

in Politics. Talk and discussion with Rob

Parsons. Christ Church, 7.30pm, free.

Going it alone. Nicky Singer talks with author

Nikki Sheehan about her experience of selfpublishing.

Lecture Room, Lewes Town Hall,

Fisher Street entrance, 7.30pm, free.

I, Daniel Blake © Filmcoopi

THURSDAY 26

Lewes and Brighton Dignity in Dying

inaugural meeting. Quaker’s Friends Meeting

House, Brighton, 6.45pm.

SUNDAY 29

Film. Shoah (1985). Holocaust documentary

film (running time 9 hours plus). All Saints,

10am, free.

FRIDAY 27 – SUNDAY 5 FEB

Around the World in 80 Days. Lewes Theatre

Youth Group present Laura Eason’s adaptation

of the famous adventure story (see pg 60). Lewes

Little Theatre, times vary, £6-£8.

FRIDAY 27

How Can Life Go On? Event for Holocaust

Memorial Day. Stories from refugees of the past,

today. All Saints, 7pm (doors 6.30) free.

Still from 'Shoah'

FRIDAY 27 - SUNDAY 19 FEB

Memorial. Photo exhibition with various

themes for Holocaust Memorial Day in 54 (and

counting) windows of businesses in Lewes High

Street. Leaflets available from Tourist Information

Centre.

TUESDAY 31

The Men and Women who didn’t Return.

Illustrated lecture on the war memorial, and life

in Lewes during and after the Great War. Lewes

Town Hall Council Chamber, 2.30pm, free (but

booking essential).

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ON THIS MONTH: MUSIC

Classical round-up

Bach, Bridge... and Bushell

Even in the lull of January, after we’ve scarfed up the

last mince pie and sworn off alcohol for the coming

month, we can step out and hear some terrific music.

The Musicians of All Saints are offering up an interesting

programme. Beginning comfortably with a Handel

Concerto Grosso, it veers off into the unusual - a

flute concerto by contemporary female composer

Doina Rotaru, a Romanian who studied in Bucharest

and Amsterdam. This is followed by the second-ever

performance of a vibraphone concerto by Brighton

composer Amoret Abis (right), with whom the MAS

have had a long musical relationship. They’ll end their

concert with Frank Bridge’s Suite for Strings. Andrew

Sherwood will conduct and the soloists will be flautist

Anne Hodgson and vibraphonist Adam Bushell.

Sat 14, 7.45pm, All Saints, tickets £12, £9, children free

Anyone looking for an orchestral concert of audience

pleasers need look no further than the Brighton Philharmonic’s

upcoming event - hard to beat the Overture

to Rossini’s Barber of

Seville as an opening salvo.

When you follow it with

Grieg’s Piano Concerto in

A Minor featuring young

German pianist Joseph

Moog, who, by the way,

nabbed Gramophone’s Solo

Instrumentalist of the Year award in 2014, and then

end with Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8, you have a real winner.

Ben Gernon conducts.

Sun 15, 2.45pm, Brighton Dome, tickets £12 - £37

The Corelli Ensemble will perform, appropriately

enough, a Corelli Suite, Bach’s Oboe Concerto, featuring

soloist Owen Dennis, Finzi’s Romance for string orchestra,

Sibelius' Andante Festivo and Saint-Saëns' Rondo

Capriccioso, featuring violin soloist Maeve Jenkinson.

Sun 22, 4pm, St Pancras Church, £10-£12

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Photo of Amoret Abis by Edward Reeves


GIG GUIDE // JANUARY

GIG OF THE MONTH

Listening to Minnesota-born brothers The Cactus Blossoms

will most likely remind you of country greats The

Everly Brothers. It seems the genre can’t stop throwing

out sibling duos and their pristine harmonies, and Page

Burkum and Jack Torrey are among the latest off the

production line. With their vintage twang and on-stage

charisma, the brothers write songs which hark back to the

birth of country in the early half of the twentieth century.

Their refreshing and engaging touch of simplicity and

earnestness really warms the heart: as US video broadcaster

Mark Vancleave puts it ‘Those sibling harmonies of theirs could make verses of Revelations sound sweet

and endearing’. Sun 22, Con Club, 7.30pm, £8-£12 see unionmusicstore.com

MON 2

Piano trio. Jazz. The Snowdrop, 8pm, free

TUES 3

English dance tunes session. Folk (bring

instruments!) John Harvey Tavern, 8pm, free

MON 9

Way ahead. Jazz quintet (pictured below left).

The Snowdrop, 8pm, free

WED 4

Nukehaven. Free Ukulele group. Hillcrest

Centre, Newhaven, 7pm, free

SAT 7

Shepherds Arise! Sussex folk carols. Elephant

and Castle, 8pm, £7

SUN 8

Open Mic. Elephant and Castle, 7.30pm, free

TUES 10

Concertinas Anonymous practice session.

Folk. Elephant and Castle, 8pm, free

SAT 14

Amanda Rheaume. Country folk. Con Club,

7.30pm, £10

Wassail songs. Festive folk. Elephant and

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SUN 15

Splash Point Jazz Club Lewes. Westgate

Chapel, Westgate 4pm, £10 (kids free)

MON 16

Lou Beckerman. Jazz singer. Snowdrop, 8pm, free

FRI 20

Lewes Psychedelic Fest Pre-Party. Bands

include Fumaça Preta, Melt Dunes, Is Bliss,

Projector, Rokurokubi. Con Club, 7pm, £10

SAT 21

The Standard Lamps. Indie folk blues. Westgate

Chapel, 7pm, £12.50 advance (booking

recommended)

Sussex All-Day Singaround. Folk. Royal Oak,

Barcombe, 11am-11pm, free

SUN 22

English dance tunes session. Traditional

English folk (bring instruments!) Elephant and

Castle, 12pm, free

The Cactus Blossoms. See gig of the month

MON 23

Geoff Simkins. Jazz sax. The Snowdrop Inn,

8pm, free

TUES 24

Lewes Favourites. Tunes practice session. Folk.

Elephant and Castle, 8pm, free

THURS 26

Jah Wobble. Post-punk legend (see page 33).

Con Club, 7.30pm, £19.80

FRI 27

Supernatural Things. Female-fronted soul,

funk and blues. The Lamb, 9pm, free

Ska Toons. Ska, funk and jazz. The Con Club,

8pm, free

SAT 28

The Reform Club. Normo-rock from our

former MP. The Snowdrop, 9pm, free

Sound Tradition. Folk vocal harmony. Elephant

and Castle, 8pm, free

MON 30

Kjell Berglund. Jazz trumpet quintet. The

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FREETIME

UNDER 16

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LEWES THEATRE YOUTH

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Lewes Theatre Youth Group is on the move in January and February,

putting on an adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic novel Around the World

in 80 Days, and they’ve offered us a family ticket, plus accoutrements, to

give away as a competition prize.

Verne’s novel sees London gentleman Phileas Fogg wager £20,000 with

members of the London Reform Club that he can circumnavigate the

Globe in 80 days or fewer. Accompanied by his French servant Jean

Passepartout and, latterly, the widowed Indian princess Aouda, he embarks

on a harum-scarum trip round the world, generally powered by

steam, taking in Suez, Bombay, Calcutta, Singapore, Hong Kong, Yokahama, the American West and New

York. He is chased all the way by Scotland Yard’s Inspector Fix, who is under the misapprehension that

Fogg is a bank robber on the run. The Lewes Theatre Youth Group organisers promise a visual extravaganza,

with some wonderful costumes and scenery on show… as well as some fine acting, of course.

To get into the prize draw, which offers a ticket for two adults and two U16 kids, with interval refreshments

and a programme to a 7.45pm performance (your choice between 27th or 28th of Jan or 3rd Feb) please

send Lewes Theatre Youth Group an email (leweslittletheatreyouthgroup@gmail.com) with an answer

to this question, and your preferred date, by 23rd Jan: ‘Where does Phileas Fogg encounter Mr Naidu?’

Neuville and Benett

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This month’s winner was taken back in

August, and we’d usually prefer more

recent pictures in this section. But it’s

strong enough to overcome that problem.

So congratulations Roddy McGillivray

(aged 13) who took this photo “on a late

calm evening in France, using the horse

chestnut’s leaves as an intricate silhouette

against the sunset.” Extra marks for spelling ‘silhouette’ right (though ‘framing device’ might have been

more apt): Roddy wins a £10 Bags of Books voucher to be collected from the shop in Cliffe.

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SHOES ON NOW: EGERTON PARK, BEXHILL

Another New Year, another health resolution - this time to get

fit. But how to reconcile such a goal with the demands of raising

a young family? Well, we might just have hit on a solution

with our recent trip to Egerton Park in Bexhill, which is host to

some rather impressive outdoor gym equipment.

Half an hour after leaving Lewes we arrived in the park and

started working out on the 18-station gym. The boys competed

against one another on the sit-up bench whilst Other Half and

I had a go at the chest press, the treadmill, and the stomach

whittler. Donated in 2012 as part of an Olympics initiative to encourage more people to exercise, this

outdoor gym is well equipped and offers a good workout.

Whilst Other Half and I puffed and panted, our children migrated to the other side of the park towards

the children’s play equipment. There they swung on tyres, ran around the ‘hamster wheel’ and climbed up

to the top of the wooden fort.

Despite being relatively small, Egerton Park also includes a sand pit, a toddlers’ area and a boating lake

populated by ducks. Nearby there’s a well-stocked café serving fruit, coffee, cold drinks and toasted sandwiches.

We can highly recommend the hot chocolate with marshmallows - oops there goes the New Year

health resolution. And when you are tired of the park, adjacent Bexhill Museum is well worth a visit, as is

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What’s on

UNTIL MONDAY 2

Winter Wonderland Illuminations. Animal

themed light show synchronised to music.

Drusillas Park, 4.30pm, see drusillas.co.uk

FRIDAY 20 - SUNDAY 29

Panto. Cinderella. A traditional pantomime for

all the family. Barn Theatre, Seaford, 20th-

22nd and 27th-29th, times and prices vary, see

ticketsource.co.uk/thebarntheatre

TUESDAY 3

Tiny Towner. Weekly drop-in session for under

fives interactively exploring puppets, storytelling

and character play. Towner, Eastbourne,

10.30am-12.30pm townereastbourne.org.uk

MONDAY 9

Tales for toddlers. Activities for children aged

18 months to 5 years. De La Warr, 10.15am and

11.15am, £1

SUNDAY 15

Bertie and Buddie’s sponsored dog walk.

Fundraising and activities for Raystede Animal

Shelter. Stanmer Park, see raystede.org

SATURDAY 28

Film. The Secret Life of Pets (U). Animated

comedy about two pet dogs embarking on an

adventure through New York. All Saints, 3pm,

from £5

Cartoon drawing workshop with Lesley Harvey.

Paradise Park, Newhaven, 11am-1pm, free

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Sussex Downs College. Lewes campus,

Wed 25th, 4.30pm-8pm

Michael Hall. Thurs 26th, 8.30am-1pm

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FOOD REVIEW

Café du Jardin

Clafoutis in Cliffe

Food envy is something I’m

used to, and I get a bad case

when I try out Café du Jardin,

the lunchtime bistro that’s

just opened in the Pastorale

Antiques yard in Cliffe, in the

space where the Buttercup Café

used to be.

But water-vessel envy? This is

a first. We order fizzy, which

comes with some very cool

glasses sporting the brand of

80s French fruit drink ‘Banga’.

The table at the end, who have

arrived later than us, order tap

water, which comes in those

colourful, interestingly shaped

Ricard bottles you get in French bars so you can

dilute your pastis. Next time…

When a French bistro is opened by a family who

run an antiques shop that specialises in continental

furniture, you can bet that it’s going to

look ‘authentic’, and Café du Jardin doesn’t disappoint.

Housed in the basement of the kitchen

area, it’s open for lunch Monday to Saturday,

and as a wine bar with ‘nibbles’ in the evening

Thursday to Saturday, and it’s all chairs covered

in green plastic wicker, vast metal French-language

ad signs, and bottles of fine wine racked

behind the bar. There’s a piano; two toddlersized

tin cars hang from the ceiling.

The menu is written on a big blackboard, and

Rowena and I both go (surprise, surprise) for

the same thing: ‘Ribeye steak, roasted turnip +

green beans w/sauce Gribiche (£11.95)’. We also

order a ‘Roasted salad, sweet potato and avocado

(£6.95)’ to accompany it. We’ve asked for the

steaks to be cooked medium rare

and it doesn’t take long for our

waiter - an intriguing mix of Ernesto

Guevara, Freddie Mercury

and Andrew Sachs, wearing a

Christmas jumper - to bring it to

us. Previously he’s had to regretfully

inform us that the house

red (£15.95) has run out, but that

we can have a Château Fonsalade

Saint Chinian, usually £29.95,

for the same price. Result.

‘Sauce Gribiche’ turns out to

be a mix of egg, mustard and

cornichons, and it really sets off

the tasty tender, cooked-to-a-tee

meat. Neither of us have particularly

been looking forward to the turnip, but it’s

actually very soft and sweet, and the beans are

succulent, too. The warm bits in the salad give

it a great double-level temperature to go with

its mix of flavours. By the time the waiter comes

to pick up our plates we’ve cleaned them shiny,

mopping all the sauces up with soft white bread.

Our salt and pepper remain untouched. As you

can imagine from its intended price tag, the

wine is good, slightly tannic in a positive way,

and a fine match for the meat.

It’s when we’re enjoying our dessert - a cherry

clafoutis, doused in double cream, and complemented

by a macchiato - that I get that food

envy. One of the people at the table with the

Ricard bottles has ordered the ‘Baked Camembert

w/honey, rosemary + garlic, salad + bread

(£7.95)’ and it’s served piping hot on a platter

and… oh man, I’ll be back soon.

Alex Leith

Photo by Alex Leith

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Photo by Rebecca Cunningham


FOOD

Chargrilled courgette and feta salad in a

preserved lemon dressing

From the Eastern Mediterranean menu at Kabak

market stall, run by Alex Marcovitch

When I was younger I did a lot of travelling. I

spent about two years backpacking across Turkey

and the Middle East, and I fell in love with the

amazing variety of food of those regions. The

name ‘Kabak’ is Turkish for courgette or pumpkin,

but it also happens to be the name of a really

lovely village I visited - it’s quite common in

Turkey for villages to be named after a vegetable

that they grow a lot of. In this village there was

a place that served big meze-style bowls full of

beautiful-looking salads and vegetables, all out

on the tables so that you could see everything. It

inspired the way I cook and present the food on

my market stall.

This salad is best served freshly made and still

warm, though it’s still perfectly nice cold. You

can serve it just with hummus and warm pitta as

a healthy, light meal, or as an accompaniment to

grilled meat or fish.

Ingredients (serves four): 1kg courgettes, 150g

fine French beans or mangetout, 300g red onion,

a handful of baby spinach leaves, half a handful

each of fresh coriander and flat-leaf parsley (finely

chopped), 50-100g feta (depending on taste, or if

you prefer dairy-free, substitute with olives, stoned

and halved), 1tbsp olive oil, 30g flaked almonds.

For the dressing: 2 dessertspoons freshly squeezed

lemon juice, 3tbsp olive oil, 1tbsp water, 1tsp cider

vinegar, 1tsp caster sugar, ½tsp crushed garlic, half

a finely chopped preserved lemon, and a pinch of

salt and pepper.

Make the dressing first, as that gives the flavours

some time to mingle and develop. I simply put all

of the dressing ingredients into a jam jar, screw

the lid on tightly and shake it well, making sure to

shake it again just before pouring over the salad.

Halve and thinly slice the red onions, then gently

fry in a tablespoon of olive oil until caramelised

(pale golden brown and sweet-tasting). Slice the

courgettes at an angle (this makes them easier to

grill and, I think, looks more pleasing than slicing

them in the usual circular way) with each slice

about half a centimetre thick. If you have a griddle

pan, heat this up on the hob and grill the courgette

slices for a few minutes on each side, until they are

soft to the touch and have nice, blackened lines to

them. If you don’t have one you can dry-fry them

(in a frying pan with no oil) for a similar amount

of time. Once a batch is cooked, pile the slices in a

bowl to keep them warm while you cook the next.

If you’re good at multi-tasking, cook the beans or

mangetout at the same time as the courgettes. I do

so in a pan of salted water for just a few minutes,

making sure they’re cooked but not overdone.

Remove them from the pan and quickly dunk in a

bowl of cold water for a few seconds, then strain,

so they are still warm, but no longer cooking.

In a large salad bowl or pasta dish, mix all of the

salad ingredients together and pour over the dressing,

then toss the salad well. Give it a little taste

and adjust the seasoning - you can squeeze over a

little more lemon juice if it’s not quite tart enough.

Sprinkle over the flaked almonds, and serve.

As told to Rebecca Cunningham

Find the Kabak stall at Lewes Farmers' Market on

Cliffe Precinct on the first and third Saturday of

each month, and at the Friday Market every week in

the Market Tower. kabakfood.com

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DRINK REVIEW

Abyss at the Pelham Arms

Sussex's smallest microbrewery?

Andrew Mellor is busy on a batch of American pale ale

when I call round to the Pelham Arms, one rainy morning

in December. Andrew is landlord of the pub, but also coowner

of Abyss, a (very) micro-brewery based in a small

section of the pub’s cellar.

It’s 10.30am, and he’s been on the go since eight, heating up a tank of water, and mixing it with the malt in the

mash tun. He’s just siphoning off the resulting brown liquid, which will next go into the ‘copper’ where the hops

are added, and finally the fermentation tank, for the magic to take place with the yeast. This is when the sweet

Horlicksy ‘wort’ (I have a little taste) will turn - after a week - into beer. It will then be bottled for a second

fermentation, and be ready for consumption two weeks later.

Abyss are hoping to launch their new beers - an APA on draft and a number of other beers, including darker

milds, stouts and porters, in bottles - on January 25th, in the Pelham. Andrew gives me two 500ml bottles of milk

stout and another two of mild to take home. These are early experiments from his fledgling brewery.

The (3.7%) mild is seriously hoppy, and is drunk in combination with a chicken-and-chorizo paella; not necessarily

the best pairing, but not the worst either. The milk stout - which has a thumping mouthfeel followed

by a pleasing sweetness - would have been good with a dessert, but alas we’ve made none. Both, however, are

extremely palatable: I’m already looking forward to the next batch bubbling up from what might well currently be

the county’s smallest professional brewery. Alex Leith

Photo by Rowena Easton

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HIGH ST • LEWES

'In January even the mung beans would rather be cake', illustration by Chloë King

The hot ticket

this month

is Genet’s

Introduction

to Ethiopian

Cuisine. Lewes

residents Jane

and Katy

met Genet as

volunteers at

the Cowley

Club Migrant Education Project and have since

been learning her culinary secrets. The trio are

collaborating on a pop-up featuring a selection

of Ethiopian dishes followed by a traditional coffee

ceremony on 28th Jan for £15 & £20. Email

janelancashiretribe@gmail.com to book.

While many of us try to cut back in Jan, pubs are

doing their best to tempt us with some cracking

food offers. The Half Moon in Plumpton are

offering a two or three-course set menu for £12-

£15 Monday to Friday.

The Blacksmiths Arms in Offham are promoting

a two-course lunch for £10.95, Weds to Sat

and early bird menu Weds and Thurs (reservation

required). Pelham House are offering a

three-course meal for two for just £39.50 and the

Pelham Arms are offering readers 20% off food

on weekdays: please quote the Viva Lewes offer.

If you fancy an even more extravagant winter

treat, the Griffin Inn, in Fletching, are offering

£140 dinner, bed and breakfast for two, Sun-

Thurs until 31st Jan.

Last but not least, welcome to Lucie Innes, the

new manager of Lewes Food Market. And well

done to those businesses up for the Sussex Food

& Drink Awards: good luck Lewes Farmers

Market, Lewes Food Market, Ouse Valley

Foods, The Hearth, May’s Farm Cart, Pig &

Jacket, The Ram Inn and all the rest. Winners

announced on 1st Feb.

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HEALTH

Why diets don’t work

...but it's not all bad news

If you’re starting the

New Year with a snug

waistband and the

resolve to lose some

weight, you’re not

alone. According to a

2014 Mintel report,

some 29 million Brits

went on a diet during

the previous year,

including 65 per cent

of women and 44 per

cent of men.

But while you may be

in the majority, you’re not on the winning team.

Whether you’re doing the Dukan, five-twoing

or going Paleo, the hard fact is that dieting does

not work.

According to many scientists, when you reduce

food intake, you place your body under stress,

causing it to produce the hormones cortisol and

adrenaline. These signal starvation, slowing the

metabolism, and increasing the production of

‘hunger’ hormones, while decreasing the levels of

those that indicate fullness. The result is that you

feel hungrier, while your body hangs on to every

calorie, enabling you to manage on less food, and

to store a higher proportion as fat. It’s a survival

mechanism that served our prehistoric ancestors

well in times of famine, but that does nothing to

help you lose weight.

Also acting against you is what neuroscientist

Sandra Aamodt calls the body’s ‘set points’ - the

range within which bodyweight fluctuates. Once

you drop out of that comfort zone, the body does

all it can to get you back there. Worse still, the

higher that set point the better, as far as your

brain is concerned. It views extra fat as insurance

against leaner times, so does its best to increase

levels, which explains

why some 95

per cent of dieters

regain the weight,

with many becoming

heavier than

when they started.

And it’s not just the

body that you’re

fighting - your

mind is against you

too. The psychology

of eating is

formed in childhood

and typically equates sweet, fatty foods with

‘treats’, while labelling healthier choices as dull

or virtuous. We talk of ‘being good’ when we

refuse a cream-cake or nibble at a celery stick,

then comfort ourselves with ice cream, or indulge

in a ‘naughty’ chocolate biscuit (or three) with

our coffee.

When you try to cut out foods that you view as

emotionally rewarding, you start to feel deprived

- and it’s a feeling that only gets stronger, the

more willpower you apply. It’s the same struggle

that is at the root of many eating disorders. We

battle our desires for what we perceive as ‘bad’

foods, until we snap and end up bingeing on all

those off-limit goodies - or exert such rigid selfdiscipline

that we become anorexic.

It’s not all bad news, though, because while diets

don’t work, there is another way. The experts are

agreed: once you change your lifestyle to incorporate

healthy eating and exercise, it becomes

possible to lose weight and to keep it off. While it

may not be the quick fix you hoped, it does mean

that if you readdress your approach to food, you

really can have your cake and eat it…

Anita Hall

Photo by Alex Leith

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THE WAY WE WORK

We asked local photographer Rebecca King to take portraits of four of Lewes' bootwearing

sportspeople (there's a tenuous link with our 'reboot' theme...) asking each

of them: what's your favourite type of shoe? Rebecca told us: "I love the memories

attached with photographs, I'll take photographs of anyone or anything!"

Find her on Instagram: @cocozanya

Billy Shiell, Lewes Rugby Club

“My favourite shoes? Chelsea boots.”


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Guy McQueen, five-a-side footballer at Wave Leisure

“Copa Mundial football boots.”


THE WAY WE WORK

Kelly Newton, Lewes FC Ladies captain

“A comfy pair of trainers.”


THE WAY WE WORK

Dave Leach, Lewes Athletics Club

“Brooks running shoes.”


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Amanda Saurin

At her new shop, AS Apothecary

About a year ago, I decided I wanted to have a

base in Lewes, so that people could know what

I do and could come and see me. I’ve been selling

through stockists in France, Italy, Belgium,

Sweden, Hong Kong… all over the world, and it

seemed crazy to me that people in Hong Kong

can know exactly what I do, and yet hardly anybody

in Lewes does. And Lewes is my home.

I’d gone past this shop on the bus a hundred

times and it had been empty for about a year. I

loved the windows, I thought they were fantastic,

so I came and had a look around. It had this grey

acrylic carpet on the floor and white shelving

covering the walls, but I thought, ‘I can make

this OK’. We took the shelving off, and then we

pulled up the carpet and there was this incredible

solid mahogany floor underneath.

I wanted to use copper in the shop, because

the distillers we use on the farm are copper.

The edging of the shelves and the surface of our

cabinet are made from copper treated with acid,

to give it the aged finish. I love oak, so I had this

shelving cut by two local chaps who were just

amazing. The pieces were so heavy that we had to

have three people hold them in place while our

builder made the joints - he was unbelievable.

Having started the renovations in September, we

finished work at the end of November. It’s been

an amazing journey, but very expensive…

We still do all of the big plant work out at the

farm; we grow a couple of hundred roses and

lavenders and lots of other plants there, and then

we tincture or macerate or distil them. At the end

of that process, we have essential oils or aromatic

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FEATURE: MY SPACE

water, which we bring to the shop to make our

products, because you need an extremely clean

environment. The basement here is really large

and it’s got lots of natural light flooding down, so

we’re able to do our finishing down there.

At the back we’ve got a treatment room, where

Wendy Spencer does aromatherapy massage,

Ellie Gill, who’s going to be doing facials using

our products, and then Sarah Buldul, who does

acupuncture. Another thing I wanted for the shop

was to work with people who have a particular

affinity for what we do: Keith Pettitt, a local wood

engraver, took our six key flowers and made wood

engravings of those; Julia White, an artist, came

on one of our courses and created these botanical

works based on flowers from the farm; Barry

Flannigan, an amazing milliner, is making hats for

us, and Dominic Parrette made these little trugs,

which we’re using as shopping baskets. For me it’s

all about commissioning people to do incredibly

lovely things that accord with our philosophy and,

frankly, we are just falling over creative talent here

in Lewes.

When I took the shop on in September, with

all the Brexit stuff that had just happened, I was

thinking, if I was a gambling woman I probably

would think this was a bad time to embark on

any new venture. But I've kind of come round to

thinking that if you spend all your time worrying

about whether it'll be a success or a failure, then

you never get anything done, so you’ve just got to

go for it.

As told to Rebecca Cunningham

31 Western Road, asapoth.com

Photos by Rebecca Cunningham

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Because every life is unique

…we are here to help you make your

farewell as personal and individual as possible,

and to support you in every way we can.

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FEATURE: WILDLIFE

Illustration by Mark Greco

Fairy Shrimp

Just add water

I’m still disappointed. As a kid I loved old Spiderman

comics but I was always more amazed by the inside

back cover. An advert for 'sea-monkeys' showed a

family of bizarre, grinning humanoid creatures which

would become your pets and ‘bring smiles, laughter

and fun into your home’ if you sent away a fistful

of dollars to a warehouse in New Jersey. Living in

England the offer wasn’t available to me. My childhood

therefore devoid of ‘smiles, laughter and fun’.

Looking back I realise that a greater disappointment

would have awaited if I had ordered these creatures.

In reality sea-monkeys were simply brine shrimps:

tiny crustaceans, not incredible aquatic simians.

Just like sea-monkeys British fairy shrimp are also

crustaceans from the order Anostraca. They have

transparent bodies, antennae, blobby black eyes on

stalks and 22 leaf-like legs which propel them, upside

down, through water. They’re positively prehistoriclooking

and haven’t bothered to evolve much since

the Triassic period 200 million years ago. It’s amazing

they have survived so long, as they are spectacularly

unprepared for life on our planet. Unlike other crustaceans,

such as crabs and woodlice, fairy shrimp do

not have hard exoskeletons. This armour-free existence

makes them vulnerable and they can only survive

where nothing will eat them. But where on earth can

they find such a habitat on our hostile planet? Safe,

predator-free homes don’t just fall out of the sky.

Rain transforms the ruts, ditches and depressions of

our world. A puddle presents a freshwater fresh start

for life and fairy shrimp are the first settlers. But how

do they get there? The truth is they have always been

there. Like Spiderman the fairy shrimp have their

own superpowers. Their eggs can lie desiccated and

dormant in the soil for years, even decades. They

are brought to life by water; the Pot Noodles of the

animal world. There are legends of 100-year-old

Anostraca eggs taken from museum shelves, wetted

and awakened. One tale even tells of eggs carbondated

at 10,000 years old being resurrected.

It’s a long, dry wait down there in the earth but, when

rain arrives, the pool party starts. Puddles teem with

fairy shrimp but puddles are only temporary accommodation.

To adapt fairy shrimp have a fast life cycle;

a race to produce more eggs before their home dries

and disappears.

Of all the species I have written about in the past 66

editions of Viva Lewes fairy shrimp are the only ones

I have never seen. They are incredibly rare; only

known from a few puddles in Sussex. The truth is

I’m more likely to encounter some actual fairies than

fairy shrimp. But when I’m out looking to make a new

start in the New Year I’ll keep checking those puddles

hoping to find some other animals trying to start a

new life too. Michael Blencowe, Sussex Wildlife Trust,

illustration by Mark Greco

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COLUMN

Lewes Out Loud

Plenty more Henty

For a moment, as I

climbed the steps to

the Town Hall’s lecture

room one evening just

before Christmas, I

feared that someone

else had hijacked my

idea to form a new

society in the town -

BMWG or bearded

men with glasses.

However, once inside the rather crowded room,

I soon realised that the men were members, or

potential members, of the Friends of Lewes and

there, with wives and others, to learn about the

history of Southover Grange.

The talk was delivered by senior archivist from

The Keep, Christopher Whittick, and followed

comprehensive details of exciting future plans

for the building. Let’s face it, the Grange is a

prime example of regeneration, literally on our

own doorstep. I love the place and the peaceful

gardens that embrace it all year round. Serene

stability in an increasingly crazy world.

This serenity has been faithfully captured by

artist, Marietta Van Dyck, on a new card she has

produced in support of the Friends. We chatted

briefly and I was pleased to learn that she is a

reader of this page.

Another fun form of regeneration right now, has

to be pantomime, of course, and all praise to the

ever-reliable St. Mary’s Social Centre, Christie

Road, for offering us Jack and The Beanstalk for

a jolly week this month. A traditional panto

in every sense of the word at a time when the

Theatre Royal in Brighton offers Sunny Afternoon

featuring The Kinks, with Lola acting as dame

presumably.

It’s not the same, is

it? I was glad to note

though that Ballet

Theatre UK is

presenting Alice in

Wonderland for two

days at the Dome

concert hall at the beginning

of the month.

Coincidentally,

publishers Macmillan

have just launched a new edition of Alice as well

as Peter Pan and Wendy - both books beautifully

illustrated, over one hundred years ago, by the

remarkable Mabel Lucie Attwell. Regeneration

yet again.

Unbelievably, 50 years ago in the autumn of 1967,

the BBC launched Radios One, Two, Three and

Four onto the airwaves and at the same time,

‘Auntie’ announced the opening, as an experiment,

of local radio in this country.

I was privileged to be a part of that experiment

and on 14th February, 1968, made the first ever

outside broadcast on BBC Radio Brighton from

the top of a very tall building in the town. It was

a foggy night and I could see absolutely nothing

from my vantage point. Just as well the Henty

vivid imagination kicked in, allied to a given gift

of the gab which probably got me the plum job

in the first place. Happily, I’m still in touch with

former colleagues and so we plan a get-together

this year.

Finally, I must apologise to Nick whose photograph

appeared on this page last month. Apparently,

several people have assumed, not that he

was Father Christmas but worse - that he was

John Henty. Now that is something I would not

wish on anyone. Happy New Year! John Henty

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FOOTBALL

All change

It ain’t like it used to be, says Ross Standen

Photo by James Boyes

The way Ross Standen talks about his playing days

at Lewes, you’d think he was playing in the days of

black and white telly and shorts down to your shin

pads. In fact, his third and final spell as goalkeeper

at the club finished only 15 years ago, but it was

most definitely a different era.

Not only has The Dripping Pan gone through a

massive transformation since Ross’s playing days -

the huge Philcox Stand was a grass verge when he

was in goal - but playing and management styles

have evolved beyond recognition too.

Standen played his final stint under Jimmy Quinn,

whom he describes as the best manager he ever

played for, even though he still winces at the

punishment he was put through. “He was hard

as nails,” says Standen of his manager. “If you

drew a game he just said ‘bring your trainers’. You

wouldn’t see a ball, he’d make you run up the cobbled

streets. We used to have to do four-mile runs

on a regular basis.”

And there was no point in Standen pleading for

clemency as a goalkeeper, either. “I’d say ‘what

am I doing this for? The furthest I’ve got to run

is 18 yards’. He’d say ‘we’re a team - we win and

lose together’.”

Even in the early 2000s, making players run for

failing to win may have seemed primitive, but

it worked. Lewes played 72 games in the 2001-2

season under Quinn and lost only a handful. They

claimed the Ryman Second Division title, won the

Sussex Senior Cup and made it all the way to the

first round of the FA Cup for probably the biggest

game in the club’s history at Stoke.

Despite the near total protection afforded to

modern keepers, Standen is still glad he played in

a more physical era - although he doesn’t look back

on one particular experiment with great fondness.

In the 1994-5 season, the Isthmian League was

chosen for a short-lived FIFA experiment that

saw throw-ins replaced with kicks. “Every player

through the middle of the pitch - centre forward,

centre midfield, centre back - was my height,” says

Standen, who is always one of the first to know

when it rains. “It was like a corner every single

time. They were just smashing it [into the box]

and the keeper was getting lumped all over the

place. The referees gave you no protection at all. It

was like being a rugby player.”

Consequently, the current crop of Lewes players

shouldn’t expect too much sympathy from Standen,

now assistant manager to Darren Freeman at

the Dripping Pan, if they pick up a slight knock or

tweak during a game. “I don’t think they realise

how easy they’ve got it now,” he says. Barry Collins

Lewes home fixtures in January:

2nd, 3pm v Horsham; 14th, 3pm v Herne Bay

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BUSINESS NEWS

First up, there’s more bad

news on the Southern Rail

front. The second round of

strikes since ASLEF joined

the dispute - meaning that

train drivers, too, are taking

industrial action over Southern’s

plans to install a one-person-operated

system - means more all-out action,

so it looks as we go to press like no trains will run

from Monday 9th to Saturday 14th January, starting

the year off pretty much as we ended the last

one. Oh, and to add insult to injury, Southern have

introduced a 1.8% fare increase, pushing the price

of an off-peak return to Brighton to £4.99.

We’ve let Julian Dawson [pg 10] break the story

about the future of Gorringe’s antique auction

house on Garden Street near the station, which

has already ceased to operate: the sheds will soon

be knocked down with the idea of building flats in

their place. The whole operation

will move down the road

to North Street.

We’d like to thank Abby for

all the hard work she’s put

into running The Lewes

Arms over the years; her

replacement is Paul, who,

we hear, is keen to reintroduce some of the street

games that the pub has become famous for, including

dwyle flunking, the World Pea-Throwing

Championships, spaniel racing and the unique

Corrida de los Animales Pantomimos. Just round

the corner best of luck to Alex, who has decided

that come March he’ll step down from managing

The Lamb, having turned it into one of the

best free live music venues anyone can remember

round these parts. Cheers, Alex… please leave

your successor your contacts book!

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you don't have to go through a whole explanation

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instead of looking at performance and local competition,

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THE MAGIC CIRCLE, 1920

This photograph was printed on page 176 of the Irish writer Frank Frankfort Moore’s 1920 novel A Garden

of Peace, set in the fictional town of ‘Yardley Parva’, a thinly disguised version of Lewes, where Moore

lived from shortly after the turn of the century until shortly before his death in 1931.

Those who have ever passed up the stairs from Castle Ditch Lane to the County Council car park by

the Maltings, will recognise it as the ‘Magic Circle’, that run-down little area much loved for decades by

teenagers looking for a quiet spot to smoke cigarettes (or weed) and practice getting sick on Merrydown

cider (or vodka and Red Bull), away from the eyes of the authorities (or their parents).

The book chronicles the creation of a landscaped garden by the banks of a Norman castle, and the many

adventures which the gardener encounters as he creates his little earthly paradise. A Garden of Peace was

written shortly after Moore himself had landscaped a beautiful garden in the grounds of his residence,

Castle Gate House. Other pictures in the book show other elements of his creation, but the epicentre

is this lily pond, flanked by two Greek-style arches, boasting the symbol of a peacock on the spandrels

above. By the side of the pond was a statue made up of blocks from Giant’s Causeway.

Moore has largely been forgotten today, but in his time he was a bestselling author. His 1897 book, The

Jessamy Bride, based on Oliver Goldsmith’s last years, outsold the novel his brother-in-law Bram Stoker

wrote in the same year, Dracula. He was a founding member of the Lewes Scientific and Literary Society,

and the Sussex Agricultural Express of the period is full of mentions of his mastery of wit and repartee.

Here’s an example from 1913: “Silver-haired, with a little wisp curling lovingly near the left temple,

his soft though staccato voice given to little subtleties of humour, Mr Moore soon put the gathering in

stitches of laughter.”

Put Moore’s name into a famous quotes Google search, and a line from A Garden of Peace comes up. ‘I

think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day.’ This is

sadly no longer likely to be the case in the garden that inspired it. The County Council now own much

of the land which once belonged to Castle Gate House, and, sadly, the Magic Circle has fallen into

scandalous disrepair. Alex Leith

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