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I remember when the American-born term ‘DIY’ started gaining traction,
in the early 70s. In those early days, it was something to be sneered at:
DIYers were seen as being slightly deluded bumblers, more likely to
damage a house than repair it, much satirised in magazines like Mad.
Forty-odd years on, and every household has an electric drill. Even I, who
reached adulthood with very few practical skills, once put a cat flap into a
back door, a job which required the use of an electric saw, and which I successfully completed despite
very nearly electrocuting myself and shorting the power in the house. For a good while, every time I
heard the damn cat walk through the damn hole, I felt a tiny surge of pride, mixed with shame.
Another phenomenon to come out of the 70s was punk rock, which constituted teenagers sticking
two fingers up at the pompous and exploitative music industry, and forming their own bands, even
though they couldn’t necessarily play their instruments.
That spirit of punk DIY - which spread into other spheres of life, from fanzines to fashion, was
possibly the most influential philosophical movement of my formative years. And not just mine: forty
years on, I’m proud to live in a town where businesses reflecting their owners’ passions - think The
Tom Paine Printing Press, think Union Music Store - abound.
So here’s to all the people out there who have thought ‘you know what, I’m going to have a go at that
myself.’ All the independent spirits who’ve started something up from scratch. Viva DIY, in other
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Bits and bobs.
10-29. The story behind Rupert Denyer’s
fab cover, Will Hardie’s Lewes, Jane
Aiken Hodge remembered, getting a cat
from Raystede, Brighton Festival news
and three new books by Lewes authors.
31-35. Chloë King fixes three doors,
Mark Bridge fashions a cat flap, and
David Jarman raps on artists’ (in)ability to
get a good likeness.
On this month.
37. Spoken word. An ‘American’ man at
the SICK! Festival.
39. Literature. Italophile Virginia Baily
on her new novel Early One Morning.
41. Craft. Jenny KilBride curates an
exhibition to dye for in Ditchling.
43-45. Classical music. But not as it’s usually
done: New Sussex Opera at the Town Hall
and Sea Fever at the De La Warr.
46-47. Cinema. Louis Malle’s classic Lift to
the Scaffold and the Bechdel Test applied to
LFC’s latest offerings.
49-51. Art. David Jarman checks out a
Sussex Modernism exhibition in that there
London and the first residency/exhibition
at the all-new Martyrs’ Gallery, featuring
53-57. Art and about. Viva correspondent
Carlotta Luke at Pelham House, the
fabulous Tom Benjamin at St Anne’s
Galleries and what’s on the gallery walls
from Chichester to Hastings.
59-65. Diary dates. Films, talks, and political
meetings. Our highlight is Kurosawa’s Ran
at Tom Paine’s Chapel.
THE 'DIY' ISSUE
67. Music. Classical round-up, with Paul
69-71. Gig guide. An African music
night in aid of refugees, and plenty more
besides… but not, sadly, from the Lamb.
73-77. Free time. A chilly afternoon
in Wakehurst Place, ice bubbles in the
Ouse Valley, and Matt Carr’s latest book,
79- 83. An Italian pop-up, cocktails at
Aqua, and a tagine-cooked recipe from Jane
The way we work.
85-89. Brothers and sisters, doin’ it for
themselves, through the lens of Peter Cripps.
90-105. Richard Madden goes walkies,
Michael Blencowe writes a butterfly book,
Anita Hall on self-diagnosis, Dr Bike’s
volunteer mechanics service, Lewes FC’s Mr
Fix It Duncan Thompson, John Henty out
loud, an amazing 60s self-build project, and
trade secrets with Lou Holmes from Skull
107-109. Uber in Lewes, a solar-power
project in Berwick and the directory spotlight
on Dr Wendy Maples of the University of Us.
122. Clark Hunt, an ironmonger and much
more in the Baltica building on the High
Street. Just don’t say it too quickly.
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THIS MONTH’S COVER ARTIST: RUPERT DENYER
This month’s cover was painted by Lewes-based
artist Rupert Denyer. The scene, which might feel
all too familiar around this time of year, is one he
stumbles upon frequently in his own cellar: “I’ll
normally paint a ‘found’ still life,” he says. “It’s
difficult to set something up without it looking a
bit awkward. Usually I’ll see something, and that’ll
be good enough.” The objects featured include a
collection of his grandfather’s antique tools: “he
used to be a carpenter and he was always interested
in antiques, too - towards the end of his life he
had a stand at Lewes Antiques Centre. When he
died, he had hundreds of old tools, tenon saws and
screwdrivers and drills, and a lot of those were
passed down to me.” Our theme immediately
conjured up the image of a mess of hand tools,
cables and, of course, a cup of tea (look closely and
you’ll see the mug features one of those iconic
Lewes designs from the Tom Paine Printing Press).
“I’m very interested in form,” Rupert says, “I think
that’s why I don’t work from photographs. Going
from one flat surface to another flat surface doesn’t
work for me.”
After studying Graphic Design and Illustration
in London, he went to train at a private atelier
in Florence, where the approach to drawing was
considerably different. “At college I’d had a tutor
who was really good, but brutal. I might spend
six weeks on one drawing and when I showed it
to him he would roll out a sheet of tracing paper
over the top of it and say ‘the perspective isn’t quite
right here’ or ‘this line isn’t right’, and I’d have to
go back and make corrections. So by the time I got
to Italy I was quite tentative. At the atelier there
was no intellectualising of anything, it was a purely
visual process, learning how to create mass, and
that was a really good basis for learning how to
paint in oils.”
His home studio in Lewes is filled with paintings,
from his time living in Italy, to the five months he
spent painting the streets of Lewes, to portraits
of his wife Romina and their six-month-old son, Luca. “I was
lucky enough to spend some time with Ken Howard, who’s an
artist and Royal Academician and he told me, ‘paint your life’,
so that’s what I’m doing. It can be limiting if you're only ever
making paintings to sell, and it’s difficult making the decision
to spend time on work which is never going to be for sale…
but these paintings,” he says, gesturing towards a portrait of
Romina at eight months pregnant, “being able to use my skill to
capture these moments, that’s just as important for me.”
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MY LEWES: WILL HARDIE
Are you local? I was brought up in West Sussex, and
moved to this area when I was offered and accepted
work and accommodation (in a converted terrapin
shelter) just outside Ringmer, about 12 years ago. Remarkably,
even though I’d studied at the University of
Brighton, I’d never been to Lewes.
What did you think? I was delighted to realise I’d
moved near to such a vibrant and beautiful town,
with a lively cultural life, interesting people, great independent
shops, a real buzz. What a discovery! We
moved into Lewes proper, where I’d already established
my workshop, seven years ago.
We? Myself and my wife Miriam. We have two kids
and two cats and live in Paddock Road, which has the
best community spirit of anywhere I’ve ever lived.
And that includes communes in India and the States.
You’ve recently had to move your workshop…
We’re in our third different site in the Phoenix Industrial
It’s a pity all the creative businesses have been
pushed out… It is. But the chance to have set up our
businesses in this area for such cheap rent has been
an amazing opportunity. The problem is there is less
and less space for industry in Lewes, and we are in
danger of becoming a town that consumes things and
doesn’t make things. A group I’m involved with, Making
Lewes, is looking for solutions to this problem.
What’s your favourite boozer? For craft beer, The
Snowdrop. For take-away beer and beer conversations,
The Ellie. For atmosphere, The Swan. For
food, The Pelham Arms. For writing, The Black
Horse. For meetings, The Lewes Arms. For music,
The Lamb. I like pubs.
How would you spend a perfect Sunday? A bit
of Lego, a walk with the family, a pub lunch, a stroll
round the antique shops, a family movie. I’ve trained
the kids to ask for cheesy chips in the evening so I can
get out for a sneaky pint.
What’s your favourite twitten? Pipe Passage, for
the way it takes you on a magical journey between
two completely different parts of town, and for the
views at the top.
Tell us about the TV presenting… It was actually
Catherine Darcy, my favourite shirt maker, who recommended
George Clarke’s team should meet me,
when they were looking for oddball quirky makers for
his show Amazing Spaces. I became a regular presenter
on the show. Now the TV work is taking up about a
fifth of my time - I also present Shed of the Year - but
my heart and soul will always be with Studio Hardie.
If you didn’t live in Lewes where would you live?
Barcelona. I lived there in the early 2000s when I was
wooing Miriam, who’s Catalan. The two places have a
lot of similarities actually: they are both absolute hives
of creativity, and both punch way above their weight,
culturally speaking. Interview by Alex Leith
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PHOTO OF THE MONTH
Every morning, when he gets up, Crispin Holloway looks out of his window on The
Avenue at the view that it affords - a marvellous one of the Castle Keep on its mound.
“Sometimes, when there’s interesting light,” he says, “I post the picture on Twitter.” At
about 8.15am on the 24th of January he looked out, and saw something rather amazing.
The sun, low on the horizon, was casting a shadow of the ruined building onto the
freezing fog above and in front of it. “It was like a ghost castle!” he says. He pointed his
phone camera - on its automatic setting - at the scene, and posted the picture straight,
with no Photoshop/Illustrator enhancement.
Crispin is a naturalist, and in particular a butterfly expert (as featured in VL #40) and
nowadays he generally prefers to use his phone instead of a ‘real’ camera. “I’ve got a
clip-on macro lens for my phone,” he says. “I only use a camera when I know for sure
I’m going to need it.” Being a naturalist he is able to identify the trees in the foreground:
a silver birch, and a copper beech, but this is the first ‘ghost castle’ he’s come
across. “It made me wonder how often this phenomenon, needing a combination of
factors, might occur. Once every year? Once every five?” AL
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BITS AND BOBS
LEWES WORTHY: JANE AIKEN HODGE
For Jane Aiken Hodge writing must have
seemed to be practically a family business. Her
father was the Pulitzer prize-winning poet
Conrad Aiken, a friend of TS Eliot. Her mother
was the Canadian writer, Jessie McDonald.
Her sister, Joan Aiken, was a children’s author
best known for such classics as The Wolves of
Willoughby Chase. And her second husband was
Alan Hodge, a poet, journalist and joint editor
of History Today. Jane Aiken Hodge’s speciality
was popular, undemanding romantic historical
fiction. But this was underpinned by impeccable
research. Her 1987 novel, Polonaise, was,
for example, praised by the Times as ‘not only
highly enjoyable as a story, but also a painless
way to absorb some Polish history’. She
also wrote a study of Jane Austen, whom she
revered. One reviewer described it as ‘a book
shot through with insight and good sense’. But
perhaps her greatest literary success was her
book on Georgette Heyer, to whom her own
books owed so much.
Jane Aiken Hodge was born in Massachusetts
in December 1917. When she was three the
family moved to Britain, settling in Rye. She
studied English at Oxford and then took a second
degree at Radcliffe College, her mother’s
alma mater in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
She worked for the British Board of Trade in
Washington, and then as a journalist on Time
magazine in New York. Her first literary success
was Camilla, published in instalments in
1961 in the US magazine Ladies’ Home Journal,
and then in book form as Marry in Haste. The
setting was Napoleonic Portugal, a favourite
background for her historical fiction. But then
so were the Southern US States of the same
period. She called it a day in 2003 when her
thirty-fifth novel was published.
Moving to Eastport Lane, Lewes in 1972, she
became active in local politics, campaigning
to save the Railway Land and have Lewes
included in the South Downs National Park.
She was a constant, necessary, irritant to the
East Sussex Library Services. In later years
she was a passionate advocate of the right of
people to end their own lives.
I can’t say I knew her particularly well. But,
she always struck me as an entirely admirable
woman. David Jarman
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CHARITY BOX #12: RAYSTEDE
You can rehome or foster cats, dogs or small
animals from Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare
in Ringmer. Raystede was founded in 1952 by Miss
Raymonde-Hawkins. They now care for over 2,000
animals a year, rehoming over 1,000. Rachel, Matt
and Alice adopted Garfield (pictured) from them.
We speak to them about the process.
Why did you decide to get a cat? We’d always
wanted one, but weren’t allowed pets in rented
accommodation. Once we had our own home, we
were able to.
Have you had pets before? When we were children,
we both had cats.
Why did you choose Raystede? (Rachel) I’ve been
visiting since I was a child. We often visit the café
and charity shop and take Alice to visit the animals.
What was the process? It was the summer holidays
and we’d been keeping an eye on their website,
where they put up photos of animals available for
rehoming. Alice wanted a ginger cat, so when we
saw one-year-old Garfield, we phoned to ask if he
was still available. He was, so we all went to see him,
liked him, and were able to take him home that day.
He’d been neutered, chipped and had up-to-date injections
and they also give you an information pack.
We paid £80. We’d taken a carry basket with us, and
we bought food and a litter tray from Raystede.
What if it doesn’t work out? They will take the
animal back. They want the relationship to work,
and all pets (and families) are different.
What was Garfield’s story? His bio explained that
his owner had to go into sheltered housing. It also
said he likes children, dislikes dogs and is ‘chatty’.
We discovered that means he likes to wake us up in
the wee hours.
How were the first few days? He suddenly became
ill, but the Raystede vet will treat your re-homed
pet for no cost in the first week, which was helpful.
He was fine after that. We kept him inside for a
fortnight as recommended.
What are the best bits of having adopted a cat?
(Alice) Companionship. He’s one of the family now.
I like it when he jumps on my lap.
What have been the biggest challenges? It’s been
stressful when he’s been injured or ill. We don’t
drive, so we have to take him to the vets by bus. And
you have to budget for having a pet. The monthly
cost of food and insurance is about £50.
Any advice you’d offer? If you want to set a boundary,
do it from the start and stick to it. If you’ve been
letting your cat in the bedroom at night, they are
likely to strongly object if you then try to shut them
out of it.
Would you recommend it? Yes, definitely. Raystede
take good care of their animals and they are
helpful, reassuring and supportive.
Interview by Emma Chaplin
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BITS AND BOBS
WHERE DID YOU
GET THAT HAT?
I bumped into two very stylishlooking
tourists out and about this
month. Rupert Bagihole and Cathy
Moss from Brighton were busy
snapping pictures of St Michaels
when I stopped them to ask about
their interesting (and wellcoordinated!)
hats. Rupert’s green
Fedora was purchased at a charity
festival in Oxfordshire, whilst
Cathy procured hers on a trip to
Cheltenham. Kelly Hill
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Carlotta has sent us a selection of photos she
took in what was a cold, cold February, with
the temperature bobbing around zero for
much of the month. From top left, clockwise:
colourful berries on a frozen tree on Malling
Rec; a plasterer working in Southover Grange;
the door of the reredorter (aka latrine) at
Lewes Priory in the freezing fog; a flint wall at
the Depot Cinema. “I love the ‘ta da!’ sweep
of the cloth,” she says of the latter. And so do
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BITS AND BOBS
BRIGHTON FESTIVAL 2017
Just before we went to press the Brighton Festival announced its 2017
programme (guest director Kate Tempest; theme ‘Everyday Epic’), and there
are plenty of Lewes-interest events going on in May. First up Lewes-based
folk queen Shirley Collins (pictured), performing her first album for 40 years
- Lodestar - in Brighton Dome Concert Hall on Sun 14th. The Guardian
called her recent concert in Glasgow ‘a five-star foray into the darker depths
of soul’: if you’re into that sort of thing, this should not be missed. Meanwhile
Glyndebourne is being used as a Festival venue again, with two concerts, both of which start at 3pm, and
both of which invite punters to have a picnic in the grounds beforehand. On the 7th I Fagiolini perform
Monteverdi: The Other Vespers, and on 14th pianist Paul Lewis performs works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin
and Weber. Prices for both start at £10. The Festival returns to Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft with
a powerful sculpture exhibition by Cathie Pilkington, on throughout the Festival. A Doll for Petra is the
artist’s response to a carved wooden doll made by sculptor Eric Gill for his daughter, who he sexually
abused. Finally, the Attenborough Centre (aka ACCA) in the University of Sussex has too many Festival
events to list here: one highlight is US dramatist Richard Nelson’s The Gabriels trilogy, charting a liberal
upstate New York family’s growing anxiety, as they sit round their kitchen table throughout election year
2016 (see attenboroughcentre.com and the Festival brochure for dates).
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CLOCKS OF LEWES #4: TESCO
Most of the clocks and associated
buildings we cover here
are steeped in history. Not all
though. Or at least, some are part
of a more recent history. The
Brooks land where Tesco now
squats was, not so long ago, water
meadow. In the 1960s it was a
dump, then a depot. A quintessentially
1980s plan followed - a
BMX track. Then rumblings of
a megastore, from Gateway (now Somerfield). In
1989, Tesco submitted its application for a 30,000
square foot store, designed by the APP Partnership
During the planning process, some councillors
purportedly complained the clock tower made it
all a bit Trumpton, but for those who regularly
pass by it's mostly considered a
boon. It has four faces, they're
illuminated and, importantly,
the clock works - and keeps
Let's face it, supermarkets are
never the most pleasing structures.
They're giant sheds with
branding. Tesco is particularly
unprepossessing now, its gutters
peeling, tiles falling off,
dead signage letters and the litter in the Jenner's
Way hedge recalling the location's earlier use as
landfill. On a positive note, its triangular rooflines
reflect a few local buildings such as the nearby
Working Men's Club. And I've got a soft spot for
the dragon finials. But the clock tower remains its
best feature. Daniel Etherington
BITS AND BOBS
TOWN PLAQUE #24
This month’s plaque, on the wall on the east side of Watergate Lane,
only tells half the story. It marks the site of the County Theatre, once
the home of the Lewes Players, a group which was the fore-runner of
Lewes Little Theatre. The building was compulsorily purchased and
demolished in 1936 to add a council chamber on to Pelham House,
which had been taken over by the County Council in 1928.
The other half of that story is that this theatre was also the home of
the first cinema in Lewes, the County Electric Theatre, opened in
1910 by a Mr Albert Souch of Brighton, who took over and adapted the premises of an abandoned printworks.
It never converted to sound and closed in 1929. Maybe this use needs marking too? Marcus Taylor
A feather in Marcus’ cap that’s worth reporting: a plaque marking the Dripping Pan’s history, a possibility first
raised in this column a year ago, is now in place.
DIY MONEY: THE LEWES POUND IN NUMBERS
Lewes has had a local currency since 2008, and is one of 7 such towns in the UK. A local currency helps local
businesses and supports the economy of the town.
There are 10,000 Lewes Pounds in circulation at present, in denominations of LP21, LP10, LP5 and LP1,
and over LP1,000 are bought on regular monthly subscription. Lewes Pounds can be bought at 6 points in
town, and are acceptable at over 100 local businesses.
There are currently 4 collectors’ packs for sale, with a 5th ‘Celebrating Lewes’ to be issued soon; so far £6,500
has been raised for local causes from people buying them as mementos. Sarah Boughton
GHOST PUB #29: THE CHALK PIT INN, OFFHAM
When I started these ‘Ghost Pub’ articles back in 2014, the Chalk Pit Inn
was still a pub. However it is now an Indian restaurant and takeaway, and
although technically in Offham rather than Lewes, I think this old place
deserves a mention here. The building was originally used as offices for
the Offham chalk pit. However, by the mid-1800s it served as a beer shop.
This, along with the long-established Blacksmiths Arms a little way up
the road, was an ideal stopping point for carters and other travellers on
their way in and out of Lewes. In 1929 landlord Jacob Cornwall applied
for a licence to sell wine, as well. He claimed the majority of his customers
came from Lewes town, and there was now a great demand for wine, especially from the ladies. Jacob’s rival, Mr
Chaplin at the Blacksmiths Arms, was much opposed to this. However, despite his representative stating that the
Chalk Pit ‘was not the sort [of pub] that people who wanted wine would use’, the application was granted. Being
a rather isolated pub, it seems after-hours drinking was sometimes risked. On a February night in 1950, PCs
Belmont and Heather hid in some bushes behind the pub in order to catch perpetrators in the act. After-hours
drinkers were caught leaving the pub; hefty fines were issued. Mat Homewood
BOOK REVIEWS: LEWES AUTHORS GRACE NICHOLS AND BETH MILLER
Grace Nichols has published
a new collection of poetry,
The Insomnia Poems. The poems
explore that otherworldy
territory between sleep and
wakefulness where dreams are
close enough to reality to be
given credence by a mind that
is as yet only half-chained to
conscious logic. Nichols hails
from a small Guyanese village on the Caribbean
coast, and water flows freely through her verse, as
in Another Day, short enough to print here in its
entirety: ‘Eventually, / I get up to read - / the milk
of morning / spilling across the page. / Another day
sets sail.’ Nichols reveals many moods as she tosses
and turns her way through 48 short poems, before
a welcome figure pitches up to finish the collection
off: ‘The thief who nightly steals your brain; /
The-One-You-Don’t-See-Coming - / my ancestors’
other name for Sleep.’ One to
keep on the bedside table.
Beth Miller, who contributed
to this magazine for many
years, has written her second
book in the ‘For the Love
of’ series brought out by
Chichester publishers Summersdale.
The novelist’s first
in the series was ‘a companion’
to The Archers; this tome takes on a rather
more formidable subject, William Shakespeare.
The rump of the book is a whistle-stop rummage
through his oeuvre, with plot summaries, ‘did you
know’ box-outs and interviews with Shakespearian
experts. One thing it’s not is academic; far from it.
This is Shakespeare ‘lite’ aimed at demystifying
the playwright’s work, in the same vein as recent
publications by Ben Crystal, who we interviewed in
last month’s VL. Alex Leith
BOOKS AND BOBS
BOOK REVIEW: SECRET LEWES, BY TERRY PHILPOT
I hate to dust off the provocative
theory that Brighton was invented
by Lewesians, but a number of
entries in the latest publication
rounding up Lewes personalities and
landmarks - (Secret Lewes, by Terry
Philpot, £14.99) - brought it to
mind. Potted biographies are given
to Dr Richard Russell, who encouraged
the ‘salt water cure’ and thus
made Brighthelmstone a popular
tourist resort; Amon Wilds, responsible
for much of the Georgian
architecture which joined Brighton
to Hove; and Thomas Kemp, who
developed Kemptown. All three are Lewes men.
Secret Lewes is part of a series - there are books by
West Midlands publisher Amberley about ‘secret’
Leeds and High Wycombe,
too - but in reality it doesn’t
really unveil anything about
the town which isn’t included
in other histories. That said
it’s a concise enough collection
of interesting stories about
Lewes, some of which we have
written about in these pages
over the years: there are entries
on Piltdown Man hoaxer
Charles Dawson, mathematical
tiles and Eamon de Valera’s
spell in Lewes Prison, for
example. A present, perhaps,
for a newcomer who’s just moved here… or any
Brightonian friends you might have who need
reminding what’s what. Alex Leith
Forget me not
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Call that a guillemot?
The Estorick Collection
in Islington has reopened
after five months of
museum was opened
in 1998 to house Eric
and Salome Estorick’s
collection of modern
Futurist, art. Nothing
much seems to have
changed. The ticket
sales counter in the shop
has moved its position.
The Gents’ toilet is now
on the other side of the
corridor, but I’m sure I’ll
get used to it. There’s
now a whole room of
Morandi. Elsewhere the museum’s highlights are
still on show: Modigliani, Giorgio di Chirico,
Severini’s exquisite The Boulevard. One regular
missing is Balla’s The Hand of the Violinist,
presumably because the next of the Estoricks’
modest but always interesting temporary
exhibitions is devoted to Balla. My wife, who
knows about these things, always praises the way
in which the picture captures the shape that the
hand and the fingers make when you’re playing
the violin. But the canine world was possibly not
Balla’s forte. I remember standing in front of
the artist’s Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash in the
Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo; the dog
in question being a dachshund. I was with my
father-in-law, who knew little about art, but a
great deal about dachshunds. My wife grew up
with one called Hercules. He was scornful. “Call
that a dachshund?” he scoffed. It looked fine to
me, but what do I know?
In Jane Austen’s Persuasion, Anne Elliot comes
across the genial Admiral
Croft in Bath. “Here I
am, you see staring at a
picture. I can never get
by this shop without
stopping. But what a thing
here is, by way of a boat.
Do look at it. Did you ever
see the like? What queer
fellows your fine painters
must be, to think that
anyone would venture
their lives in such a shapeless
old cockleshell as that.
And yet, here are the two
gentlemen stuck up in it
mightily at their ease, and
looking about them at the
rocks and the mountains,
as if they were not to be upset the next moment,
which they certainly must be. I wonder where
that boat was built! I would not venture over a
horsepond in it.”
In his poem Soup and Sherry, George Bruce
writes of a visit he made to his friend William
Gillies, that marvellous Scottish painter: ‘There
was a painting on the easel / of Temple, the village
where we were. / It didn’t look like the rainy
street / off which I’d just come. In it / the moon
was up and silvering… I looked out the window
/ Nothing like the painting / No glimmering
windows along the street. / He was stirring the
soup. He didn’t look up.’
And sometimes it’s the world itself, not just its
depiction, that disappoints. Here’s an exchange
that I found in Geoffrey Madan’s Notebooks:
‘Young Woman in a Museum: What’s that bird?
WP Ker: It’s a guillemot.
YW: That’s not my idea of a guillemot.
WPK: It’s God’s idea of a guillemot.’
Painting by George Rankin, c1910
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Mark Bridge is in a flap
I’m not a natural DIYer. I’ve learned that having
the right tools is no substitute for having the
right skills. In my last home, I used Blu-tack to
hold down the wallpaper in the lounge and ultrawhite
toothpaste to fill the drawing-pin holes in
But I’m happy to undertake essential maintenance
and minor upgrades, especially when they improve
the quality of life. So, when my wife presented
me with a state-of-the-art cat flap last month, I
quickly leapt into action. A neighbour’s cat had
been popping round for extra breakfast, causing a
fair amount of distress to our two feline residents.
Elderly Rupert became too scared to go outside.
This had unpleasant consequences. Even on a
good day he’s responsible for noxious emissions
that would shame a misfiring Volkswagen.
Off came the old cat flap. I enlarged the hole and
fitted the new high-tech flap, which reads the microchip
that each cat has under the skin at the back
of his neck. A few seconds of programming means
no-one else can enter. After a few days spent
explaining this to the cats - they needed to adjust
their entry technique to nose-first rather than
leading with a foot - they’d mastered it. By the end
of the week, the hacksaw injury to my fingernail
had started to heal. Air pollution had returned to a
safe level. All was well. My maintenance had, once
again, helped keep us happy and content.
Or so I thought. Saturday morning arrives. “I’m
meeting the estate agent at that house I mentioned”,
my wife tells me. “Would you like to
come?” To be honest, I’d assumed her househunting
was little more than casual window-shopping,
not unlike the six-wheeled fire tender I’m
watching on eBay. Besides, the house she’d shown
me looked a bit weird on the estate agent’s plans,
with a long extension that gave the impression it
had been modelled after a low-budget 1980s space
station. I feared it might require quite a bit of
work before we’d be happy there. At least it’s still
in Ringmer… and at least it would mean I didn’t
have to do much more to our present home.
Unexpectedly, the house turns out to be more
attractive in real life than on the printed page. My
wife seems to agree. In fact, she’s already making
plans. “We wouldn’t need to keep this floral
wallpaper”, she points out. I rub my fractured
fingernail before replying “I quite like it”. When
we head into the kitchen, the estate agent hints
that it’s a little dated. “I think it suits the place”,
I suggest. “By the way, I don’t suppose there’s an
electronic cat flap in the back door, is there?”
Photo by Mark Bridge
The doors of perception
In January I announced
that throughout 2017
I would do all sorts
exercises to share with
Viva Readers. I imagined
myself a somewhat stiffer
Anneka Rice, deftly
navigating East Sussex
in a body stocking and a
Perhaps thankfully, I
am yet to channel her.
Instead, I’m finding
plenty of activities at home that I have been
almost compulsively avoiding to the detriment of
my family. The reality is, I like to think myself
capable but if it requires a power tool and it can’t
be eaten, I let Mr get on with it while I concern
myself with almost anything other than the state
of our home’s design and finish. In fact, he’s so
used to Let Me Do It For You that when I told
him I simply must work on the bathroom, he said
I could start by fitting a new shower pump - but
only after he obtained the part number.
So now, he’s lying on his belly in the darkened
attic with a bad back, calling at me through a
hole in the wall in the bedroom while I’m in the
bathroom next door, taking a pee.
“What?” I reply, pulling up my trousers and
hurrying out of the room.
“Turn on the hot water!”
I thought he was in trouble but happily, the thing
he needs is something I was already about to do.
Two tasks, one tap.
I’m about to feel a sense of achievement when
the project stutters to a halt. We need to order a
new pump online so I need to tackle something
else. The list is long: sand
walls, re-paint, fit lino,
splashback, skirting boards,
locks, door handles. Oh, how
nice it would be to close the
bathroom door properly, I
think. So, on to Screwfix
where I buy two sets of levers
and one set of grip handles
for the upstairs doors and
get my own customer card
At home, Mr guides me
through the process of
fitting a lever. Within an hour I’m inserting drill
bits without giving myself abrasion burns, and
possibly even enjoying myself. While Mr does
the school run, I power ahead with door two
totally unsupervised and then door three, which,
to make things more exciting, is a sliding door
that requires me to wedge it open with a copy of
“I didn’t know you could build, Mummy,” says
my daughter, beyond the drilling.
“You can do anything you put your mind to
sweetheart,” I say, smugly.
“Why are you doing building?”
“I thought Daddy was doing too much of the
work,” I fib.
“But you could get someone else to do it.”
“I wanted to do it myself,” I say, feeling a pang of
guilt that in five years this is the only time she’s
seen me with a hand tool. “It’s called DIY, which
stands for Do It Yourself.”
A little later, she calls to me from her bedroom.
“I’m building too, I’m building a house.” she says,
and suddenly, I don’t know what I’m more proud
of. The fact I can now close three doors, or the
discovery of an open one?
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ON THIS MONTH: SICK! FESTIVAL
‘American Boy’, my previous show, was in some
ways a self-portrait made of film quotes, mainly
from 90s Hollywood. Hollywood is just archetypes
of men with power and as a young boy, it’s
what you aspire to be. I’m interested in imitation
and it’s something I enjoy doing. ‘American Boy’
could almost be ‘British Boy’ - when I was a kid at
school, it’s what we were most influenced by.
My new piece, ‘American Man’ is about online
culture and self-broadcasting - what happens
when amateurs or political figures do it and
how these identities might be formed. There’s
archetypes you’d recognise - YouTube vlogger,
infomercial guys, the President. After American
Boy I wanted to turn the volume up on things that
have to do with race and gender - it goes into
more uncomfortable places. I look at gender more
in American Man; it’s very complex - what am
I allowed to do and say as a man? I’m in an
interesting position [as a British-Indian
man] in that I experience race as a minority
and gender in the opposite way.
When I was making ‘American Man’,
Donald Trump wasn’t really on the
horizon in a serious way, but I premiered
it after the election results. The piece
imagines Obama post-presidency, but the
work has become more topical, so
I’m having to think about how it
adapts as it’s performed. There
are parts I’d like to rethink,
addressing the madness.
People bring themselves
to the show and want
different things from it;
in London, I was relieved
to find the audience
generally loved it. But
you do get people who want you to fix the world.
While I’m not in the business of trying to offer
solutions, that is part of the thinking process - trying
to imagine the future, to think about what can
be done about all this.
My work has always been about making
connections between minority cultures and
mainstream cultures - which started very autobiographically,
growing up British-Indian. Recently
I’ve started to look at other facets of identity, which
might not be my personal experience - whether it’s
disability, gender or race. My work is about trying
to promote those connections, stripping away
stereotypes and revealing connections between
people and cultures, which may not seem to have
connections. The political situation makes it feel
more urgent but at the core, it doesn’t change what
I’m about; it just needs to happen a bit louder.
I’m currently making a series of short
film installations that will be the
foundation blocks to build my first
feature film. I’m interested in the
immersive quality of the cinema - the
visuals, the sound, the idea of losing
yourself in something. The first,
called The Jump, is a Spiderman
scene set in my Grandmother’s
living room. It connects that
domestic space with the
fantasy extravaganza of the
Hollywood theme, thinking
about how something
familiar becomes alien
and vice versa.
As told to Amy Holtz
/ SICK! Festival. Sat
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ON THIS MONTH: LITERATURE
When in Rome…
In the 1970s, aged 16, Virginia
Baily went to visit her aunt,
who lived in Rome. It was very
different from hometown Cardiff.
“I was overwhelmed with
the glory of the place,” she
says. “I was enchanted by the
way that being there turned
me into a different version of
myself.” A lifelong love affair
with the city - and the country
- had begun.
She can’t count how many
times she’s been to Italy since.
She did an Italian degree, did
an MA on an aspect of Italian
literature, taught TEFL in
Genoa and Rome, had a longterm
relationship with an Italian man in England
and has visited the Roman-resident aunt “at least
every year” since. Of course, she speaks fluent
An award for her first novel - set in Africa, another
region close to her heart - came with a significant
amount of prize money, so she decided to spend a
few months in Rome to research her second, planning
to set it in the Italian capital in the seventies,
to reflect her discovery of the city, and through it,
But there was a problem. “My MA had dealt with
Italian resistance literature during the brief German
occupation,” she says. “I realised then that
the area where my aunt lived had been the Jewish
ghetto from where the Nazis had mass-deported
those who hadn’t managed to get out. It made me
see the place in a completely different light.”
These memories were hard to shift, and while she
was trying to write about Rome in the 70s, she
found herself thinking more
and more about Rome in
October 1943. “I wrote a story
about a young Italian woman
saving a seven-year-old Jewish
child from deportation by pretending
he was her nephew,”
she says. “I wrote it to get it
out the way, so I could get on
with the 70s story. Instead it
became the first chapter of the
She didn’t want to abandon the
70s story entirely, “so I had to
find a way of connecting the
two stories up”. The result is
the novel Early One Morning,
which has now been translated
into eleven languages. “The story is about the
emotional impact of rescuing a child that might
not have wanted to be rescued,” she says; ripples of
that impact are felt in Cardiff 30 years later, when
a teenage girl is traumatised by the discovery that
her biological father is a different man from the
one who brought her up.
“A simple chronological structure doesn’t work
for me,” says Baily, revealing her next book to be
something of a palimpsest. “Imagine one fresco
painted over another: when you chip away at the
top one, you reveal the one underneath… unless
you accidentally obliterate it in the process.” The
novel - she is reluctant to reveal its working title
- is based in 1929, in Libya, and 1980 in, you’ve
guessed it, Italy.
Virginia Baily is the latest guest to talk at the Lewes
Literary Society, All Saints, 21st March
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ON THIS MONTH: CRAFT
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To dye for
In autumn 2016, Ditchling Museum of Art +
Craft, along with the University of Brighton, set
up the Dyeing Now project to mark the centenary
of Ethel Mairet’s definitive 1916 book, Vegetable
Dyes. Over 100 volunteers from around the world
have been trying out her techniques and sending
in their results, which are on show at the museum
until the end of April. I visit curator Jenny
KilBride in her Ditchling home; we talk about the
art of dyeing as she demonstrates the process.
“My father Valentine joined the Ditchling Guild
as a weaver and dyer in 1924, having worked as
an assistant to the remarkable Ethel Mairet. Ethel
wasn’t part of the Guild; she had a thriving business
of her own, employing many women in the
village as weavers, spinners and dressmakers.
“As a young woman, Ethel had married Ananda
Coomaraswamy, and as they travelled on the Indian
sub-continent, she became fascinated by natural
dyes. In England at that time, only chemical dyes
were being used. On her return, she did a lot of
research, rediscovering lost skills and methods.
She was a formidable woman, but passionate about
colour, and was dedicated to passing her skills onto
“My father’s workshop specialised in silk weaving
and church vestment making. I joined him in
1972, becoming the first woman Guild member
in 1974. He died in 1982 and I carried on running
the business until 1989, when the Guild was
wound up. I worked for Glyndebourne, then after
retirement, began fundraising for the Ditchling
Museum of Art + Craft, which re-opened in 2013.”
“It’s hard to get consistency of colour between
batches, which is why it’s difficult commercially.
Condition of the plant, hardness and temperature
of the water all make a difference. So keeping a
full record of what you do is very important.
“We’re going to use my favourite dye, madder. I
love the rust-red colour and its smell. For 20g of
silk, you need 50% (or 10g) of madder and 25%
(or 5g) of mordant. Mordanting is the chemical
process which allows colour to fix to the yarn. A
mordant is usually a powdered metal of some sort,
such as copper, alum (from aluminium) or tin.
“I’m using alum and cream of tartar for brightness,
which I dissolved in a basin of boiling water
yesterday, soaking the silk in it overnight. Now we
drain the skeins, and drop them into the dye bath,
ie a pan of water at about 50 degrees, containing
dried madder root. We increase the heat slowly
until it’s nearly boiling, then we can leave it.”
As the dye bath simmers, Jenny and I leave to have
a cup of tea and a chat. We return after an hour
to see the pale silk skeins have turned a beautiful
shade of pink, rusty red. Emma Chaplin
Dyeing Now: Contemporary Makers Celebrate
Ethel Mairet’s Legacy, Ditchling Museum of Art +
Craft until 23rd April
ON THIS MONTH: MUSIC
Classical music - but not as you know it
The Arensky Chamber
Orchestra performs classical
music - ‘But not as
you know it.’ We speak to
co-founder and Artistic
Director, Will Kunhardt
about their upcoming
performances at Towner,
De La Warr Pavilion and
Classical music is,
and always has been, one of the most exciting
expressions of humanity that exists. But I think
the structure of the industry is such that risks and
innovation are difficult. Every major opera house
and orchestra is reliant on charitable funding, so it’s
risky to experiment or change. But we don’t have
I was inspired by Secret Cinema, Gingerline,
Alice’s Adventures Underground and, of course,
Punchdrunk. Those imaginative, unexpected live
experiences made me question the way we show
classical music. I felt we needed to be reinventing
our art form - with respect - as much as those
companies are with film, food and theatre.
Our shows have more in common with an
indie gig or a jazz club than a traditional classical
concert. It’s not about sitting in silence but catching
up with friends, meeting new people, meeting
the musicians, having a drink and maybe having
something to eat.
We tell the stories behind classical pieces and
try to bring them to life for the audience. That
could mean a collaboration with a mixologist, as we
did with Tristan und Isolde when the audience were
each given a ‘love potion’ to drink as they watched.
In Sea Fever, which we’re performing in Eastbourne,
Bexhill and Hastings, we’re using British Library
field recordings from
the beaches of the South
When you see musicians
on a grand stage
in bow ties it’s easy to
be fooled into thinking
they are a different
species. In the context
of our shows it’s clear the
musicians are very much
real people who will tell you why they love what
they’re playing and will have a drink with you after
We try to tie work together in a way that might
deepen the audience’s experience of the music.
In Sea Fever we have Britten and Debussy, two
composers writing about the sea but in completely
different ways. Britten’s piece has a wild and austere
beauty - that’s true of a lot of the British coastline -
while Debussy’s is a much lusher, richer take.
No one in the orchestra is doing this as a shortcut
past all the hard graft. What we do springs
from a deep respect for music. Regular classical music
fans love our shows because we’re as passionate
about the music as they are, while newcomers often
find it a really exciting introduction to the form.
You do have to put some effort in when listening
to classical music. You can’t just sit there and
hope it will move you - you have to want to be
moved. But I think good musicians will help you
engage with the music without too much work.
Our orchestra is unusual in that we’re all under
35. But to me, our age is less important than our attitude.
I’m 27 now, but I hope when I’m 47 I’ll still
want to break new ground.
As told to Nione Meakin
Photo of Will by Graham Brandon and Marcus Maschwitz
ON THIS MONTH: MUSIC
A Village Romeo and Juliet
Delius gets a pro-am makeover
When Lee Reynolds was hired to
conduct New Sussex Opera’s latest
project, the Lewes-raised musician
wasn’t immediately sure which opera
to put on, but he didn’t have any
doubt in his mind which theatrical
director he wanted to work with.
Local classical music cognoscenti
will know Lee as conductor of the
Kantanti Ensemble; he’s reached a
much wider audience performing at
Glyndebourne and the London Symphony
Orchestra, and conducting
operas and other concerts in venues
such as the Barbican and Aldeburgh.
You get the feeling that he’s fairly
near the start of what might well
become a glorious international
New Sussex Opera has specialised,
since 1978, in ‘presenting innovative
productions of neglected works’,
backing up their amateur chorus with
a professional cast of singers. Lee
needed to take certain criteria into
account before choosing which opera to perform.
“After a lot of asking round I decided that Delius’
A Village Romeo and Juliet ticked all the boxes: it
is English, not in the common repertoire, and it
has a strong choral element. Its rich soundworld is
as decadent as slipping into a warm bath, and includes
the much-loved, often performed interlude,
The Walk to the Paradise Garden.”
And Lee’s theatrical director? “I’d worked with
Susannah Waters on the Glyndebourne community
opera Imago, and she was the only choice,” he
says. Waters, another Lewes resident and formerly
director of Paddock Productions, is probably best
known here for directing The Finnish Prisoner in
2007, and is herself a well-known
figure in the classical music/opera
world well beyond these parts.
She jumped at the chance (“because
Lee was involved”) and by the time
I meet the pair of them, in Flint
Owl one drizzly January morning,
they’re well into the pre-rehearsal
stage of the project. They take
enthusiastic turns dealing out details:
the 1930s/40s rustic aesthetic of the
costumes; how Delius’ original range
of instruments had to be reduced;
the fine soloists and talented scenic
designer Anna Driftmier; the multifaceted,
locally fashioned wooden
Susannah and her team were keen to
involve the NSO chorus to an even
greater degree than their musical
contribution in the Delius score
allows, so this has been ingeniously
achieved by requiring its members to
double up as ever-present stage management,
remaining in view when
not singing and altering the versatile stage settings
between - and during - scenes.
I wonder about the dynamics of working with a
mixed cast of amateurs and professionals - which
both Lee and Susannah have repeatedly been
drawn to in their careers - and they tell me of the
many benefits. The enthusiasm of the amateurs
rubs off on their more seasoned colleagues, it
seems, and the amateurs’ confidence is boosted by
working alongside pros. “It needs the right people
to handle it,” says Susannah, “But when it works, it
works for everybody. Any cynicism dispels.” AL
A Village Romeo and Juliet, Lewes Town Hall, 22nd
March, then touring till Sun 2nd April [kantanti.com]
Costume designs by Anna Driftmier
ON THIS MONTH: CINEMA
Lift to the scaffold
Miles, Malle and Moreau
Ascenseur pour l’échafaud (Lift to the scaffold) is showing
at the All Saints Centre (Fri 3rd, 8pm) as part of a Miles
Davis double. Made in 1957, it was Louis Malle’s first
feature, an immediate precursor of the ‘nouvelle vague’.
Malle had worked previously with Jacques Cousteau and as a production assistant on Robert Bresson’s brilliant
Un condamné à mort s’est échappé. Ascenseur owes something to Bresson, something to Hitchcock. Based on a ‘roman
noir’ by Noël Calef, it tells the story of Julien (Maurice Ronet) and Florence (Jeanne Moreau) and their
plan to bump off Florence’s husband. Their carefully plotted crime begins to unravel when Julien is trapped in
a lift. Meanwhile teenage lovers steal his sports car and embark on a reckless joyride.
Andrew Sarris described it as “the movie that launched the legend of Jeanne Moreau”, but it’s probably best
known for the improvised jazz score by Miles Davis, especially the Florence sur les Champs-Élysées sequence
which accompanies Jeanne Moreau’s moody pacing of the Parisian streets while she awaits her lover. For the
high contrast black and white look Malle engaged the wonderful cinematographer, Henri Decaë, soon to be
associated with Truffaut and Chabrol’s best films.
Malle’s early work was uneven in quality. Low points were Les Amants and the excruciatingly unfunny Zazie
dans le Métro. Ascenseur isn’t as good as Le Feu Follet, but I would still recommend it enthusiastically.
All Saints, Friday 3rd, 8pm, £5.50
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ON THIS MONTH: CINEMA
THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN 15 116mins
Friday 10th 5.30pm and Sunday 12th March 7.30pm
Nominated for Best Actress 2017 BAFTA’s. A divorcee becomes
entangled in a missing persons investigation that promises
to send shockwaves throughout her life.
HELL OR HIGH WATER 15 102mins
Friday 10th 8pm and Saturday 11th March 5.30pm
Nominated at the 2017 BAFTA’s, Golden Globes & Academy Awards
including Best Film & Best Supporting Actor. A divorced
father and his ex-con older brother resort to a desperate scheme in
order to save their family's ranch.
CAPTAIN FANTASTIC 15 116mins
Saturday 11th 7.45pm and Sunday 12th March 5pm
Nominated for Best Actor at the 2017 BAFTA’s, Golden Globes &
Academy Awards. A father devoted to raising his six
kids away from the ideals of society is forced to leave his paradise,
challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent.
TROLLS U 89mins
Sunday 12th March 3pm
Nominated for Best Original Song at the 2017 BAFTA’s & Academy
Awards. Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born, and the curmudgeonly
Branch set off on a journey to rescue her friends.
A STREET CAT NAMED BOB 12A 103mins
Friday 24th 5.45pm and Sunday 26th March 8pm
The true feel good story of how James Bowen, a busker and
recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray
THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS 12A 130mins
Friday 24th 8pm and Saturday 25th March 5.30pm
A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western
Australia raise a baby they rescue from a drifting rowing boat.
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS 15 117mins
Saturday 25th 8pm and Sunday 26th March 5.30pm
Winner Best Supporting Actor 2017 Golden Globes. Nominated at
the 2017 BAFTA’s & Academy Awards incl. Best Director & Best
Actor. A wealthy art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband's
novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a symbolic revenge tale.
QUEEN OF KATWE PG 121mins
Sunday 26th March 3pm
A Ugandan girl sees her world rapidly change after being
introduced to the game of chess.
Info & advance tickets from the All Saints Centre Office,
the Town Hall, High Street, or www.filmatallsaints.com
All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes, BN7 2LE
Women on the edge
Lewes Film Club round-up
A film has to pass three stages to pass the Bechdel
Test. Are there at least two women in it? Do
they talk to each other? If so, do they talk about
anything other than men? Sadly, it has been
estimated that as many as half Academy Awardnominated
films fail the test, and most directors
- from Woody Allen to Martin Scorsese - fail it in
a significant proportion of their films.
One director who has never come close to failing
the test, in a 20-film career, is Pedro Almodovar,
who just loves giving female actors powerful
roles. His latest, Julieta (March 31st, 8pm) is no
exception. Almodovar weaves together three Alice
Munro stories, to come up with the single tale
of Julieta, a middle-aged woman who discovers,
from a chance meeting, not only that her longdisappeared
daughter is still alive, but that she has
three children, too. The film skips between two
time frames, providing powerful roles for three
female actors, Emma Suarez, Adriana Iguarte,
and Rossy de Palma. It’s the most Almodovarian
Almodovar for ages.
All Jane Austen’s female characters seem to think
about is men, so despite boasting the likes of Kate
Beckinsale and Chloë Sevigny in the cast, Love
and Friendship (March 17th, 8pm) barely scrapes
through the test. This Whit Stillman adaptation
of early Austen novella Lady Susan, unpublished
in her lifetime, was a big hit with the critics, but
less so with audiences; I’d side with the latter, for
once; it seemed a slight, hurried affair to me. (For
more movie releases see Diary Dates; apply your
own Bechdel Test). Dexter Lee
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ON THIS MONTH: ART
Two Temple Place
Sussex Modernists hit London
Two Temple Place is a
two-storey structure with
a symmetrical front of
Portland stone, two hundred
yards east of Temple
tube station. The architect
was JL Pearson, and the
house was built, in early
Elizabethan style, between
1893 and 1895 as the
estate office of William
Waldorf Astor. Pevsner
describes it as ‘a perfect gem of its kind’. Since 1999,
it has been the headquarters of the Bulldog Trust,
and since 2011 they have hosted a series of annual
twelve-week exhibitions designed to showcase
regional museums and galleries and thereby support
their development. This year’s show is entitled Sussex
Modernism: Retreat and Rebellion, and the contributing
artistic venues range from traditional galleries
and museums (Jerwood, Towner, Brighton, Pallant
House and Ditchling Art + Craft), three properties
associated with particular artists and patrons -
Charleston (Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell) Farley
Farm House (Roland Penrose and Lee Miller) and
West Dean (Edward James) to the modernist De La
Warr Pavilion at Bexhill.
I feared that the exhibition might be a bland ‘highlights’
of the nine collections. Far from it. Superbly
curated by Dr Hope Wolf, lecturer in British Modernist
Literature at the University of Sussex and codirector
of the Centre for Modernist Studies, this
rich exhibition brings together painting, sculpture,
furniture, music, film and photography from over 30
lenders, ranging from the Tate to our very own East
Sussex Records Office and taking in several private
collections along the way. Dr Wolf is particularly
good in teasing out connections. So Henry Moore’s
Mother and Child, borrowed from Leeds City Art
Gallery is positioned near a Lee Miller photograph
of Moore hugging his
sculpture at Farley Farm
House. Turn round from
the cabinet displaying two
of Eileen Agar’s Sussex
photographs (Swans behind
a Fence, taken at Mayfield,
Scarecrow near PL Travers’
House in Sussex) and you
will see Lee Miller’s 1937
photograph of Eileen
Agar at the Royal Pavilion
Brighton. (Incidentally, a small exhibition of Agar’s
work begins at Jerwood Gallery in Hastings on 15th
March). An alcove devoted to Peggy Angus brings
together her very funny painting Nude reading
John Strachey’s ‘The Nature of Capitalist Crisis' and
a brochure from the ESRO Peggy Angus archive,
announcing a second printing of the transcript of
Ernie Trory’s address to the second Sussex Congress
of the Communist Party of Great Britain, held at
The Cooperative Hall in Brighton in February
1939. The address is entitled Sussex for the People.
Just occasionally Dr Wolf’s speculations are, perhaps,
a little fanciful. A propos of John Piper’s Beach
and Starfish - Seven Sisters Cliff, Eastbourne (1933-4)
she wonders about the newspaper adverts for English
private schools that form part of the painting’s
collage elements. ‘Was Piper making an implicit
critique of English Society?’ I would guess that the
answer is almost certainly ‘No’. After all, the schools
in question seem very progressive. One, in Buckinghamshire,
claims to encourage ‘self-expression’
in various subjects including Eurythmics. Another,
Beacon Hill, was the school set up by Bertrand and
But, seriously, this is an absolutely splendid show.
And admission is free!
2 Temple Pl, London WC2R 3BD. twotempleplace.org
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ON THIS MONTH: ART
FOCUS ON: Presumptuous Views
Work in progress, mixed media, Nikki Davidson-Bowman
It looks like lots of photos, stitched together…
It’s the transparancies from a number of slides.
Where did you get them? From a house clearance
company. The person who took them died,
with no relatives, and the slides were otherwise
destined for the skip. They were taken between
the 60s and the 2000s, and mostly they are of landscapes,
or of buildings. A lot of them were taken
Are they good pictures? Not particularly. They
are very… ordinary. There are rarely any people
in them. It’s the world seen through someone
else’s eyes, re-catalogued by me. I have to be very
meticulous and rather anal, but reorganising things
helps me find a pathway through it. It’s my way of
dealing with chaos.
What other media are involved in the piece?
There was also a box full of love letters. These
were as personal as the photos were impersonal.
I’ll be using them in the work. And there will be
sound involved, too.
You like working with found objects… I do. I
also like working with found words. Words I find
in magazines and books, mostly. I find it difficult to
read, without thinking ‘where’s that scalpel?’
Who have you been influenced by? People who
tell stories. Cornelia Parker. Mary Kelly. David
Bowie - he wrote some of his songs using a ‘cutups’
You’ve got a lot of space to display the work.
The whole of the gallery. I’ll have Monday to
Friday to set up the work, and over the weekend
it will be on display. I like what’s being done with
this space. It’s all about experimentation, and
experimentation is a good thing, in life as in art.
What artwork would you hang from your
desert island palm tree? Witness by Susan Hiller
- not sure how the technicalities of the installation
would work on my island but there's always a
way! I remember when I first saw this piece at Tate
Britain how it blew me away - intrigue, confusion,
technically amazing - I left wanting to know more.
It would mean I was always surrounded by other
people's stories and their versions of reality. AL
Martyrs’ Gallery (formerly Hop), Sat 4th, Sun 5th.
Two other artists have week-long residencies culminating
in shows at the gallery, Alex Julyan (11th,
12th) and Francesca Duffield (18th, 19th).
Experience the extraordinary atmosphere of the Sussex home of the Surrealists
Lee Miller and Roland Penrose whose friends and guests included Picasso,
Leonora Carrington, Man Ray and Miró. We open to visitors on Sundays offering
50 minute guided tours, exhibitions in our gallery and a sculpture garden to explore.
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ART & ABOUT
In town this month
'Michelham Priory Cloister' by Henry Petrie
Viva contributor Carlotta Luke
has recently been documenting
the transformational restoration of
Southover Grange. Photos from the
project will be exhibited at Pelham
House all month, alongside the prints
of Karen Potter, who uses a variety
of printing techniques to draw out the
vivid colours of the local landscape.
(Mar 1st - Apr 11th, 9am to 9pm daily.
The Georgian antiquary Henry
Petrie produced hundreds of sketches
and watercolours of churches and
historic buildings. An exhibition,
drawn from the Sussex Archaeological
Society’s collection of his Sussex
material, runs at Barbican House
until April 2nd.
For the last eight years it’s been known as Hop
Gallery. Before that it was the Star Gallery. From the
beginning of March, it will be known as Martyrs’
Gallery, and it’s being run by new curator Alex Grey.
Don’t expect service as usual. Alex will use the space
in an adventurous, experimental way; in most of the
exhibitions the artworks will not be for sale. March
sees three artists-in-residence in the gallery from
Monday to Friday, displaying what they’ve created
over the weekend (Sat and Sun, 12-4pm) a model
Alex successfully experimented with last winter at
the Hop. These are Nikki Davidson-Bowman (see
pg 51, March 4th, 5th) Alex Julyan (11th, 12th) and
Francesca Duffield (18th, 19th). [martyrs.gallery]
'Newhaven Harbour at Low Tide, Winter Sun'
by Tom Benjamin
Land and seascape painter Tom Benjamin works on any
particular piece for a short interval one day, then stops and
doesn’t resume until the same time the next. A painstaking
process that enables him ‘to better capture specific qualities of
light’. You can see the results in his new exhibition, Travelling
Light - a collection of recent paintings
of London, Tuscany, Provence and
Sussex. St Anne’s Galleries (4th -
19th). Simone Riley’s photomontages
- combining original still life images
with overlaid textures, layers and colours - feature at Chalk Gallery until
the 12th. From the 13th onwards visitors can see the abstract and ethereal
seascapes of Leila Godden. [chalkgallerylewes.co.uk]
'Figs and Bottles' by Simone Riley
Martyrs’ Gallery and Project Space is delighted to open its 2017 visual arts programme
this March with FRESH AiR, a series of one-week artist micro-residencies. Come and
visit us in the Star Brewery building, between Fisher Street and Castle Ditch Lane, on the
weekends of 4–5 March, 11–12 March and 18–19 March to see what our artists have
done with the space!
The 2017 season continues with DESIRE LINES, a polymer-based 3D installation by
DIANA BURCH, which runs from 8–30 April, and you are warmly invited to our First
Friday Private View and the gallery’s launch event on Friday 7 April, 6–9pm.
Come and explore the best of contemporary art over the coming months, with exhibitions
including new work by JOHN McSWEENEY, SARAH GRACE HARRIS, VICTOR STUART
GRAHAM, JOYCE CORBETT, MICHAEL MUNDAY, VICTOR BOWLEY and RACHAEL
ADAMS, and newly discovered twentieth-century works by the legendary EW TRISTRAM.
Exhibitions take place monthly throughout the year, with Private Views on First Friday
evenings and special events on Last Saturday afternoons (unless stated otherwise in
publicity). For a full guide to the 2017 programme and information about how to
get involved with the gallery, visit our website at www.martyrs.gallery or email our
Director/Curator Alex Grey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Martyrs’ Gallery and Project Space
Star Brewery · between Fisher Street and Castle Ditch Lane · Lewes · BN7 1YJ
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Just down the road
'Two Islands Meet' by Tadek Beutlich
Complete the following sentence: ‘Before I die...’
Now hold that thought. Having appeared in 70
countries worldwide, Candy Chang’s participatory
public-art project Before I Die is in Library Square
at the University of Sussex as part of the SICK!
Festival, from the 20th until the 25th. Spend a few
moments reflecting on life and contemplating death,
and then share your bucket list with the world on the
vast chalkboard. Meanwhile Visions of the Royal Pavilion
Estate is a showcase of rarely
seen early illustrations of the Pavilion, displayed alongside maps, plans for building
projects which weren’t carried through, and digital reconstructions of how the
site might have looked if they had been built. Brighton Museum & Art Gallery,
from the 14th. Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft have a display of the striking
prints, wall hangings and 3d works by the visionary textile artist Tadek Beutlich
(1922 - 2011). Influenced by the work of Ethel Mairet, Beutlich lived and worked
in the village, in Mairet’s former home, from 1967 until 1974, and made some
of his most experimental work there. Emma Mason Prints Gallery hold a rare
selling exhibition of his work at the Jointure Studios from the 3rd to the 12th.
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'4th July 2008 - Invited to a Summer Ball at the Derivatives Palace' by Keith Tyson
Keith Tyson’s long-running series of studio
wall drawings, sketches, notes and scribblings
are an epic journey into the mind of an artist.
Turn Back Now sees 365 of these works cover
the downstairs walls of Hastings' Jerwood
Gallery and demand that you consider life, the
universe and, well, just about everything. A truly
expansive day out. Also, Bride of the Sea, a oneroom
exhibition of works by Eileen Agar, the
British Surrealist and a regular visitor to Farley
Farmhouse, opens on the 15th.
Katie Paterson’s Totality - an enormous mirror
ball reflecting hundreds of solar eclipse images
- is reason enough to drop everything and go to
Towner Art Gallery, right now. Try to pick a
quiet moment when you can lie on the floor and
let the universe spin around you. Unmissable.
It’s part of the exhibition A Certain Kind of
Light, which continues until the 7th of May.
Sussex Modernism: Retreat and Rebellion continues at Two
Temple Place in London. Bloomsbury-ites, surrealists,
socialists and (we imagine) general eccentrics abound (see
pg 49). Conveniently, Charleston Farmhouse will re-open
to visitors from the 1st; you can sign up for one of their
workshops and spend the day imagining yourself as one of
those revolutionary artists. [charleston.org.uk] Pallant House
Gallery are marking the centenary of Sidney Nolan (1917-
1992) with a retrospective of his work. Nolan moved from his
native Melbourne to London in 1953. You can guess from this
exhibition’s title, Transferences: Sidney Nolan in Britain, that this
exhibition covers the later period of his life. However, many of
his works return to themes of Australian history, culture and
mythology. Iconic pieces on show include his paintings of the
notorious outlaw Ned Kelly, and the ill-fated explorers Robert
O'Hara Burke and William John Wills.
'Kelly Spring' by Sidney Nolan. Arts Council Collection ® Sidney Nolan Trust
Call for Works: Submissions are invited for Towner’s Sussex Open 2017. Emerging and established artists
working in East or West Sussex should apply by 4pm on April 2nd. [townereastbourne.org.uk] The Oska Bright
Film Festival returns to Brighton this November, so if you’ve got a learning disability and you’ve made a film, or
if you’ve made a film featuring someone with a learning disability, you could be part of the show. Submit your film
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TO FRIDAY 17
tours. Ninety-minute guided
tours, tea and coffee included.
From £13.50. See Glyndebourne.com.
Comedy at the Con. With Andre Vincent, John
Mann, Jake Baker and Christian Reilly. Con Club,
What has this government
got against women? Heather
Wakefield, UNISON head of
local government, police and
justice is one of the speakers
at this Labour Party Open
meeting: all welcome. Phoenix
Centre, 7.30pm, free.
Film: Miles Ahead (15). Biopic on the life of
Miles Davis. All Saints, 8pm, £5.
Photo © UNISON
Film: Lift to the Scaffold (PG). A business man
and his lover plot the murder of her husband; everything
goes badly wrong. Miles Davis provides
the music. All Saints, 8pm, £5. See pg 46.
Women's World Day of Prayer service and
lunch. St John's sub Castro, 11am, free (£3 for
Lewes Craft Market. Selection of locally produced
items including ceramics, jewellery, textiles
and art. Market Tower, 10am-4pm, free.
Winter Barn Dance. Contraband and support
play. All proceeds to Starfish Youth Music Project.
All Saints, 7.30pm-11pm, £8-£10.
East Sussex Women and the First World War.
Talk with Dr Chris Kempshall, examining the
actions of local women during the war. The Keep,
Romans and Romantics: The Guildhall Art
Gallery, London's Hidden Gem. Talk exploring
the varied display of works in the gallery. Uckfield
Civic Centre, 2.15pm, £7 (free for members).
The Emperor of the Sussex Woods. Naturalist
and broadcaster Matthew Oates talks about his
passion for butterflies and the huge variety to be
found locally. Priory School, 8.15pm, free.
NT Live: Hedda Gabler. Modern production of
Ibsen’s classic starring Ruth Wilson. De La Warr,
International Women's Day Breakfast. White
Hart, 10am-12pm, £12.
Film: Ran (15). Japanese maestro Akira Kurosawa’s
1985 version of King Lear, considered his last great
masterpiece. Westgate Chapel, 7.30pm, £5.
Friends of Anne of Cleves House: Gundrada de
Warenne and her Chapel. A talk by Viva contributor
Marcus Taylor. Anne of Cleves, 7.30pm, £5.
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MARCH listings (cont)
FRIDAY 10 (CONT)
The Corruption of Capitalism. Headstrong Club
talk and discussion with Guy Standing, author of
'The Precariat'. Elephant and Castle, 8pm, £3.
Photo © Ascot Elite Entertainment Group
FRIDAY 10 & SATURDAY 11
Film: Hell or High Water (15). Oscar-nominated
drama starring Jeff Bridges. All Saints, 8pm (10th)
and 5.30pm (11th), from £5.
FRIDAY 10 & SUNDAY 12
Film: The Girl on the Train
(15). When divorcee Rachel
(Emily Blunt) gets involved in a
missing person case, disastrous
consequences ensue. All Saints,
5.30pm (10th) and 7.30pm
(12th), from £5.
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SATURDAY 11 & SUNDAY 12
Film: Captain Fantastic (15). A father who has
raised his six children away from society, is forced
to re-enter the world. All Saints, 7.45pm (11th) and
5pm (12th), from £5.
Vegfest. Vegan festival including food stalls, talks,
cooking demos and more. Brighton Centre, see
Murmurations of Mullet. Illustrated talk with local
naturalist and photographer Steve Homewood. Linklater
Pavilion, 3pm, £5 suggested donation.
THE HOME OF
LEWES THEATRE CLUB
By Ian Kelly
Directed by Sandra Tomlinson
Saturday 18 March - Saturday 25 March
7:45pm excluding Sunday. Matinee Saturday
25 March 2:45pm.
Theatre Box Office: 01273 474826
Priory School, Mountfield Road, Lewes
Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd April 2017
Entry from £4
MARCH listings (cont)
Lewes History Group Talk.
Kate Fowler Tutt: Dispelling
the Urban Myth. Frances
Stenlake remembers an
upstanding Lewesian. King’s
Church Building, 7pm, £3
Science on tap. A series of talks by professionals
from various fields across Science, Engineering,
Technology and Mathematics. Elephant and
Lewes Group in Support of Refugees and
Asylum Seekers meeting. Mark Scott talks about
his work as a solicitor representing unaccompanied
asylum-seeking children. Friends Meeting
House, 7.30pm, free.
Film: Love and Friendship
(U). Comedy period film
based on Jane Austen novella 'Lady Susan’. All
Saints, 8pm, £5. See pg 47.
SATURDAY 18 – SATURDAY 25
Mr Foote’s Other Leg. Lewes Theatre Club’s
performance of the Ian Kelly play, times vary,
from £8, see lewestheatre.org.
Charity book fair. Raising funds for Paws and
Claws animal rescue service. Lewes Town Hall,
Beekeeping Taster Day. Learn all
about bees and beekeeping in a one-day
course. Plumpton College, 9.30am, £70.
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Theatrical, Pantomime and
22nd April 2017
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St Mary’s Social Centre
Christie Road Lewes BN7 1PL
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MARCH listings (cont)
SUNDAY 19 (CONT)
Antique & Vintage Fair. Antique valuations,
stalls, live auction and food. In aid of St Peter
& St James Hospice. 11am-4pm, Plumpton
To Belong. Dance performance about solidarity.
ACCA (University of Sussex) 9pm, £8-£12. Part
of SICK! Festival, see sickfestival.com.
Samtale. Group specifically for family members
who are experiencing any form of separation from
their children. Phoenix Centre, 6pm-9pm, £3.
Early One Morning. See page 39. All Saints,
A Village Romeo and Juliet. See page 45. Lewes
Town Hall, 7.30pm, £26.
WEDNESDAY 22 – SATURDAY 25
We’ll Always Have Paris. Ringmer Dramatic
Society’s newest production. Ringmer Village
Hall, 7.45pm, £8.
FRIDAY 24 & SUNDAY 26
Film: A Street Cat Named Bob (12A). A
recovering addict's life changes when he meets
a stray cat. All Saints, 5.45pm (24th) and 8pm
(26th), from £5.
Film: The Light Between
Oceans (12A). A lighthouse
keeper and his wife rescue a
baby adrift at sea. All Saints,
8pm (24th) and 5.30pm (26th),
SATURDAY 25 & SUNDAY 26
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Film: Nocturnal Animals (15). Neo-noir
thriller. All Saints, 8pm (25th) and 5.30pm (26th).
Herb and Story Walk. With local Lewes herbalist
& storyteller Kym Murden. Meet Landport Bottom,
gate adjacent to A275/Nevill Rd, 2pm, £5 (kids free).
Film: Queen of Katwe (PG). All Saints, 3pm,
tickets from £5.
Walking tour of Lewes churches. Three-hour tour
of Lewes churches with Dr Graham Mayhew. 2pm-
5pm, £15, see sussexpast.co.uk.
Film: Julieta (15). See pg 47. All Saints, 8pm, £5.
Singing Mamas Choir. Charity concert with five
acapella choirs, in support of ‘Girls Not Brides’. Firle
Church, 3pm, from £3.50.
Comedy. Lewes FC and Comedy Beats fundraising
for The 12th Man. All Saints, 7pm for 8pm, £9.
Julieta © Pathé Films
In Search of Colour in the 1840s. Lewesian
academic, curator and Viva contributor Dr Alexandra
Loske explores the work of Mary Merrifield. The
Keep, 5.30pm-6.30pm, £3.
Booking lines are now open for the Charleston
Festival in May. Call 01323 815150, see
Saturday 25th March 4:00pm
TRINITY Church, Southover,
Roman Carnival Overture
Horn Concerto No. 1
Soloist - Brendan Connellan
Suite from Mary Poppins
Info, tickets and info prices visit:
with the Corelli Ensemble
Conductor: Richard Dawson
Evangelist: Ruairi Bowen
Jesus: Thomas Bennett
Pilate: Timothy Murphy
Soprano: Alexandra Kidgell
Mezzo-Soprano: Carmel de Jager
Lewes Town Hall (Fisher St entrance)
7pm, Sunday 26 March 2017
Tickets £15 in advance from our website or from
Lewes Tourist Information Centre or
£17 on the door (under 16s free)
See www.esterhazychoir.org for more details
ON THIS MONTH: MUSIC
Bach, Bizet and von Biber
March is certainly coming in like a
lion, at least musically speaking.
It’s Bach to Bartok and Copley to
Milford for the Musicians of All
Saints this time out. Margaret Fingerhut
will be the piano soloist for
English composer Robin Milford’s
Concertino for Piano and Strings in E
Major as well as Moonlight for Piano
and Strings. Sat 4, 7.45pm, St Michael’s,
£9 & £12, under 18s free
Ex-Red Priest violinist Julia
Bishop will play a baroque recital of
Telemann, Bach and Biber. That’s
Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, not
Justin Bieber, by the way. She’ll also
be chatting about the instrument,
the music and the baroque period.
Grab the opportunity to hear this
wonderfully stylish player. Sun 5,
3pm, St Michael’s, free
The Corelli Ensemble will also
mostly stick with a baroque
programme of Stanley, Purcell,
Vivaldi and Handel. The exception
is Gerald Finzi’s lovely Prelude for
Sun 5, 4pm, St Pancras Church,
The Nicholas Yonge Society is
presenting the Sweden-based Kungsbacka Piano
Trio. Their programme includes Ravel’s Trio in A
Minor, Nadia Boulanger’s D’un Soir Triste, Schubert’s
Trio in B-flat D.898 and Arvo Pärt’s Mozart-Adagio
which borrows music from Mozart’s Sonata for Piano
no 2 in F.
Fri 17, 7.45pm, Sussex Downs, £15
Frederick Delius’s A Village Romeo and Juliet will get
a fully staged outing in a combined effort from New
Sussex Opera and the Kantanti Ensemble. Having
been premiered in Berlin in 1907 the
opera is rarely performed and even
more rarely staged, so this is a fairly
uncommon opportunity. The libretto
is based on a short story by Swiss author
Gottfried Keller. Conducted by
Lee Reynolds, directed by Susannah
Waters with soloists and chorus.
Wed 22, 7.30pm, Town Hall, £12 to £33
The young horn player Brendan Connellan
will headline with the Lewes
Concert Orchestra, playing Haydn’s
Horn Concerto No. 1 in D. The Yorkshire
Times said he, “stood out… playing
an unbelievably mature, composed
solo with absolutely fabulous tone.”
Also on the bill are the Berlioz Roman
Carnival Overture, Leopold Mozart’s
Toy Symphony, Bizet’s Jeux d’enfants
and selections from Mary Poppins.
Sat 25, 4pm, Trinity Church, Southover,
£12 & £5
Bach’s St John Passion will be
performed by the joined forces of
Esterhazy Chamber Choir and the
Corelli Ensemble, conducted by Richard
Dawson. Soloists will be Ruairi
Bowen as the Evangelist, Thomas
Bennett as Jesus, Timothy Murphy as
Pilate, soprano Alexandra Kidgell and
mezzo-soprano Carmel de Jager.
Sun 26, 7pm, Town Hall, £15 & £17
The Brighton Singers will perform two major
Lenten works - Luis Tomás Victoria's Tenebrae Responsories
and Scarlatti's Stabat Mater. The Victoria is
sung a cappella and John Burdett will accompany the
Scarlatti on chamber organ. John Hancorn conducts.
Sun 26, 6pm, St Paul’s Church, Brighton, £10,
Paul Austin Kelly
Top to bottom: Brendan Connellan, Margaret Fingerhut, Julia Bishop
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18 MARTIN HARLEY & DANIEL KIMBO
24 MICKY HART & THE HARTBRAKERS
25 LOOSE CABOOSE
28 29 30 SUN RA ARCHESTRA
31 FAT BELLY JONES
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GIG GUIDE // MARCH
GIG OF THE MONTH
This month we have something a little different for our gig of choice.
Lewes Area Welcomes Refugees, an umbrella community group aiming
to support refugees coming to the area, have put together Africa Night
Lewes! This is a fundraising event for the group, who are predominantly
concerned with unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, asylum seekers
and people with refugee status or humanitarian protection. The event
features music from Musa Mboob, Gambian master-percussionist, with
JOKO, eight British jazz musicians all based in the local area. They will
be playing original material by Musa and the band, along with great
songs by Dudu Pukwana, Chris McGregor and others - a mix of Joko’s
take on South African township jazz, soukous, highlife and afrobeat.
There will also be music from DJ Task (specialist in East African music)
food and dancing. Please note, dress code: ‘stylish’. Make of that what
you will… Saturday 18, All Saints, 7.30pm, from £10.
Photo by Neil Garrett
Alligator Swing. Gypsy swing. The Pelham
Arms, 8.30pm, free
CODA. Led Zeppelin tribute. Con Club, 8pm,
£5 (members free)
Len Graham. Folk (Irish trad song). Elephant &
Castle, 8pm-11pm, £7
Bad Gumby. Veteran rock band, reformed.
King’s Head, 9pm, free
English dance tunes session. Folk (English
trad). The Snowdrop, 12pm-2.30pm, free
Terry Seabrook Piano Trio. Jazz. Snowdrop,
English dance tunes session. Folk (English
trad). John Harvey Tavern, 8pm-11pm, free
The Curst Sons. Americana. Con Club, doors
The Ramonas. All-girl tribute to the Ramones.
Con Club, 7.30pm, £11.50
Matt Quinn. Folk. Royal Oak, 8pm- 11pm, £6
Splash Point Jazz Club. Trumpeter Sue Richardson.
Westgate Chapel, 4pm, £10 (kids free)
Derek Nash. Jazz Sax. The Snowdrop, 8pm, free
The Meow Meows. Ska ‘n’ soul. Con Club,
Martin Harley and Daniel Kimbro. Roots and
blues. Con Club, 7.30pm, £13-£15
Tom McConville. Folk (English trad) Royal
Oak 8-11pm £7
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GIG GUIDE // MARCH (CONT)
SATURDAY 18 (CONT)
Africa Night Lewes! See gig of the month
Alexis Taylor. Electro-acoustic. De La Warr,
Sara Oschlag and Jazz Trio. The Snowdrop,
Chris Coull. Jazz. The Snowdrop, 8pm, free
David Migden & the Twisted Roots
Lewes Favourites. Tunes practice session (bring
instruments). Folk. Elephant & Castle, 8pm-
Sun Ra Arkestra. Jazz and blues. Con Club,
Fat Belly Jones. Ska and Soul 9-piece. Con club,
Mickey Hart and the Hartbrakers. 50s hits.
Con Club, 8pm, free
David Migden & the Twisted Roots. Blues.
Westgate Chapel, 7pm, £15
Sunjay. Blues & Folk. Elephant & Castle, 8pm-
The Reform Club. Normo-rock from our
former MP. King’s Head, 9pm, free
Loose Caboose. DJs playing 60s soul, R&B,
Latin and Jazz. Con Club, 7.30pm-12pm, £5
You may notice that this month we have no events
listed at The Lamb. As mentioned last month, Alec
Swinburn, who has organised so many fantastic
gigs there over the years, is standing down as landlord.
Big respect to Alec for so galvanising the live
music scene in Lewes - let’s face it, it’s been a ball
- and very best of luck to him in the future. Watch
this space to see if the Lamb continue doing gigs.
The Reform Club
MONDAY 10 –
WEDNESDAY 12 APRIL
This Easter holiday, join us for an
adventure of the imagination with
a creature from a faraway place
For children aged 6 – 10 years
£10 per ticket or two for £15
10am, 1pm, 4pm
Gardner Centre Road, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RA
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The Hidden Fort. Tour of the usually off-limits
areas, including the Counterscarp Galleries and
the defensive rooms that once protected the
moat from attackers. Newhaven Fort, times vary,
£9 see newhavenfort.org.uk.
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Film: Trolls (U). DreamWorks animated film
based on the ‘Troll Dolls’ toys. All Saints, 3pm,
Look Think Make. Exploring exhibitions and
testing ideas and materials through making. All
ages. De La Warr, Bexhill, 2pm-4pm, free (or £1
Tales for Toddlers. Activities for children aged
18 months to five years. De La Warr, Bexhill,
10.15am and 11.15am, £1.
Adoption Talk - Cattery. Fun, informative and
relaxed adoption talk for all the family. Includes
tour of Raystede and a chance to meet some of
the animals waiting to be adopted. Raystede,
2pm-3pm, free (booking recommended).
Great Walstead Family Woods Open Day.
10.30am-12.30am (0-4 years), 11am-1pm (5-12
years) see greatwalstead.co.uk.
Mothering Sunday at Wakehurst. Special
three-course carvery meal. See
Sixth Form Open Event
at Uckfield College on
Wednesday 22 nd March 2017 from 2.30pm
for prospective students and parents
You are warmly invited to visit our Sixth Form College at Uckfield
to tour the College during lessons from 2.30pm and then meet with our
Sixth Form Leadership Team for informal discussions.
You will be able to find out about the extensive range of
courses and opportunities available to our 6 th Form Students
A Levels Results are in the top 15% of all schools nationally
Principal: Hugh Hennebry BSc NPQH
Uckfield Community Technology College
UCKFIELD East Sussex TN22 3DJ
Telephone: 01825 764844
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Located near Ardingly, half an hour outside Lewes, National Trust property
Wakehurst Place is known as ‘Kew Gardens’ Sussex cousin’ and offers
several acres of woodland paths to explore. With half an eye on this month’s
theme of ‘Do It Yourself’, my youngest son and I ignored the courtesy map
and headed off in search of the Manor House, a portion of which is open
to the public. Inside this late 16th century building, we found books dating
back over a hundred years as well as oak panelled walls from a bygone era. Venturing outside again, my
son was delighted that we seemed to be in the middle of a snow storm - at least by Sussex standards. It was
so cold that I couldn’t feel my feet. Several other hardy families, wearing so many clothes they resembled
Babushkas, fielded little people about, down pathways, over bridges and towards Treetrunk Trek, a wooden
adventure playground ideal for the under 10s.
In the summer, Wakehurst is spectacular: flowers blooming, lush vegetation and much to admire in
amongst the garden’s architecture - just as you’d expect for a garden twinned with Kew. At this time of
year, however, other pleasures take precedence: running along the winding paths after my over-excited
son, sympathising with the ducks who looked with confusion at their frozen lake and, finally, enjoying a
well-earned hot chocolate in the café. Jacky Adams
“This school is a beacon of professionalism among UK Steiner schools and the children
who emerge are confident, articulate, international, open-minded
and grounded, lucky them!” Good Schools Guide
Open Morning - 2 nd March 2017
Early Years Open Morning - 11 th March 2017
Day in the Classroom - 25 th March 2017
For more information on the above
events, please contact us.
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SUPERBAT, BY MATT CARR
This isn’t your first children’s book… My first was called Russell the
Scared Crow, but I produced that all myself. SUPERBAT is published
and distributed by the publisher Scholastic.
Who is SUPERBAT? He is a young bat called Pat who makes himself
a superhero costume. When the other bats ask him his superpowers
he tells them he’s got acute hearing and can see in the dark and can fly,
and they all laugh at him because none of that is anything special when you’re a bat. But it turns out he does
have a superpower.
Which is? That would be telling.
Did it take you a long time to write and illustrate the book? About two years from start to finish! Even
though the illustrations look pretty simple, it’s actually quite a laborious task as my style involves a lot of
What’s next? I’m currently working on my second book, which will be out next year and if SUPERBAT
goes well I’ve also got a sequel in the pipeline.
Is it true that designing a Viva cover led to this book deal? Indirectly, yes. Doing the cover helped get
me some book cover work with Penguin, which helped raise my profile enough to get the book deal. So I
owe you, Viva!
OF THE MONTH
This month’s winner is Charlie Corcoran. “I’m 13,
I’m home-educated, and I took it on my mum’s
iPhone 7s”, he writes. “He took it yesterday on the
iced stream by Pellbrook Cut, which was made of
millions of tiny bubble streams,” adds said mum.
Pellbrook Cut, of course, is that stream the other
side of the railway track from the Ouse. We liked
the shot so much, we considered it as a possible
winner of the adult competition; as it stands,
Charlie can pick up a £10 book voucher from Bags
of Books. Under 16? Please send your pictures
to firstname.lastname@example.org, with your name,
age and a sentence about where, why and when
you took it. The next picture in this space, and
the next voucher could be yours!
Wild foraged, organic, vegan taste revolution at the
Wildside Food Bar, Riverside
Jane has been
and making organic
soups, salads and
years. Now you
can experience the
results yourself at
her refreshing new
vegan food bar.
Fishmonger ● Butcher ● Deli ● Barber ● Café ● Brasserie ● Haberdasher ● Art Shop
Riverside Shopping Centre by Cliffe Bridge, Lewes. www.riverside-lewes.co.uk
‘Articiocca’ is a Ligurian
dialect word for
‘artichoke’ and an Italian
couple who live in
Fisher Street have used
the term as the name
for their new popup
specialises in food from
that North Western
region of Italy.
A day before our long-planned, much-anticipated
meal there, I see an announcement on their Facebook
page. ‘The king for tomorrow night’s dinner
has arrived from Albenga’, it reads, alongside a
photo of some Jerusalem artichoke. ‘His majesty
Carciofo spinoso’. My anticipation grows.
My wife Rowena and I are greeted like friends
by Nina and Nico when we arrive, even though
we’ve never met before. It’s 8pm, on the second
Friday of February. They sit us down at a large
table in their stylishly uncluttered living room,
alongside four other guests (there’s a maximum of
eight, but two have dropped out). The deal is this:
you pay £25 a head for a four-course meal, freshly
cooked. You can bring your own drink, with no
corkage fee. They host guests every other Friday,
but can cater for special occasions, too.
When the ‘nibbles’ are exceptional, you know
you’re in for a treat. Pretty much everything we
are going to eat has been made from scratch in
the open-plan kitchen next to our table, from
which a wonderful variety of aromas emanates.
We start off with a basket of moist, springy focaccia,
a tub of olives, and a complimentary glass of
Prosecco, to help loosen tongues, presumably.
Most of tonight’s guests are of an outgoing disposition:
once we agree not to mention Donald
Trump, the conversation flows. As, throughout
the evening, does the
The starter is great,
too. There’s chopped
raw artichoke, served
‘preve’ (cabbage leaves
stuffed with meat)
and ‘Piccolo Zimin
di ceci’ (chickpea and
chard soup) served with some ‘farinata bianca’,
deliciously herby flatbread.
The details of each item on the menu are
divulged by our hosts as it’s served. The main is
monkfish (‘rana pescatrice’) and artichoke in a
white wine sauce, served on freshly made ‘tagliolini’,
thick strands of home-made pasta. We laugh
at the Italian term for the notoriously ugly fish:
loose translation ‘frog-faced fisherwoman’.
The dessert - which Rowena hasn’t got room to
finish, something of a first - is Ligurian shortbread,
with mascarpone. I very rarely go for
dessert in a restaurant, but when it’s part of the
deal… hey ho.
We are offered coffee, and Nico proudly brings
out a bottle of grappa to help us digest. A lot of
Brits have had bad experiences with this afterdinner
spirit as they’ve only tasted the cheapest
brands: go upmarket a bit (as Nico has) and it’s a
fine end to a meal, a rival to Cognac.
It’s well gone eleven when we pay and leave. It’s
been such an intimate, dinner-party-like occasion
it seems strange to be finishing the evening with
a financial transaction. But fifty quid for the two
of us? It feels like robbery. ‘Si mangia bene, si
spende poco’, say the Italians: great food, great
value. Alex Leith
Articiocca 07979 095874
Photo by Rowena Easton
Squash tagine with
wild sea beet
A Moroccan-inspired recipe by Jane Hedgewitch of the
new Wildside Food Bar in the Riverside Centre
On the lunch menu today is a squash tagine
with wild sea beet and, to go with it, cauliflower
couscous with pomegranate seeds.
Most of my dishes are made up as I go along.
I'm not really one for following a recipe to
the letter; for me, it's more about cooking
from the heart.
Let's start with the tagine. If I'm cooking
at home, I'll actually make it in a tagine,
but if you don't have one you can use your
favourite casserole dish. The first thing that
goes in is the olive oil. Then you'll need
around 16 shallots, peeled and left whole, and
a few cloves of finely chopped garlic. Brown
the shallots off with the garlic and add a good
tablespoon of harissa paste. You can buy it
readymade or, if you've got time, make your
own - there are some great recipes online
but you can really experiment with making
a paste to your taste which encompasses all
these amazing Moroccan flavours. Sprinkle
in a handful of sultanas and a handful of
Next add the squash - it's easiest if you chop
this up before you start, as it's quite labour
intensive. Add it to the tagine, and cook
until tender. You can use any kind of squash
you like - pumpkin, butternut - I picked up
a 'crown prince' squash from Toos at the
Friday Market this morning. She always has
some really lovely, organic produce and that's
what we’re about: using what’s seasonal,
and making the most of nature’s abundance.
There’s been a lot in the news recently about
the vegetable ‘crises’ - like the shortage of
courgettes and of iceberg lettuce - but if we
all start thinking outside the box and cook
with whatever's growing locally, there's never
going to be a crisis.
The sea beet has a huge amount of healthgiving
properties, like any green leafy vegetables,
and because it only grows near the
sea, it has a really salty flavour so you can use
it like a seasoning. I gathered this in a field
in Saltdean, near the Buckle. You can find it
growing on the beach too. I chop it roughly
and add it right at the end, so it just wilts into
To make the cauliflower couscous, whizz the
raw cauliflower in a food processor to a fine
consistency - or you can chop it by hand if
you prefer. Add pomegranate seeds, the juice
of one lemon, a squeeze of agave nectar - a
great vegan alternative to honey - and season
with sea salt and black pepper. Top with
chopped cashews and some chopped dried
dates, then finish with a handful of lovely
fresh coriander and some fresh mint. I’ve
served it with a selection of salads and wild
As told to Rebecca Cunningham
The Riverside, @hedgewitchsuss
I’m holding out hope this month for the start of bluebell season, sunlit
walks and tasty picnics. Okay, it might be pie in the sky to expect to see
the beauties on Pancake Day (Feb 28th) but you could still do worse than
a trip to Bluebell Farm Shop in Arlington for home-cooked pancakes, tea
and coffee (£5). Chef-proprietor Philippa Vine is also hosting an evening
celebrating one-pot cookery with food writer Hattie Ellis on 14th March. £30 includes dinner, talk and
On 11th March at Lewes Community Kitchen, Robin Van Creveld hosts a workshop on South African
breads. Learn to make sweet aniseed-flavoured mosbolletjies, green mealie bread and koeksisters, a
plaited doughnut poached in a honey syrup, followed by lunch of bunny chow.
Also on 11th March, nutritionist and author Daphne Lambert and wellbeing coach Susan Harley are
holding a day-long workshop in optimum nutrition for the menopause. The Green Cuisine group are
also hosting Living Food Day workshops on 4th and 25th March for those interested in eating for health.
On Mothering Sunday (March 26th) Wakehurst Place are offering a three-course lunch and garden entry
for £25 or £12.50 for under-10s. Closer to home, The Dorset are offering £5 off for every £20 spent
in March and the Blacksmiths Arms are offering two-course lunches for £10.95.
Cook the Books returns to the Lewes Arms on 20th March for a bring-a-dish supper hosted by yours
truly. On March 31st, the Lewes FC Beer Festival is guaranteed to end the month on a high. Chloë King
Illustration by Chloë King
A SLICE OF SUSSEX
1ST & 3RD SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH
CLIFFE PRECINCT 9am - 1pm
Cocktails at Aqua
It’s 6pm on Friday evening, and we’ve got an hour
to kill before going to watch Cinema Paradiso at the
All Saints. This seems like a good occasion to try
out the £7 cocktails at Aqua.
It’s pretty packed, of course, and the shiny bar area,
where I would naturally sit, is filled with twentysomething
girls watching the black-clad twentysomething
guys go about their shaking-and-mixing
business. Luckily there’s a nearby table free, so we
can still watch this ritual.
We’ve got to go Italian, in the circumstances. I
choose a Negroni, that classic mix of gin, vermouth,
Campari and orange peel. Rowena chooses
an ‘Italian Garden’, a house special containing
‘fresh mint & lime with Bombay Sapphire gin, St
Germain elderflower liqueur & apple juice’. We
also get a little bowl of olives.
The Negroni is a pretty good Negroni: many of
you will know of its complex charms. The Italian
Garden (we take a sip of each other’s drink, as ever)
is more noteworthy since, as an unbilled extra,
it also contains cucumber, giving it more of an
English Country Garden taste than we expected.
Which isn’t a bad thing, it turns out. It’s refreshing
and there’s plenty of it.
Cocktails being cocktails, one isn’t
enough, but we only have twenty
minutes to get to the film, so we
decide to favour wisdom over
greed. Cinema Paradiso is part of a
30th-anniversary celebration of
the Lewes Film
Club and, like
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#1: Pells Pond Circular
Let me put my cards on the table. I’m an evangelist
for walking. I love walking. I love writing about walking.
I even have a bookshelf full of books about - you
guessed it - walking. Walking is not called ‘recreation’
for nothing. When you walk, you ‘recreate’. You discover
different things, think different thoughts, meet
different people, return home a different person.
Generally, I prefer walking with friends. So when
Viva asked for a column coming up with walks in and
around Lewes, Sarah and Todd were immediately
co-opted. Sarah is my wife and Todd is ‘our’ dog. I
say ours, but he belongs to some friends and we just
borrow him whenever he’s free. (Todd, by the way, is
a Bordoodle - a mix between a poodle and a border
collie and the living incarnation of Timmy in Enid
Blyton’s Famous Five.)
But I digress: this first column is turning out like a
typical walk. It’s taking ages to get out the door and
we still don’t know where we’re going. “Let’s start
with a Pells Pond Circular,” I announce. Sarah looks
dubious (she hasn’t been consulted) but I ask Todd,
and he’s raring to go. So that’s decided then.
It’s a January morning and Pells Pond is frozen over.
There are icicles on the branches and beads of ice
on the grass between the paving stones. We give the
owners of a Cockapoo coming in the other direction
a cheery wave but the dogs ignore each other loftily
like contestants at a beauty contest.
We cross the river, and make a short diversion to
South Malling Church, which we’ve never visited
before (walks you see; voyages of discovery). The
date 1628 is engraved on the door lintel and we find
gravestones dating back to the Civil War.
We follow the riverbank towards Offham and Todd,
as ever, is our avatar, running, sniffing, exploring, a
never-ending joy volcano. After pausing for a while
to watch a pair of herons fishing on the far bank, we
are soon climbing through the trees up Offham Hill
and taking in the panoramic view from above the
chalk pits. Glorious! We can see Mt Caburn, Hamsey
Church, Malling Down and Lewes Castle, still
silhouetted against the morning sun.
We cross Landport Down and Battle of Lewes country
before making our way back into town. I deliver
my usual homily on Magna Carta, wicked King John,
backsliding Henry III, the 2nd Baron’s War and the
victorious Simon de Montfort, though neither of my
companions seem interested. “Simon de Montfort
ended up being hacked to death at the Battle of Evesham
18 months later,” I add cheerily. “Good thing
people don’t get so uptight about Brexit.”
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The Butterflies of Sussex
“Dear Sir or Madam, will you read my book?”
As we head into spring our butterflies will start
to emerge and, after seven years of research and
writing, so too will my book The Butterflies of Sussex
(co-written with Neil Hulme). I’ve been reflecting on
my upcoming upgrade from humble Viva columnist
to jet-setting, Martini-swigging playboy/author. It
started with a small boy captivated by a big yellow
butterfly. That boy raced home and opened a wildlife
book that his parents had bought him. Inside were
lots of butterflies: blue ones, brown ones, orange ones
- but only one big, yellow one: the Brimstone. I had
identified my first butterfly and discovered the thrill
in giving a wild animal a name. That identification
was the key which unlocked information on what that
Brimstone was doing, why it does it, where and when.
A door to a parallel universe of butterflies, metamorphosis,
awe and beauty was flung open. I felt like
Alice lost in Wonderland. It’s been an adventure that
has lasted a lifetime.
The Brimstone is one of 45 resident Sussex butterfly
species. Our county is home to a sizable slice of
the 58 species which live in the UK. Between 2010
and 2014 I co-ordinated the Sussex Butterfly Atlas
Survey. Over that five-year period a dedicated army
of notebook-wielding foot soldiers roamed Sussex reporting
Brimstones on their buddleia in Barcombe and
silver-washed fritillaries on sunlit woodland footpaths
in south-west Firle. From my home headquarters the
whole project felt like a military operation. Maps were
spread across my desk, target areas were identified
and conquered squares were triumphantly crossed off.
Gradually our current knowledge of our county’s butterflies
We couldn’t have chosen a more exciting period for
our survey. In a changing world, both physically and
climatically, Sussex’s butterflies have had to contend
with habitat loss, wet summers and warm winters.
Some species have managed to adapt while others
have required increased conservation efforts as their
numbers fell. On top of this we’ve seen unprecedented
invasions of Long-tailed Blues and Continental Swallowtails
from Europe. All this has provided exciting
stories and discussion in the upcoming book.
The Butterflies of Sussex is packed with 332 pages of
photos and commentaries on all our butterflies along
with information on where and how to find them.
There are features on identification, photography,
climate and the history of butterfly recording. There’s
even the story about the time I caught my testicles on
a barbed wire fence. All for the special pre-order price
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Should Dr Google be struck off?
dubbed it ‘cyberchondria’:
growing trend of
using the internet
to (often wrongly)
complaints. And it’s
more of us are turning
to ‘Dr Google’ at a
time when the NHS
is actively discouraging people from visiting A&E
or booking a doctor’s appointment they may not
need. But is it helpful when a patient ‘knows’
what’s wrong? Or can too much knowledge be a
“People in Lewes tend to be well educated about
their health, which often means they come in
with some idea of what their problem might be,”
says Dr Ed Behan of St Andrew’s Surgery, “and
that can be a good thing, because it gives us the
opportunity to discuss things and fully address
The key is to distinguish between reliable and
suspect sources online, he adds. “There are some
really good resources out there, such as patient.
co.uk and NHS Choices, and the websites of the
big health charities. But there are others which
are quite controversial, so, for example, somebody
might have had a bad experience, but then
they extrapolate that to say everyone is doing the
But, however sound our information sources, can
we really be trusted to make the right decisions
when it comes to our wellbeing? Or is the NHS
drive to divert us from over-stretched A&E departments
and GP surgeries risking our health?
Dr Behan is reassuring:
“We all want the
NHS to survive, and to
try and safeguard that
we need to be mindful
and use resources as
best we can - but there
is a lot of help and
and people can ring the
NHS 111 helpline or
the surgery if they’re
not sure what to do. The pharmacist is another
good source of advice, if someone doesn’t know
whether they need to see a doctor or not, and we
have an excellent Minor Injuries Unit in Lewes.
And, obviously, for anything life-threatening, you
should always call 999.”
Superintendent pharmacist at HA Baker, Oliver
Elshof, believes the NHS message is getting
through and more people are seeking advice from
their local pharmacy. “We get people coming in
saying they’ve been told to see us first, and I don’t
think there's a downside to that,” he says. “Everyone
behind the counter here is trained to give
advice and to make recommendations, and we are
able to assess people and to refer them elsewhere if
need be. I think that’s fine if it relieves the pressure
on GPs and A&E.”
So what’s the verdict? More power to the patient
or an NHS cop-out?
“People nowadays are more knowledgeable, and
they expect to be involved when it comes to their
health,” Dr Behan concludes. “In the past, doctors
were more used to giving their opinions, whereas
now we’re trained to have a two-way discussion. I
think that’s empowering for patients, and that can
only be a good thing.” Anita Hall
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Dr Bike Lewes
Bob Trotter, volunteer bicycle fixer
You’ll find us outside the
Nutty Wizard every Saturday
morning, at the junction of
Cliffe High Street and South
Street. From March we’re
there from 9.30am until
Dr Bike is a group of cycle
enthusiasts who want to
help local people to use their
bikes more. We offer friendly
help to cyclists who have fairly
basic bikes that are in need
of first aid. Most bikes go
wrong because they haven’t
been maintained: cables seize
up through lack of oil, brake
blocks wear out, gears go out of
adjustment or tyres go flat. We
can even sometimes unbuckle a
wheel but that depends on the
state of the spokes. Higher-end
bikes or those needing more
complicated repairs are better
served by Lewes’s two Cycle
At the moment there are
around eight Dr Bikers in
total, usually with three or four
volunteers on duty each week.
The service began in 1991, shortly after the first
Lewes Green Wheels Day (to encourage the use
of sustainable transport). Pete Barnes and Chris
Franks were the two original ‘doctors’. They
were based outside Fitzroy House, the old library
building opposite Boots, which is where Chris
lived at the time. By 2014 Chris had moved away
and the Farmers' Market was being held on the
precinct twice a month, so we moved our surgery
to the Nutty Wizard building.
I've been told the Nutty Wizard was originally
a public toilet. It now hosts a youth club, book
swap days, language lessons, an occasional café
and much more. Dr Bike helps support all this
with any extra money we’re given.
We only charge trade prices for the parts we
supply. Customers can make a donation for our
labour, which helps us pay for our insurance, tools
Our most important piece of kit is the work
stand, which holds a bike up in the air so the
wheels can rotate. It means we can fix gears,
brakes and punctures without getting a bad back.
We've got a well-stocked tool box, puncture
repair kits, cable inners and outers, brake blocks
and, most importantly, lots of good oil.
I started volunteering in November 2013. I’d
previously worked in the fire service with one of
the other Dr Bikers but now I am a cycle trainer
for East Sussex County Council, teaching Bikeability,
a road-based version of the old Cycling
Whatever your views on global warming and
green travel, cycling will make you fitter and is
more fun - especially when you can pedal past
traffic jams on our ever-expanding cycle route
network. I often find I can actually get somewhere
quicker by bike than by
driving, so it's win-win. If the
only thing preventing you
from cycling more is a poorly
bike, then maybe it's time to
take that bike to the doctors!
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Mr Fix it
Every football team
needs a utility man,
someone who can fill
in wherever they are
required. At Lewes
FC, the utility man
doesn’t wear football
boots - he’s bustling
behind the scenes,
making sure everything
is ready for the
club’s various teams.
is the club’s operations manager, but when we ask
him to describe a typical day, he chuckles and demurs.
“It’s an unending job,” he says. “If you have
a list of 50 things to do, there’s always something
else added by the time you’ve finished.”
In the year since Duncan first arrived at the club,
that list of jobs has included painting the terraces,
fixing burst pipes, driving a rubber-crumb spreading
tractor across the club’s 3G pitch, serving teas
on match days and some altogether less pleasant
tasks. When asked what the worst job he’s had to
do at the club was, he asks if we can find a more
palatable way of saying “cleaning out a blocked
Portaloo with a bucket and a pair of rubber
gloves”. We couldn’t. As the old saying goes, you
can’t polish a… well, you know.
Working outdoors, making do and mend is Duncan’s
vocation. Prior to working at the football
club, he and his family spent 15 years living on
a smallholding in Brittany, where they built the
family home, took on “small jobs to make ends
meet” and “grew everything themselves”. They
decided to return to Lewes because they’d “had
their fill of the adventure” and because his daughter
was keen to attend university in England, so
now Duncan is
occupied by working
relentless to-do list
at the Dripping
Duncan says he
loves fixing things
solutions to problems.
he says, he had
a big barn full of materials that would come in
handy when the roof leaked or something needed
mending, and he takes a similar approach down at
the football club. Earlier this season, for example,
when the club was having its ground graded, the
inspectors noted a gap in the pitch perimeter.
Duncan appeared five minutes later with a piece
of temporary fencing to plug the gap. Problem
solved, ground grading passed.
Duncan’s not only the club handyman. He also
co-edits the match day programme with Paul
Sheppard. How did this practical, outdoorsy type
end up volunteering for a desk job in front of a
word processor? “I knew I wanted to be involved
in the football club in some way when I came
back from France,” he says, and when he saw the
club advertising for new programme editors, he
decided to give it a shot. “It more or less writes
itself,” he says modestly. As this former programme
editor will testify, it doesn’t. The club’s
utility man is a man of many skills indeed.
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Sat 3pm Lewes v East Grinstead. Ladies home
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think beautiful thoughts
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do something about it
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Plenty more Henty
And to think I actually
emigrated to America 57 years
ago, in January 1960, only to
return home six months later,
ironically enough, on their
Independence Day. Why? I
had a business idea but, more
importantly, I missed English
sausages, the Goon Show and
my girlfriend, Julie. Not necessarily
in that order, I hasten
Somehow, with the way things
appear to be going over there
at the moment, such events do
put my life here in Lewes into
a proper perspective. For example,
it makes meeting a Viva
deadline less of a life-and-death matter although,
funnily enough, both factors feature in my offering
You see, I am not a do-it-yourself devotee - ask
my wife. She is - or rather has become one - because
when a sink needs unblocking in our house
or a fuse needs fixing, it is quicker for her to sort
it out than to ask me. Typewriters I understand,
but keep John well away from screwdrivers and
As always, living in Lewes helps the situation
because of the range of services offered at the back
of this magazine. Why make a botched attempt at
plastering the parlour when Colin’s around or you
can call Paul the chippy, Ed the plumber, Rob the
sweep and roofer Clive?
More practical reasons for living here I’d say, but
what’s this about dying then? Well, I’ve been a
supporter of the organisation Dignity in Dying,
or the Voluntary Euthanasia
Society as it was known, for
many years, so when I casually
read last month that an inaugural
meeting of the society
was planned for the Friends
Meeting House on a Thursday
evening, I decided to turn up.
In one sense, I was not alone,
because Sally from Newhaven
had also chosen to brave the
elements to find out more
about assisted dying and its
ramifications. Apart from the
sound of noisy auditions in
an adjoining room, though,
the building was eerily quiet.
Sally and I had both wrongly
assumed that the meeting was in Lewes. Meantime
in the Friends Meeting House, Brighton, I’m told
by Nik, that 26 people did get it right and plan to
hold their second get-together in Lewes soon.
Whatever your views on this emotive subject, I
hope you will agree with me that it is worthy of
debate and serious consideration. Clearly, in life,
we all have one thing in common with each other
and that’s the way it ends.
On a lighter note, it was good to see a full page
of Carlotta’s photographs showing the last day at
Gorringe’s auction in Garden Street. A sad occasion
in many ways and I am obliged to say that
things in North Street are now rather different.
Happily, there’s still the wide range of eclectic objects
on view each week, the lights in the saleroom
are brighter, the temperature is warmer but there
are fewer cardboard boxes to rummage through,
which was always one of my pleasures. John Henty
BRICKS AND MORTAR
A street of self-built homes
In March 1959 Gordon
Mockford was a compositer
at Lewes Press,
working a 48-hour
week. He was married,
to Maureen, who was
pregnant with their first
child, but the couple
couldn’t afford their
own home: they were
sharing a house with his
brother Basil and family.
Then Gordon learnt
about a project whereby
a group of Brighton men
had got together into a
‘self-build housing association’ and, with the help
of the Council, had constructed their own houses.
He applied to Lewes Borough Council for permission
to form his own group. On obtaining that, he
put an ad in the local paper, suggesting interested
parties should come to a meeting in the Elephant
and Castle: 56 men turned up.
This group was whittled down to 20, including
four work colleagues and two of Gordon’s
brothers; each man became a member of a new
company, the Lewes Self Build Housing Association.
The council sold the group a site - part of the
‘Winterbourne Glebe Land’, alongside the stream,
formerly an allotment - and agreed to pay most of
the costs for materials and expert labour, to be paid
back after the houses were built. Plans were drawn
up by the architect John Schwerdt, and two skilled
bricklayers were employed to help out.
Each member of the association agreed to pay a
deposit of £50 and add to this £1 a week to go towards
costs, and to put in 25 hours labour a week,
51 weeks a year, on top of the hours required by
their own jobs, until the
last house was completed.
One of the first jobs
was to install electricity
so they would be able
to work in the evenings,
throughout the year.
There was no road as
yet, so all the materials
had to be manhandled
some distance from
the lorries they were
transported in. There
was a lot of digging to
The scheme was beset
with unexpected problems. Tragically, his brother
Stanley fell ill and died. Two other members
dropped out. The Council threatened to abandon
the project entirely, then, after a tight vote on
the matter, relented. The harshest winter of the
century, at the end of 1962 and the beginning of
1963, meant that work came to a near standstill
for a period of months. But the men laboured on,
for over three years, each moving into his allotted
house when it was completed; the site was fully
inhabited by the end of 1964.
The Council had spent £2,800 on each property,
and the men were offered mortgages to pay this
back over 25 years. The market value of the houses
- judging by how much the two surplus properties
were sold for - was more like £5,000. The men
dissolved their association, and became neighbours
rather than fellow labourers. Of the 18 association
members who moved into what they decided to
call Glebe Close, four still live there, including
Gordon, who relates this story to me over a cup of
tea - made by Maureen - in his living room. AL
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Skull and Feathers Antique Shop
How long have you been in the business? My
other half Jon’s been in the business 30 years. I’ve
been involved for the last two. We set up Skull and
Feathers in the Needlemakers in September after
having stalls at the Flea Market and the Emporium
for a year.
What’s the USP of your shop? Quirkiness. We
sell a lot of taxidermy. There’s a certain darkness
about the things we like, and we sell what we like.
Why did you come to Lewes? We live here! Jon’s
born and bred and I was brought up in Newhaven
and have been in Lewes 20-odd years.
Where do you source your stuff? All over. It’s
a 24-hour job. Car boot sales, house clearances.
We’ve also got a good client base we sell stock for,
but we’ve got to like what they’re offering.
How big is your team? It’s all in the family. John
does the buying, and I do the merchandising and
run the shop. Our two girls help me out on their
Does your living room look anything like
your shop? It looks very similar! There’s a lot of
overspill. There’s a stuffed zebra on the sofa at
What’s the worst thing about your business?
It can get very cold in here. And the hours are
antisocial. You get people ringing at ten at night
And the best? Meeting the large variety of
wonderful clients who are attracted here. From the
elderly people to the little kids: “ooh look at that
Where do they tend to come from? Social
media has been very good for letting people
know we’re here. A lot of people say that they live
‘round the corner’, but people come from London,
Hertfordshire, all over the place. There was even a
woman from Belgium. She bought the black bear.
The black bear? It was in the window for a
while. We sold it for someone else. That went for
thousands. The lady took it back to Belgium in the
back of a van. I still miss it.
Do you do your own stuffing? I’d love to, but
no! Most of the taxidermy we sell is Victorian, but
there’s an ethical taxidermist whose work we stock
who stuffs road-kill pheasants and foxes and the
like. The swan was stuffed about two years ago.
Is there room for more antique shops in town?
There’s always room. Just so long as they put their
own spin on things, and sell what they’re passionate
about. That’s the key, it doesn’t work otherwise.
If not Lewes where would you like to be trading?
Maybe in Kemptown. I think people would
be open to this sort of thing there.
What did you want to do when you were a
child? I wanted to be a dinner lady, to follow in
my mum’s footsteps.
Interview by Alex Leith
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Perhaps the biggest
bit of business news
this month is the fact
that on February 9th
Uber were granted
a local operators
licence in the Lewes
Uber, if you haven’t
used it, is a taxi app
which enables you to
use your smartphone
to locate a
driver near you, hire
their services, and
track their progress
towards you as you
wait. No cash changes hands at the end of the
journey - the app deals with that - and you are able
to leave feedback.
Existing taxi drivers tend to feel aggrieved about
Uber, claiming fares are often cheaper as certain
less regulated elements of the app’s business model
give it an unfair advantage, particularly that drivers
can use their own cars rather than registered
Hackney cabs. Furthermore there has been a lot
of recent contention about the treatment of Uber
drivers, subject to ‘gig economy’ contracts.
The Planning Department of Brighton & Hove
City Council, meanwhile, have given the green
light to the University of Sussex’s long-planned
new Life Sciences building which, according to
the University website, could help bring 600 new
jobs to the region, and give scientists an excellent
state-of-the-art base for their research in their
various fields. The five-storey building, designed
by Hawkins Brown Architects, has been
shaped - claim the organisation - to echo Sir Basil
Spence’s aesthetic vision for the campus. At 17,000
square metres it will be the University’s secondlargest
building, smaller only than the Library.
And while we’re on councils giving the go-ahead
to long-term projects,
local Greens have
welcomed the Wealden
approval for the construction
of a 4MW
solar farm in Berwick.
is the first of its kind
to be part owned by a
and part owned by a
and is hoping to
pioneer many future
customers electricity supplied by a local energy
project rather than a remote impersonal supplier.
And while we’re on sustainable energy there’s
news from Glyndebourne, whose wind turbine
project caused heated arguments between two
sides of the green movement when it was first
mooted a few years ago. Conservationists railing
against the environmental impact of the turbine
will, presumably, have to concede that it is good
news that the project has exceeded all expectations
in its energy production, providing 102%
of Gyndebourne’s energy needs over the last five
years (exceeding the target of 90%) making the
opera house the only arts centre in the country to
be entirely self-sustaining.
And finally it’s goodbye to Thomas and Friends,
the child-sized electric train that has for years
has been taking kids round Drusillas. The
anthropomorphised locomotives will be replaced
with something rather more exotic, and rather
less 1980s. The Go Safari! Train will include the
Hippopotobus, the Flying Cheetahs and a Safari
Express Train. Woo woo.
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We also offer Life Coaching and
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Look closely at the big window in this picture and you’ll see the proud boast of the company Clark,
Hunt & Co. Ltd: ‘Established in the reign of George IV’. The company was founded in 1828 in
Shoreditch, but didn’t set up this shop in Lewes until this picture was taken, in 1946. They also used
the Old Needlemakers/Candle Factory for storage. Clark Hunt (don’t say it too quickly) was where local
builders used to go, long before the days of Homebase and Screwfix, if they needed any bits.
So why such big windows? The building was originally constructed, back in 1929, as Westgate Garage
(later Venus Motor Showroom) a car showroom and mechanics. This single-storey unit was built along
with the much higher structure to its left, after the demolition of buildings which projected much
further into the road, in order to shorten the ‘bottleneck’.
White Lion Street (now Westgate Street) was much narrower, too. Until its demolition in 1939,
the White Lion pub was directly opposite the garage section of the showroom (on the right of this
picture). White Lion Street was used as a short cut by savvy Lewesian drivers in the days before the
by-pass: New Road was a two-way thoroughfare until it was sealed off in the early 70s.
I asked on the Lewes Past Facebook forum if anyone remembered Clark, Hunt & Co and there was a
flurry of replies, particularly from people who had worked in the shop. Paul Mockford was employed
there for five years in the 70s (in which time the operation was taken over by Cakebread Robey plumbers’
merchant), and remembers the discovery of an underground tank in the basement (originally for
petrol, presumably) which got filled up with cement. He also recalled his regulars laughing at the fewand-far-between
DIY practitioners who used to come in.
Before becoming Baltica, selling Polish pottery, in 2010, the site had a number of uses. Cade Craft sold
sewing machines and haberdashery items; Circa turned it into an upmarket restaurant, and Guido’s
was a short-lived Tex-Mex tapas bar. Baltica, of course, ran a busy café on the site alongside their pottery,
before closing that side of the business in 2015.
Thanks, as ever, to Edward Reeves (01272 473274) for the use of this picture. Also to Paul Mockford,
Mike Ward-Sale and Mick Symes from the Lewes Past Facebook group.
1 Malling Street, Lewes, BN7 2RA
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