Viva Lewes Issue #126 March 2017

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VIVALEWES

EDITORIAL

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

words… enjoy the issue.

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THE 'DIY' ISSUE

CONTENTS

'4th July 2008 - Invited to a Summer Ball at the Derivatives Palace' by Keith Tyson

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.

Columns.

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.

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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

Nikki Davidson-Bowman.

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

Austin Kelly.

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,

SUPERBAT.

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Food.

79- 83. An Italian pop-up, cocktails at

Aqua, and a tagine-cooked recipe from Jane

Hedgewitch.

The way we work.

85-89. Brothers and sisters, doin’ it for

themselves, through the lens of Peter Cripps.

Features.

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

and Feathers.

Business.

107-109. Uber in Lewes, a solar-power

project in Berwick and the directory spotlight

on Dr Wendy Maples of the University of Us.

Inside left.

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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Don’t forget to recycle your Viva.

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

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

alterations. The views expressed by columnists do not necessarily represent

the view of Viva Lewes.

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ADVERTORIAL

Bringing a pet into your home is a big decision, whether it’s a hamster,

dog, cat or hen. No matter what kind of companion animal you choose,

they all need care and attention. Every species has different needs,

so it’s important that you take everything into consideration including

the cost of the animal during his or her lifetime. It is always

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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

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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.”

Rebecca Cunningham

A selection of Rupert’s work can be found at rupertdenyer.co.uk

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MY LEWES: WILL HARDIE

DESIGNER/MAKER/ARTIST/CRAFTSMAN/PRESENTER

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

Estate.

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

GHOST CASTLE

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

Please send your pictures, taken in and around Lewes, to photos@vivamagazines.

com, or tweet @VivaLewes, with comments on why and where you took it, and

your phone number. We’ll choose our favourite for this page, which wins the

photographer £20, to be picked up from our office after publication. Unless previously

arranged, we reserve the right to use all pictures in future issues of Viva

magazines or online.

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BITS AND BOBS

LEWES WORTHY: 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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COMMUNITY BITS AND BOBS

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

01825 840252, raystede.org

Photo by Emma Chaplin

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VISION.TAKEN SERIOUSLY.


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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PHOTOGRAPHY

CARLOTTA LUKE

FREEZING FEBRUARY

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

we. You can see more of Carlotta’s work at

carlottaluke.com

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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).

Photo by Eva Vermandel

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BITS AND BOBS

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

in Brighton.

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

good time.

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

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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

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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

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COLUMN

David Jarman

Call that a guillemot?

The Estorick Collection

in Islington has reopened

after five months of

refurbishment. The

museum was opened

in 1998 to house Eric

and Salome Estorick’s

collection of modern

Italian, especially

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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COLUMN

East of Earwig

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

the ceiling.

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

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COLUMN

Chloë King

The doors of perception

In January I announced

that throughout 2017

I would do all sorts

of mind-expanding

exercises to share with

Viva Readers. I imagined

myself a somewhat stiffer

Anneka Rice, deftly

navigating East Sussex

in a body stocking and a

head mic.

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.

“CHLOE!”

“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

to boot!

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

Waitrose magazine.

“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?

Illustration by Chloë King

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ON THIS MONTH: SICK! FESTIVAL

‘American’ man

Hetain Patel

‘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

Attenborough Centre

/ SICK! Festival. Sat

25th, 9pm

Photo courtesy of Hetain Patel

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ON THIS MONTH: LITERATURE

Virginia Baily

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

Italian.

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,

of herself.

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

book.”

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.

Alex Leith

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

Jenny KilBride

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

young people.

“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

ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk

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ON THIS MONTH: MUSIC

Sea Fever

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

Jerwood Gallery.

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

those limitations.

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

Coast.

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

the performance.

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

theaco.co.uk

Photo of Will by Graham Brandon and Marcus Maschwitz

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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

conducting career.

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

stage design.

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

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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.

David Jarman

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

ginger cat.

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

01273 486391

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

Dora Russell.

But, seriously, this is an absolutely splendid show.

And admission is free!

David Jarman

2 Temple Pl, London WC2R 3BD. twotempleplace.org

John Piper, Beach and Star Fish, Seven Sister’s Cliff, Eastbourne, 1933-34 © The Piper Estate DACS 2015

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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

around Sussex.

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’

technique.

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).

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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.

Admission free)

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

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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 info@martyrs.gallery.

Martyrs’ Gallery and Project Space

Star Brewery · between Fisher Street and Castle Ditch Lane · Lewes · BN7 1YJ

Gallery Hours: Thursdays to Sundays, 12 noon–5pm

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ART

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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Further afield

'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.

[jerwoodgallery.org].

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.

[townereastbourne.org.uk]

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

by 30th April. [submityourfilm.carousel.org.uk / oskabright@carousel.org.uk]

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MARCH listings

TO FRIDAY 17

Glyndebourne backstage

tours. Ninety-minute guided

tours, tea and coffee included.

From £13.50. See Glyndebourne.com.

THURSDAY 2

Comedy at the Con. With Andre Vincent, John

Mann, Jake Baker and Christian Reilly. Con Club,

7.30pm, £8-£12.

FRIDAY 3

MONDAY 6

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.

TUESDAY 7

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

lunch).

SATURDAY 4

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,

5.30pm, £3.

WEDNESDAY 8

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).

THURSDAY 9

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,

7pm, £12-£14.

FRIDAY 10

SUNDAY 5

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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Welcome to Wakehurst

Kew’s botanic garden in Sussex

Over 500 acres of stunning gardens,

magnificent woodlands, tranquil nature

reserve and natural play spaces.

Ten minutes’ drive from Haywards Heath

For details visit kew.org/wakehurst


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.

© Ascot Elite Entertainment Group

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

brighton.vegfest.co.uk.

SUNDAY 12

Murmurations of Mullet. Illustrated talk with local

naturalist and photographer Steve Homewood. Linklater

Pavilion, 3pm, £5 suggested donation.

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Lewes

Little

Theatre

THE HOME OF

LEWES THEATRE CLUB

Mr. Foote’s

Other Leg

By Ian Kelly

Directed by Sandra Tomlinson

Saturday 18 March - Saturday 25 March

7:45pm excluding Sunday. Matinee Saturday

25 March 2:45pm.

£12/Members £8

www.lewestheatre.org

Theatre Box Office: 01273 474826

WELLBEING &

HAPPINESS SHOW

Priory School, Mountfield Road, Lewes

Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd April 2017

Entry from £4

www.eyeopeningevents.co.uk

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MARCH listings (cont)

MONDAY 13

Lewes History Group Talk.

Kate Fowler Tutt: Dispelling

the Urban Myth. Frances

Stenlake remembers an

upstanding Lewesian. King’s

Church Building, 7pm, £3

(Members £2).

WEDNESDAY 15

Science on tap. A series of talks by professionals

from various fields across Science, Engineering,

Technology and Mathematics. Elephant and

Castle, 7.30pm.

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.

FRIDAY 17

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,

10am-4pm, 50p.

SUNDAY 19

Beekeeping Taster Day. Learn all

about bees and beekeeping in a one-day

course. Plumpton College, 9.30am, £70.

© Frenetic Films

THE BIG

VINTAGE

Theatrical, Pantomime and

Children’s Costumes

FREE ADMISSION

22nd April 2017

9 AM—2PM

Cash Sale Only

www.bpdcostumes.co.uk

St Mary’s Social Centre

Christie Road Lewes BN7 1PL

Enquires 07931 249097

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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

Racecourse, £3.

MONDAY 20

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.

TUESDAY 21

Early One Morning. See page 39. All Saints,

8pm-9pm, £10.

WEDNESDAY 22

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

6–28 MAY

6–28 MAY

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#brightonfestival

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#brightonfestival

brightonfestival

brightfest

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),

from £5.

SATURDAY 25 & SUNDAY 26

Photo © Ascot Elite

Entertainment Group

Film: Nocturnal Animals (15). Neo-noir

thriller. All Saints, 8pm (25th) and 5.30pm (26th).

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SATURDAY 25

Herb and Story Walk. With local Lewes herbalist

& storyteller Kym Murden. Meet Landport Bottom,

gate adjacent to A275/Nevill Rd, 2pm, £5 (kids free).

SUNDAY 26

Film: Queen of Katwe (PG). All Saints, 3pm,

tickets from £5.

THURSDAY 30

Walking tour of Lewes churches. Three-hour tour

of Lewes churches with Dr Graham Mayhew. 2pm-

5pm, £15, see sussexpast.co.uk.

FRIDAY 31

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.

TUESDAY 28

Comedy. Lewes FC and Comedy Beats fundraising

for The 12th Man. All Saints, 7pm for 8pm, £9.

WEDNESDAY 29

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

charleston.org.uk/festival.

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Spring Concert

Saturday 25th March 4:00pm

TRINITY Church, Southover,

Lewes

Berlioz

Roman Carnival Overture

Haydn

Horn Concerto No. 1

Soloist - Brendan Connellan

Leopold Mozart

Toy Symphony

Bizet

Jeux d’enfants

Sherman

Suite from Mary Poppins

Info, tickets and info prices visit:

www.lewesconcertorchestra.org

BACH

St John

Passion

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

Classical roundup

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

String Orchestra.

Sun 5, 4pm, St Pancras Church,

£10-£12

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,

01273 604231

Paul Austin Kelly

Top to bottom: Brendan Connellan, Margaret Fingerhut, Julia Bishop

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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

THURSDAY 2

Alligator Swing. Gypsy swing. The Pelham

Arms, 8.30pm, free

FRIDAY 3

CODA. Led Zeppelin tribute. Con Club, 8pm,

£5 (members free)

SATURDAY 4

Len Graham. Folk (Irish trad song). Elephant &

Castle, 8pm-11pm, £7

Bad Gumby. Veteran rock band, reformed.

King’s Head, 9pm, free

SUNDAY 5

English dance tunes session. Folk (English

trad). The Snowdrop, 12pm-2.30pm, free

MONDAY 6

Terry Seabrook Piano Trio. Jazz. Snowdrop,

8pm, free

TUESDAY 7

English dance tunes session. Folk (English

trad). John Harvey Tavern, 8pm-11pm, free

FRIDAY 10

The Curst Sons. Americana. Con Club, doors

8pm, free

SATURDAY 11

The Ramonas. All-girl tribute to the Ramones.

Con Club, 7.30pm, £11.50

Matt Quinn. Folk. Royal Oak, 8pm- 11pm, £6

SUNDAY 12

Splash Point Jazz Club. Trumpeter Sue Richardson.

Westgate Chapel, 4pm, £10 (kids free)

MONDAY 13

Derek Nash. Jazz Sax. The Snowdrop, 8pm, free

FRIDAY 17

The Meow Meows. Ska ‘n’ soul. Con Club,

8pm, free

SATURDAY 18

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

SUNDAY 19

Alexis Taylor. Electro-acoustic. De La Warr,

7.30pm, £12.50

MONDAY 20

Sara Oschlag and Jazz Trio. The Snowdrop,

8pm, free

MONDAY 27

Chris Coull. Jazz. The Snowdrop, 8pm, free

David Migden & the Twisted Roots

TUESDAY 28

Lewes Favourites. Tunes practice session (bring

instruments). Folk. Elephant & Castle, 8pm-

11pm, free

Sun Ra Arkestra. Jazz and blues. Con Club,

7.30pm, £25

FRIDAY 31

Fat Belly Jones. Ska and Soul 9-piece. Con club,

8pm, free

FRIDAY 24

Mickey Hart and the Hartbrakers. 50s hits.

Con Club, 8pm, free

SATURDAY 25

David Migden & the Twisted Roots. Blues.

Westgate Chapel, 7pm, £15

Sunjay. Blues & Folk. Elephant & Castle, 8pm-

11pm, £6

The Reform Club. Normo-rock from our

former MP. King’s Head, 9pm, free

SUNDAY 26

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

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LONE TWIN

BEASTIE

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

www.attenboroughcentre.com

Gardner Centre Road, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RA


FREETIME UNDER 16 êêêê

SUNDAY 5

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.

© 2016 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp

SUNDAY 12

Film: Trolls (U). DreamWorks animated film

based on the ‘Troll Dolls’ toys. All Saints, 3pm,

from £5.

MONDAY 13

Look Think Make. Exploring exhibitions and

testing ideas and materials through making. All

ages. De La Warr, Bexhill, 2pm-4pm, free (or £1

donation).

Tales for Toddlers. Activities for children aged

18 months to five years. De La Warr, Bexhill,

10.15am and 11.15am, £1.

SATURDAY 25

SATURDAY 11

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.

SUNDAY 26

Mothering Sunday at Wakehurst. Special

three-course carvery meal. See

kew.org/visit-wakehurst.

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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

Downsview Crescent

UCKFIELD East Sussex TN22 3DJ

Telephone: 01825 764844

E-mail: 6formapply@uctc.org.uk

Website: www.uctc.org.uk


FREETIME

UNDER 16

êêêê

SHOES ON NOW:

WAKEHURST PLACE

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

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“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.

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

01342 822275 - Registered Charity Number 307006

www.michaelhall.co.uk


FREETIME

UNDER 16

êêêê

BOOK REVIEW:

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

different layers.

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!

YOUNG PHOTO

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 photos@vivamagazines.com, 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!

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Wild foraged, organic, vegan taste revolution at the

Wildside Food Bar, Riverside

Jane has been

foraging ingredients

and making organic

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FOOD REVIEW

Articiocca

Home-cooked Italian

‘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

restaurant, which

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

wine.

The starter is great,

too. There’s chopped

raw artichoke, served

with Parmesan

shavings, alongside

‘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

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RECIPE

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

blanched almonds.

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

the tagine.

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

garlic rice.

As told to Rebecca Cunningham

The Riverside, @hedgewitchsuss

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FOOD

Edible updates

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

demonstrations. [orders@bluebellfarmshop.co.uk].

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.

[greencuisine.org/workshops]

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

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DRINK

Cocktails at Aqua

Drinking Italian

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

the Negroni,

performs the

bittersweet

trick it’s

designed to

perform: tears

are shed.

Alex Leith

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middle of a DIY project. We asked them: what's your most important tool?

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Robin Dance, home renovator

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Jasmine Moulden

“My overlocker.”


THE WAY WE WORK

Paul Jones

“The kettle.”


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William Andrews

“Idiocy.”


COLUMN

Photo by Richard Madden

Walkies

#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.”

Richard Madden

Map: OS Explorer: 122. Distance: 3.5 miles. Terrain:

Riverbank & steep climb onto Downs. Start/End: Pell’s

Pond. Watering hole: The Blacksmiths Arms, Offham,

01273 472971. Directions: follow Ouse left (northwest)

along riverbank. After a mile, cross railway (on

left) and take path to Offham. Cross A275 and follow

path south-east along top of Chalk Pits to Landport

Down and back into Lewes.

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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

became clearer.

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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HEALTH

Self Diagnosis

Should Dr Google be struck off?

Psychology Today

dubbed it ‘cyberchondria’:

the

growing trend of

using the internet

to (often wrongly)

self-diagnose medical

complaints. And it’s

hardly surprising

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

dangerous thing?

“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

their concerns.”

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

wrong thing.”

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

information available,

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

Photo by Alex Leith

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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

12.30pm.

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

Shack outlets.

At the moment there are

around eight Dr Bikers in

total, usually with three or four

volunteers on duty each week.

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MY SPACE

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

and rent.

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

Proficiency Test.

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!

Mark Bridge

Photos by Mark Bridge

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FOOTBALL

Mr Fix it

Duncan Thompson

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.

Duncan Thompson

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

keeping himself

occupied by working

through the

relentless to-do list

at the Dripping

Pan.

Duncan says he

loves fixing things

himself, finding

solutions to problems.

In France,

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.

Barry Collins

Men’s home fixtures: Sat 4th (3pm) Lewes v Hythe;

Sat 3pm Lewes v East Grinstead. Ladies home

fixture: Sun 12th (2pm) v QPR

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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

to add.

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

for March.

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

work stations!

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

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BRICKS AND MORTAR

Glebe Close

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

be done.

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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TRADE SECRETS

Lou Holmes

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

days off.

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

the moment.

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

sometimes.

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

swan, mummy!”

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

The Old Needlemakers, 07894302114,

Instagram: @skullandfeathers

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BUSINESS NEWS

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

District.

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

District Council’s

approval for the construction

of a 4MW

solar farm in Berwick.

Cuckmere Community

Solar’s grid

is the first of its kind

to be part owned by a

commercial developer

and part owned by a

community organisation,

and is hoping to

pioneer many future

developments giving

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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online courses but don't finish

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The idea of the University of

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each other, with the help of a facilitator.

At the moment I've got a group that's studying

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talk about anything they've found difficult, and I

explain what's coming up next week and how they

can get the most enjoyment out of it.

The upcoming courses that I'm thinking of

are a short course on using online tools, perhaps

looking at social media skills, while another is

about preparing students to go to university. And

I’m also looking for a course on

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People can tell me their interests

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INSIDE LEFT

WINDOW SHOPPING

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.

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