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My family arrived here in 1969, and my mother<br />

assures me that I was taken to <strong>Lewes</strong>’ Odeon, on<br />

Cliffe High Street, on a couple of occasions, though I don’t remember them. It was shut<br />

down in 1971 and sat derelict for a decade, with ‘SHAME’ written across its façade, which<br />

is how I do recall it. The shame was twofold. One, that such a beautiful art deco building (see pg<br />

106) should be left empty and rotting; and two that <strong>Lewes</strong>, the prosperous County Town of East<br />

Sussex, shouldn’t have a cinema to its name.<br />

It wasn’t all bad. Of course Brighton has always been well served with cinemas, and in particular<br />

the fabulous Duke of York’s. And, once the All Saints was up and running, a roll-down big<br />

screen was purchased, with the <strong>Lewes</strong> Film Club putting in a 30-year stint and a couple of other<br />

operations showing second-run movies. But still…<br />

Over the years many people have talked about opening a new cinema, but nothing has come to<br />

fruition. Finally, after over a quarter-century, a plan has come off, thanks to the generosity of<br />

benefactor (and Chair of Trustees) Rob Senior, and the hard work of Creative Director Carmen<br />

Slijpen and her team.<br />

The opening of the cinema on <strong>May</strong> 27th will be, I’m pretty confident in saying, the most<br />

exciting cultural event in <strong>Lewes</strong> since we started this magazine over ten years ago. To celebrate<br />

the occasion we’ve commissioned a cinema-related cover from artist Rachel Clark, and made<br />

the theme of the magazine ‘going out’. We trust your excitement about the new facility is as<br />

great as ours. Enjoy the issue…<br />

THE TEAM<br />

.....................<br />

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Bits and bobs.<br />

8-22. Robert Senior’s <strong>Lewes</strong>, Cheeky<br />

in the Chapel nights out, a very furry<br />

hat, a reed sculpture in the Railway<br />

Land and <strong>Viva</strong>’s adventures in New<br />

Zealand and Thailand.<br />

45<br />

Columns.<br />

25-29. David Jarman investigates a<br />

case of library vandalism, Chloë King<br />

feels offal, and Mark Bridge declares<br />

independence.<br />

'White Mischief' by Jo Lamb<br />

On this month.<br />

31. Daniel Rachel on how Rock<br />

Against Racism changed the shape<br />

of British music… and British race<br />

relations, too.<br />

33. (Britain's Got) Talented singer<br />

Richard Hadfield performs at Every<br />

Sort of People Festival.<br />

35. Brighton Festival brings<br />

Monteverdi to Glyndebourne.<br />

37. Our very own Shirley Collins,<br />

‘the secret Queen of England’, plays<br />

21<br />

Brighton Dome.<br />

39. Deborah Levy, at the Charleston<br />

Festival, on the enduring literary<br />

legacy of Virginia Woolf.<br />

41-49. Art. Sarah Grace Harris’<br />

cyanotypes at the Martyrs’, Eileen<br />

Agar at Jerwood, and whatever else<br />

is hanging on a gallery wall near you<br />

in <strong>May</strong>.<br />

50-55. Diary dates. What’s on where<br />

and when including the final <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

Film Club offering, an Icelandic tale<br />

of two feuding brothers.<br />

57. Classical music round-up, with<br />

Paul Austin Kelly.<br />

59-61. Gig guide. The Con Club goes<br />

from strength to strength: this month<br />

it’s Shriekback and Wreckless Eric.<br />

63-67. Free time. Wassup for the<br />

U16s, what to pack at festivals, and<br />

how a <strong>Lewes</strong> girl raised over £1000<br />

(and counting) for charity… with<br />

some hair clippers.<br />





on 23rd June<br />

Special bus service from<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> to Sheffield Park Station. £5pp<br />

Visit website for times<br />

Other Rail Ale evenings<br />

on <strong>May</strong> 19, Jul 21, Sep 22


Food.<br />

69-75. Ethiopian food courtesy of the<br />

Feature Kitchen, lamb cutlets at the<br />

building formerly known as Stanmer<br />

House, nutritious nettle tips from<br />

organic guru Daphne Lambert, and<br />

what’s on the culinary horizon from<br />

Chloë King.<br />

The way we work.<br />

77-81. Guy Buckland takes his camera<br />

behind the scenes at Glyndebourne<br />

Opera House.<br />

Features.<br />

82-91. It’s all about getting out this<br />

month: Richard Madden ups another<br />

Down, Michael Blencowe tracks<br />

swifts, Carmen Slijpen lays out the<br />

manifesto of the new cinema, John<br />

Henty remembers the good old days<br />

at the pictures, Anita Hall explores<br />

the benefits of socialising, Pat<br />

Hennessy explains the rise of the Con<br />

Club, and Stefanie Fischer takes us<br />

round the Depot.<br />

Business news.<br />

93. A whole load of openings this<br />

month, including the new cinema,<br />

Southover Grange and the Pells Pool.<br />

Inside left.<br />

106. The Odeon Cinema,<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong>, back in 1935.<br />

106<br />

Photo: John Maltby, Cinema Theatre Association Archive, cta-uk.org<br />


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Every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of our content.<br />

<strong>Viva</strong> <strong>Lewes</strong> magazine cannot be held responsible for any omissions, errors<br />

or alterations. The views expressed by columnists do not necessarily<br />

represent the view of <strong>Viva</strong> <strong>Lewes</strong>.<br />

Love me or recycle me. Illustration by Chloë King<br />



Cliffe Bridge, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

This month’s cover was designed by artist and<br />

designer Rachel Clark. Despite being “a true<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong>ian”, growing up in <strong>Lewes</strong> and spending<br />

much of her time here, Rachel created this image<br />

of the almost-finished Depot Cinema from her<br />

second home in the Netherlands. “I’m so used to<br />

drawing on location,” she says, “I generally prefer<br />

it because you get more of a feel for a place. But<br />

on this occasion drawing from photos worked<br />

well.” The <strong>Viva</strong> team visited the site in late<br />

March to take some photographs of the building<br />

from different angles. “I did a couple of roughs;<br />

one was from the front of the cinema, which was<br />

more like the architects’ visuals and for the other,<br />

which I decided to develop into the final image, I<br />

referenced a photograph because I preferred the<br />

perspective.”<br />

Once Rachel had chosen which sketch to<br />

reference, she produced the image as a linocut. “I<br />

really enjoy linocut prints. The boldness of the<br />

medium is really eye-catching. You can linocut<br />

anywhere - if you work small you can even print<br />

at home. It’s nice trying out different approaches<br />

too: different printing techniques have different<br />

merits and you get different effects. I like<br />

screen printing, lithography, and etching - I’ve<br />

been doing some non-toxic etching recently<br />

(without acid or chemicals so it’s better for the<br />

environment) and you get exciting effects. These<br />

correspond more with my drawings which I post<br />

regularly on my website blog and on Instagram.”<br />

The majority of Rachel’s work is in children’s<br />

book design. She spent years working for<br />

Random House in London before going<br />

freelance. “I’ve always worked in publishing and<br />

specialised in children’s book design. I really<br />

enjoy collaborating with other people - with<br />

illustrators and editors in particular. When I was<br />


The De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill<br />

St Nicholas Church, Amsterdam<br />

Café in Copenhagen<br />

working full time for publishers I’d always fit in<br />

my own work, however since going freelance I’ve<br />

increasingly been doing more of my own work,<br />

including taking part in exhibitions, selling work<br />

through my online shop and applying my prints<br />

to stationery.”<br />

“I’ve always loved drawing, and Amsterdam,<br />

creatively, is a really good place to visit. It has<br />

some amazing galleries - you’ve got the Stedelijk<br />

and the Van Gogh Museum - and it’s really fun<br />

and friendly. The Netherlands is a small country<br />

so you can travel around very easily, and easily<br />

get to neighbouring countries. Travel inspires me<br />

and I try to sketch on location wherever I visit.<br />

When I draw I step away from everything and<br />

get lost in my own little world.”<br />

Interview by Rebecca Cunningham<br />

See more of Rachel’s work at rachelclarkart.com or<br />

on Instagram: @rachelclarkart<br />

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Are you local? I’m from Lancashire originally,<br />

moved to London in the 1970s. I came here with<br />

my wife, Sarah, and three daughters around the turn<br />

of the century. Sarah knew <strong>Lewes</strong> because her sister<br />

had lived here, and it ticked a lot of boxes. A quaint<br />

old town near the sea, surrounded by countryside,<br />

with a brewery. I didn’t know about Bonfire before<br />

we arrived but I am now a Southover monk.<br />

It was a town with no cinema, until you invested<br />

a lot of money in our new one… From the day<br />

we arrived everyone talked about one. It seemed an<br />

obvious thing to do, to put something back into the<br />

community. I’ve also set up the Chalk Cliff Trust<br />

which supports local causes. More people should do<br />

these things.<br />

What’s your day job? I’m the founder of the<br />

global market research publisher Euromonitor<br />

International.<br />

What’s your favourite pub? The <strong>Lewes</strong> Arms; a<br />

gang of us congregate there every month, and that’s<br />

where we take visitors. But the Brewers, at the top<br />

of my street, is a friendly, regular pub, and when<br />

I’ve got a lot of work to do I’ll go up there and get<br />

through it over a couple of pints.<br />

And your poison? Harvey’s, mainly. I got to know<br />

[Head Brewer] Miles Jenner when we bought the<br />

building off them. Though in the Depot we’re not<br />

going to sell Harvey’s exclusively, we’re keen to<br />

stock beer from the local microbreweries as well.<br />

What’s your favourite <strong>Lewes</strong> restaurant? We go<br />

to the Pelham Arms sometimes and ate in Aqua recently,<br />

and that was fine. But one reason we’re opening<br />

a restaurant at the Depot is that <strong>Lewes</strong> - for<br />

a town full of foodies - doesn’t have a very strong<br />

restaurant culture, and we want to help change that.<br />

Tell us about a perfect Sunday... In the summer<br />

it’s hard to beat a walk on the Downs and a pub<br />

lunch, maybe followed by some Scandi noir. If it’s<br />

raining, I could do worse than spend a day watching<br />

films, I love silent movies.<br />

When did you last walk up a Down? Two weeks<br />

ago we walked part of the Seven Sisters trail. My<br />

wife loves cycling and she was complaining that I<br />

never went with her, so I bought an electric bike.<br />

And now I get a lot more exercise, because I’m not<br />

put off by all those hills. You still have to put effort<br />

in, mind: it’s not like riding a moped.<br />

Who’s your favourite film director? Orson<br />

Welles, who made five or six brilliant films. I also<br />

love Westerns; I’m a big fan of spaghetti but also<br />

Sam Peckinpah. The Wild Bunch blew me away in<br />

the 60s - the villains were also the heroes; I’d not<br />

seen such bloody violence before.<br />

Where would you live, if not in <strong>Lewes</strong>? I’d say Las<br />

Vegas, but Sarah wouldn’t quite agree. <strong>May</strong>be we’ll<br />

spend some time in Italy one day and the families<br />

can visit. Puglia is pleasant.<br />

Interview by Alex Leith<br />





WDYGTH went on holiday<br />

this month, all the way to the<br />

Isle of Wight. The Hedleys,<br />

from Malling, ventured<br />

into the lemur enclosure at<br />

Amazon World Zoo Park<br />

when this little guy took<br />

a liking to Daryl and his<br />

snapback, so much so it<br />

took ten minutes to coax<br />

him down. No lemurs were<br />

harmed in the making of this<br />


Hi Soraya! What is Cheeky in the Chapel? It’s a ‘cheeky’ night<br />

out. A club night in the atmospheric Westgate Chapel that raises<br />

money for a great project.<br />

How did you come to set it up? The Oyster Project is a disability<br />

self-help charity. Radio <strong>Lewes</strong> is one of their projects, I do a weekly<br />

show called Pass It On. It’s <strong>Lewes</strong>’ Desert Island Discs. Having gained<br />

so much from it, I wanted to give something back, so came up with<br />

this fundraising idea.<br />

Where does Cheeky in the Chapel take place? We light up<br />

the whole venue. The bar is in the chapel, the library the chill-out<br />

room. It’s a fun night out for anyone who enjoys dancing. It’s near<br />

home and it starts and finishes early, so for self-induced curfews, it’s ideal. You can even sneak last orders on<br />

your way home, or actually get to bed before midnight having danced your socks off.<br />

What can people expect? R&B, funk, soul, disco, reggae, indie, ska, pop. There’s no DJ. Great visuals that<br />

work well with the music. Cash-only licensed bar.<br />

What's the dress code? Anything goes. Dress up or not. It’s your night.<br />

What gets you on the dancefloor? Curtis <strong>May</strong>field, Move On Up.<br />

When are they held? Every other month. There's a break for summer, but we're back in October.<br />

Who goes? 30 and upwards. Emma Chaplin interviewed Soraya Cotwal<br />

Next one is Sat 10th June, Westgate Chapel (by the bottleneck), 7-11pm, £5 in advance, £6 OTD.<br />

facebook.com/cheekywestgate or tickets.oysterproject.org.uk<br />

Photo by Emma Chaplin<br />




A very reedy photo of the month this time; of<br />

course this image was taken on the Railway<br />

Land, <strong>Lewes</strong>’ beautifully soggy nature reserve.<br />

It was taken by Christopher Hards, while out<br />

for a walk with his dog on a sunny Sunday late<br />

in March. “I thought it looked so in keeping<br />

with the natural surroundings as it was made<br />

of the reeds, and yet it stood like a gateway to<br />

the island beyond,” he says. “I think it is great<br />

that someone has gone to the effort to produce<br />

a natural and beautiful thing from what was<br />

essentially old discarded reeds cut down from<br />

the year before.”<br />

We did a little bit of research to find the background<br />

to this little piece of land art, which<br />

we discovered was made last year. The artist<br />

Sally Christopher masterminded it with the<br />

help of the Nature Corridors group of adults<br />

with learning disabilities and the Priory Forest<br />

School group.<br />

This is a good place to point out that the Railway<br />

Land Trust hosts a number of events this<br />

month, including a Dawn Chorus bird walk<br />

(<strong>May</strong> 7th, at 4.30 in the morning!) a workshop<br />

teaching how to make decorations with willow<br />

and tissue (<strong>May</strong> 7th, 2pm) and Bee Sunday<br />

(<strong>May</strong> 14th, 2pm, railwaylandproject.org).<br />

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<strong>Lewes</strong>, to photos@vivamagazines.com, or tweet<br />

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TOWN PLAQUE #26<br />

While we count down the days to the opening of the Depot, this<br />

month we recall <strong>Lewes</strong>’ first purpose-built cinema. It is marked<br />

by the only historic plaque in the town to be located indoors, in<br />

the lobby of 25-26 High Street, there being no suitable place on<br />

the outside of this much-redeveloped site. Located in a building<br />

that had once been a girls’ school, and boasting an unlikely timbered<br />

frontage, the Cinema de Luxe was opened in 1912, and had<br />

490 seats, all on one level. In the late 1920s it was equipped with<br />

a sound system and in 1934 the rear of the roof was raised and a balcony was fitted, which increased the<br />

seating capacity to 620. Many a <strong>Lewes</strong> senior will recall the Saturday matinees there.<br />

The Cinema de Luxe was closed on 11th <strong>May</strong> 1963 and the building lay derelict for several years before<br />

being demolished. It is now offices above a shop and restaurant. Marcus Taylor<br />


Going out in or from <strong>Lewes</strong> offers many choices: pubs and restaurants, culture, seaside, hills or countryside,<br />

by train, foot, bus or car. A recent national survey shows that 19 out of 20 people spend money on leisure<br />

activities, including holidays. And average spend is around £200 a month. What do we like to spend this<br />

on? Eating out (85% of those surveyed), coffee shops (73%) and drinking in pubs and bars (70%), as well<br />

as in-home leisure (77%) and culture and entertainment (75%). This sector accounts for £117 billion in<br />

revenue nationwide, and 7.4% of UK GDP, and is growing at nearly twice the speed of the retail sector.<br />

Sarah Boughton<br />


Another long-forgotten pub, the Bee Hive was situated in the Cliffe, opposite<br />

the Gardeners Arms. In 1841 the property was occupied by a widowed tea<br />

dealer called Mary Heseltine. However, ten years later it was being used as<br />

a beer shop by Harriett Vinall, and by the 1870s this was known as the Bee<br />

Hive. Despite the Gardeners Arms, the Cliffe Tavern, the Castle Inn and the<br />

Bear Hotel on its doorstep, the Bee Hive was able to survive. Cliffe High<br />

Street was an incredibly busy thoroughfare at that time, and the numerous<br />

pubs in the area reflected this. However, the Cliffe has always been prone to<br />

flooding. In November 1875, when it continuously rained for almost two weeks, the elderly landlord of the<br />

Bee Hive, Edward Wix, ‘narrowly escaped drowning’ as he descended into his cellar only to find himself in<br />

deep water. Henry Newnham was the Bee Hive’s final landlord. Although he grew up in the Cliffe, Henry had<br />

run the Market Cross Inn (now the Smugglers) at Alfriston before moving to the Bee Hive in 1896. With the<br />

steady removal of public house licences in <strong>Lewes</strong>, the Bee Hive’s days were numbered, and in 1913 its licence<br />

renewal was refused. It is easy to miss this beautiful old building as you walk along the Cliffe. For many years<br />

it was Clark Brothers fruiterers, and it is now a lighting shop. Mat Homewood<br />


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The latest issue of the quarterly<br />

Frogmore Papers, a collection<br />

of poetry published in <strong>Lewes</strong>,<br />

came through our door, with a<br />

slightly sinister cover featuring<br />

two painted crows - or maybe<br />

rooks - who seem, in some<br />

way, to have shattered their<br />

way through the fourth wall.<br />

I particularly enjoyed Rachael<br />

McGill’s two-page bawdy satirical<br />

vignette Dawn.<br />

Another publication barely fitted<br />

through our letterbox: the hardback<br />

edition of <strong>Lewes</strong>-based<br />

crime fiction novelist Lesley<br />

Thompson’s latest, set in West<br />

London during two different<br />

time zones, 1987 and 2016. It’s<br />

called The Dog Walker, and it’s<br />

one of her ‘Detective’s Daughter’<br />

series: of course it features<br />

a grisly murder, and of course,<br />

Thompson being Thompson,<br />

it’s characterised by credible<br />

protagonists communicating in<br />

believably colourful dialogue.<br />

Finally, the latest from the<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> press Life², named<br />

Manifesto for Life. Written by<br />

Richard Docwra, it works on<br />

the principle that even if you are<br />

powerless to change the way the<br />

powers-that-be run the world, at<br />

least you can empower yourself<br />

by leading your life in an honourable<br />

and community-spirited<br />

way [lifesquared.com].<br />

Plenty to look forward to in this<br />

column in the June issue. For<br />

example, Frogmore Press’s Watermarks,<br />

an anthology of texts<br />

about wild swimming edited by<br />

Tanya Shadrick, and also some<br />

new titles from local publishers<br />

Snake River Press, including<br />

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Carlotta has been the official architectural<br />

documentary photographer for The Depot<br />

Cinema since June 2015, and here’s a<br />

chronological narrative of the progress that’s<br />

been made. Clockwise from top left: The<br />

original Depot before work started; scaffolding<br />

goes up… note Julian Bell’s murals on the wall;<br />

the interior is ready for panelling; the glass<br />

entrance doors go in; the exterior knapped<br />

flintwork is complete. By the time our next<br />

magazine comes out, the place will be showing<br />

films! You can see many more Depot pics on<br />

Carlotta’s website carlottaluke.com.<br />




It seems half of <strong>Lewes</strong> is on New Zealand’s Kaiteriteri beach. Here’s Wenda<br />

and Alan ‘Brad’ Bradley and Sarah Bayliss and Mick Hawksworth checking<br />

up on what’s happening at home. Next time we’ll give them a copy each.<br />

Barney Edgely took us to<br />

the Baan Matao Mothership,<br />

in Mae Mut, Thailand. He<br />

originally went out there to<br />

do some voluntary work...<br />

but he might have decided<br />

to stay. Can’t say we blame<br />

him. Don’t forget to take us<br />

with you on your travels and keep spreading the word. Send<br />

your pics to hello@vivamagazines.com Lizzie Lower<br />


Going out from <strong>Lewes</strong> for a hike or bike ride,<br />

you may well find yourself passing Glynde Place.<br />

The current house was built in 1568 but in the<br />

late 18th century Richard Trevor, Bishop of<br />

Durham (died 1771), "pimped it", in the words of<br />

Francis Brand, the 7th Viscount Hampden. This<br />

involved reversing the house's configuration,<br />

adding Trevor heraldic wyverns and building the<br />

grand gate with its clock tower, replete with lead<br />

cupola and golden orb.<br />

The exact date of the tower clock is uncertain,<br />

but its workings are marked with the name<br />

of William Hooker, a Cliffe clockmaker who<br />

repaired it in 1825. It was Hooker who had added<br />

a minute hand to the St Thomas church clock<br />

in 1817, but the Glynde clock remains of the<br />

one-handed style, historically common but less<br />

familiar now.<br />

The clock still tells the time, the gold leaf hand<br />

and Roman numerals clear on a dark face, providing<br />

an easy time-check for anyone passing. Chris<br />

Arnold, who runs the Glynde Estates, winds the<br />

clock three times a week and says it's currently<br />

running fast, "over a weekend about eight minutes".<br />

Though before Christmas it was running<br />

three minutes slow. Such eccentricities, surely, are<br />

one of the pleasures of historic timepieces.<br />

Daniel Etherington<br />

Thanks to Lord Hampden and the Glynde Estate<br />

Photo by Daniel Etherington<br />


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COLUMN<br />

David Jarman<br />

Peggy in the middle<br />

In his memoir Love<br />

is Where it Falls, a<br />

sublimely silly title,<br />

Simon Callow tells of<br />

his first meeting with<br />

the (very) theatrical<br />

literary agent, Peggy<br />

Ramsay. It took<br />

place at her offices<br />

in Goodwin’s Court,<br />

off St Martin’s Lane.<br />

Callow wasn’t expecting, or even necessarily<br />

wanting, to meet Peggy Ramsay herself, but<br />

when, having trekked up three flights of stairs,<br />

he opened the door bearing the agency’s name,<br />

there she was.<br />

“Hello”, I said, “I’m –”<br />

“I know exactly who you are dear” she said. “Tell<br />

me”, she continued, as if resuming a conversation<br />

rather than beginning one, “do you think<br />

Ayckbourn will ever write a really GOOD play?”<br />

This encounter took place in 1980, and<br />

Ayckbourn’s Woman in Mind, which the <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

Little Theatre is putting on this month (13th-<br />

20th <strong>May</strong>), opened in Scarborough in June 1985<br />

and came to the Theatre Royal in Brighton in<br />

August 1986. So perhaps by then, Peggy Ramsay<br />

would have conceded that Ayckbourn had indeed<br />

written a really good play. Or perhaps not.<br />

Peggy Ramsay lived in Redcliffe Square, but<br />

she also had a weekend bolthole in Brighton. A<br />

plaque on her house at 34 Kensington Place, very<br />

near the station, was unveiled in 2009 by Simon<br />

Callow. Of all Ramsay’s illustrious clients, I<br />

suppose the most famous was the playwright Joe<br />

Orton. It’s fifty years ago this year that Orton<br />

was killed by his partner, Kenneth Halliwell, who<br />

committed suicide immediately after. Orton and<br />

Halliwell are also remembered for the 1962 court<br />

case in which they were found guilty of defacing<br />

hundreds of Islington<br />

Library books.<br />

Halliwell also used<br />

pictures removed from<br />

the books to decorate<br />

the walls of their Noel<br />

Road flat. Islington has<br />

put up another plaque<br />

on that property.<br />

Islington Museum<br />

owns 43 of the library<br />

book covers defaced by Orton and Halliwell,<br />

and there are always a few on display. Postcards,<br />

as well, which strikes me as all rather odd. Now<br />

the museum has acquired a collage screen made<br />

by Halliwell. Peggy Ramsay commissioned<br />

Halliwell’s collage screens; this one was donated<br />

by her estate to a charity auction in 1999. It’s<br />

not on display at the moment, but the librarian<br />

assured me that it would be again in the summer,<br />

once they had got through their Spanish Civil<br />

War exhibition.<br />

In Love is Where it Falls, which, incidentally,<br />

I picked up from the book rack in the waiting<br />

room on Platform 3 at <strong>Lewes</strong> Station (I pitched<br />

my voluntary contribution at £1 plus a handful<br />

of loose change), Simon Callow describes Peggy<br />

Ramsay’s voice ‘as beautiful and expressive as<br />

any actress might hope to possess: perfectly<br />

modulated, feathery light and caressing, then<br />

suddenly rough and emphatic, but never when<br />

you expected it… “I always thought”, she said<br />

liltingly, “how touching it was that when Ken and<br />

Joe couldn’t find anyone else to f**k, they would<br />

f**k each other”.’<br />

Fortunately for Brighton Library, Ramsay was<br />

unsuccessful in luring Orton to Brighton. As his<br />

diaries reveal, he was having nothing to do with<br />

slum dwellings tarted up with a coat of plaster.<br />

Quite right too!<br />

Photo by Alex Leith<br />



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COLUMN<br />

Chloë King<br />

More brain than brawn<br />

When I’m invited to learn<br />

how to cook calf brains with<br />

a Michelin-starred chef<br />

named Merlin Labron-<br />

Johnson, my competitive<br />

nature peaks. I gleefully<br />

imagine the tales I could<br />

tell to make vegetarians<br />

recoil and hard blokes feel<br />

like pansies. Then the time<br />

arrives to do the thing, and<br />

I feel a little churning in<br />

my stomach that is not the<br />

result of hunger.<br />

Calf brains, I discover via the nutritional<br />

database that is Wikipedia, are high in<br />

cholesterol and a rich source of omega-3. They<br />

are popular in France where, like delicate white<br />

fish, they are traditionally cooked in beurre noir<br />

and capers. This, strangely, makes sense once<br />

you taste brain. Unlike most offal, it has a mild,<br />

creamy taste and barely-there texture.<br />

You don’t often come across brains in England<br />

(and post-Brexit, I don’t expect this to change<br />

fast). Merlin’s restaurant, Portland, serves them,<br />

and along with nose-to-tail eating in general,<br />

they are making a small comeback. Still, only in<br />

smart places.<br />

Strange really: the more upmarket you get<br />

gastronomically, the more likely you are to be<br />

fed gizzards. But at least you’ll be told, so you<br />

can get all macho about it. I’m not certain what<br />

is less appealing: the unidentifiable ground meat<br />

in your average frankfurter or the unavoidable<br />

whole organ of a young animal?<br />

Still, I find my primary association with brains is<br />

the image of Hannibal Lecter feeding Krendler<br />

his last meal - not a helpful picture to take to<br />

the table.<br />

Half a calf brain serves<br />

one, handsomely, and my<br />

portion has been soaked<br />

overnight in milk to<br />

remove impurities, then<br />

lightly poached. The<br />

brain, looking like brain,<br />

is dusted in flour and<br />

plopped into a hot pan of<br />

butter to cook. It’s at this<br />

stage that I let go my cool,<br />

as I grasp at the organ with<br />

my hand, only to find it<br />

almost mindfully trying<br />

to escape. In it goes, browning nicely. I’ll be<br />

dressing it with a rich jus of veal stock, capers<br />

and lemon juice and serving the whole lot on<br />

crunchy sourdough toast.<br />

The brain cooks in a flash so there’s little time<br />

to ponder. Soon, I’m faced with the finished<br />

dish: bouncy and glistening. I tuck in, slowly,<br />

making a point not to wolf it down, as is my<br />

wont. I’m not certain whether this is because<br />

I don’t want others to know that I am greedy<br />

and uncomfortable, or because I really want to<br />

experience these brains.<br />

It strikes me that much of the time, people go to<br />

great lengths to disguise what they are eating.<br />

From those who only eat chicken in popcorn<br />

form, to those casually blending up a storm to<br />

Annabel Karmel or Anna Jones.<br />

While all cooking is designed to make<br />

ingredients more palatable, for all eaters it’s<br />

pertinent to confront what we try to avoid when<br />

eating - which is, so often, the source of our<br />

food or how it’s produced. While eating these<br />

brains, I can’t escape the fact of what they are<br />

and what I am doing, and that in itself is an<br />

important thing to think about.<br />

Illustration by Chloë King<br />


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COLUMN<br />

East of Earwig<br />

Close to the borderline<br />

Photo montage by Mark Bridge<br />

I'm no John Simpson, sadly. I cannot claim much<br />

expertise on world affairs. Just as regrettably,<br />

I'm no Rageh Omaar, the journalist who became<br />

known as the 'scud stud' when the Iraq War<br />

started in 2003. It's a shame because I reckon an<br />

alliterative upbeat nickname - perhaps 'the Ringmer<br />

reporting Romeo' - would suit me. But, as so<br />

often happens, I'm digressing.<br />

The last few weeks have seen an assortment of<br />

potentially world-changing events passing into<br />

history. The UK triggered Article 50 of the Treaty<br />

on European Union, starting a countdown to<br />

leaving the EU. Michael Howard suggested that<br />

our country could go to war with Spain. And the<br />

USA launched an attack against Syria, prompting<br />

a critical Russian response. (At the time of writing,<br />

nuclear conflict with North Korea is pending.)<br />

To top it all, my editor emailed me to say that this<br />

month's magazine would have an overall theme of<br />

'going out'.<br />

The more I thought about it, the more it seemed<br />

a good idea for us Ringmerites to take this advice<br />

literally. It was time for Ringmer to go out, to<br />

declare independence from <strong>Lewes</strong> District, from<br />

East Sussex and from England. We could isolate<br />

ourselves from world events and enjoy a bucolic<br />

existence, erecting hay-bale barricades on the<br />

B2192 and issuing our own hand-knitted passports.<br />

But would this be a good idea - or would we<br />

be opening ourselves up to the risk of attack?<br />

Yes, seriously. Our location and our natural<br />

resources would almost certainly make us an<br />

economic threat to those living down the hill in<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong>. Tired of drinking café cortado and eating<br />

sour-dough sandwiches, <strong>Lewes</strong>ians might want<br />

to raid Ringmer's allotments for fresh fruit and<br />

vegetables. When Harvey's Best bitter became<br />

too familiar, the <strong>Lewes</strong> warriors would be heading<br />

for Turners Brewery. Our prized local landmarks,<br />

such as the sewage works, would become military<br />

targets. And we've got an undefended pond, too.<br />

We villagers would be ready, naturally. The first<br />

wave of attackers would be repelled by frenzied<br />

geese from the Raystede sanctuary, where our<br />

fighting force would have been readied with a<br />

special sugary diet of stale doughnuts. Next, the<br />

gin-drinkers of Ringmer would use their collection<br />

of hedgerow-harvested sloes to pelt the incoming<br />

army. Pity the poor soldier that inadvertently<br />

swallowed one. And if any pecked, bruised,<br />

dry-mouthed fighters remained, we'd switch the<br />

Glyndebourne wind turbine into reverse and blow<br />

them back down the road.<br />

Of course, all this conflict could be avoided with<br />

negotiations and some friendly cross-border<br />

arrangements. Instead of a battle, we should celebrate<br />

our heritage by having a traditional grumble<br />

and then hosting a celebratory street party that<br />

would match the joy of VE-Day. Come on, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

– you can provide the beer and the organic salad.<br />

And we'll promise not to invade.<br />

Mark Bridge<br />


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Daniel Rachel<br />

Author, Walls Come Tumbling Down<br />

“It hasn’t seemed to have crossed<br />

into public knowledge,” says<br />

Daniel Rachel, “which is amazing<br />

seeing as what a massive<br />

effect it ended up having.”<br />

He’s talking about a string of<br />

“appalling racist comments”<br />

which Eric Clapton made during<br />

a gig he was performing in<br />

Birmingham, in August 1976.<br />

The aftermath of Clapton’s outburst<br />

is the starting point of Rachel’s<br />

painstakingly researched<br />

book Walls Come Tumbling Down,<br />

subtitled ‘The Music and Politics<br />

of Rock Against Racism, 2 Tone<br />

and Red Wedge’.<br />

Photographer Red Saunders reacted by publishing<br />

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reflecting their disgust. “The crucial line,” says<br />

Daniel, “was ‘We want to organise a rank-andfile<br />

movement against the racist poison in rock<br />

music’”. Those interested were urged to write in<br />

to an address headed ‘Rock Against Racism’. A<br />

movement was born.<br />

RAR’s remit was to organise gigs with “black<br />

and white bands on the same stage, performing<br />

separately, then jamming together at the end of<br />

the evening”. They also launched a magazine,<br />

Temporary Hoarding, which espoused “[progressive]<br />

political views stretching beyond the issue<br />

of racism”.<br />

The late seventies was a bleak period for young<br />

Britons to be growing up in. “Margaret Thatcher<br />

won leadership of the Conservative Party, then<br />

the election, and the country started suffering<br />

from the brutal savagery of her government’s<br />

policies.” The National Front was on the rise. As<br />

a release from all the political and racial tension,<br />

“the first generation of black kids growing up as<br />

British subjects and disenfranchised<br />

white kids started looking<br />

to reggae and punk music.”<br />

These two musical styles came<br />

together at RAR gigs with<br />

pairings such as Hersham punks<br />

Sham 69 and Southall reggae<br />

band Misty in Roots.<br />

“Over a sixteen-year period<br />

politics were to the fore in a<br />

way that had never happened<br />

before in pop music,” continues<br />

Rachel. Influenced by RAR, in<br />

1978 Jerry Dammers formed the<br />

Specials, a punk-influenced ska<br />

band with both black and white<br />

members, and the 2 Tone label, an umbrella for<br />

other likeminded bands. In 1985 protest singer<br />

Billy Bragg started up Red Wedge, joining with<br />

Paul Weller and Jimmy Somerville to play gigs<br />

in aid of the Labour Party. In 1986 Dammers<br />

formed Artists Against Apartheid, in solidarity<br />

with black South Africans.<br />

Walls Come Tumbling Down, taking its title from<br />

Paul Weller’s Style Council anthem, takes us<br />

through this period through the eyes of over 100<br />

interviewees Rachel has tracked down - anyone<br />

who was anyone in the movement - including<br />

Red Saunders, Neil Kinnock, Billy Bragg and<br />

Jerry Dammers. At 560 pages it’s a hefty read,<br />

but it’s beautifully structured, as a vivid picture<br />

emerges of how Rock Against Racism not only<br />

helped shape the politics of a generation; it also<br />

influenced the sound of the music they were<br />

listening to. Nice one, Eric. Alex Leith<br />

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Every Sort of People festival<br />

Bill topper Richard Hadfield<br />

You won Britain’s Got Talent<br />

in 2014! I was contacted<br />

via YouTube and asked to<br />

be part of a boy band called<br />

Collabro. We sang in a pub<br />

together, it went really well,<br />

and we decided to take the<br />

next step. We entered Britain’s<br />

Got Talent, and won it.<br />

What had you been doing<br />

for a living? Busking and<br />

labouring.<br />

How did you find the judges<br />

of BGT? It was unreal. It was<br />

like seeing waxworks at Madame<br />

Tussauds when we went<br />

on stage and looked out at Simon<br />

Cowell, Amanda Holden,<br />

David Walliams and Alesha<br />

Dixon. There was a lot of<br />

pressure. We were berated for only being together<br />

a month. But then they heard us sing and loved us.<br />

We won, and got the big cheque and the chance<br />

to perform at the Royal Variety Show, where we<br />

met Wills and Kate, Ed Sheeran and Bette Midler.<br />

We went on to do a UK sell-out tour, then got a<br />

record contract with Simon Cowell.<br />

But after that you fell out with the rest of the<br />

band? There was tension and pressure. We’d been<br />

chucked in the deep end, and I stopped enjoying<br />

it. So I jumped ship and went solo. It was a weight<br />

off my shoulders, quite literally, because I stopped<br />

comfort eating, went to the gym and lost four stone.<br />

What’s your singing background? I really<br />

enjoyed musical theatre at school (Hurstpierpoint<br />

College), and had a part in Les Misérables. I grew<br />

to love swing and jazz and had singing lessons.<br />

My teacher Derek Austin played piano for Frank<br />

Sinatra.<br />

Who do you admire? Chet<br />

Baker, Burt Bacharach,<br />

Sinatra of course.<br />

The Festival is at the<br />

Dripping Pan. Are you a<br />

football fan? Honestly, I’m<br />

more of a rugby boy. I’ve<br />

spent a lot of time at <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

Rugby Club. But growing up<br />

in Brighton, I’m pleased the<br />

Albion are doing really well.<br />

Are you still local? I live<br />

in London now but I love<br />

coming down to East Sussex.<br />

That breath of fresh air<br />

you get as you cross into<br />

the county. <strong>Lewes</strong> is a stunning<br />

town. My brother got<br />

married at the castle, and I<br />

busked on Cliffe Bridge sometimes.<br />

What led you to perform at the (accessible)<br />

Every Sort of People festival? I’ve got a connection<br />

with Culture Shift, the organisers. They put<br />

on great events, and when they asked me to perform<br />

at this, I thought it sounded incredible. I’ll<br />

be bringing along my four-piece band and singing<br />

pop songs with a jazz setting. Emma Chaplin<br />

Richard is performing alongside <strong>Lewes</strong> legends<br />

including Arthur Brown, Tongue and Groove, Lola<br />

Hepper Britten and Super 8, as well as emerging<br />

bands from Starfish Music and 69X, Fresh Tracks<br />

DJs. Plus community organisations such as Stay Up<br />

Late and Diversity <strong>Lewes</strong>, food, bars and more festival<br />

fun for everyone. Sat 13th, noon-8pm. Tickets<br />

£10/6 online or from The Laurels. Children under<br />

7 free. <strong>Lewes</strong> FC, the Dripping Pan, Mountfield Rd.<br />

cultureshift.org.uk<br />



I Fagiolini<br />

Monteverdi’s lesser-known vespers<br />

There’s a book from 1950<br />

called ‘Monteverdi: Creator<br />

of Modern Music’. What’s<br />

the basis for that claim? Do<br />

you agree? Well, it's a great<br />

title for a book... The more<br />

you look at the music of his<br />

time, the more you realise he<br />

was one of many. Historically,<br />

the reason we still perform<br />

his music is that it's just better<br />

than his contemporaries,<br />

rather than the fact that it's<br />

more modern. His first opera<br />

wasn't the first opera, but it<br />

was the best. His advanced<br />

harmony wasn’t as advanced as Gesualdo, but his<br />

more sparing use was perhaps more telling and<br />

less affected.<br />

I’ve seen Monteverdi described as ‘a kind of<br />

figurehead of the avant-garde’ of the time.<br />

How challenging was his music to 17thcentury<br />

ears, and how did people react to it?<br />

In that it was very successful and it was absolutely<br />

tonal, I'd say it wasn't challenging in the way that<br />

atonal music was in the 1920s, for example. He<br />

didn't invent new textures as such, and everything<br />

that he did write was beautifully laid out, so that it<br />

sounded sweet to the ear. He was a fabulous craftsman.<br />

There was a well-documented incident with<br />

a theorist challenging some of his madrigals - but<br />

the challenge was about Monteverdi's technique<br />

and whether it followed old-school rules, rather<br />

than the quality of his music. Elsewhere, he was<br />

held by other musicians in the highest possible<br />

regard, as far as it ever gets discussed.<br />

It must have been quite exciting to have been<br />

Monteverdi in the later part of his career; it<br />

was the early days of modern<br />

opera, a format which apparently<br />

suited his talents. And<br />

it sounds like he was famous<br />

and successful enough to<br />

just focus on that, if he’d<br />

wanted. So why did he carry<br />

on making church music?<br />

He probably didn't see it that<br />

way, still trying to get money<br />

out of his erstwhile employers,<br />

the Gonzagas [the ruling family<br />

in Mantua]. And remember<br />

that the first commercial opera<br />

house didn't open until 1637, six<br />

years before he died. He carried<br />

on with church music because he was a priest, and<br />

his official position was as maestro at St Mark’s<br />

[in Venice], the most prestigious musical position<br />

in Europe. However, we can't really say when he<br />

composed most of the pieces in the concert we're<br />

performing: only that they were published in 1641.<br />

Some may date back as far as the 1590s.<br />

Apparently his 1610 vespers are often performed,<br />

and these later ones aren’t. Why? The<br />

1610 vespers were published in a volume with<br />

little motets between the psalms, and thus make<br />

a nicely balanced ready-made modern concert.<br />

With this later volume, there are choices to be<br />

made - the director has to do a bit more work! It's<br />

habit, though. The 1610 has been performed and<br />

recorded for decades now. Perhaps this recording<br />

will shift the balance.<br />

Steve Ramsey interviewed Robert Hollingworth<br />

Robert directs I Fagiolini. Their new CD, on Decca,<br />

is Monteverdi: The Other Vespers. They’ll perform<br />

a concert with the same title at Glyndebourne on<br />

Sun 7th. See brightonfestival.org<br />

Photo by Keith Saunders<br />


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Shirley Collins<br />

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Shirley Collins’ face is a picture of wry scepticism<br />

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genre ‘nu-folk’. “I mean, it’s all there in the spelling,<br />

isn’t it?” she says. “For me real folk music is all<br />

about songs handed down through the generations.<br />

You can’t just write a song, and then call it<br />

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House and calling it medieval.”<br />

Shirley is currently riding the crest of a remarkable<br />

revival. Her first album for 38 years, Lodestar, has<br />

been given a host of five-star reviews, as have the<br />

concerts she’s been doing to promote it, in venues<br />

such as the Barbican, and The Sage. A documentary<br />

about her life – The Ballad of Shirley Collins – is<br />

in post-production. She’s busy writing her memoirs<br />

for publication. And she’s looking forward<br />

to something of a homecoming gig at the Dome,<br />

which is being billed as one of the highlights of<br />

Brighton Festival.<br />

I say ‘something’ of a homecoming because while<br />

Shirley spent a lot of her adult life in Brighton,<br />

she’s lived in <strong>Lewes</strong> for the last 14 years: she loves<br />

the place, and “will never live anywhere else.”<br />

We’re sitting in her cottage on New Road, where<br />

Lodestar was recorded. “I wasn’t confident about<br />

my voice,” she says. “I didn’t want to record in<br />

front of some young producer in a recording studio<br />

in London. I wanted a more familiar setting.”<br />

One problem about making a comeback is that<br />

everyone who interviews asks her why she stopped<br />

being successful in the first place. I’m no exception,<br />

so she has to go through the tale of how her<br />

second husband, Ashley Hutchings, left her, and<br />

how she was so distraught she lost her singing<br />

voice. “Nothing would come out, or sometimes<br />

just a croak. I’m cross with myself, looking back,”<br />

she says. “I shouldn’t have been heart-broken. I<br />

should have been angry.”<br />

Left with two children to bring up she had no option<br />

but to retire from singing and work at a series<br />

of jobs to make ends meet. She was not entirely<br />

forgotten, though. “David Tibet, from Current<br />

93, urged me to sing again. At first I refused, then<br />

I refused again, then I agreed but failed to turn<br />

up, and finally I did it.” Her 2014 reunion gig, at<br />

the Union Chapel in London, was the start of the<br />

renaissance.<br />

In the hour we spend together Shirley tells me a<br />

million things: about her time in America in the<br />

late 50s collecting songs; about the humiliation she<br />

felt when she lost her voice, about how she found<br />

her house in <strong>Lewes</strong> and fell in love with the town.<br />

Finally I take her picture in the back garden and<br />

as I leave she thanks me for my time. “My time?<br />

You’re the one the BBC are calling ‘The secret<br />

Queen of England,” I say, and she looks bashfully<br />

proud of herself, which is a lovely look.<br />

Alex Leith<br />

Shirley Collins, The Dome (Brighton Festival), Sun<br />

14th <strong>May</strong>, 7.30pm<br />

Photo by Alex Leith<br />


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Haunted<br />

Deborah Levy on Virginia Woolf<br />

Your Charleston<br />

Festival talk Hauntings<br />

is about the influence<br />

of Virginia Woolf’s<br />

To The Lighthouse<br />

on your Booker Prize<br />

shortlisted novel Hot<br />

Milk. What do you find<br />

most inspiring about<br />

Woolf’s writing? Woolf<br />

is one of our greatest<br />

writers, and in some<br />

ways, the most daring,<br />

skilled and bold - especially<br />

her time-travelling, shape-shifting novel,<br />

Orlando. To the Lighthouse is a book that requires<br />

all our attention and it rewards the reader in aces.<br />

It is her most autobiographical book, in which<br />

she collides, in a master stroke of formal innovation,<br />

the devastation she felt at the death of her<br />

mother, with the devastation of World War 1.<br />

Your autobiographical essay Things I Don’t<br />

Want to Know was commissioned as a response<br />

to Orwell’s Why I Write, but it also<br />

reflects Woolf's A Room of One’s Own. How<br />

so? The book reflects on the life of a female writer,<br />

and so of course, the mighty Virginia Woolf<br />

walked with me as I wrote it, alongside Orwell.<br />

They both paused to smoke a roll-up on this<br />

walk - they were keen smokers of tobacco. Woolf<br />

did not have a formal education, Orwell went to<br />

Eton and later worked unhappily as a colonial<br />

servant of the British Empire, but they were<br />

equally sharp observers of the dominant issues of<br />

their time. In A Room of One’s Own, Woolf advised<br />

women not to 'write in a rage' because 'She will<br />

write foolishly when she should write wisely. She<br />

will write of herself when she should write of<br />

her characters. She is at war with her lot.' Woolf<br />

is suggesting that to<br />

write in anger is to risk<br />

losing complexity and<br />

nuance. That’s a hard<br />

call because sometimes,<br />

it’s when we’re angry,<br />

that we hear ourselves<br />

for the first time. I don’t<br />

comment on this, except<br />

to note that the narrator<br />

of Things I Don’t Want to<br />

Know, is in a rage and at<br />

war with her lot.<br />

You are currently<br />

travelling, and your writing often deals with<br />

themes of exile and displacement. Is it creatively<br />

important to conjure feelings of being<br />

cast away? It is creatively important to be cast<br />

away from rigid ideas about who we are and what<br />

we’re supposed to be like. So my books often<br />

explore shifting cultural and sexual identities.<br />

My story collection, Black Vodka, is a road trip<br />

through Europe - the stories are set in Prague,<br />

Rome, London, Vienna, Barcelona. My new<br />

book, The Cost of Living, is set in South America<br />

and Britain.<br />

What are you most looking forward to coming<br />

home to this summer? As my books get<br />

translated into other languages, it does involve<br />

me in quite a lot of travel. When I return home<br />

I look forward to family, friends, tea, cheddar<br />

cheese, brown bread, the plants on my balcony,<br />

my bicycle and the budding of spring.<br />

As told to Chloë King<br />

Levy speaks twice at the Charleston Festival: Heralding<br />

the Hogarth Press, 19th <strong>May</strong>, 12pm; Hauntings,<br />

20th <strong>May</strong>, 11.30am. deborah-levy.com Things<br />

I Don’t Want To Know and Hot Milk are published<br />

by Hamish Hamilton<br />

Photo by Sheila Burnett<br />


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Eileen Agar<br />

Bride of the Sea<br />

In Eileen Agar’s<br />

autobiography,<br />

A Look at My<br />

Life, a chapterheading<br />

asks: ‘Am<br />

I a Surrealist?’ It<br />

was a question<br />

that had been<br />

causing her mild<br />

bemusement<br />

for over half a<br />

century, since examples of her work had appeared<br />

in the International Surrealism Exhibition which<br />

opened at the New Burlington Galleries in June<br />

1936. Agar commented: ‘one day I was an artist<br />

exploring highly personal combinations of form<br />

and content, and the next I was calmly informed<br />

I was a Surrealist.’ Perhaps Agar was one of the<br />

artists Conroy Maddox had in mind when he<br />

refused to take part in the exhibition, ‘because<br />

many of the British artists weren’t Surrealists at<br />

all.’ Eileen Agar resisted all labels, and, though<br />

subject to obvious influences, her work remained<br />

firmly sui generis. The art critic Andrew<br />

Lambirth, who co-authored Agar’s autobiography,<br />

described her as ‘a painter of playful seriousness’.<br />

That sounds about right. Certainly, her relaxed<br />

attitude to both her life (‘I’ve enjoyed life, and<br />

it shows through’) and her numerous loves (‘I<br />

just sleep with them if I want to. I don’t do it<br />

otherwise’) suggest that the Surrealist issue didn’t<br />

cause her many sleepless nights.<br />

Bride of the Sea is a one-room show devoted to<br />

Eileen Agar that runs at the Jerwood Gallery in<br />

Hastings until 4th June. The exhibition is one<br />

of the gallery’s ‘In Focus’ series, in which a work<br />

from the Jerwood collection (in this case, the<br />

1969 Pigeon Post) is displayed alongside loans<br />

from public and private institutions. So, for example,<br />

her portrait<br />

of Dylan Thomas<br />

from the Tate is<br />

supplemented<br />

by photographs<br />

from the Tate’s<br />

Agar archive. The<br />

inspired selection<br />

of work has a<br />

twofold purpose.<br />

Firstly, thematic<br />

links are explored. So Bride of the Sea (1979) is<br />

complemented by Butterfly Bride (1936). The<br />

Jerwood’s proximity to the sea is referenced by<br />

Fisherman (No. 100 in the 1958 London Group<br />

Show, priced at £60). I suppose the photographs<br />

of Eileen Agar feeding the pigeons in St Mark’s<br />

Square, Venice that are in the Tate archive would<br />

have provided a rather too obvious connection<br />

with the keystone painting Pigeon Post. Secondly,<br />

there are excellent examples of Agar’s work at<br />

all the crucial stages of her artistic development:<br />

the revival inspired by her discovery of Tenerife<br />

in the early 1950s after the years of depressed<br />

wartime inactivity (‘on the whole the war did<br />

not inspire me, and I longed to get it over and<br />

done with’), the stylistic reinvention of the 1960s<br />

(‘In 1965 I found inspiration in a new medium –<br />

acrylics. I have never gone back to oil since.’)<br />

Eileen Agar published her autobiography when<br />

she was eighty eight, but her story is certainly not<br />

an example of that comforting delusion: ‘you’re<br />

never too old’. The picture that gives the exhibition<br />

its title: Bride of the Sea, was painted in the<br />

year Agar reached her eightieth birthday on December<br />

1st, 1979. She wrote: ‘Ridiculous! I feel<br />

more like fifty and I had no desire to celebrate<br />

the event. There were many more important<br />

things to do.’ David Jarman<br />

Pigeon Post, 1969 © The Estate of Eileen Agar, The Bridgeman Art Library<br />



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Focus on:<br />

This is Cosy<br />

by Sarah Grace Harris<br />

Cyanotype, using found objects,<br />

paper and tea, 50x30cm, £180<br />

Who’s lost these things, and who’s found them?<br />

All sorts of people have ‘lost’ them. I’ve either<br />

found them in charity shops, or friends and family<br />

have given them to me after finding them in the<br />

backs of drawers. I found the children’s gloves in<br />

an antiques centre. Everyone who knows me knows<br />

I’m happy to be given doilies.<br />

What do you do with the objects to get this<br />

effect? These are cyanotypes. It’s a photographic<br />

process whereby you coat paper in a particular<br />

mix of chemicals, allow it to dry, place objects<br />

over it and when exposed to the sun it will create a<br />

blue-tinged negative image of the object. It’s how<br />

blueprints are made. I then soak the print in tea to<br />

vary the colour. I use different types of paper, also<br />

‘found’ in all sorts of places.<br />

It’s been sunny recently! I’ve been very busy. I<br />

keep a close eye on my weather app, because the<br />

paper takes a couple of days to dry, and I want to be<br />

ready for when the sun is out.<br />

I’ve read in your artist’s statement that this<br />

work is influenced by two different groups of<br />

women from the past… Yes, the Gee’s Bend community<br />

was a group of black women in Alabama in<br />

the 1920s who used to make patchwork quilts and<br />

suchlike out of offcuts of denim - the only material<br />

that was available. And also the Northern Japanese<br />

art of ‘Boro’, which is mending and patching garments<br />

to make them last through generations; the<br />

women who did this were only allowed to wear<br />

blue, black or grey as vibrant colours were reserved<br />

for the rich, so the garments were different shades<br />

of blue. Both cases involved collaborative efforts<br />

between women, which really struck a chord.<br />

So this is a collage? Yes. Each item is cut out and<br />

pinned onto a board using an entomology pin, so<br />

the paper can curl and move within its box.<br />

Have any other artists influenced you? The<br />

starting point of this whole process was an exhibition<br />

I saw in the V&A a few years ago called<br />

Camera-less Photography. Two artists in particular<br />

were of influence, Adam Fuss and Susan Derges.<br />

Which work of art would you take with you to<br />

your desert island? Alexander Calder’s beautiful<br />

mobile called Snow Flurry.<br />

Interview by Alex Leith<br />

Martyrs' Gallery, 5th-28th <strong>May</strong><br />


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ART<br />

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In town this month<br />

'Looking for Gold' by Jo Lamb<br />

Prolific painter and designer Jo<br />

Lamb describes her painting<br />

process as ‘a continual duel with<br />

oneself. I will go back to a subject<br />

and almost “chew it”.’ St Anne’s<br />

Galleries is exhibiting Another<br />

Day in Paradise, a solo exhibition<br />

of her recent work, from the<br />

13th. The canvases in the show<br />

are as bright, bold and brave as<br />

ever but, she remarks, ‘my work<br />

is not about lovely fluffy stuff; it<br />

might be more interesting than<br />

that’. Until the 28th.<br />

Originally a printmaker, Rachel Brooks Read has recently<br />

gravitated towards representational painting and drawing,<br />

creating works, in acrylic and inks, of figures, flowers<br />

and interiors: subjects that she describes as possessing<br />

‘an inner life and lending themselves to symbolism and<br />

interpretation’. She’s the featured artist at Chalk Gallery<br />

until the 13th, followed (from the 14th) by the abstract<br />

expressions of Ursula Stone. [chalkgallerylewes.co.uk]<br />

'A Small Procession' by Teresa Winchester<br />

Italian Interior by Rachel Brooks Read<br />

The exhibition of paintings<br />

by Susie Monnington and<br />

photographs by Carlotta Luke<br />

continues at Pelham House<br />

until the 23rd, then, from the<br />

24th there’s a new show of prints<br />

from Teresa Winchester,<br />

who is inspired by stories and<br />

storytelling, alongside the floral<br />

and landscape paintings of Jane<br />

Wateridge. Continues until the<br />

4th of July.<br />

Lost And Found, an exhibition<br />

of cyanotypes by Sarah Grace<br />

Harris, is at Martyrs’ Gallery<br />

from the 5th until the 28th.<br />

What’s a cyanotype? See pg 43.<br />



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Christian Funnell, and his latest project<br />

is about to be installed at Splash Point in<br />

Seaford. The Shoal is a 36-metre installation<br />

that will extend along the jetty with seven<br />

giant metal mackerel benches swimming<br />

towards the sea. Partially funded by local<br />

people (you can sponsor an inlaid fish<br />

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E V E N T S 2 0 1 7<br />

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Fri 21 st , Sat 22 nd & Sun 23 rd April<br />

Firle Place Antiques Fair<br />

Fri 2 nd , Sat 3 rd & Sun 4 th June<br />

Firle Vintage Fair<br />

Sat 12 th & Sun 13 th August<br />

Firle Place International Horse<br />

Trials & Country Fair<br />

Sat 19 th & Sun 20 th August<br />

Bonfire Societies Championships<br />

Saturday 26 th August <strong>2017</strong>

ART<br />

Further afield<br />

It won’t have escaped your notice that there’s more than one huge arts festival<br />

going on in Brighton. Aside from the large array of visual arts to enjoy as part<br />

of the Brighton Festival and Fringe, there’s also the Artists' Open Houses<br />

festival too. Over 1,200 artists exhibiting in upwards of 180 venues on 14<br />

trails over four weekends. Do the maths. Brighton’s about to get very busy. We<br />

suggest you pick up a copy of <strong>Viva</strong> Brighton to help you navigate the month.<br />

Heads by Samantha Staf at Artists Open Houses Festival<br />

'For Joy' by Jessica Zoob<br />

If it’s serenity you seek, visit the open studio of Jessica Zoob<br />

at Banff Farm, near Ringmer, on the 6th & 7th and the 20th<br />

& 21st (or other times by appointment) and rest your eyes on<br />

her abstract dreamscapes. [jessicazoob.com]<br />

More peace awaits you at Borde Hill’s historic gardens,<br />

where the annual Garden Sculpture Exhibition launches on the<br />

12th. Figurative and abstract sculptures by artists working in<br />

bronze, resin, stone, metalwork and ceramics are set amongst<br />

the plants. All works are for sale. [bordehill.co.uk]<br />

In six rooms at Towner Gallery, St<br />

Leonard’s-based Becky Beasley has created<br />

installations inspired by the work of another<br />

local artist, Eric Ravilious. OUS explores<br />

her ongoing interest in the qualities of space,<br />

flatness, light, abstraction and nature in his<br />

work, as well as his creative friendships. Until<br />

the 9th of July. [townereastbourne.org.uk]<br />

Speaking of escape, The Baron Gilvan (aka<br />

Chris Gilvan-Cartwright) will be in residence at<br />

the suitably quixotic Rottingdean Windmill at<br />

weekends throughout the month. Setting up his<br />

studio to create ‘magnificent paintings, drawings<br />

and animations investigating psychological<br />

dream worlds through automatism and intuition’,<br />

Snowball Down A Mountain is an invitation to<br />

enter the world of his imagination. If you’re brave<br />

enough. Saturdays & Sundays 1-4.30pm.<br />

The Baron Gilvan<br />

Keith Tyson’s Turn Back Now and Eileen<br />

Agar’s Bride of the Sea (see pg 41) continue at<br />

Jerwood Gallery but both end on the 4th of<br />

June. Best go quick.<br />

[jerwoodgallery.org]<br />

The Outside Art Now by Becky Beasley,<br />


MAY listings<br />

Photo by Mary Motley<br />

MONDAY 1<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Garland<br />

Day. Children’s<br />

garland competition<br />

in the Gun<br />

Garden (9.45am).<br />

Procession and<br />

dancing from The<br />

Knots of <strong>May</strong> and<br />

Long Man Morris<br />

Men starting at<br />

10.30am in the<br />

Gun Garden and proceeding to various locations<br />

in town.<br />


Film: Collateral Beauty (12A). All Saints,<br />

5.45pm (5th) and 8pm (6th), from £5.<br />

FRIDAY 5 & SUNDAY 7<br />

Film: The Birth of a Nation (15). All Saints,<br />

8pm (5th) and 5.30pm (7th), from £5.<br />



Gardening. More impact, less effort. <strong>Lewes</strong> and<br />

District Garden Society talk with Alison Marsden.<br />

St Thomas à Becket Church Hall, 7.30pm, £3.<br />

THURSDAY 4<br />

Comedy at the Con. Leo<br />

Kearse, John Meagher, Steve<br />

Gribbin. Con Club, 7.30,<br />

£8/£10.<br />

Hats off for Summer.<br />

Clothing, hats and flowers.<br />

15% off all purchases, plus<br />

music and fizz. Darcey<br />

Boutique, Cliffe High Street,<br />

9.30am-5.30pm, free.<br />

Film: Live by Night (15). All Saints, 5.15pm (6th)<br />

and 8pm (7th), from £5.<br />

SUNDAY 7<br />

Baldwins Travel<br />

Cruise Fair. Meet<br />

reps from cruise<br />

lines and operators,<br />

and speak to consultants.<br />

Pelham<br />

House, 11am-3pm,<br />

see baldwinstravel.co.uk/events.<br />

MONDAY 8<br />

WW1: Lother’s Lambs and the Boar’s Head.<br />

Dr Chris Kempshall will examine the events of<br />

30/6/1916 and explain how men from East Sussex<br />

gave their lives in an attempt to ensure success for<br />

the first day of the Battle of the Somme. King’s<br />

Church building, 7pm for 7.30pm, £2/£3.

WEDNESDAY 10<br />

Volume Control. Daniel<br />

Rachel, author of 'Walls Come<br />

Tumbling Down' opens a<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Labour discussion on<br />

whether music still has the<br />

power to change politics for<br />

the better (see pg 31). Phoenix<br />

Centre, 7.30pm, free.<br />

Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelites. Talk on Ruskin’s<br />

support of the brotherhood. Uckfield Civic Centre,<br />

2.15pm, £7 (members free).<br />

THURSDAY 11<br />

Sussex Modernism. Talk with curator and lecturer<br />

Dr Hope Wolf exploring the lives and works of<br />

modernist artists, writers and communities that<br />

came to Sussex in the early and mid-twentieth<br />

century. The Keep, 5.30pm, £3.<br />

FRIDAY 12<br />

Film: Dark Horse (PG). All Saints, 8pm, £5.<br />


Woman in Mind. <strong>Lewes</strong> Theatre Group’s<br />

performances of the Alan Ayckbourn play. See<br />

lewestheatre.org.<br />

SATURDAY 13<br />

Every Sort of People festival. Inclusive community<br />

festival featuring live music, DJs, art, food, fun<br />

activities and more. The Dripping Pan, 1pm-8pm,<br />

£6/£10 (under 7’s free). See pg 33.<br />

First swim at the Pells. First dip after the winter<br />

closure. Pells Pool, 12pm, see pellspool.org.uk.<br />

Happy Hour. Jonathan Brown’s darkly comic oneman<br />

show. All Saints, 7.30pm, £8-£10, somethingunderground.co.uk.<br />


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WOMAN IN<br />

MIND<br />

By Alan Ayckbourn<br />

Directed by Tony Bannister<br />

Saturday 13 <strong>May</strong> - Saturday 20 <strong>May</strong> 7:45pm<br />

excluding Sunday. Matinee Saturday 20 <strong>May</strong><br />

2:45pm.<br />

£12/Members £8<br />

www.lewestheatre.org<br />

Box Office: 01273 474826<br />

COLLATERAL BEAUTY 12A 95mins<br />

Friday 5th 5.45pm & Saturday 6th 8pm<br />

Retreating from life after a tragedy, a man questions the<br />

universe by writing to Love, Time and Death.<br />

THE BIRTH OF A NATION 15 120mins<br />

Friday 5th 8pm & Sunday 7th 5.30pm<br />

US historical drama, based on the true story of Nat Turner,<br />

who led the 1831 Southampton County Slave Rebellion.<br />


Saturday 6th 3pm<br />

A cooler-than-ever Bruce Wayne must deal with the usual<br />

suspects as they plan to rule Gotham City, while discovering<br />

that he has accidentally adopted a teenage orphan.<br />

LIVE BY NIGHT 15 129mins<br />

Saturday 6th 5.15pm & Sunday 7th 8pm<br />

Ben Affleck writes, produces, and stars in this adaptation of<br />

Dennis Lehane's sprawling crime novel centering on the<br />

prodigal son of a prominent police chief, and his gradual<br />

descent into the criminal underworld.<br />

SING U 108mins<br />

Saturday 20th 3pm<br />

Receiving two Oscar Nominations in <strong>2017</strong> including Best<br />

Animated Feature Film. With an all-star cast Sing follows a<br />

community of animals taking part in a singing contest.<br />

WOMAN<br />

IN MIND<br />

By<br />

AlAN AyckBOurN<br />

DIrecteD By<br />

tONy BANNIster<br />

LA LA LAND 12A 128mins<br />

Saturday 20th 5.15pm & Sunday 21st 7.45pm<br />

Dominating the <strong>2017</strong> award season with multiple awards<br />

won including Best Actress, Best Director & Best Original<br />

Music at the Oscars, BAFTA’s & Golden Globes. La La Land<br />

is a musical comedy about the relationship between a jazz<br />

musician and an aspiring playwright.<br />

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA 15 134mins<br />

Saturday 20th 8pm & Sunday 21st 5pm<br />

Winner of Best Actor - Oscar, BAFTA & Golden Globes<br />

<strong>2017</strong> and Best Screenplay - Academy Award & BAFTA. After<br />

the death of his older brother Joe, Lee reluctantly returns<br />

to Manchester-by-the-Sea to care for his nephew and is<br />

forced to deal with his past. Bonded by the man who held<br />

their family together, Lee and Patrick struggle to adjust to a<br />

world without him.<br />

Info & advance tickets from the All Saints Centre<br />

Office, the Town Hall, High Street, or<br />

www.filmatallsaints.com<br />

All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, <strong>Lewes</strong>, BN7 2LE<br />

01273 486391

MAY listings (cont)<br />

Charity Book Fair. Raising funds for Paws and<br />

Claws animal rescue. Town Hall, 10am-4pm, 50p.<br />

SUNDAY 14<br />

Bee Sunday. Celebrating all things bee-related,<br />

and examining how we can help them thrive.<br />

Linklater Pavilion, 2pm-5pm, free.<br />

‘A performance<br />

of unwavering<br />

and revelatory<br />

intimacy’<br />

êêêêê Guardian<br />

Food Rocks. Street food and artisan produce,<br />

pop-up bars and music. Cliffe High Street, free.<br />

Kathryn Rudge song recital. Schubert, Tosti and<br />

Elgar. Glynde Place, 4pm, £30 (under 16s £15).<br />

FRIDAY 19 – MONDAY 29<br />

Charleston Festival. For details of events see<br />

charleston.org.uk/festival. See page 39.<br />

FRIDAY 19<br />

A Headstrong Club discussion: Rethinking<br />

Transport. Stephen Joseph (executive director<br />

of Campaign for Better Transport) will speak on<br />

getting a better transport system that works for<br />

everyone. Elephant and Castle, 8pm-10pm, £3.<br />

Shirley<br />

Collins<br />

Lodestar<br />

Live<br />

Sun 14 <strong>May</strong>, 7.30pm<br />

Brighton Dome<br />

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brightfest<br />


Southease Open Gardens Fair<br />

3 & 4 J U N E 2 0 1 7 , 1 2 . 3 0 - 5 P M<br />

Come and see the delights of 5 charming Village Country Gardens centred<br />

around the Ancient Church and Village Green. See beautiful flora and fauna,<br />

great variety with favourite and unusual plants - the Giant Elephant Garlic, the<br />

Corylus Avellana Contorta to different Clematii and Roses, Trees and Shrubs.<br />

• Entry £6 per person (U11s free) • Free Car Parking<br />

• Seaford Silver Band and other musical entertainment<br />

• Food for lunch, homemade cakes, refreshments<br />

• Variety of garden craft stalls including plant/ flower sales<br />

• Children's Sunprinting Workshop (£5) to book ring 01273 514174<br />

All proceeds go to the Church Fabric repair and general funds. Our Church is a 1000 years old and<br />

this year we are going to be able to re-roof to ensure the Church remains open for all to enjoy.<br />

For more information and booking workshops, visit www.southeasevillage.info<br />

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MAY listings (cont)<br />

Crossing Borders. Early, Baroque and<br />

Modern Music from the Pastores Ensemble.<br />

Anne of Cleves’ House, 7.30pm, £5. Contact<br />

annacrabtree1@hotmail.com.<br />

SATURDAY 20 & SUNDAY 21<br />

SUNDAY 21 – WEDNESDAY 31<br />

La Traviata. Tom Cairns’ 2014 staging of Verdi’s<br />

opera. Glyndebourne, times and prices vary, see<br />

glyndebourne.com.<br />

TUESDAY 23<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Death Café. Conversations on death and<br />

dying. The Ram Inn, Firle, 7pm-9pm, optional<br />

donation.<br />

WEDNESDAY 24<br />

The Lost Theatres of Brighton. A talk by author<br />

and local historian Christopher Horlock. The<br />

Keep, 2.30pm, £3.<br />

Film: La La Land (12A). All Saints, 5.15pm (20th)<br />

and 7.45pm (21st), from £5.<br />

Film: Manchester by the Sea (15). All Saints,<br />

8pm (20th) and 5pm (21st), from £5.<br />


Hipermestra. The UK’s first production of the<br />

rarely seen opera by the influential baroque composer<br />

Francesco Cavalli. Glyndebourne, times and<br />

prices vary, see glyndebourne.com.<br />

SATURDAY 20<br />

<strong>May</strong> Fayre. Traditional fair with games, local<br />

crafts, music and talks. Food available and Harvey’s<br />

beer. Priory Park, 10.30am-4pm, £2.50.<br />

Official Pells opening. With newly returned paddling<br />

pool. See pellspool.org.uk.<br />

India Revisited. <strong>Lewes</strong> Think Tank talk with Revd<br />

Dr Andrew Wingate, a former teacher in India.<br />

Christ Church, 7.30pm-9pm, free.<br />

THURSDAY 25 & FRIDAY 26<br />

Walk in event. Regulation 14: Public Consultation<br />

on the Draft <strong>Lewes</strong> Neighbourhood Plan. See<br />

lewes4all.uk.<br />

FRIDAY 26<br />

Travels in Central America: Birds, Lakes and<br />

<strong>May</strong>an Ruins. Illustrated talk with <strong>Lewes</strong> Footpaths<br />

Group. Cliffe Church Hall, 7.30pm, free<br />

with welcome donations.<br />

Film: Rams (15). All Saints, 8pm, £5.<br />

SATURDAY 27<br />

What to grow on chalky soil. Session at <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

Community Allotment. 2pm-4pm, contact Sarah to<br />

book a place flourishloap@gmail.com.<br />



CONCERT SERIES <strong>2017</strong><br />

BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists<br />

Kathryn<br />

Rudge (mezzo-soprano)<br />

with<br />

James<br />

Baillieu (piano)<br />

Schubert Tosti Elgar<br />

Quilter Coates Murray<br />

Novello Britten Bridge<br />

24 June - Beatrice Rana (piano)<br />

29 July -Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad (viola)<br />

4pm, 14 <strong>May</strong> <strong>2017</strong><br />

Tickets & info:<br />

glyndeplace.eventbrite.com<br />

<strong>May</strong> Concert<br />

Mozart<br />

Overture Cosi fan tutte<br />

Rodrigo<br />

Concierto d’Aranjuez<br />

(Soloist Paul Gregory)<br />

Dvorak<br />

Symphony No. 7<br />

Friday 19th <strong>May</strong> 7:30pm<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Town Hall, Fisher Street entrance<br />

Info, tickets and prices visit:<br />

www.lewesconcertorchestra.org<br />

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Classical round-up<br />

Overtures, oboes and oratorios<br />

Music in <strong>May</strong> begins with a recital by<br />

violinist Ellie Blackshaw and pianist<br />

Yoko Ono. Blackshaw has performed<br />

regularly with New Music Brighton<br />

and has been a big promoter of Sussex<br />

composers. Japan-born Yoko Ono<br />

has performed round the world. Sun<br />

7, 3pm, St Michael’s, free<br />

The <strong>Lewes</strong> Concert Orchestra will offer Rodrigo’s<br />

Concierto d’Aranjuez played by guitarist Paul Gregory.<br />

The concert will open with Mozart’s Overture to Cosí<br />

Fan Tutte and finish with Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7. Fri<br />

19, 7.30pm, Town Hall, £10-12<br />

19th Century chamber music is on the bill for the<br />

Laplace String Trio who will present works by<br />

Beethoven, Haydn, Schubert, Brahms and Richard<br />

Strauss. Guest singers will be Sue Mileham, Jane<br />

Money, Tim Wilcox and Andrew Robinson. Sat 20,<br />

5.30pm, St Laurence Church, Falmer, free<br />

The Corelli Ensemble’s music director<br />

Maeve Jenkinson will provide the solo<br />

part in Bach’s Violin Concerto in A minor,<br />

and oboist Owen Dennis will play<br />

Finzi’s Interlude for Oboe and Strings.<br />

Other works include Handel's Concerto<br />

Grosso Op. 6 No. 12 and Mendelssohn’s Sinfonia 10<br />

in B minor. Sun 21, 4pm, St Pancras Church, £10-12,<br />

under 18s free<br />

There is a unique opportunity this month to sing<br />

Michael Tippett’s moving oratorio, A Child of Our<br />

Time. It will be presented as a day-long choral<br />

workshop by conductors John Hancorn and Nicholas<br />

Houghton, and pianist Nancy Cooley. The day will<br />

end with an informal performance of selections from<br />

the piece. Sat 27, 10am to 5pm, Sussex Downs College,<br />

£20, workshops@musicsussex.org.uk PAK

live music<br />

Chris difford &<br />

glenn Tilbrook<br />

from squeeze<br />

Los pacaminos<br />

featuring Paul young<br />

nine below zero<br />

kathryn Williams<br />

noble jacks<br />

the mountain<br />

firework company<br />

boutique<br />

camping<br />

night market<br />

with over 200<br />

shops<br />

16-17-18 June<br />

groombridge place<br />

fashion tent &<br />

catwalk<br />

healing meadow<br />

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GIG GUIDE // MAY<br />


After 25 years of studio confinement, postpunk<br />

art-pop icons Shriekback are returning<br />

to the stage, much to the delight of their<br />

long-standing fan base. The new(ish) line<br />

up now boasts eight members, still including<br />

originals Barry Andrews (ex XTC) Carl<br />

Marsh (ex Gang of Four) and Martyn Barker,<br />

and they are kicking off their foray back in to<br />

live gigging with a warm-up at the Con Club<br />

in <strong>May</strong>. The band have received requests to<br />

play live again for years, and after an incredibly<br />

successful Kickstarter campaign, they are<br />

ready to take their diverse catalogue and electric on-stage chemistry back on the road. There are currently<br />

four live dates lined up for the UK with plans to follow them with gigs in Europe and America. So, remarkably,<br />

it’s first stop Con Club, and next up the Shepherds Bush Empire on 3rd June…<br />

MONDAY 1<br />

Jack Stephenson piano trio. Jazz. The Snowdrop,<br />

8pm, free<br />

TUESDAY 2<br />

English dance tunes session - bring instruments.<br />

Folk. John Harvey Tavern, 8pm, free<br />

MONDAY 8<br />

Andy Panayi. Jazz flautist/sax player. The Snowdrop,<br />

8pm, free<br />

THURSDAY 11<br />

THURSDAY 4<br />

The Hot Club of Belleville. Vintage Hot<br />

Swing. Pelham Arms, 8.30pm, free<br />

FRIDAY 5<br />

Bring Back the Wolf. Folk. Con Club, 8pm, free<br />

Scuffle/The Sticks/ Sweet Williams. Proceeds<br />

to Starfish Youth Music. Elephant and Castle,<br />

8pm, £3/£5<br />

SATURDAY 6<br />

Rosie Hodgson & Rowan Piggott. Folk.<br />

Elephant and Castle, 8pm, £6<br />

SUNDAY 7<br />

English dance tunes session. Folk. The Lamb,<br />

12pm, free<br />

Hunter Muskett. Acoustic/electric harmonies.<br />

Elephant and Castle, 8pm, £7 advance from<br />

Union Music/£8 on the door<br />

Carter Sampson. Country. Con Club, 7.30pm,<br />

£9/£11<br />

FRIDAY 12<br />

Geoff Rob CD Launch. Celtic/Spanish guitar<br />

from the talented <strong>Lewes</strong>-based strummer.<br />

Glynde Church, 7.30pm, £8<br />

The Long Haul. Country/Americana. Con<br />

Club, 9pm, free<br />



SATURDAY 13<br />

Slim Chance. Folk rockers from Ronnie Lane's<br />

old band. Con Club, 7.30pm, £15<br />

The Market Street Band. Blues/Jazz covers.<br />

Snowdrop, 9pm, free<br />

SATURDAY 20<br />

Mark Morriss (of The Bluetones). Westgate<br />

Chapel, 7pm, £15<br />

Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner. Folk. Elephant &<br />

Castle, 8pm, £7<br />

MAY 22<br />

Jazz Quinto. Latin jazz with Terry Seabrook.<br />

The Snowdrop, 8pm, free<br />

TUESDAY 23<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Favourites tunes practice session. Folk.<br />

Elephant & Castle, 8pm, free<br />

Mandy Murray & friends. Irish Folk. Elephant<br />

and Castle, 8pm, £6<br />

Maxïmo Park. Geordie indie rockers. De La<br />

Warr, 7pm, £20<br />

Skarlettos. Ska covers. King's Head, 9pm, free<br />

SUNDAY 14<br />

Splash Point Jazz Club. Neal Richardson trio.<br />

Westgate, 4pm, £10 (kids free)<br />

Open Space Open Mic. Music, poetry and<br />

performance. Elly, 7.30pm, free<br />

MONDAY 15<br />

Art Theman. Jazz saxophonist. The Snowdrop,<br />

8pm, free<br />

WEDNESDAY 17<br />

Wreckless Eric. Veteran punk rocker, back from<br />

the States. Con Club, 8pm, price tba<br />

THURSDAY 18<br />

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman. Folk<br />

duo. Con Club, 7.30pm, £12<br />

FRIDAY 19<br />

Light Zeppelin. Acoustic covers. All Saints,<br />

8pm, £8<br />

FRIDAY 26<br />

Shriekback. See Gig of the Month<br />

SATURDAY 27<br />

Sam Walker. Multi-talented multi-instrumental<br />

indie. The Lansdown, 7.30pm, free<br />

The Bevis Frond. Psychedelic Rock. Con Club,<br />

7.30pm, £14 adv<br />

A Boy Named Sue. Trad Folk. King's Head,<br />

9pm, free<br />

SUNDAY 28<br />

Schooglenifty. Celtic Fusion. Con Club,<br />

7.30pm, £16/£18<br />

Jump Session. Swing/Jive DJ set. The Lamb,<br />

4pm-8pm, free<br />

MONDAY 29<br />

Terry Seabrook Trio. Piano-led jazz threesome.<br />

Snowdrop, 8pm, free<br />

Putting on a local gig? Please send all the details to admin@vivamagazines.com<br />


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Theatre: Titus Andronicus. Shakespeare’s<br />

Roman tragedy, performed al fresco, by the<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Youth Theatre. Priory Ruins, 5pm and<br />

8pm, £5/3.<br />

SATURDAY 6<br />

Film: The Lego Batman Movie<br />

(U). Computer-animated superhero<br />

comedy. All Saints, 3pm, from £5.<br />

MONDAY 8<br />

Tales for Toddlers. Activities nurturing<br />

creativity, communication and confidence for<br />

children 18 months to 5 years. De La Warr,<br />

10.15am-11am & 11.15am-12pm, £1.<br />

WEDNESDAY 10<br />

Table top sale. Nearly new clothes for children.<br />

South Malling School, 10am, £1.<br />

SUNDAY 14<br />

We Are Family. Mini family festival with 80s<br />

and 90s house party classics, including DJs,<br />

soft play and games. Town Hall, 3pm-6pm, £12<br />

(under 3s free).<br />

Cinderella and the Fairy<br />

Slugfather. 30-minute<br />

storytelling show with puppets.<br />

Christ Church, 3.30pm, £5<br />

(£15 for family of four) contact<br />

Sally for more info puppetsall@yahoo.co.uk.<br />

SATURDAY 20<br />

Film: Sing (U). All-star animated movie<br />

following animals taking part in a singing<br />

contest. All Saints, 3pm, from £5.<br />

FRIDAY 26 & SATURDAY 27<br />

The Adventures of Jason and the<br />

Argonauts. <strong>Lewes</strong> Theatre Youth<br />

Group’s performance of the ancient<br />

myth, adapted by Phil Willmott.<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Little Theatre, 6pm (26th),<br />

2pm & 6pm (27th), £4/£6.<br />

SATURDAY 27 – MONDAY 29<br />

Michelham Bowmen Living History Camp<br />

& Archery Competition. Have-a-go archery<br />

on the South Lawn. Archery competition is<br />

restricted to registered participants. Michelham<br />

Priory, see sussexpast.co.uk.<br />

Wild Wood Weekend. Family event including<br />

tree climbing, theatre performances, woodland<br />

trail and various other activities. Wakehurst,<br />

10am-5pm, price included in admission.<br />

SUNDAY 28<br />

The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Stage play with<br />

puppets adapted from Eric Carle’s book of the<br />

same name. De La Warr, 1pm & 3pm, £10/£12.<br />

MONDAY 29<br />

Morning Explorer access hour. Exclusively<br />

for families with additional needs. <strong>Lewes</strong> Castle,<br />

10am-11am, regular admission applies.<br />

TUESDAY 30<br />

Herbs and Scents.<br />

Drop in and explore<br />

the plants in the herb<br />

garden. Make a herb<br />

bag and some soap to<br />

take home. Anne of<br />

Cleves, 1pm-4pm, price<br />

included in admission.

êêêê<br />



Another semi-abstract picture in this slot! “I took this<br />

picture of a colour reflection at Raystede on the 5th<br />

April <strong>2017</strong>,” says Bailey Nelson, aged 14. “I took it<br />

because I loved how the colours reflected in such a<br />

strong and bright way and the little speckles dancing<br />

around the main beams,” she continues, before getting<br />

philosophical, as well as poetic. “I also chose it because<br />

it was very calming and it made me realise we all see the<br />

world in different colours.” Very true, Bailey, especially<br />

as one of our photo judges is colour blind!<br />

Under 16? Please send your pictures to<br />

photos@vivamagazines.com with your name, age, and a<br />

sentence about when, where, and why you took it.<br />

Chestnut Tree is the<br />

children’s hospice for<br />

East Sussex, caring<br />

for children with lifeshortening<br />

conditions<br />

and their families. We<br />

know there are more<br />

families in <strong>Lewes</strong> who<br />

need our care, and<br />

we need your help to<br />

reach them.<br />

Whether you choose<br />

to do a sponsored walk,<br />

hold a coffee morning,<br />

host a game or quiz<br />

night, when you put<br />

your Hands Up! to<br />

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êêêê<br />

Over the last few years we’ve taken our brood to several summer<br />

festivals and reckon we’ve picked up a few tips along the way:<br />

1. Choose family-friendly festivals like Camp Bestival or<br />

Elderflower Fields both of which have dedicated activities for<br />

children, a glut of food tents and music for ages 4-80.<br />

2. Routine: Some families abandon routines the moment they<br />

arrive but we try to stick roughly to our usual routine, meals at regular times and an awareness of bed time<br />

even if it happens at 11pm rather than 9pm.<br />

3. Light: Never underestimate the value of a torch. Reading at night, stumbling out to locate the toilet, telling<br />

ghostly bedtime stories or navigating your way to your neighbour’s tent in the dark. They’re essential.<br />

4. Safety: Ensure your children follow a few safety rules. For us, it’s never go into the tent of someone you<br />

don’t know; if you go to the toilet in the middle of the night take an adult with you; check in with us at meal<br />

times; and for our youngest child who is only four we get a cheap t-shirt made up with our phone number<br />

on it. He also carries a piece of paper in his pocket with details of our tent’s location just in case the mobile<br />

reception isn’t working.<br />

5. Food: I have three boys so know how snacks can really make or break a festival experience. Go large with<br />

the marshmallows, generous with the Haribos and purely indulgent with the chocolate biscuits. Soon you’ll<br />

be everyone’s favourite festival mum. Jacky Adams

FREE<br />

ENTRY<br />

Newhaven Fort Presents<br />

Farmers<br />

& Makers<br />

Locally sourced Sussex suppliers<br />

at Newhaven Fort<br />

Sunday 4th June<br />

Sunday 9th July<br />

Sunday 6th August<br />

10:00 am - 4:00 pm<br />

Finest food, drink, art, design and craft market, supporting<br />

emerging and established local artisans and producers.<br />

The events will feature specially selected specialists, who<br />

source, grow, rear, bake, make and create the products they<br />

sell, which ensures their goods are unique, original and<br />

designed to inspire.<br />

For further information and market pitch enquiries<br />

email: info@waveleisure.co.uk or call 01323 493061

êêêê<br />


We were contacted by young photographer Joe<br />

Puxley, 15, who sent in this portrait of his friend<br />

Emma Fossella, to help her raise money for the<br />

Teenage Cancer Trust. Emma,<br />

very boldly, had her head shaved<br />

in order to publicise the cause.<br />

She was aiming to raise at least<br />

£950, the price of a teenager<br />

to go on a weekend retreat:<br />

when we went to press she had<br />

raised 114% of that target. So<br />

far, that is: her account is open<br />

until the end of <strong>May</strong>, so if you<br />

feel like contributing, feel free,<br />

at justgiving.com/fundraising/Emma-Fossella.<br />

Thanks, Joe, for a great picture, and well done<br />

Emma for raising all that cash.<br />

Immerse yourself in Wakehurst’s<br />

wonderful woodland festival<br />

Woodland crafts | tree climbing | storytelling | archery<br />

27 – 29 <strong>May</strong><br />

Ten minutes’ drive from Haywards Heath<br />

For details visit kew.org/wildwood

Aqua is a wonderful independent family run restaurant<br />

serving fresh, seasonal dishes for every occasion.<br />


2 for 1 Sparkling Bellini cocktails<br />

All Bellinis are £7.50<br />

Served from noon to 7pm every day.<br />


2 Courses £10.95 or 3 Courses £12.95<br />

Served Monday to Saturday 12-7pm<br />


£11.95 Served all day Sunday<br />

2 Courses £14.95 | 3 Courses £16.95<br />

A choice of striploin of beef, slow roasted belly of pork<br />

or chicken with homemade Yorkshire pudding, roast<br />

potatoes, seasonal vegetables & all the trimmings.<br />


2 Courses & a drink £6.95<br />

* Prices subject to change<br />

The Old Courthouse, <strong>Lewes</strong>, BN7 2FS<br />

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The Feature Kitchen<br />

Addis Ababa in your own back garden<br />

“He said he was from<br />

South Sudan,” says my<br />

mum, down the phone.<br />

“He was a very nice<br />

chap.” And: “There’s<br />

lots of bits. I don’t know<br />

how you’re going to<br />

heat it all up.”<br />

I’m staying the weekend<br />

at her house in<br />

Kingston, but I’m out<br />

and about on Saturday<br />

evening, and she’s been left to collect and pay for<br />

what will be Sunday’s lunch. The ‘bits’ are the<br />

April menu from The Feature Kitchen, a new<br />

takeaway delivery service, run by food author<br />

Jacob Folio Todd, the ‘nice chap’.<br />

It’s an enterprise based in <strong>Lewes</strong>; Jacob is planning<br />

to invite a series of locally based chefs<br />

from around the world to cook up a menu based<br />

on their cuisine, which will be delivered on<br />

Saturdays. Every month will feature a different<br />

country: in April it’s Ethiopian food, devised by<br />

Genet & Abeba, from Addis Ababa.<br />

When I get home the fridge is packed full of<br />

little labelled Tupperware boxes containing<br />

exotic foodstuff. The labels say things like ‘misir<br />

wat’, and ‘yebigir alicha’ and ‘ye-abesha gomen’.<br />

There’s a little slip of paper with translations, in<br />

this case ‘a rich spicy red lentil sauce flavoured<br />

with Berbere spice mix’, ‘small pieces of lamb<br />

stewed with onions and finished with turmeric’<br />

and ‘braised spring greens with mild green chilli’.<br />

In all there are eight different items, as well as<br />

vast stretches of ‘injera’, translated as ‘Ethiopian<br />

fermented staple, an aerated flatbread’ which is<br />

soft and spongy and rolled into sausage shapes.<br />

Sunday is about as hot as April days can get, so<br />

we opt to eat in<br />

the garden. My<br />

mother – usually<br />

quite adventurous<br />

in her food<br />

tastes – has opted<br />

to have fish and<br />

chips, however<br />

nice the chap was,<br />

so Rowena and I<br />

are left with three<br />

portions to get<br />

through. The microwave comes into its own and<br />

my wife’s eyes grow in anticipation as I bring<br />

steaming dish after steaming dish to the table.<br />

We’ve tried out the Ethiopian restaurant in<br />

Baker Street in Brighton, so we know what to do.<br />

The knife and fork is useful for cutting things<br />

like chicken and hard-boiled egg, but the most<br />

important utensil is the injera, which you use to<br />

grab morsels of food from the various dishes,<br />

to make little parcels. It’s messy, in our inexpert<br />

hands, but it’s fun. My mother looks on for a bit<br />

before opting to return to her book inside.<br />

There’s a cabbagy dish that neither of us take to,<br />

but other than that, everything is delicious. The<br />

doro wat, cooked in a rich, (not overly) piquant<br />

red Berbere sauce - one of the key ingredients to<br />

cooking in this part of East Africa - is outstanding.<br />

The whole process is educational, as well as<br />

extremely tasty. It’s also all rather exciting. I<br />

haven’t a clue what nationality Jacob is planning<br />

to bring to our tables in <strong>May</strong>, but I’m eager to<br />

find out.<br />

Alex Leith<br />

£12 per person, vegetarian menu also available.<br />

07876655664 / thefeaturekitchen.co.uk /<br />

info@thefeaturekitchen.co.uk<br />

Photo by Rowena Easton<br />


70<br />

Photo by Rebecca Cunningham

RECIPE<br />

Nettles<br />

Medicinal chef and nutritionist Daphne Lambert<br />

I just love the natural flow of things, of<br />

what nature provides us. There is an abundance<br />

of nettles in the spring and early<br />

summer, rich in calcium, iron, potassium,<br />

silicic acid, vitamin C & K, but you can<br />

also preserve them they can nourish you<br />

all year round!<br />

<strong>May</strong> is really the last chance to pick nettles.<br />

It’s good to be eating lots of them<br />

if you’re someone that’s prone to having<br />

seasonal allergies. I’d say nettle juice is<br />

pretty amazing, but if you’ve got a family<br />

of six with young kids, most of them<br />

aren’t going to be drawn to a nettle juice,<br />

even if you combine it, so part of what I<br />

do is about how you take these ideas into<br />

everyday life.<br />

Nettle powder’s brilliant because you can<br />

just hide it and people don’t know it’s in<br />

their food, that’s what I used to do as a<br />

strategy for little kids! You can actually<br />

make your food far more mineral-dense by<br />

adding some nettle powder. Over the last<br />

50 years the minerals in our food have depleted<br />

so much because of the way we farm<br />

- some minerals for example have depleted<br />

by 50-60% (according to government<br />

figures) - so we are very deficient in minerals<br />

in our diet now. You could put nettle<br />

powder into anything that you bake; I’ve<br />

put it in rye bread, and pancake mixture.<br />

I’ve also used the powder in smoothies.<br />

Lots of smoothie recipes will tell you to<br />

put in some kind of vitality powder but<br />

very few of them are grown in this country,<br />

so I’d say make your own nettle powder<br />

rather than using one from the other side<br />

of the world. Nettles you could easily dry<br />

on a sunny windowsill, just snip the top<br />

seven leaves off the stem and lay them out<br />

on newspaper. Always pick them before<br />

they’re going to seed - once they’re beginning<br />

to seed I wouldn’t use them at all.<br />

If you make any soup with green leaves,<br />

you’ve got to blanch the leaves rather<br />

than actually cook them in the body of the<br />

soup, or you’ll destroy the chlorophyll.<br />

One of the most important reasons for<br />

eating dark green leaves is the chlorophyll,<br />

which is both cleansing and rejuvenating,<br />

so you need to plunge the nettles into<br />

boiling water for 30 seconds, strain them,<br />

keeping that water, because that’s where<br />

most of your minerals will be by now, and<br />

then plunge the nettles into cold water<br />

- that’ll set the chlorophyll. And into the<br />

nettle water, you can put some onions and<br />

a potato and some vegetables and a couple<br />

of herbs and whatever else, and boil that till<br />

it’s tender, then blend the lot together with<br />

the nettles. Very simple, and incredibly<br />

nourishing.<br />

As told to Rebecca Cunningham<br />

Daphne will be in conversation at the<br />

Subud Centre on Sat 13th. Living Food,<br />

tickets £10, via Eventbrite<br />


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FOOD<br />

Stanmer House<br />

Al fresco à la carte<br />

The header of this piece is misleading, really, because there is<br />

no such thing as Stanmer House anymore, the place has been<br />

rebranded Proud Country House, Stanmer Brighton. It’s been<br />

taken over by Alex Proud, the gallerist, cabaret owner, newspaper<br />

column writer and all-round entrepreneur.<br />

It’s an April day that would be considered lovely in July so we decide to sample dishes from their à la carte<br />

menu while sitting in the garden, a very beautiful spot to sit. About two thirds of the tables are full; a series<br />

of buskers perform covers. This could be annoying, but it’s not, because they’re pretty high quality buskers.<br />

We both start with Asian spiced seared marinated tuna (£7): I follow this with red chicken curry (£13), and<br />

Rowena goes for lamb cutlets (£17). When they both arrive I realise I’ve made a mistake: nothing wrong<br />

with my curry (which comes with lychees and water chestnuts, and pitta rather than rice) but the cutlets<br />

look delicious, and come with some perfectly cooked Dauphinoise potatoes. And taste delicious, too: I get<br />

to chew on the bones.<br />

No offence to the musicians, but the main entertainment is watching the odd assortment of waiters going<br />

about their business. There’s lots of pointing, and standing around, and conflabs, and it makes me wonder<br />

why there were so many of them, and why, with that being the case, we were asked to stand in a queue at the<br />

bar to order. No matter: next time I’ll ask for burger and fries (£12), which, it must be said, looked amazing.<br />

Alex Leith<br />

Photo by Rowena Easton

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FOOD<br />

Edible updates<br />

Oh yes, festival season is here and Middle Farm’s own Pookhill Spring<br />

Cider is now on sale. The first of their 2016 vintage is pressed at the<br />

farm from organically grown Dabinett cider apples, slurp!<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Food Market are welcoming back Mesto and their divine Cretan<br />

single estate olive oil (double slurp!), and Calcot Farm, whose fine<br />

charcuterie is made in Ashurst, near Steyning.<br />

Also at the market: Brighton’s Pirate’s Pantry, a cool new enterprise<br />

turning would-be food waste into tasty chutneys, preserves and cordials. Plus, a range of fruit and veg<br />

smoothies and savouries from YouJuice, also from Brighton, promise a healthy start to the day.<br />

Food Rocks <strong>Lewes</strong> is back on 14th <strong>May</strong> with their tempting array of street food. The Feature Kitchen<br />

storm into month two: offering limited edition African-Carribean takeaway on weekends 5th, 12th &<br />

19th <strong>May</strong> (see pg 69). And another takeaway service is in the offing soon, this time from Tina Deubert,<br />

who would like to hear your thoughts - pop into Tina’s Kitchen for details of her prize draw.<br />

The Bluebell Railway ‘Rail and Ale’ events, I can heartily recommend: a truly special attraction, plus<br />

Harvey’s, on <strong>May</strong> 19th. Pelham House are teaming up with Breaky Bottom to offer an extra special<br />

cream tea for two on their terrace at £24.95. To finish, two Community Chef workshops promise to jazz<br />

up your summer cookery skills and impress your barbecue guests: gluten free ferments on 13th <strong>May</strong> and<br />

flatbreads and fillings from around the world (25th <strong>May</strong>). Chloë King<br />

Illustration by Chloë King<br />

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You might be familiar with Guy Buckland’s work from billboards, fashion glossies<br />

or the sides of buses. One of his specialities is taking revealing portraits: we asked<br />

him to take a day out of his busy schedule to go behind the scenes at Glyndebourne<br />

Opera House. He asked his subjects: what is your favourite opera?<br />

guybucklandphotography.com<br />

Ian Julier, Senior Librarian<br />

Favourite opera: Wagner’s Ring Cycle – that’s four so I suppose it’s cheating! It’s<br />

probably the greatest musical work for the stage ever written.


Catriona Shepard, Receptionist<br />

Favourite opera: It’s an absolute no-brainer – our production of Saul was just knockout,<br />

the most extraordinary piece of theatre.


Roger Needham, Driver<br />

Favourite opera: Probably Saul because of the incredible set and the size<br />

and diversity of the cast – I thought it was magnificent.

Hats off<br />

for Summer<br />

at<br />

L E W E S<br />

Darcey has joined forces with<br />

wedding florist Darling Buds of<br />

Sussex and milliners Lomax &<br />

Skinner to showcase all that’s<br />

glamorous and gorgeous about<br />

the summer season.<br />

On Thursday 4th <strong>May</strong> we will<br />

be offering 15% off all Darcey<br />

purchases, plus a free glass of<br />

fizz. Shop for summer clothes,<br />

hats and flowers, and enjoy live<br />

music from Alison David.<br />

Thursday 4th <strong>May</strong>,<br />

9.30am-5.30pm<br />

11 Cliffe High Street, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

01273 474 667<br />



Kevin Martin, Head Gardener<br />

Favourite opera: Eugene Onegin which was only the second opera I ever saw.<br />

It has a big chorus, lots of scene changes and lovely music.

COLUMN<br />

Photo by Richard Madden<br />

Walkies<br />

#3 Plumpton Half Moon Pub Circular<br />

It’s a beautiful day and Spring has most definitely<br />

sprung. Blossom is exploding on the trees and wild<br />

flowers are everywhere. My wife Sarah and I, with<br />

Todd in the back, are bowling along the road at the<br />

base of the Downs towards Plumpton and I'm waxing<br />

lyrical about the dandelions in the fields.<br />

“It’s as if Jackson Pollock had flicked egg-yolk<br />

yellow paint all over a canvas of emerald green,” I<br />

pronounce grandly. This in turn reminds me of a<br />

poem by Andrew Marvell. “You know, the one about<br />

a ‘green thought in a green shade’”. But I soon<br />

realise I’ve lost my audience.<br />

Sarah is more worried about Todd getting dehydrated<br />

as he has a history of getting a gippy tummy<br />

from questionable water sources. After parking<br />

up, we dutifully offer him some finest Evian water<br />

decanted into vintage tupperware but Todd is having<br />

none of it. He wants to get on with it and can’t<br />

understand our obsession with sticking water under<br />

his nose. Instead, a couple of naughty doggy treats<br />

go down much better and we are finally on our way.<br />

But, oh dear, what now? We are only halfway up<br />

Plumpton Bostall when I collapse in a heap, grabbing<br />

my foot. Todd thinks this is an invitation to<br />

cover my face in a slobbery tongue-fest and I am<br />

soon rolling around doubled-up in pain and laughing<br />

uncontrollably at the same time.<br />

Despite my rufty-tufty self-image, over recent years<br />

I have developed an embarrassing susceptibility to<br />

gout. It’s an affliction that attracts pain and mockery<br />

in equal measure despite my attempts to persuade<br />

friends that alcohol consumption has nothing to do<br />

with it. “It’s all down to the uric acid in sardines,” I<br />

tell them. “But you never eat sardines,” they annoyingly<br />

reply.<br />

Removing my boot and casting a professional eye<br />

over my foot, Sarah notes that that there is no<br />

swelling (she’s not a Bowen therapist for nothing)<br />

and therefore is unlikely to be gout. While I silently<br />

pray no other walkers will suddenly appear and get<br />

the wrong end of the stick, Sarah stretches me out<br />

and twangs muscles up and down my leg which has<br />

me crossing my eyes in a curious mixture of pain<br />

and pleasure.<br />

As if by magic, the stabbing pain in my foot is soon<br />

gone and we complete our circuit along the top of<br />

the Downs and back to the pub in a haze of Springinduced<br />

euphoria.<br />

“You know, Jackson Pollock was a true genius,” I try<br />

again as we arrive back at the car. But my words are<br />

drowned out by the sound of glugging and slurping.<br />

This time Todd is downing his Evian water with<br />

true gusto. Richard Madden<br />

Map: OS Explorer: 122. Distance: 3 miles. Terrain:<br />

Steep climb on to the Downs with easy walking at<br />

the top. Start/End: Half Moon Pub, Plumpton. 01273<br />

890253. Directions: Follow the Plumpton Bostall<br />

path opposite (left) from the pub on to the Downs<br />

and then east for a mile along the top, circling back<br />

before reaching Black Cap.<br />



Swifts<br />

Support your local superheroes<br />

Illustration by Mark Greco<br />

These are certainly uncertain times. Who knows<br />

where this planet is heading? But at the start<br />

of <strong>May</strong> I shall be looking to the sky for a sign<br />

of reassurance: the return of the <strong>Lewes</strong> swifts<br />

from Africa. Ted Hughes expressed it perfectly:<br />

“They’ve made it again / Which means the<br />

globe’s still working, the Creation’s / Still waking<br />

refreshed, our summer’s / Still all to come”.<br />

Swifts may not look like much, they’re basically<br />

two wings and a mouth, but it’s hard to explain<br />

their abilities without making them sound supernatural.<br />

Swifts are all about flying. They feed,<br />

scream and mate in the air and bathe in the rainclouds.<br />

At night they switch off half their brain,<br />

switch on cruise control and fall asleep amongst<br />

the stars. If they had their way they would never<br />

come down. But there’s one little flaw in their<br />

plan: eggs don’t float. So, for just a few weeks<br />

of the year, they begrudgingly swap the open<br />

skies for a cramped nest under the eaves where<br />

they raise their young. The problem in recent<br />

years is that most of these little gaps have been<br />

lost to renovations and modern architecture.<br />

The destruction of their homes is one of the<br />

reasons why swift numbers have fallen. They are<br />

refugees on the wind.<br />

A group of local volunteers, determined to<br />

ensure this iconic bird remains a part of our<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> summer soundtrack, have started the<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Swift Supporters. The group have already<br />

been working with local residents keen to<br />

provide a nest box on their home. If you could<br />

accommodate a swift box (or boxes) please get<br />

in touch with us and we can assess if your house<br />

is suitable. We’ve recently worked with The<br />

Depot and have installed some special hollow<br />

swift nesting bricks in the cinema. You may<br />

have caught me on Countryfile chatting to Helen<br />

Skelton (they promised me John Craven) and<br />

promoting <strong>Lewes</strong> as the swift-lovin’ centre of<br />

Sussex. We’re also looking for new members to<br />

join the group and help with surveys. And we’re<br />

searching for some friendly builders who could<br />

help with swift box installation.<br />

On <strong>May</strong> 10th national swift expert Edward<br />

<strong>May</strong>er will be talking about these incredible<br />

birds in the Lecture Room at <strong>Lewes</strong> Town Hall.<br />

The talk starts at 7.30pm. Admission is a donation<br />

to <strong>Lewes</strong> Swift Supporters (a donation of<br />

£5 or more will get you group membership and<br />

a snazzy enamel badge). We’ll also be holding<br />

‘Swift Walk and a Swift Pint’ events in July,<br />

watching screaming swift parties before popping<br />

in to the <strong>Lewes</strong> Arms. All details on our website:<br />

lewesswifts.org.uk.<br />

Let’s keep the <strong>Lewes</strong> skies screaming.<br />

Michael Blencowe, Sussex Wildlife Trust<br />

michaelblencowe@sussexwt.org.uk<br />


COLUMN<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Out Loud<br />

Plenty more Henty<br />

Despairing of comedy on<br />

television and browned<br />

off by the antics of Mrs.<br />

Brown and ‘her’ entire<br />

entourage, I decided<br />

one Tuesday evening<br />

recently to attend what<br />

was described as a ‘comedy<br />

night’ at All Saints<br />

centre in Friars Walk. I<br />

was not alone.<br />

Comedy Beats for the 12th Man was a fund-raising<br />

event for <strong>Lewes</strong> FC, and provided me with further<br />

evidence that my idea to form a new society<br />

in the town – BMWG or bearded men with<br />

glasses – was a definite ‘goer’.<br />

In a predominantly male audience, the beards<br />

were there in numbers, but on this raucous occasion<br />

the glasses concerned were full of Harvey’s<br />

Best, which certainly helped the latter end of a<br />

rather protracted evening.<br />

I don’t know about you, but I’m old fashioned<br />

enough to weary a little at being battered by barrack<br />

room language and blokes jokily discussing<br />

how to avoid prostate cancer.<br />

I did win a raffle prize though. Does anyone<br />

know (politely) what I should do with an outsize<br />

England shirt for the year 2006? I guess it would<br />

make a super marquee if you were planning a<br />

party to watch European football this summer.<br />

Comedy for me will always be the ‘Carry On’<br />

films, the Marx Brothers, Laurel and Hardy. Cinema<br />

in other words, and that’s why I’m delighted<br />

we’re about to get our own multi-screen complex<br />

in town.<br />

Mind you, as a very small child I had to be<br />

removed from a Classic cinema by my parents for<br />

screaming uncontrollably<br />

at a comic<br />

incident on screen. As a<br />

schoolboy, I smoked my<br />

first cigarette in the one<br />

and nines and ogled at<br />

Silvana Mangano up<br />

to her thighs in water<br />

during the 1949 Italian<br />

movie Bitter Rice.<br />

At that time, to view an<br />

‘A’ for adult picture when on my own, it was often<br />

a case of asking total strangers to take me in.<br />

Common practice then, but imagine it today!<br />

When a reporter, I witnessed police horses in<br />

the Savoy Cinema, Broad Green, as Bill Haley’s<br />

music caused a riot during a showing of Blackboard<br />

Jungle and I experienced ‘smelly’ cinema<br />

(Aromarama) in New York 1964. Then there was<br />

the spoilsport usherette in the Regal, Purley, who<br />

regularly flashed her torch along the back row of<br />

the stalls with the hissed warning “I don’t want<br />

any sticky fingers!” …and that was before the<br />

dreaded popcorn burst onto the scene.<br />

Brief encounters this month? Curtis in Homebase<br />

and an unsuccessful search for an ecohalogen,<br />

screwcap bulb. Life in <strong>Lewes</strong> can be so exciting at<br />

times. Greetings to Andy on windows, GM Taxi<br />

Graham and smiling Geraldine. I’d also like to<br />

credit ‘soprano sax’ man on Cliffe Bridge for his<br />

rendition of Dizzy Gillespie’s Night in Tunisia.<br />

I was the only person who recognised it and<br />

he was impressed when I told him how I’d met<br />

Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson in<br />

<strong>May</strong> 1958, at ‘Jazz At The Philharmonic’, Davis<br />

Cinema, Croydon. Yes - another cinema memory!<br />

John Henty<br />



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A full social life is<br />

something many of us<br />

take for granted, but<br />

for thousands of older<br />

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loneliness are commonplace.<br />

And it’s not just a<br />

social problem. According<br />

to research published<br />

last year in Psychology and<br />

Ageing, staying active into<br />

old age safeguards health,<br />

with those who live a<br />

more socially active life experiencing less ‘terminal<br />

decline’ and greater ‘emotional wellbeing’ than<br />

their more solitary counterparts.<br />

Contact the Elderly echoes the findings in its latest<br />

survey, which has just been published. Operating<br />

throughout England, Scotland and Wales, the charity<br />

organises monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties<br />

for some 5,000 people over the age of 75. Its Impact<br />

Report 2015-16 states that 77% of its ‘guests’ feel<br />

happier after joining a tea party group, with 73%<br />

feeling less lonely, and 90% reporting that they had<br />

made new friends.<br />

The organisation’s James Yelland comments: “We<br />

are the only national charity dedicated to tackling<br />

loneliness and social isolation among older people,<br />

and for many elderly people Sunday is the most<br />

lonely day of the week. Many shops are shut, public<br />

transport may not be running, and it’s a day which is<br />

traditionally spent with family or friends.”<br />

“Relationships are the only real solution to loneliness,”<br />

he continues, “so we take people who would<br />

otherwise be alone, and we provide volunteer<br />

drivers who pick them up and drive them home,<br />

and volunteer hosts who give them afternoon tea.<br />

The groups are small, so everyone can get to know<br />

one another well, and the<br />

majority of guests are in<br />

their eighties and nineties<br />

- although we have a few<br />

centenarians too.”<br />

Tea party venues near<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> include Brighton,<br />

Haywards Heath, Heathfield<br />

and Eastbourne.<br />

For weekday socialising,<br />

the <strong>Lewes</strong> House<br />

of Friendship provides<br />

a home from home for<br />

older members of the community, and is open<br />

Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 1.30pm, at its<br />

High Street premises next to Flint Owl Bakery.<br />

Annual membership costs £10 a year (or £15 for<br />

couples), and activities include exercise classes, computer<br />

training, snooker and billiards, card games<br />

and Scrabble, and lip-reading classes - although<br />

members can just drop in for lunch, a tea or coffee,<br />

or to sit in the secluded garden.<br />

Another local organisation is the Deans Senior Tea<br />

Club, which runs free groups for older people in the<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> area. As well as regular trips out, members<br />

can enjoy entertainment, art and craft sessions,<br />

quizzes, games, and other activities.<br />

Long-term member Yvonne Robbins says: “Since<br />

losing my husband nine years ago and moving to a<br />

different area, I’ve found a whole new social group<br />

through the Tea Club. The events are always fun<br />

and well organised, and I’ve made many friends and<br />

had lots of new experiences. It’s made a huge difference<br />

to me, and I would definitely recommend it to<br />

anyone.” Anita Hall<br />

Contact the Elderly: 01273 805451; <strong>Lewes</strong> House of<br />

Friendship: 01273 476469; Deans Senior Tea Club:<br />

01273 307435.<br />


Pat Hennessy<br />

General Manager, The Con Club<br />

A lot of people still<br />

think that’s short for the<br />

‘Conservative Club’. It’s<br />

not. It’s the Constitutional<br />

Club, which is an entirely<br />

different thing.<br />

I’ve been working here<br />

for two years, after eight<br />

years at the Horse and<br />

Groom in Brighton. We<br />

did a lot of music there, and we’re doing a<br />

lot of music at the Con Club. Before that I<br />

ran a load of pubs in North West London. I<br />

came down south for a weekend, to clear my<br />

head, and stayed.<br />

You might say things are looking pretty<br />

healthy here. As we speak we’re still recovering<br />

from three gigs<br />

in three nights by the Sun<br />

Ra Arkestra, all three sold<br />

out. They were amazing.<br />

The Con Club has hit the<br />

radar of some really good<br />

promoters who realise that<br />

it’s a little gem of a place,<br />

like Dictionary Pudding,<br />

Steve Foster and our very<br />

own Union Music Store. That’s why we’ve<br />

seen the likes of Wire, Gong, Jah Wobble,<br />

Dr Feelgood and Sharks in recent months.<br />

That’s why Krautrock legends Faust and<br />

American punks The Dickies are playing<br />

later in the year.<br />

The venue holds 250, though we usu-<br />

Photos by Alex Leith<br />


MY SPACE<br />

ally cap it at 220. There aren’t many places<br />

of that sort of size in Brighton, between the<br />

Albert, which holds about a hundred, and<br />

Concorde 2, which is about six or seven<br />

hundred. But people also come from all the<br />

towns round <strong>Lewes</strong>, because they can avoid all<br />

the hassle of going into Brighton. Somebody<br />

came all the way from Northampton to see<br />

Sun Ra Arkestra.<br />

There are around 350 Con Club members<br />

and they still get money off their drinks, and<br />

discounted tickets to gigs. But one of the first<br />

things I did was to change the licence, meaning<br />

that anyone can come in now, and use<br />

it like a pub. You wouldn’t know it from the<br />

front, but there’s a lovely garden in the back.<br />

We’re a free house. Of course we sell Harvey’s<br />

Best. We also sell Long Man Brewery<br />

beer. We’ve got a kitchen, but we don’t do<br />

food, as a rule, apart from special occasions.<br />

It’s a very versatile space: we have comedy<br />

nights, ukulele practice sessions, weddings…<br />

My favourite Con Club gig moment?<br />

When Chris Spedding [of Sharks] started<br />

playing his guitar, it made the hairs on the<br />

back of my neck stand up.<br />

And yes, it’s true. Our stage did once belong<br />

to Cliff Richard. As told to Alex Leith<br />

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The Depot Cinema<br />

Architect, Stefanie Fischer<br />

“It’s designed beyond the requirements of building<br />

regulations with an eye to achieving best practice,”<br />

says Stefanie Fischer, of Burrell Foley Fischer, responsible<br />

for designing The Depot Cinema. Which<br />

is architecture-speak for ‘we’ve pulled all the stops<br />

out to make it extremely sustainable and accessible.’<br />

I don a hard hat, hi-vis jacket and steel-toed boots<br />

and Stefanie shows me around what is still a busy<br />

building site, exactly six weeks before the first<br />

screening. She answers the obvious question with<br />

some confidence. Yes, they’re on track to be open<br />

to the public on schedule (<strong>May</strong> 27th). The main<br />

delay was caused by council quibbles about parking<br />

which, she reveals, didn’t take into consideration the<br />

sort of people who use Picturehouse-style cinemas.<br />

She escorts me into a building that is really taking<br />

shape, pointing out each of the three screening<br />

rooms, the educational workshop and its ‘breakout’<br />

space, the bar restaurant, the mini bar, the ticket<br />

office, which bit of the outside space will be orchard<br />

and which will be wild meadow. She shows me the<br />

fine flint work ‘The Flint Man’ has done, and which<br />

of the roofs will have grass on it.<br />

You get the feeling that the architect-client relationship<br />

has been better than normal, and that BFF<br />

have been given support to be ambitious with their<br />

plans. Her company is a veteran of scores of other<br />

cinemas and arts building designs, she tells me,<br />

citing the Picturehouse in Exeter, Norwich Cinema<br />

City, Harbour Lights in Southampton, the Rio in<br />

Dalston, the Ciné Lumière in London and a few<br />

more. She says each project has been very different<br />

from the one before it, but that this one – needing<br />

to blend in with a lot of surrounding listed buildings<br />

to the sensitive requirements of the South Downs<br />

National Park - took a lot of planning time indeed.<br />

The three screening rooms, housed in the shell<br />

of the original Depot building, have already been<br />

carpeted, as I look round, but are yet to have<br />

their “very comfortable Quinette Gallay” seats<br />

installed. The rooms are named after the colour<br />

of their screens. The Purple Screen (140 seats) is<br />

the highest-spec one with the Dolby Atmos sound<br />

system; the Blue Screen (130) and the Black Screen<br />

(30) have to settle for Dolby Surround Sound.<br />

Workmen are tacking artwork onto the wall: digital<br />

reproductions of figure paintings the artist Julian<br />

Bell daubed on the Depot walls when it was his<br />

studio. In the foyer, Stefanie tells me, will hang a<br />

large print by Stephen Chambers, Big Country.<br />

The first ever screening will be a private one for<br />

Stefanie and the team involved with the construction<br />

of the building. She doesn’t know which film<br />

will be on (“that’s for Carmen to decide”); ideally<br />

she would sit in a central seat at a 60-degree angle<br />

from either side of the screen, which offers the ‘best<br />

optical experience’. When I tell her I always sit at<br />

the front she tells me that there will be footstools<br />

in front of those seats. That, for me, is the icing on<br />

quite a cake. Alex Leith<br />



Carmen Slijpen<br />

Creative Director, Depot Cinema<br />

Photo by Alex Leith<br />

The Depot Cinema will open to the public on<br />

<strong>May</strong> 27th, with a crazily mixed weekend of films,<br />

before we move into a normal week of programming<br />

on Tuesday 30th.<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Community Screen is the charity that<br />

runs the Depot, an arts venue with a responsible<br />

and sustainable outlook; we are set up to serve the<br />

whole community with a diverse range of films. We<br />

will also run a café-bar-restaurant, and an educational<br />

workshop space.<br />

We have three screens that will be in use all week,<br />

from 2pm to beyond 10pm for the main programme,<br />

with specialised screenings some mornings,<br />

too. We’re aiming to show between five and<br />

ten different films a week. The café/restaurant will<br />

be open for breakfast, and until the cinema closes.<br />

We will programme a mixture of mainstream<br />

movies and arthouse movies. It’s important to<br />

point out that Star Wars-type blockbusters cost a lot<br />

more than other films, and usually insist on having<br />

long runs, so in the interest of keeping a diverse<br />

programme we will probably book such movies<br />

after their first run.<br />

For me the magic of the cinema comes out<br />

when you watch a film with other people. I rarely<br />

laugh in front of the TV on my own, for example,<br />

laughing as part of an audience is a tremendous<br />

feeling. We hope that many people will consider<br />

watching films in the cinema more frequently.<br />

The Depot is a high-spec cinema. Screen One is<br />

equipped with a 4K projector and a Dolby Atmos<br />

sound system, which creates the ultimate immersive<br />

experience currently available in cinemas. More and<br />

more films are mixed in Dolby Atmos, and I aim to<br />

show this off as much as I can, because subtle sound<br />

can be very evocative and stir deep emotions.<br />

We’ve worked hard to be fully accessible, with<br />

everything on the ground floor and central viewing<br />

positions for wheelchair users, dementia-friendly<br />

screenings, braille signage throughout the building,<br />

infra-red hearing loops etc.<br />

We will include a good deal of ‘Cinema+’ in the<br />

programme; this means Q&A sessions with directors,<br />

workshops connected with films, event-related<br />

seasons, etc. I’m also interested in using cinema as<br />

a spark for social change, working with Amnesty,<br />

refugee groups and Transition Town <strong>Lewes</strong>, etc.<br />

Our restaurant manager spent 25 years in New<br />

Zealand, and he’ll introduce ‘Australasian’ cuisine<br />

to <strong>Lewes</strong>. We’ll source seasonal, locally produced<br />

food. 50% of all the drinks will be organic; the rest<br />

biodynamic or locally produced. We’re hoping to<br />

pull in cinema goers, of course, but also people<br />

coming just to eat or drink.<br />

The onus is on trying things out, being progressive,<br />

daring, looking forward and not being afraid<br />

to make mistakes. And of course, not to lose sight of<br />

the main reason we’re here: entertainment. It’s all<br />

very exciting.<br />

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Of course the biggest bit of business news in <strong>May</strong><br />

by far is the opening of our spanking new cinema<br />

– The Depot – with its restaurant, bars and<br />

other facilities. As we went to press we learnt the<br />

pricings of tickets, which are generally lower than<br />

the equivalent in Brighton cinemas. On Sunday to<br />

Thursday tickets cost £6 in the day, and £8 after<br />

5pm. On Friday and Saturday tickets cost £9 all<br />

day. Students, concessions and kids' tickets cost<br />

£4. A year’s membership will set you back £40 but<br />

that includes four free tickets, £1 off any film you<br />

see that year, and 10% off food and drink (though<br />

not in conjunction with other offers).<br />

We were also told some of the releases in the<br />

opening weekend, the range of which gives an<br />

indication of the breadth of programming we<br />

can expect to see in the future. Films include<br />

60s classics (Jean-Luc Godard’s Le Mépris, see<br />

right) Oscar winners (La La… sorry, Moonlight)<br />

foreign language drama (The Handmaiden, Elle,<br />

The Salesman) documentaries (The Eagle Huntress,<br />

Life, Animated) superhero scifi (Logan) and<br />

kids’ films (Peppa the Pig, Beauty and the Beast).<br />

See you there.<br />

It’s a bit ‘after the Lord <strong>May</strong>or’s Show’, but<br />

the other big opening to report on is actually a<br />

re-opening, of Southover Grange, which sees<br />

its first wedding, since shutting for long-term<br />

refurbishment, on April 29th. Why are we telling<br />

you this in Business News? The facilities will also<br />

be available for private hire.<br />

We were interested to note that, despite the old<br />

Lloyds Bank building on the High Street looking<br />

as dowdy as ever, Côte have started advertising for<br />

staff: hopefully the presence of the French-themed<br />

restaurant – under the same management as Bill’s<br />

– will bring some footfall that way, because the<br />

closure of Dome hairdressers has left even more<br />

empty premises at the west end of the top of town.<br />

Last chance gulch if you want to enter the <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

District Business Awards, which you have to do<br />

by 5pm on <strong>May</strong> 5th. We are proud to be sponsoring<br />

the Culture, Leisure and Tourism Award.<br />

Finally, a few shorts. If you need to know<br />

somewhere your friends can stay if there’s no<br />

room on the couch, a new independent collective<br />

has started, called Short Stay <strong>Lewes</strong>, offering<br />

bed and breakfast accommodation in and around<br />

town. And good luck to Kit and Kaboodle, a<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong>-based ‘online retail emporium’ selling<br />

high-quality gentlemen’s clothing. One of the two<br />

gentlemen running the business is Gustav Temple,<br />

editor of The Chap magazine, which should tell you<br />

much of what you need to know about the style of<br />

clothes on offer. And finally, it’s <strong>May</strong>, so it’s time<br />

for Pells Pool to open, on <strong>May</strong> 20th. Check their<br />

website for details of times and prices: please note<br />

10am starts and early morning swim options.<br />

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Directory Spotlight:<br />

Angela Wadman, The Silent Stylist<br />

I'm not just about hair. I'm a<br />

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I call myself ‘The Silent<br />

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I also provide a wardrobe<br />

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to shopping or decluttering, I<br />

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30 to 45 minutes, where I can get<br />

an idea of my client’s requirements.<br />

I keep an eye on seasonal trends but don't adhere<br />

to full-on high-street fashion. Investing in<br />

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Interview by Mark Bridge<br />

07973 290824 / wadmanangela@gmail.com<br />



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Services include<br />

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Counselling in <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

Lizzie Gilbert (BACP)<br />

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email: info@lewesosteopathy.com<br />

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practice offering<br />

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We work with individuals, couples,<br />

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We are at last seeing some beautiful weather<br />

which we hope you are getting out to enjoy.<br />

Don't forget your sun protection the sun's<br />

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see NHS Choices for advice on vitamin D<br />

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The pollen levels are high please ask for<br />

advice at the pharmacy for treatments that<br />

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Finally thank you all for your support we are<br />

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Psychotherapy (UKCP registered)<br />

Sam Jahara, Transactional Analyst<br />

Individuals, Couples & Groups<br />

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26a Station Street<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong>, BN7 2DB<br />

Mondays: 17.30 - 18.30<br />

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for the treatment of:<br />

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stiffness • sciatica - trapped nerves • slipped discs<br />

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First session concession<br />

Call Kate Hope on 07794 308989 or<br />

visit www.katehopetherapy.co.uk<br />

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Cover design by Fiona Hewitt



Imagine how excited the people of <strong>Lewes</strong> must have been in 1934, when this magnificent<br />

Art Deco building appeared in town, offering a state-of-the-art space for 900 people at a<br />

time to watch movies. It was a far cry from the Cinema de Luxe up the road, open since<br />

1912, and renowned for its dinginess.<br />

This picture was taken by John Maltby, who was commissioned by chain-founder Oscar<br />

Deutsch to take pictures of the interior and exterior of every Odeon in the country, at<br />

that point numbering in the thirties. The date, you can see from the sign on the façade,<br />

is July 1935. The main film is The King of Paris. The interior picture shows an unfussy,<br />

uncluttered space with comfortable-looking seats and funky patterns on the walls.<br />

By 1971, when the cinema closed down, the seats – as many readers will be able to<br />

remember – were no longer comfortable. Despite several campaigns to reopen the place,<br />

it remained derelict until 1982, with, for many years, the word ‘SHAME’ daubed on<br />

the façade. Then the building was demolished, and replaced with a red-brick mini-mall.<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> hasn’t had a purpose-built cinema since. Until now, that is.<br />

Thanks for help finding this picture to Ruth Thompson, whose book Reel <strong>Lewes</strong> is published<br />

on 22nd <strong>May</strong>, and will be on sale at The Depot and beyond. Alex Leith<br />

Photo: John Maltby, Cinema Theatre Association Archive, cta-uk.org<br />


1 Malling Street, <strong>Lewes</strong>, BN7 2RA . 01273 471 269 . alistairflemingdesign.co.uk

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