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Your friends are on holiday, you’re bored of all your toys, you haven’t got a book to read, your
mum’s too busy to take you to the swimming pool. I can still remember that feeling of ennui
during long summer holidays when all I could think of to do was to watch kids’ TV. And there
was one show which rubbed it all in: Why Don’t You Just Switch Off Your Television Set and Go Out
and Do Something Less Boring Instead? The producers were obviously hoping you wouldn’t take
them literally until the end of the programme, during which spruced-up kid presenters suggested
all manner of activities you could take up to pass your time in a more creative manner.
Most of us, sadly, aren’t so time rich nowadays, but we can still take that worthy message to heart,
which is why we have used its title as our theme this July issue. In a way it encapsulates the ethos
we’ve always had here at Viva: our remit is to encourage people to go out and do some of the
stuff that’s being put on or offered by the movers and
shakers of the community, whether that’s a trip to
the new cinema, an art class, a political talk, a session
in the spanking new skate park, a nature walk on the
Downs, or whatever. The more people go out, the more
stuff will be put on for their benefit, and so on, in a
virtuous circle of get-up-and-go-ness. A simple message,
but an easy one to follow, and within these pages are a
host of possibilities. Enjoy the issue...
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THE 'WHY DON'T YOU' ISSUE
Bits and bobs.
8-25. Marc Greco explains his binocular cover,
multicolour-fingered Mary Sautter’s Lewes,
Carlotta Luke gets out and about, Viva Lewes
at No. 10, and the usual array of books and pubs
and bits and bobs.
27-31. David Jarman at the movies, Chloë King
in Kent, and Mark Bridge on his no-springchicken
On this month.
33. Dreadzone play Lewes Live.
35. Ruth Kerr on the Paddock Singers, about to
noisily enjoy their 10th anniversary.
37. Commedia dell’arte on a village green near
you soon… yes, the Rude Mechanicals are back.
39. Iby Knill, 93-year-old Holocaust survivor, at
the Lewes Speakers’ Festival.
41. Art: Aure, one of an atelier-full of French
screen printers exhibiting in Rue des Pecheurs.
43. Art. Neil Gower’s extraordinary new
artwork for the just-published book As
Kingfishers Catch Fire.
45-49. Art and About… A fine Summer Show
at Martyrs’ Gallery, Sussex Downs artists at
Pelham House, and the Chalkies head down
the A27. Plus what’s on the gallery walls from
Hastings to Chichester.
51-55. Diary dates. What’s on where and when
including annual classics the Patina Parade,
and the Raft Race.
57. Classical music round-up, with Paul
59-61. Gig guide. This is getting silly… The
Dickies are playing at the Con Club.
63-72. Free time. More stuff to do for the
U16s, including fêtes, fairs and Patina.
THE 'WHY DON'T YOU' ISSUE
75-81. A superb salad at the Back Yard
Café… and we try a Big Daddy's burger.
Plus green chutney made by Chloe from
Seven Sisters' Spices.
The way we work.
82-85. Aiste Saulyte, keeping as safe a
distance as possible, points her camera at
some of the region’s bee keepers, and asks
them: do you have an unusual use for
86-99. Another jumble of features, as we
get out and about: Todd’s latest uphill
adventure, Michael Blencowe on moths,
Henty's heavenward hollyhocks, we
try facing a bowler called BOLA, the
new skateboard park and Middle Farm
director Helen Marsh’s trade secrets.
114. The Brighton Boys Brigade at Glynde
Swimming Pool, 1932.
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THIS MONTH’S COVER ARTIST: MARK GRECO
This month’s cover was created by artist and nature
enthusiast Mark Greco. “It’s quite different from the
other covers I’ve done,” he says. “I initially played
around with a few ideas but decided on this simple
design as the image of a pair of binoculars epitomises
everything to me about being outside. I also wanted
the cover to have a ‘field book’ sort of feel to it - a
manual of what’s going on in and around Lewes.”
Mark uses a mixture of digital and manual techniques
to create his illustrations: “This design is purely digital
- all my screen prints start digitally anyway. Once I do
have my final design I print the final pieces by hand
which normally take one or two days to complete”.
Nature and wildlife have long been a source of inspiration
for his work. “In my spare time, I’ll often go
out walking with Watson, our Border Terrier, and I always
keep an eye out. The reason I love nature is that
it connects you with the environment as well as the
changing seasons.” His series A Natural History, and
the initial exhibition in 2011, sparked a collaboration
with local wildlife expert Michael Blencowe, and the
duo have been writing and illustrating our monthly
wildlife column since – even after Mark’s adventurous
move to south-west France 20 months ago.
“We settled in a beautiful place called Saint Antonin
Noble Val,” he says. “We chose it because it reminded
us of Lewes. It’s a very creative enclave and the
village is also surrounded by limestone plateaus so
we were really spoilt for wildlife too.” Mark joined
a printmaking atelier called ‘Hors Cadre’ and now
back in Lewes for the summer, he is bringing over a
selection of work from the association to exhibit at 2
“It’s really exciting because it’s going to be their first
show outside France. The work is a mixture of being
quite eccentric, challenging and funny. It’s going to
e a very interesting exhibition and I’m looking forward
to getting people’s reactions to it. One main reason for
curating it was that following some of the negativity
around the EU Referendum I wanted to do something
positive - something that was actually celebrating Europe.
So I thought, wouldn’t it be great to showcase
some of the fantastic work that I’ve seen from the people
I’ve been working with in France to celebrate both
our differences and our similarities?
“The idea of the atelier is about celebrating culture,
promoting artistic practice and working collaboratively.
The ethos is quite anti-elitist so it’s important that the art
produced is affordable and accessible. What we’re hoping
to do is to recreate the spirit of the atelier in the heart
of Lewes. None of the prints will be framed butsimply
hung. It starts on Bastille Day – the 14th of July – and
it’s only a three-day exhibition, but I think people might
be surprised at what they’ll see!”
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MY LEWES: MARY SAUTTER
Are you local? I was born in Rottingdean, but I
loved coming to Lewes as a child. My father’s business,
Taylor’s of Rottingdean, had horse boxes and
worked a lot with the trainers in Lewes, so I would
often come over to see the horses.
So you rode? My mother wanted me to go to ballet
classes, which didn’t suit me, but as soon as I
got on a horse I never looked back. I used to compete
in gymkhanas with my friends, and of course
never really won much because our ponies weren’t
thoroughbred. So we started our own: we ran Rottingdean
Gymkhana for a few years, making our
own rosettes and trophies from egg cups.
When did you move to Lewes? In 1962. My late
husband Michael and I bought four derelict cottages,
which we converted into a house and a garden.
At the time I was a teacher and spent three years
teaching in Crawley. Around the same time I discovered
Julian Dawson’s Monday market in Lewes
and went about furnishing our house. This got
me into refurbishing pine furniture, and I realised
there was a business in it. I then opened a shop on
Station Street in what had been a Methodist chapel.
That went on for 30 years, from about 1973.
You’re running the garden project on Lewes
Station. How did that start up? I’d been fundraising
for the Friends of Lewes Victoria Hospital
for 45 years. I then retired and in June 2013 I heard
Ruth O’Keeffe was looking for volunteers to help
with the gardening at the station. It proved not to
be as simple as she thought - they wouldn’t give
lots of people access to the station all the time - so
I ended up running the project, first with Stephen
Catlin, and now with Jane Tyrer.
How do you fund it? As well as the 40 metres
of herbaceous border on Platform 3, we have 24
planters, and 10 troughs, which are all sponsored
by local businesses in the town. We have a lot of
support from local gardeners; Wyevale’s have been
very generous with compost and planting. We’ve
collected quite a lot of equipment; we’re lucky to
have a potting shed.
Where do you enjoy going out? I like Aqua, and
The Hearth. I regularly have lunch at the Lewes
Arms, which does good food. And I’ve been going
to the Panda Garden for many years.
Where would you live if not in Lewes? I love
Venice and go with a friend every year, but I
wouldn’t want to live there. Lewes is perfect for
me: you meet so many interesting people here. My
daughter lives round the corner from me, she is a
great cook and makes dinner every Sunday, so I get
to see a lot of her and my grand-daughters. I always
bring the pudding and a bottle of wine. Alex Leith
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Tell us about Circle of Life Rediscovery. Access to nature is beneficial
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provide innovative nature immersion and outdoor learning in the form of
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Who do you work with? From nursery age through to adults. Our
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PHOTO OF THE MONTH
Nigel French took this picture of Southover
Grange, from near the Eastport Lane
entrance, using a DSLR camera, which he’d
had converted to infrared. “It’s a process a lot of
photographers go through when they upgrade
and they want their old camera to be useful
for a different purpose,” he says. Cameras have
infrared filters, he tells us, to make the images
they produce similar to what we see with the
naked eye. “You can have this filter removed
– the process costs about £250 – to produce
strange colours. Green is particularly affected;
foliage gets a very radiant look to it.” The image
produced is generally rather an unattractive mix
of hues, until it is converted to black and white,
in Photoshop – to demonstrate this Nigel sent
us the original, which certainly wouldn’t grace
this page. “Turning it black and white gives it
this snowy, ethereal quality,” he says. “I then
added a touch of sepia to it for the final effect.”
Nigel, an artist and photographer (you may
have come across his work during Artwave)
recently upgraded from a Canon 7D to a Canon
5DS, and had the former converted to infrared
mode. “The trouble is, I’m enjoying the effects
I’m getting with the old camera so much I’m
using it more than the new one,” he says.
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TOWN PLAQUE #28
Part in one hemisphere and part in the other, the grassy area between
Bell Lane and the Winterbourne stream is a real bonus for those living
at the western end of the town. It attracts dog-walkers, fans of a good
football kick-about with jerseys as goalposts and children (of all ages).
Occasional flooding has kept its grass lush and the tree belt opposite
offers some shelter. Easy access and its informal nature mean it can be
pretty much what you want it to be. The plaque tells us that we owe it
to the widow of an eminent Lewes magistrate, and that this land, gifted by her to the town before WW2,
is protected as a green space. Recent upgrading of the children’s play facilities makes it a regular stop for
many on their way home from school, but few know to whom they should be grateful. Marcus Taylor
LEWES IN NUMBERS: LEWES PRIORY
Lewes Priory was built over 200 years, lasted for 450 years and has remained a ruin for the last 480 years.
It was part of the Cluniac order, of which there were over 1,000 dependent houses in Europe, and was
the 1st in England. Building started in 1077 and continued under 16 successive priors until the church
towers were finally completed in 1268. These towers were 200 feet tall and topped a church larger than
Chichester Cathedral in size. At its peak there were around 100 monks at the Priory though by the end
of the 14th century the number had reduced to 24. The monks attended 8 church services daily as well as
providing hospitality for travellers, education for nobles’ sons and nursing care. Lewes Priory was razed to
the ground as a result of Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries in 1537, when a demolition team of
18 completed the job in under 9 days. Sarah Boughton
GHOST PUB #32: THE ANCHOR, 101 SOUTH STREET
The Cliffe area was teeming with pubs during the nineteenth century. Much
trade arrived along the Ouse from Newhaven, and many beershops and inns were
opened up to wet the whistles of those arriving in their vessels. South Street had
seven pubs at one point, most with nautical names, and one of these was the Anchor
beershop, later known as the ‘Anchor Inn’. The Anchor had recently been
established when Edmund Levett arrived there from the Railway Inn at Hailsham
in the early 1860s. This was not a full-time job, however, and he also worked as
a farm labourer for John Crosskey at Southerham. William Blaber took over the
Anchor in 1874. He had been an ostler at the Swan Inn at Southover, and married
Martha Best in the summer of that year. Together they ran the pub for almost
twenty years. The Anchor’s last landlord was John Brooker. A man not to be messed with; when Edward
Tugwell assaulted John and his wife in 1901, John knocked Tugwell ‘out of the room with his fist’. Yet another
victim of the 1907 Lewes pub cull, the Anchor was one of two South Street pubs to go that year. John Brooker
took over the Fox Inn at Southerham, and the Anchor became a residential property. Just a few doors away
from the Snowdrop, the house is now called ‘The Old Anchor’. Mat Homewood
21st -23rd July 2017
at the All Saints Centre, Lewes
Listen to talks and ask questions of:
Polly Toynbee and David Walker, Terry Waite,
Kate Adie, Roy Hattersley, Jenni Murray,
Iby Knill, Jim Hoare, Coline Covington,
Lynn Knight, Peter Clark, Paul Beaver,
Tom Mangold, Alan Munro, Caroline Paige,
Harry Mount, Peter Conradi and Jonty Driver
Single Tickets: £12.50 for each individual talk
Early Bird Price: £9.50 if purchased before 20th of June
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BITS AND BOBS
If you haven’t been to the new Depot cinema yet, we urge you to go.
You’ll soon be back: we reckon it’s the best thing that’s happened round
here for years.
Funny to think that 83 years ago Lewesians were similarly excited about
an equally hi-tech state-of-the-art cinema opening its doors for the first
time. The story of the opening of the Odeon, on Cliffe High Street, is told in Screen Stories (£8.99), by Ruth
Thomson, alongside everything else you might care to know about the history of cinema in Lewes.
Subtitled ‘Lewes Goes to the Pictures’ it’s the fruit of years of research and tells of Lewes’ first cinema, the
short-lived County Theatre, opened in 1913, and its successor, the De Luxe on School Hill, which soon belied
its name, becoming a notorious flea pit. It’s a fine read, and beautifully illustrated: you can pick up a copy at the
Depot, the Tourist Office or from leweshistory.org.
Unicorn are taking us back in time, too, with three publications from the 30s and 40s reprinted in conjunction
with the Ravilious & Co exhibition at the Towner (all £10). Fifty-four Conceits, by Martin Armstrong, is a collection
of epigrams and epitaphs illustrated with Ravilious wood-engravings. The Pigeon Ace (1943) and The Little
White Bear (1945) are children’s picture books, set during WW2, written and illustrated by Ravilious’ Royal
College of Art colleague and good pal Enid Marx, whose work is also included in the Towner exhibition.
(For an interview with Neil Gower, well known to Viva readers and the graphic artist responsible for the lavish
images in the new Little, Brown book As Kingfishers Catch Fire, see pg 43.)
8 WEST STREET
BIRDS & BOOKS
Book launch and art exhibit
With Alex Preston and Neil Gower. Celebrate the publication of
the gorgeous new book As Kingfishers Catch Fire – an exploration
of birds and literature, highlighted by Neil’s paintings. The evening
includes talks by Alex and Neil as well as a show of original art
painted for the book.
6:30 for 7pm on Thursday 13 July, at Deans Place Hotel, Alfriston
Tickets - £5, including voucher for £5 off the price of the book
CRIME WRITERS IN CONVERSATION
Join Lesley Thomson (The Dog Walker, featuring Stella Darnell)
and Elly Griffiths (The Chalk Pit, featuring Ruth Galloway)
discussing their best-selling books in conversation with Lisa
4pm, Sunday 30 July at Old Chapel Centre, Alfriston. Tickets
£10, including refreshments and £5 off purchases at the event
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OUT AND ABOUT
We gave Carlotta Luke our theme of ‘out and
about’… which pretty accurately describes her
photographic modus operandi. Here’s what she
came up with (clockwise from top left): Robert
Senior, Martin Freeman and Carmen Slijpen
at the grand opening of the Depot cinema;
refurbishment in progress at the Corn Exchange;
colourful armchairs in front of an open fire in
Southover Grange; the orangey cliffs as the sun
prepares to set at Birling Gap; and the newlyrefurbished
Ainsworth Room, back in use now
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CLOCKS OF LEWES #8: RINGMER MILLENNIUM CLOCK
Mid-cricket season, and Ringmer
Green rings with the sound
of leather on willow. Look over
the Lewes Road and you'll find
another defining aspect of the
heart of the village: the millennium
There were various suggestions
for how to mark the big year.
Andrew Cooper, who had the
old Potters Field scrapyard and
now runs Ringmer Business Park,
proposed a clock.
Mr Cooper organised all the permissions as
well as coming up with ideas for a design, which
he discussed with artist Jim Tiller. The designs
were then used by brother Christopher Cooper
to make a wooden mock-up and also printed on
2,000 postcards, to sell to raise
funds. The total cost was £5,800.
Mr Cooper dug the footings by
hand in wet wintry weather at
Christmas 1999, with "one old
boy helping me", before pouring
the concrete for the footings. A
local bricklayer built the tower,
while Dennis Leister, a 60-year
veteran of Harper and Eede,
made a weather vane. Inside the
structure are "millennium secrets
in a little box".
If you stop to rest or check the time, you'll see
the four benches around the base memorialise
other locals. Even though it's less than two
decades old, the tower is a quintessential Ringmer
landmark. Daniel Etherington
Photo by Daniel Etherington
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SPREAD THE WORD
First up, James McAuley took
this picture on June 9th outside
No 10 Downing Street, while
waiting to snap Theresa May
making her first post-electionresult
Meanwhile Jane Lee, of Church
Row, heeded our recent call to
participate in more extreme
sports. Having read her copy on
the plane, cover to cover, here
she is 1250m up a mountain
on a riding holiday in Kupres,
Bosnia. Her horse, Vana, she
reports 'struggled with the
language but was impressed by
Wendy Vince, from Horsted
Keynes, was taking it somewhat
easier and catching some shade
under her Viva in Corsica.
And finally, as if turning 30
wasn't exciting enough, Carly
Moorman took her copy of
VL129 with her to the Trevi
Fountain in Rome. Happy
Birthday Carly! LL
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WHERE DID YOU
GET THAT HAT?
The appearance of the sun and long
awaited warm weather means the end
of beanies, hoods and umbrellas and the
emergence of the sun hat. Irena and her
daughter Olivia were off for a day at the
Pells and looked wonderfully coordinated
in their straw fedoras (though in Olivia’s
case not so keen to show them off for
the camera). Both hats have travelled all
the way from Poland, from where Irena
originally moved to Lewes 11 years ago.
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‘There were years when
I went to the cinema
almost every day and
maybe even twice a
day, and those were the
years between ’36 and
the war, the years of my
adolescence. It was a
time when the cinema
became the world for
That’s how Italo
Calvino begins his
A Cinema-Goer’s Autobiography, one of his five
‘memory exercises’, published by his widow in
1990 under the title La Strada di San Giovanni.
There have been similar times in my life. At
Cambridge there was the Arts Cinema and every
college seemed to have its own film club. There
was even a society devoted solely to showing
the films of the Marx Brothers. It was the only
society I joined. And so I could easily have seen a
couple of films a day; quite often I did. I came to
recognise other lonely cineastes as they emerged
from a showing, blinking in the daylight
to which they were becoming increasingly
When I started working in London in 1976, I
lived in Oakley Street. (In his autobiography the
journalist Michael Wharton, of ‘Peter Simple’
fame, describes Prince of Wales Drive, Battersea
as ‘one of those London streets, like certain
streets in Chelsea, Oakley Street or Redcliffe
Gardens, of which it is said that everybody has
lived there at one period of his life and some
people twice, once on the way up and once on
the way down’.) I used to walk over from Oakley
Street to see the frequent double features at
the Paris Pullman that started at eleven o’clock
in the evening. The Everyman Cinema in
seems to show only
in the seventies the
far more diverse. I
up to Hampstead
four weeks running
to do justice to an
Garbo season. The
in Oxford Street was another favourite. Marcel
Carné’s Les Enfants du Paradis seemed to come
round there every year. I saw it every time, but
recently my wife and youngest son watched
it on DVD. They both thought it was utterly
And yet at other times of my life I’ve spent
months, even years not going anywhere near a
cinema. Early indications at the Depot suggest
this is going to change again. Six films I’ve seen
in the first seventeen days! And it was seeing a
new print of Fellini’s La Strada at the Depot that
prompted my rereading of Calvino’s essay which,
as the author admits, ‘Fellini himself recently
convinced me to write’.
Calvino and Fellini both grew up in seaside
towns, Fellini in Rimini, Calvino in San Remo
on the Ligurian coast. Their cinematic fellowfeeling
flourished, as Calvino explains, ‘because
behind all the wretchedness of the days in the
café, the walk to the pier, the friend who dresses
in women’s clothes and then gets drunk and
weeps, I recognise the unsatisfied youth of the
cinema-goer, of a provincial world that judges
itself in relation to the cinema, in a constant
comparison between itself and that other world
that is the cinema’.
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Delighted of Tunbridge Wells
Sometimes I need help getting
out of a rut, that’s why Mr, tired
of my pacing, writes me a list.
“You need to get out and do
something,” he says.
So he writes some stuff on
the back of an unopened bank
statement and leaves it on my
desk. I take this to be a hugely
romantic gesture. After all, if
you love someone, set them free.
‘1.’ he writes. ‘Get on the bus
going the wrong way.’
“What’s the wrong way?” I ask, as he sidles out the
door. Surely no direction is wrong if the purpose
of the trip is entirely open-ended?
“I don’t know,” he says, getting impatient.
The 29 bus to Royal Tunbridge Wells stops on the
sunny side of the street. I’m waiting here, gazing
enviously at the Brighton passengers in their
comfortable shade. Still, I’m impressed my bus
pass takes me all the way to Kent.
According to Wikipedia, RTW is by reputation
the ‘archetypal conservative Middle England
town’. This makes it the ideal destination for
anyone worried that Lewes is going too far. I
haven’t been for years; I have only dim memories
of pale facades.
I downloaded several episodes of 99% Invisible
before I left, in preparation for ‘2. Listen to a
podcast and gaze out of the window.’ The first is
on Unpleasant Design, about spaces deliberately
adapted to deter people or behaviours.
What aspects of Lewes or Tunbridge Wells are
purposefully hostile, I wonder? This bench is
uncomfortable. An elderly lady asks if the bus is
due and I remove my headphones.
I am irritated by the interruption, but she
continues: she’s off to buy herself a treat, and her
enthusiasm is catching.
I realise my earphones are an
Unpleasant Design, offering
to spare me the inconvenience,
or pleasure, of unplanned
On the bus now, rolling
through High Weald, listening
to Unseen Cities, about
species that thrive in urban
environments. The man in
front with his shirt off drinks
luminous green pop.
Did you know that pigeons secrete nutritious fluid
from a pouch in their throats, for their young to
suckle? I make note of ‘Pigeon Milk’, in answer to
‘3. Confuse me.’
Arriving in RTW, I walk from the station to the
Pantiles: a pedestrian street trimmed with Union
Jack bunting and lined with red-and-white striped
gazebos. The superficial attractiveness of an area
designed purely for spending: Middle England
characterised by its subtle form of segregation.
Brasseries serve al fresco classics to summery
ladies with immaculate highlights.
I read a Deborah Levy story recently, about a
woman who undergoes surgery to become a ‘lighthearted
woman,’ ‘a pretend woman,’ who looks
well and doesn’t say challenging things. ‘4.’ tells
me to indulge myself. Buy make up, chocolates.
Instead, I purchase a new lemon squeezer. I buy a
watermelon quarter, bread and salami and make
my way back up the hill to picnic in Calverley
Grounds. Friends sit in pairs with beer cans and
iPhones; a group gathers in memory of Jo Cox;
kids play games and eat ice cream.
‘5. Draw where you want to be’, says my list,
conveniently, and I take out my sketchbook. Did
he know I’d feel so fortunate, just to be outside,
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"Oooh", says our grandson. At two years old, he's
not a man of many words. Fortunately, he imbues
his vocabulary with an amount of exaggerated
enthusiasm that would make even Kenneth Williams
blush. As a result, my wife and I know exactly
what he's talking about. All three of us have heard
an unexpected release of pressurised water. "Is
that the washing machine, grandpa?" asks my wife.
A quick investigation reveals the hissing to be of
animal rather than mechanical origin. Rupert the
cat has emptied his bladder onto a plastic bag in
the corner of the room. Don't tell me cats have no
sense of humour. I can think of no possible reason
he would’ve chosen a plastic bag except for the
comedic sound effect.
Young boy and old cat have become unlikely companions
in the past year. Not best friends - the disparity
in energy levels is too wide - but definitely
something warmer than tolerance. "Miaow" is one
of the more-used words in our grandson's lexicon,
usually accompanied by the presentation of a cat
biscuit. Yet the last few months have shown this
may not be a long-term relationship. These days
the cat often takes several seconds to stand up, before
walking like a badly operated remote-control
toy. Veterinary visits include talk of 'management'
rather than cure. And now it appears as though
Rupert's walnut-sized brain is also suffering the
effects of age-related problems. It seems likely that
he's forgotten his cat latrine under the hedge and
wants an indoor alternative. This could be the beginning
of a sad decline. My mother's told me that
I should hit her over the head with a rolling pin if
she loses her mental faculties. (I probably ought
to start wearing a rolling pin holster whenever I
visit, just in case she's ever confused about who
the Prime Minister is.) However, that sort of treatment
seems a bit harsh for dear little Rupert.
So, with the cat not going out, it's time for us
to make the effort. A trip to Ringmer's pet shop
yields a couple of low-tech plastic trays and a sack
of high-tech German cat litter. Apparently it's ecofriendly
and flushable, although Rupert won't be
doing the flushing himself.
That evening, my wife and I are sitting with
Rupert on the sofa. He's wedged himself between
us; a blatantly divisive act that would call for
the intervention of a cat psychologist in other
circumstances. After a while he tries to stand, but
without success. His eyes widen with distress. My
wife and I turn to look at each other. In her face I
see a mixture of emotions: love, sadness... and an
expression that looks more like frustration than
anything else. Eventually she speaks, not to the cat
but to me. "You're sitting on his tail."
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ON THIS MONTH: MUSIC
Founder Greg Roberts
You famously teamed up with Mick Jones, formerly
of The Clash, in Big Audio Dynamite.
Were you influenced by punk music? I can’t
say that I was at all, although Mick Jones turned
out to be the biggest influence in my life. He remains
a good mate… we recorded the new album
in his studio, and we aim to collaborate again
soon. I grew up playing funk and reggae music,
that’s why I got the gig with Big Audio Dynamite;
he liked my groove.
Reviewers have found it difficult to pigeonhole
Dreadzone. The last I heard was ‘Dub/
reggae/trip/house/electronica’. Is this anywhere
near accurate? That’s as good as any I’ve
heard: on Wikipedia it even uses ‘folk’ as one of
the terms. The simplest one is to say ‘dub dance’.
We just call what we do ‘dread music’, like it’s our
Tell us about the new album Dread Times…
It’s an album that explores a more dub and reggae
approach. It goes back to our roots but looks forward
as well. All the tracks work together well as
an album rather than just separate tunes. It’s also
a ‘top 40 album’ thanks to everyone who bought
it. I think it’s one of our best.
Pop music was more overtly political when
you started out, in the 80s, than it is now.
Would you call Dreadzone a politically
motivated band? Maybe in the beginning… I
was a lot younger and felt we had a duty to say
something. I realise now that is not always the
best approach: we still write stuff that is about
the social aspects but keep it ambiguous. An
instrumental track can be political just by using a
couple of samples.
John Peel was very inspired by your music.
Were you inspired by much of the music he
played? I did enjoy his shows. I loved his eclectic
approach and how he embraced dub and techno.
But his favourite band was The Fall which goes
right over my head, I must admit.
You are playing, as ever, in a lot of festivals
this summer. Do you get tired of the festival
circuit? Does the thrill of performing ever
wane? The thrill never wanes, because we always
try to keep it fresh, even though we’ve been playing
the same songs for the past 20 years. I like
spending the summer in fields with lots of people
connecting, dancing to music and being high.
What’s not to like?
Dublin, Manchester, Amsterdam… Lewes? Do
you know anything about the town? I know
nothing about it...*looks at Wikipedia* …hmm
best place to live in Sussex apparently. AL
Dreadzone are headlining day two of the Lewes
Live Festival, on Saturday 29th July. Ska band
Chainska headline the Friday bill. Other acts
include Gaz Brookfield, Cousin Avi, Karl Phillips
& the Rejects, The Dead Reds and Sam Walker.
Adult weekend pass (including camping) £45 from
Union Music Store, The Dorset, Resident Records
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ON THIS MONTH: MUSIC
Conductor Ruth Kerr
Photo by Katie van Dyke
Congratulations on your tenth anniversary!
What kind of music do you feel the Paddock
Singers excel at? I like to think we're incredibly
flexible. The great thing about the Paddock
Singers is that we can turn our hands to singing
choral evensong at Chichester Cathedral one
week, and flashmob style performances the next,
plus presenting our own themed concerts and
singing at local community events and concerts.
We sing an eclectic mix of repertoire, including
full works such as Vivaldi's Gloria and Pergolesi's
Stabat Mater, contemporary pop arrangements,
19th/20th century part-songs, plus new music
written specially for the choir by local composers.
How did you come to be involved? I originally
became involved as an accompanist and to cover
an occasional rehearsal for the previous conductor,
John Hancorn. John and I ran it jointly for a
while, and then John passed the baton solely to
me in 2012.
What are the advantages of an all-woman
choir as opposed to a mixed one? From a musical
perspective I particularly enjoy the close harmony
possibilities which an all-woman choir affords
and the sheer range of musical opportunities
which present themselves to a choir of this type
and size, but there's no doubt that there's a very
special atmosphere of engagement, fun, learning
and support in the Paddock Singers, which is
perhaps due to its all-woman demographic.
Does being a singer give you an advantage
conducting a choir? Yes, a huge advantage!
Being able to demonstrate how to sing a phrase
- including where to breathe, how to shape a
particular vowel, and just simply how to attach the
correct syllable to the right note - is enormously
helpful. I'm also particularly interested in helping
people feel more confident about singing, so being
able to sing along with them can really help
Do you find there are young composers today
writing well for female choirs? There are lots
of good people out there, but writing for a good,
amateur, women's choir is a pretty niche area - in
fact sourcing music for the choir is a never-ending
challenge and I'm very particular about the arrangements
and the repertoire we use... which is
why I've recently written some music specifically
for the choir myself. My skills were a little rusty
at first, but I've really enjoyed the creative process
and the Paddock have responded brilliantly.
What music do you relax to? Relax? What's
that? Only joking. It depends on my mood - I
mainly listen to classical music, but sometimes
only 1980s pop power ballads will do… PAK
The Paddock Singers perform ‘Vivaldi’s Gloria…
and other girls!’ on Sun 9th, at the All Saints Centre,
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ON THIS MONTH: DRAMA
The Commercial Traveller
Pete ‘Rudes’ Talbot
company was founded
in 1997. Their annual
tour of the south of
England ends at
Michelham Priory on
14th August. They will
be performing their
new play The Commercial
Traveller, set in
1924. We speak to the
man who wrote it, creative director Pete Talbot.
What can we expect from The Commercial
Traveller? As always, it’s a comedy, although there
are serious issues involved too. It’s a story about
love and money, but it’s also about the relationship
between the empowered and the disempowered.
We make fun of people in power and want people
to think, so there’s a political element. I studied
the very physical Italian commedia dell'arte, and
Rude Mechanicals productions are a contemporary
version of that. The Commercial Traveller is scripted
rather than improvised, although the script is always
in flux and can change during rehearsals. All six
actors are also musicians, and we have a principal
musician, so there’s lots of music. Instruments
include a double bass, clarinet, accordion, drums,
guitar, violin and a banjulele.
How did you come to be involved with open
air theatre? I was an English/Drama teacher for
21 years. I loved it, but left because I wanted to
start a theatre company. My approach to directing
is very similar to teaching; it’s all about getting the
best out of people. I toured in America with some
youth theatres, saw some commedia dell'arte on the
streets of New York and wanted to learn more, so
went to Italy to study
that. When we began
as a theatre company,
we did some Shakespearean
a while to build up an
audience. Now I write
new plays every year.
How many times
have you performed
in Lewes? Twice every
year for 18 years, so
that’s 36 times now.
What’s the Grange like as a venue? It’s terrific.
We always get the biggest audiences in Lewes, we
have a great following. It’s the only place we put on
two shows. Lewes people are sophisticated - they
appreciate and understand what we do.
What’s the biggest challenge of your work? It’s
important that we get the right team together for
each tour. We spend a lot of time together, and not
everyone is available every year.
What do you enjoy the most? We’re rehearsing a
lot at the moment and I love working with people
who are creative, involved and on-the-ball.
Do you like being on the road? I love it.
How do you deal with the unintentional interruptions
of open air theatre in public spaces;
bell ringing, ambulance sirens… We don’t get
many problems with noise when we're performing
in Lewes. And once the audience is drawn into the
story, they don’t really notice.
Interview by Emma Chaplin
Sat 22nd, Sun 23rd, picnics from 6pm, performances
7.30pm, Grange Gardens (other performances in
various locations including Barcombe, Alfriston and
Plumpton Green) £16/15/12/9, family ticket £40,
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ON THIS MONTH: LITERATURE
Iby Knill, 93, wrote her memoir about her traumatic
wartime experiences - which included a spell in
Auschwitz-Birkenau - in her seventies. She married
a British Army officer after the war, and moved to
England. She supressed her memories: it was only
after her husband died nearly 40 years after the end
of the war that she decided to write the Holocaust
testimony The Woman Without a Number. She has
also written a memoir about her post-war years, The
Woman with Nine Lives.
Why did you decide to tell the story of your
ordeals during WW2 so late in your life? I
wanted a new life - without the traumas, although
they haunted me. My late husband knew about it
and was very supportive. Also, I did not want any of
my children to be under the threat of anti-semitism.
They only found out when they were adults - I
never told them any details.
Do you read other accounts about the Holocaust?
I never read about the memories of other
survivors, I want to be certain that what I write or
talk about contains only my own memories. But for
anybody wanting to read factual, unbiased accounts
I would strongly recommend any books by Ian
Did writing about your experiences help you
overcome them? I don't think it helped. I write
and talk about them as if they had happened to
someone else [The Woman without a Number is
written in the third person]. Writing the book was
a long process: it took me three years and I had
support from my tutor on the MA course I was on,
and my friends. Writing the second memoir was
You also write fictional short stories. Were you
ever tempted to turn your story into a novel?
No, because I had promised to only tell the facts.
Do you feel any bitterness about what has happened
to you? No, no bitterness. I have had a rich
and fulfilling life. My experiences and the way I
have dealt with them, the friends I have made, have
shaped my life. I’ve always tried to live one day at a
time and feel thankful that I can do that.
Other Holocaust survivors talk of ‘survivor’s
guilt’, is that something you have felt? Yes, I did
a long time ago. But I try not to do any harm and to
live in a way... I cannot really explain… I can justify
What have you learnt from your wartime experiences
that you can pass on to the young people
today? That under the skin we are all the same,
that we need to accept and value diversity and that,
ultimately, each one of us can make a difference.
Interview by Alex Leith
Iby appears at the Lewes Speakers Festival, All Saints
Centre, Sun July 23rd, 1.30pm. Tickets £12.50. £70
weekend passes allow you to watch all 17 speakers,
including Roy Hattersley, Jenni Murray, Terry Waite
and Kate Adie. lewesspeakersfest.com
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ON THIS MONTH: ART
Focus on: Au-delà des Etoiles, by Aure
Screen-print, 49 x 69 cms, £30
Is this image influenced by any
particular sci-fi film/story, or is it
completely from your imagination?
Yes, this image is a stylistic
representation of a film where the
extra-terrestrials attack the humans.
The alien is a mix of spider and
octopus, or devil fish. The world of
the cinema is part of my art.
What sort of process did you use?
The poster was screen-printed in
the workshop Hors Cadre, using
three specially mixed colours.
Can you tell us about your choice
of colours? The choice of colours
was inspired by comic books from
the era of Doctor Strange, Strange
Magazine, Magazine Pilot 1980, etc.
That’s why I often use tram lines
and halftones in my posters.
Did you use any digital packages
to generate the image or
is it hand drawn? No. It is drawn
by hand. I draw using fine pencils
because I like when there is a lot of
There’s a strong tradition of print
posters in France… which artists
have influenced your style? From
time to time, I like to draw inspiration
from old cinema posters, science
fiction and horror for example.
It looks like graphic novels have
been an influence too? I like most
of the underground graphic scene
for example: Dernier Cri (Marseille),
PaleFroi (Berlin), Arrache Toi un
Oeil (Paris), Presse Purée (Rennes),
Hors Cadre (Villefranche de Rouergue),
Le Cagibi (Lille), l'Imprimerie
Trace (Concots) etc...
Which decade is your
favourite for illustrations and
design, and why? I think that
the 50s were very well known
for graphic art. I think that a
lot of films were influenced by
science fiction novelists such as
Philip K Dick, Aldous Huxley
and Arthur C Clarke...
What’s your favourite art
gallery? The Arts Factory gallery
What artwork would you
take to your desert island? I’d
build a huge UFO in sand.
How do you feel about
exhibiting in Lewes? Are you
coming to the show? I feel
like a small grain of sand on
a vast beach. I would love to
come to Lewes but I don't have
a flying saucer!
Interview by Alex Leith
Aure’s print will be on show at
Art Without Borders, 2, Fisher
Street, Fri 14th - Sun 16th
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ART & LITERATURE
As Kingfishers Catch Fire
Graphic artist Neil Gower
has to be one of Viva’s undisputed
portfolio includes work for
all the greats: Faber & Faber,
Penguin, Random House, The
New Yorker, Vanity Fair... and
yet the Brighton graduate’s
international success has not
deterred him from being the
most prolific cover artist for
Viva Lewes... so far he has 45
under his belt.
Neil’s latest project is by far
his most ambitious yet. As
Kingfishers Catch Fire is an illustrated
written and compiled by Alex Preston and published
by Little, Brown Book Group this July.
The delectable hardback volume contains 21 colour
plates, 50 monochrome illustrations, and a bespoke
endpaper design that would look just as slick on shirt
or tie. All these are hand-painted by Neil without
any digital wizardry.
“It’s for people who love birds,” he tells me over coffee.
“It’s for people who love beautiful writing, and
people who love beautiful books.”
As Kingfishers Catch Fire sits among a recent boom in
quality nature writing and unconventional memoir.
Author Alex Preston was a keen bird spotter as
a teen, but “when he realised that was not a way
to impress girls,” Neil says, “he kind of drove it
The result was dozens of notebooks littered with
bird references collected while reading, and over
time, the concept for As
Kingfishers Catch Fire. Says
Neil: “It’s Alex’s life that is the
The pair met when Neil was
asked to design the endpapers
for Alex’s novel In Love and
War. Alex knew he’d found
the person to make his next
book the art object it needed
to be. “It was a big leap of faith
for both of us,” says Neil. “I’d
never painted birds and he’d
never collaborated with an
“Ornithological art is a noble
discipline with a long history,”
says Neil. “I knew I was walking into a minefield
in that regard… to do it properly, you need to get
everything technically right.”
Instead, Neil cast aside self-doubt and took an imaginative
approach. “I hoped that by concentrating on
how writers portray the bird, I’d come to something
accurate and faithful to its spirit.”
Neil’s final paintings represent each chapter’s ‘visual
centre of gravity’, which, he says, is revealed through
reading “in first gear”. I ask if there’s one quote that
sums up the book as a whole.
“My instinct leads me to the Snow Geese chapter,”
he says, “assuming it might be some heart-stopping
description of vast distance…” It isn’t, however. “It’s
a brief line from Mary Oliver’s Snow Geese - ‘Oh to
love what is lovely, and will not last.’”
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ART & ABOUT
In town this month
Lily Pichon Un avion dans le jungle
From the 5th, Pelham House will be
exhibiting work by young artists from
Sussex Downs College. Works by
up-and-coming creative talents who’ve
been studying for A-Levels in Fine Art,
Textiles, Graphic Design, Photography
and the Art & Design Double Award.
Until the 15th of August.
From the 17th, Chalk Gallery turn their focus coastward.
Brighton in Chalk is an exhibition of works inspired by
the seaside city. Everyone is welcome to join them on
Saturday the 22nd for a celebratory ‘seaside special’ from
12-4pm. The show continues until the 27th of August.
This month’s cover artist Marc Greco,
formerly of Lewes and now of the south west
of France, is back for the summer with some
creative friends in tow. Art Without Borders
is a show of original, affordable, hand-made
screen-prints from Atelier Hors Cadre, a
printmaking collective based in Villefranche
de Rouergue, where Mark now does his
printing. Their first ever exhibition outside
France will recreate the unique collaborative
spirit of the Atelier at 2 Fisher Street. It
opens on Bastille Day - Friday 14th – and
continues until the 16th. See pgs 8 and 41.
From the 8th, Martyrs’ Gallery
present their early Summer
Show, with a cross-section of
contemporary two and threedimensional
artworks selected by
a panel (including Viva’s editor)
and curated by gallery owner Alex
Grey. Of particular note is an
animation by Stewart Grainger,
in collaboration with Ray
Burnside, accompanied by works
from Shakespeare's Cymbeline,
set to music by Carol Sloman.
It’s about the displacement of
refugees into Europe, and it’s
strikingly powerful. Until the
30th, 12 noon–5pm, Thursday to
Stewart Grainger (detail)
Just down the road
What is it like to live with a hidden disability?
In the Hidden Project, a group of artists with
‘invisible disabilities’ like ME and autism have
been working with local arts charity Roots Experience
to articulate their reality. The result is
The Hubbub – a multi-sensory installation that
invites you to ‘touch, talk, think and feel’ your
way to a better understanding of what it’s like.
Find it at the Founders Room at the Dome
on the 8th and 9th. [brightondome.org]
I dream of icebergs by Adele Gibson Hollywood by Richard Denne
‘Seeing comes before
words’, is a quote
from the opening
words of John Berger’s
1972 book Ways of
Seeing. It’s also the
title of, and ethos
behind, this year’s
Fine Art Show at the University of Brighton. Open
to the public from the 8th until the 16th, the show
features painting, installation, photography, sculpture,
textiles, performance, video and sound-based work.
Open 10am–5pm every day, with an artist-led tour at
11am on Saturday 9th. 58-67 Grand Parade.
On Sunday the 9th, the Brunswick
Town Art Fair returns to Brunswick
Square Gardens in Brighton. Now in its
sixth year, this summer’s show features
affordable work by more than 50 local
artists and makers. The Regency Town
House will be open all day with an exhibition
of local landscape photographs by
Finn Hopson (curator of the Brighton &
Hove calendar) and the bold and graphic
pop-art images of Richard Denne, who
juggles traditional print-making processes,
digital technology and mixed media.
Open 11am–6pm (with afternoon teas
served in the dining room from 1pm).
Admission is free.
Out of town
© Sheila Donaldson Walters, 2017
Joie de Vivre
Sheila Donaldson Walters, who was
a close friend and colleague of Roland
Penrose at the Institute of Contemporary
Arts. Sundays only until the 13th
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Out of town
The highly acclaimed Eric Ravilious exhibition continues at Towner
Gallery. Marking the 75th anniversary of his death, Ravilious & Co: The
Pattern of Friendship explores his relationships and collaborations with friends
and affiliates. Works by contemporaries including Paul and John Nash,
Enid Marx and Peggy Angus hang alongside pieces by Ravilious, telling a
chronological story of their overlapping and interweaving careers. Continues
Also at the gallery from the 22nd, Now, Today, Tomorrow and Always is the
second exhibition curated by Towner from the Arts Council Collection.
Selected pieces by 12 internationally renowned artists explore how popular culture has influenced recent
contemporary art. Film, photography, sculpture and installations focus on the ‘liberating, provocative and
seductive power of music and film’, and investigate themes such as subculture, fandom and individual,
collective and national identity. And the 2017 Sussex Open, with selected works from established and
emerging artists from both East and West Sussex, also opens on the 22nd. [townereastbourne.org.uk]
'Summer', 1926–7 © Estate of Tirzah Ravilious
Whilst Hokusai’s Great Wave is on show at the
British Museum, A Sussex Wave from Japan is at
Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, with prints of
Eric Slater featuring alongside those of his littleknown
mentor Arthur Rigden Read. Japanese
masters like Hokusai and Hiroshige inspired the
simpler arts and crafts woodcuts of Slater and
Rigden Read, as well as other British artists who
practised the craft between the wars. Until September
3rd. [hmag.org.uk] Meanwhile The Only
Way to Travel continues at Jerwood Gallery in
Hastings, where Sir Quentin Blake has had complete
freedom to explore themes that concern him.
His thoughts on mental health, the ‘squeezing of
creativity’ and the refugee crisis fill the walls of the
entire ground floor, totalling upwards of 100 works.
Until October. [jerwoodgallery.org]
Rough Sea 1929, colour woodcut by Eric Slater
‘John Minton painting resurfaces after
years spent in owner's shed,’ a Guardian
headline proclaimed last year. Minton,
a talented-but-troubled neo-romantic
who died aged 39, had given the painting
to a friend, who’d apparently ‘struggled
to find a wall large enough to hang it’.
The painting, Jamaican Village, went on
to sell for £293,000. Pallant House has
announced that it’ll be featured – its
‘first showing in a public institution since
1951’ – in their
new exhibition of
which marks the
centenary of his
birth. Until 1st Oct.
Book illustration by John Minton
John Minton, Children by the Sea, 1945, oil on canvas, 94 x 76.1 cm,
Tate, London © Tate, London 2015 / Royal College of Art
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Keith Pettit Sculpture Carving Demonstration
Positive Birth Meet-up. Free, monthly discussion
group helping parents-to-be to get informed,
and become positive and confident about birth.
Wickle, 10.30am, free.
SATURDAY 1 & SUNDAY 2
Film: Fences (12). Oscar winner starring Denzel
Washington and Viola Davis. All Saints, 5.45pm
(1st) and 7.30pm (2nd), from £5.
Film: 20th Century
Women (15). A single
mother raises her
son in the summer of
1979, with the help
of some unlikely role
models. All Saints, 8.30pm (1st) and 5pm (2nd),
SATURDAY 1 – SATURDAY 8
Rise and Fall of Little Voice. Lewes Theatre
Club’s production of the 1992 play by Jim Cartwright.
Lewes Little Theatre, lewestheatre.org.
The Group. Club for people aged 50+. A pub in
Lewes, 8pm, see thegroup.org.uk.
How can we really change stuff? Transition
Town Lewes celebrates its 10th birthday with a
night of inspiring speakers, debate and live music.
The Depot, 7.30pm, £10 (£5 concessions).
Comedy at the Con. Hal
Cruttenden and Dominic
Holland warm up for the
Edinburgh Fringe. Con Club,
7.30 for 8pm, £12.
Service of traditional choral evensong. Marking
the completion of Cliffe Church’s successful
restoration appeal. Thomas à Becket, 6pm.
Gardens Trail. Opportunity
over a dozen private
'Lewes Little Gardens'. All proceeds to Lewes
Victoria Hospital. 2pm-5pm, programmes available
from Mount Harry Stores (£3).
After the election what future for our
children's schools? Kevin Courtney, General
Secretary of the NUT, joins a Lewes Labour
Party event with teachers and parents discussing a
funding crisis affecting Primaries and Secondaries.
Phoenix Centre, 7.30pm, free.
Patina ‘Moving On’ parade. Procession of
sculptures, costumes and music created by primary
school children to mark their transition to
secondary school. See pg 69-72.
FRIDAY 7 – SUNDAY 9
Othello. Shakespearian tragedy performed by
SISATA Theatre. Lewes Castle grounds, 7pm-
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JULY listings (cont)
Glynde, Firle and
Trail. Over 12 gardens to
explore, with refreshments,
and sculpture trail.
01273858554 for info.
Lewes to Newhaven Raft Race. Theme: Britannia
Rules the Waves? 3-6pm. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
for more info.
of birds and literature, featuring Neil’s paintings
(see pg 43). Deans Place Hotel Alfriston, 6.30 for
Boys Beyond Borders. A cabaret performance
for Enthum House, a supported residence for
refugee boys. All Saints, 7.30 for 8pm, £10/£12
available from Lewes Live Literature,
07972037612 / leweslivelit.co.uk.
SATURDAY 15 & SUNDAY 16
Thomas Paine in Lewes. Lewes History Group
talk on Lewes’ internationally famous resident.
King’s Church building, 7 for 7.30pm, £2/£3.
An Evening with Laurie Penny. Reading and
Q&A to celebrate the launch of her new book
Bitch Doctrine Essays for Dissenting Adults. Waterstones,
Peggy Angus and British Women Artists. Talk
with author and curator Carolyn Trant in relation
to her forthcoming book Voyaging Out; British
Women Artists 1910–1960. The Keep, Moulsecoomb
Punch and Judy. Illustrated talk by Bertie Pearce
on the famous puppet character Punch. Uckfield
Civic Centre, 2.15pm, free.
Comedy at the Con. George Egg and a special
guest star warm up for Edinburgh Fringe. Con
Club, 7.30 for 8pm, £12.
Birds and Books. Book launch and art exhibit
with Alex Preston and Neil Gower to celebrate
new book As Kingfishers Catch Fire, an exploration
Classic Vehicle Show. Classic domestic, agricultural
and military vehicles. Dogs welcome.
Michelham Priory, 10.30am-5pm, normal admission
THURS 13 – WED 23 AUGUST
Don Pasquale. Mariame Clément’s production
of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, first seen on the 2011
Glyndebourne Tour returns. Glyndebourne,
times and prices vary, see glyndebourne.com.
Family BBQ. Good food and music for all. Con
Club, 12pm-4pm, £5/£10.
Comedy at the Con.
Katy Brand and Charlie
Baker warm up for the
Edinburgh Fringe. The
Con Club, 7.30pm for
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JULY listings (cont)
Thomas Cromwell and the Dissolution of the
Sussex Monasteries. A talk by Helen Poole. Anne
of Cleves House, 7.30pm, £5.
FRIDAY 21-SUNDAY 23
Lewes Speakers Festival. With guests including
Polly Toynbee, Iby Knill (see pg 39), David Walker,
Terry Waite, Kate Adie and many more. All Saints,
see lewesspeakersfestival.com for details.
The Wind in the Willows.
James Weisz (former Artistic
Director of 88 London Road)
directs this family musical.
Lewes Castle grounds, 7pm,
from £10. See pg 65.
Summer Serenade. Ringmer Flower Club Festival.
St Mary’s Church Ringmer, 10am-4pm daily, free
Brighton in Chalk Seaside Special. Public event
as part of the Brighton-inspired exhibition. Chalk,
Evening of Music in aid of St Peter and St James
Hospice. St Mary’s Church Ringmer, 7pm, free
SATURDAY 22 & SUNDAY 23
The Commercial Traveller. New play by the Rude
Mechanicals Theatre Co. See pg 37. Southover
Grange, 7.30pm (picnics from 6pm), £16 + conc.
Flower Festival Choral Evensong. St Mary’s
Church Ringmer, 6.30pm, free.
Step Back in Time – A History of the Argus.
Talk with local historian Paul Green. The Keep,
5.30pm, see thekeep.info.
WED 26 – SAT 26 AUGUST
La Clemenza di Tito. The third and final new
production of the season will mark the Glyndebourne
debut of the prominent German director
Claus Guth. Glyndebourne, times and prices vary,
Lewes Friday Food Market 7th Birthday. Food,
drink, music and a hamper raffle. Market Tower,
FRIDAY 28 & SATURDAY 29
Lewes Live. Two-day music festival with headliners
Chainska and Dreadzone. See pg 33. leweslive.com.
Festival of the Garden: The Culture of Place.
Series of talks addressing the question ‘What Makes
a Place?’ Charleston, see charleston.org.uk.
Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad
Viola recital. With
piano accompanist Daniel
Lebhardt. Glynde Place,
7pm, £30 (under 16s £15).
Vintage Jazz Evening. Dr
Bone and the Surgeons of
Swing play. Newhaven Fort,
Crime Writers in Conversation. Lesley Thomson
(The Dog Walker, featuring Stella Darnell) and Elly
Griffiths (The Chalk Pit, featuring Ruth Galloway)
discuss their best-selling books in conversation with
Lisa Holloway. The Old Chapel Centre Alfriston,
July 7th to 9th
A weekend of five concerts
St Anne’s Church, Lewes
Friday 7th July - 7.30pm
BANALITÉS - a French song recital
Saturday 8th July - 1pm
AN ENGLISH GARLAND -
Songs for a summer afternoon
Saturday 8th July - 7.30pm
NORDIC NOIR - a Scandinavian feast
Sunday 9th July - 1pm
SCHUBERT’S DIE SCHÖNE MÜLLERIN
SUNDAY 9th July - 7.30pm
TWO TALES, TWO TURNING POINTS
Mahler and Janacek
FESTIVAL PASS £60
ticket prices £15 (Saturday 1pm £12)
Under 16s half-price
or from Lewes Tourist Information Centre
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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (2017)
Saturday 1st 3pm
Live-action re-telling of the fairy-tale classic. Follow the
fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and
independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a
beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the
castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the
Beast's hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and
soul of the true Prince within.
Saturday 1st 5.45pm & Sunday 2nd 7.30pm
OSCAR, BAFTA & GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER 2017 –
Best Supporting Actress (Viola Davis).
Also nominated for Best Film, Best Actor & Best
Screenplay. Denzel Washington directed and stars in this
adaptation of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play,
about a black garbage collector named Troy Maxson in
1950s Pittsburgh. Bitter that baseball's colour barrier was
only broken after his own heyday in the Negro Leagues,
Maxson is prone to taking out his frustrations on his
loved ones. Both Washington and co-star Viola Davis
won Tony Awards for their performances in the 2010
revival of the play.
20TH CENTURY WOMEN
Saturday 1st 8.30pm & Sunday 2nd 5pm
During the summer of 1979, a Santa Barbara single
mom and boarding-house landlord decides the best way
she can parent her teenage son is to enlist her young
tenants - a quirky punk photographer, a mellow
handyman and her son's shrewd best friend - to serve
as role models in a changing world.
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Info & advance tickets from the All Saints
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All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes, BN7 2LE
SATURDAY 1 ST
East Sussex Bach Choir will perform Rossini’s
Petite Messe Solennelle with soloists Yvonne Patrick,
Briony Lambert, Andrew Mackenzie Wicks and Ed
Hawkins. The conductor is John Hancorn (below).
7.30pm, St Anne's Church, £15 & £10
SATURDAY 8 TH
Brighton Festival Chorus’s summer concert comprises
Elgar’s Serenade for Strings, Vaughan Williams
An Oxford Elegy Bennett’s Letters to Lindbergh, Barber’s
Adagio and Gjello’s Sunrise Mass. The conductor
will be James Morgan.
7.30pm, Attenborough Centre, University of Sussex,
£18.50 or £12 for under 16s
Musicians of All Saints will perform Beethoven’s
Romance in G, op40, featuring violin soloist James
Wicks, John Hawkins’ Another Orpheus, Grieg’s Two
Elegiac Melodies and Haydn’s Symphony no 43 in E flat.
7.45pm, All Saints Centre, £12, concessions £9 (under
East Sussex Community Choir’s programme will
feature John Rutter’s Requiem and Mozart’s Exultate
Jubilate, with soloists Catrin Woodruff, David Chapman
and Andrew Robinson. The band is the Corelli
Ensemble led by Maeve Jenkinson and conducted by
7.30pm, Town Hall, £12
SUNDAY 2 ND
Baritone Andrew Robinson and pianist Nick
Houghton will perform music by Josquin des Prez,
Handel, Brahms, a bit of Papageno from The Magic
Flute and some Bernstein from On the Town.
3pm, St Michael’s Church, free
The Baroque Collective Singers will offer Tudor
madrigals and French and English part-songs by
Eric Whitacre, Britten, Hindemith and Janequin.
6.30pm, St Michael’s Church, £10 (under 16s free)
FRIDAY 7 TH - SUNDAY 9 TH
Lewes Festival of Song, brainchild of pianist Nancy
Cooley, is in its third year and will offer five concerts
over three days, featuring music by Schubert,
Mahler, Grieg, Janacek, Britten and others. Find
complete concert and artist information on their
St Anne’s Church, £15, £12 or £60 for all 5
SUNDAY 9 TH
The Paddock Singers perform Vivaldi’s Gloria....
and other girls! See pg 35.
4.30pm, All Saints Centre, £10 (under 14s free)
SUNDAY 16 TH
Tenor Timothy Wilcox will give a recital of music
by Vaughan Williams, Holst, Rebecca Clark, Purcell,
Handel, Biber and Telemann. He will be accompanied
by violinist Toby Hawks, cellist Ethan Merrick
and harpsichordist Nick Milner-Gulland.
5pm, Hamsey Old Church, Offham
SATURDAY 22 ND
Lewes Chamber Choir’s workshop will explore
Purcell’s Funeral Music for Queen Mary and Singet
dem Herrn of Heinrich Schütz. Their accompaniment
will be provided by a brass quartet led by
Malcolm Warnes. Nick Houghton presides and
music will be provided.
10am to 5pm, St Michael’s Church, £20
THURSDAY 27 TH
London-born guitarist and composer Matthew Sear
will present a recital. No programme information is
available at this time.
1.10pm, St. Anne’s Church
Paul Austin Kelly
@ The Con Club
MUSA M’BOOB & XAM XAM
SHOWCASE OF WEST AFRICAN MUSIC
ELEVATORS BIG BAND
50’s INSPIRED RnB & BLUES
MULTIMEDIA ACID-DUB COLLECTIVE
AYU FUNK PARTY
TIGHT HEAVY RHYTHMS & 70’s FUNK CLASSICS
BLUEGRASS BLUES ROCKABILLY & A DASH OF HELLFIRE
WITH DJ’s RACHELLE PIPER AND MARTIN JACKSON
RED RAUCOUS & CHURCH OF EDEN
SAVOY FAMILY BAND
A CAJUN BARN PRESENTATION
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1ST & 3RD SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH
CLIFFE PRECINCT 9am - 1pm
GIG GUIDE // JULY
GIG OF THE MONTH: THE DICKIES
Veterans and self-proclaimed ‘clown princes of punk’ The
Dickies are coming to the Con Club this July as part of their
40th anniversary tour. Most probably know them for their
catchy melodies, comical panache and (all too underrated) ability
not to take themselves too seriously. Formed in early 1977,
the group were amongst the first LA punk bands to score a
major label, and despite punk’s fluctuating popularity, they have
stood the test of time. Since the emergence of music streaming
services such as Spotify, the band now feel their energy is better
spent touring live than in the studio recording. This makes for a
show that is jam-packed with old time favourites, and a venue full of people who can sing (or shout) along to
the lyrics. Altogether now: “La la la…” Sun 23, Con Club, 7.30pm, £16.50 Kelly Hill
Musa M’Boob & XamXam. West African
music. Con Club, 8pm, price TBC
Beergut 100. Rock covers. Lamb, 8pm, free
Discovery. Folk. Elly, 8pm, £6
Musa M'Boob & XamXam, Saturday 1st
English Dance Tunes Session. Folk. Lamb,
The Market Street Band. Blues/jazz covers.
John Harvey Tavern, 3pm, free
Imogen Ryall. Jazz. Snowdrop, 8pm, free
English Dance Tunes Session. Folk. John
Harvey Tavern, free
Zoot Zazou. Vintage hot swing. Pelham Arms,
Elevators Big Band. 50s Rythm ‘n’ Blues. Con
Club, 8pm, £5
The Mofos. Rock covers. The Lamb, 8pm, free
Jim Glover & Chris Skinner. Folk. Ellie, 8pm, £6
Zion Train. Acid-dub duo. Con Club, 8pm, £13
Jacquemo. Ska. Lamb, 8pm, free
My Darling Clementine: In-store signing and
acoustic set. Union Music, 3pm, free (first come,
first served basis)
Zoot Zazou, Thursday 6th
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GIG GUIDE // JULY (CONT)
Summer Extravaganza. Full House, rock and pop
covers band, supported by senior Starfish bands.
Nevill Green, 6pm-10pm, £4/£5, more information
Terry Seabrook (piano) & Geoff Simkins (sax).
Jazz. Depot café, 11am-1pm, free with brunch
Terry Seabrook Piano Trio. Jazz. Snowdrop,
The Savoy Family Band. Thursday 27th
Ayu Funk Party. 70s funk. Con Club, 8pm, free
The Reform Club. Pop/rock originals and covers.
Snowdrop, 9pm, free
Sally Ironmonger & Brian Carter. Folk (modern).
Elly, 8pm, £6
Groovestew. Mystery rock. Lamb, 8pm, free
Jim Lauderdale & Angaleena Presley Double
Bill. Americana. All Saints, 7.30pm, £20 (£16
Simon Savage. Jazz sax. Snowdrop, 8pm, free
The Curst Sons (right). Bluegrass/Blues. Con
Club, 8pm for 9pm, free
Toots & The Maytals. Ska/Reggae. De La Warr,
Unison Bends. Blues. Lamb, 8pm, free
Loose Caboose. DJs Rachelle Piper & Martin
Jackson. Con Club, 7.30pm-12am, £5
Bob ‘War Horse’ Fox. Folk (Newcastle Trad).
Elly, 8pm, £10
The Dickies. US bubblegum punk. See Gig of
Alan Barnes & Alex Eberhard. Jazz. Snowdrop,
The Savoy Family Band (above). Cajun. Con
Club, 7.30pm, £12
Bayou Seco. Cajun/Zydeco. Westgate, 8pm.
01273 478124 for tickets
Feral Fiddles (practice session). Folk. Royal
KOLO. Pop-rock. Lamb, 8pm, free
Bif Bam Pow! Pub Rock. Lamb, 8pm, free
Peter Collins. Folk & Misc. Elly, 8pm, £6
Terry Daniels. More mystery rock. The Lamb,
Triversion. Jazz organ, guitar and drums, with
Terry Seabrook. Snowdrop, 8pm, free
The Curst Sons, Friday 21st
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FREETIME UNDER 16 êêêê
SATURDAY 22 & SUNDAY 23
Film: Beauty and
the Beast (PG).
of the classic fairytale.
All Saints, 3pm,
story of the Princess and the Pea, with dressing
up and hands-on craft activities. Anne of Cleves
House, 1pm-4pm, price included in admission.
Archaeology Day. Historical hands-on activities
for all ages. Michelham Priory, 8am-5pm, see
Kew Science Festival. Researchers from Kew
Gardens and Wakehurst showcase a week of
workshops, shows, tours and activities for all the
family. See pg 67. kew.org/wakehurst.
Sunday Stories. Afternoon with a storyteller and
the opportunity to handle some artefacts, all ages
welcome. Lewes Castle, 2pm-4pm, price included
MONDAY 24 – THURSDAY 27
Intrepid Theatre Summer Camp. Exploring
children's own story threads and then weaving
them together to create a play. Focus is on
performing arts and creative arts & crafts for
5-10 years. Times and prices vary, contact
MONDAY 24 – SUNDAY 3 SEPT
Wild Kids. Wide array of
woodland activities, where
children can immerse
themselves in nature.
Wakehurst, see kew.org/
wakehurstkids for more info.
The Princess and the Pea. Drop in to hear the
Fêtes & Fairs
Southover School Summer Fair. Southover
School, 12.30pm-3pm, £1 (kids free).
Kingston Village Fête. Behind the Juggs,
South Malling Summer Fête. South
Malling Primary, 11.30am-2.30pm, £1.
Summer Extravaganza. Nevill Green,
12pm-4.30pm, free (programme 30p).
Lewes Borough Bonfire Society Fête.
Malling Playing Fields, from 12pm, £3.
Summer Fun Day at Chailey Green, 1pm-
Lewes Kids and Family Summer Festival.
All Saints, various shows from 9am-4pm, see
Westmeston Summer Fayre. Westmeston
Parish Hall, 2pm-5pm, £2.50 (kids free).
FREETIME UNDER 16
OF THE MONTH
We liked this picture, by Lauren Eade, so
much that we decided to change the rules
of this competition to allow her in. Lauren,
you see, is 16 years old and while previously
we drew the line at that age, we thought
we’d change it to ‘sixteen or under’. “It’s a
picture of a deer I took on a trip to Knole
Park, the National Trust property in Kent,
for my dad’s birthday,” she tells us. Either
she had a very long lens, or that was a
more-than-averagely trusting deer; the
picture wins Lauren a £10 book token she
can claim, with proof of identity, at Bags of
Books. Sixteen or under? Send in your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org, with a few words
saying when, where, and why you took it, and you, too, could feature on this page!
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WIND IN THE WILLOWS êêêê
Kenneth Grahame's wonderful tale of Mole, Ratty, Badger and Mr Toad is coming to
Lewes Castle. We talk to director James Weisz.
How are you creating all those different locations plus Ratty's boat and Mr
Toad's car? In plenty of theatrical ways! That is always the most exciting challenge
in performing open air.
Are the actors wearing animal heads or make-up? Our cast all definitely need
make up. No-one wants to see them without, believe me.
How much of the famous picnic will there be? Well, Ratty does love his picnic and he'll definitely be
bringing one. The other animals don't get any of his scrummy food, but who knows, he might just share
some with his friends in Lewes.
Who in real life is most like Mr Toad would you say? Donald Trump? Richard Branson...? Let's keep
politics out of this, but I am sure everyone will recognise traits of certain well-known people.
Should people bring picnics, rugs and cushions? Absolutely, we love outdoor for its relaxed and welcoming
nature, but beware we have some very hungry animals on the prowl, those Weasels will eat anything and
never ever say "please".
Is it suitable for any age? Absolutely any age, the show is filled with music, comedy, slapstick, adventure
and a moral or two - something for everyone. EC 21st - 23rd July, 7-9pm with interval. Gates open at 6pm for
picnics. £12 / £10 U13s, student or senior / family £40 from ticketsource.co.uk/willows2017 or Castle ticket office
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24 July – 3 September
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SHOES ON NOW: NEWHAVEN FORT êêêê
‘You’ve been here before you know,’ I tell my four year old as we head into
Newhaven Fort. He can’t remember it of course, which is just as well as he
was in utero at the time. But I digress…
There is much to like about Newhaven Fort, a Sussex heritage site which
aims to bring to life historical events, with an emphasis on World Wars I
and II. My children enjoyed looking behind the casement doors to discover
artefacts such as old unexploded bomb cases, menacing looking gas masks
and several displays of naval uniforms. For those who want, there’s a quiz to
complete, which sharpens the children’s attention as they try to locate the items on their sheet.
Another attraction of the Fort is the simulated Blitz experience which successfully recreates some of the
fear and uncertainty felt by people who lived through an air raid - great for my 11 year old but too scary
for my youngest who refused to go in. Instead he and I explored the underground tunnels, speaking in
creepy voices to scare one another.
Outside there’s plenty of space to run around in as well as field guns to look at on the cliff tops and the
working port to admire below. The playground, café and giftshop are all worth a look too. Parking is easy
and free and at only 20 minutes or so drive from Lewes, the Fort is definitely worth a visit. Jacky Adams
Further details can be found at: newhavenfort.org.uk. Price for a family of two adults and up to three children
is £19.99. Well behaved dogs are free.
STEFAN GATES: GASTRONAUT
What is a gastronaut? A gastronaut is someone who finds
adventure in food - who sees their lunch not as fuel, but a source
of stories, science, morality, history, love, death and emotion.
Are you more scientist or chef? I’m a gastronaut! No, really
- the thing is that every cook is a scientist, even if they don’t
know it (or even if they don’t like the idea). Every time you
fry an egg you are dealing with extraordinarily complex protein-denaturing, every time you bake a cake
you are deploying some wonderful chemistry.
Can you tell us some of your wackier experiments? Frying eggs in hydrochloric acid (to mimic
what happens in your stomach), having liposuction to extract usable food additives from my body
matter, creating a real fart-producing machine in my kitchen (wife not happy), visiting Chernobyl to
investigate radiation and food (wife really flippin’ mad).
What’s your message? If you make food fascinating people will care more about it, and then they will
eat better. That’s why insects are an amazing tool for discussing food - and the issues around it such
as ecology, land use, water load, CO 2
load etc. Kids especially couldn’t care less about nutrition if you
tell them what they should and shouldn’t eat. But blow up 40 calories of milk powder in an enormous
fireball, and suddenly they care big time. AL
Stefan is appearing at the Kew Science Festival at Wakehurst, 22nd-23rd July, kew.org/wakehurst
With its excellent and imaginative approach, the Steiner Waldorf curriculum has
gained ever-widening recognition as a creative and compassionate alternative to
traditional avenues of education.
But just how does it feel to be a child in this environment, soaking up this
stimulating and rewarding teaching?
Find out for yourself...
Thursday 12th October 2017 - 08:30 - 13:00
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Where the whole family can enjoy:
Yoga for Kids and families, Brillo the Clown, The Fun
Science Show, The Family Magic Show with Robbie
Mills and ‘Magic’ the live bunny and a Family Disco with
party dances, games, competitions and prizes
29th July 2017 at the All Saints Centre
Single Tickets: £9 for each individual event
Early Bird Price: £8 if bought before 3rd July 2017
Day/Festival Passes Available
Call the Box Office on: 0333 666 3366
In association with: The White Hart Hotel Lewes
Lewes High Street, School Hill, Cliffe Precinct, School Hill,
Market Street, Market Lane, Mount Pleasant.
Party in The Paddock from 1.40pm - 3 pm. Everyone welcome.
Involving over 700 children, parents, carers and teachers every year since 2002, Moving On is
Lewes’ unique and much-loved way of celebrating local children’s transition from primary to
secondary school and into adolescence.
This year’s “Wonders of Our World” theme is set to be a spectacular celebration of connections with
people and places around the globe, with the children’s interpretations of extraordinary natural
phenomena, iconic architecture and festivals from around the world.
Each school in the parade will represent one of the most popular and exciting places suggested by
the children and our local community. In May, after exciting presentations in each school of all the
destinations in the parade, there was much excitement as children found out which wonder of the
world had been picked at random for their school. Ever since, the whole area has been a hive of
activity, working with Patina artists on this mass arts project, learning carnival arts and creating the
costumes and sculptures for all to enjoy when the Moving On Parade comes to town on 7th July.
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informal survey informal of languages survey of spoken languages in the spoken Moving in On the area. Moving The results On area. revealed The results a very revealed impressive a very impressiv Patina
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The Moving On Parade is very generously supported by the following organisations:
Congratulations to all our excellent primary schools and enormous thanks to our
wonderful Patina artists, Maia Eden, Michelle Martin-Dufaur, Nikki Gunson, Sandrine
Case, Sally Miller, Katie Griffiths, Dorothy Rosser.
Huge thanks to Emma Carlow, Michael Blencowe and our many dedicated volunteers,
especially our school reps, year 6 teachers, parents and carers, and Patina
trustees, the parents of Wallands School for fundraising above and beyond to help
others’ participation, Lewes New School for use of their premises for masterclasses,
the Lewes Railway Lands Wildlife Trust, The Rotary Club of Lewes, Artists Advisory
Panel, Peter Earl and his team of stewards, Starfish, Intersport, Lewes.co.uk for help
with our website, Viva Lewes, the Sussex Express, East Sussex Highways and East
Sussex Police, Martin Elliott, everyone who helped at Ditch the Detox and our Dream
Team football festival, Michelle Wilson of www.artofdance.co.uk and Collette
Goodwin of www.adultballet.org.uk and
everyone who helped at Dance Your
Socks Off, King’s Framers, Si’s Sounds,
Hannah’s Van, the staff at Lewes
Town Hall and Lewes Tourist Office,
the staff and pupils of Sussex Downs
College, John Harvey Tavern,
Waitrose and Tesco. We’d also like to
say a very big thank you to everyone
who hired our Christmas lanterns,
donated prizes for our raffles, helped
us to fundraise and participated in
Patina is an arts charity for young
people, co-ordinated by Caroline
Croft and Raphaella Sapir. To find out
more visit www.patinalewes.com
or come to see what we do on
Sunday 9th July at our post parade
parents and teachers in the arts
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When is a pie a pie?
“You’ll have to wait 15
minutes if you want
salad,” says the wellmannered
at Back Yard Café, the
company that’s taken
over the café space in
“Lunch isn’t served till
midday, and they’re
still making it.”
I say that’s no problem,
and tell him, mostly because all the tables
inside are full, that I’ll be sitting outside. I ask
for a flat white while I wait.
I’ve had their coffee before, and it’s good. They
roast their own, in Ditchling, and are planning
to set up a roaster on-site. They also do food:
a blackboard tells me of a number of different
panini on offer, as well as Higgidy pies of
various flavours. I choose bacon and cheese.
With the salad, that’s £8.95. “The salad better
be worth it,” I think. And the pie too: Higgidy
are a Shoreham company and I’ve heard people
enthuse about their wares, though I’m yet to try
They’ve dolled up the seating area outside, with
six new pub-style wooden tables, and three walls
of plants and trees screening you off from your
surroundings: it’s a yard in a car-park basically,
but they've done a good job of disguising
that. I manoeuvre myself into a spot in the sun
facing Wallis & Wallis, and wait. It’s election
day, there’s plenty to occupy me on my phone,
and anyway my brother rings, and Terry the
Needlemakers’ handyman’s at another table and
he’s always good for a bit of banter.
The coffee comes, plus a carafe of tap-water I’ve
asked for and, at
noon on the dot (I’m
an early luncher) the
main act arrives. If
I’d been with anyone,
no doubt the
old ‘when is a pie
a pie’ conversation
would have broken
out, as this one has
no top, and looks
more like a quiche.
The salad, though,
looks amazing. It’s abundant, taking up the rest of
the plate, and looks super healthy, too.
I come to the conclusion that the pie is a quiche:
the cheese is creamy and mild, and the pastry
of the soft, crumbly variety. It’s nice, without
being spectacularly nice. A tentative thumbs up,
I guess, to the guys in Shoreham.
The salad, though, is something really special.
I write down the ingredients in my notebook:
cherry tomatoes, plum tomatoes, peas, broad
beans, carrot, feta cheese, bulgar, courgette, nuts,
lemon zest, shredded cabbage, red onion, coriander
and sesame seeds. Unless there’s something
else I’ve forgotten about. Thirteen ingredients
in a salad? I’d never do that at home.
I’ve left half my coffee for afterwards. My
palate isn’t up to telling whether it’s washed
or Typica or whatever, but it’s strong and its
not-overwhelming bitterness is tempered by the
frothy milk. I decide to buy a bag of their beans
– they’re stacked up on some shelves in nice
brown bags – to grind at home. Though when
I get back to the office I rave about the salad,
rather than the coffee: it was well worth waiting
15 minutes for.
Photo by Alex Leith
Photo by Alex Leith
A versatile ‘flavour bomb’, from Chloe
at Seven Sisters’ Spices
Green chutneys are such a common feature
in a lot of cuisines. You could almost classify
pesto as a green chutney, with the traditional
basil, pine nut and parmesan. In India
they can be made with all sorts of different
ingredients, but my Indian-influenced one
is made using 100g coriander, 50g peanuts,
½tsp turmeric, 2tsp ground coriander seeds,
three cloves crushed garlic, one green chilli
and the juice and zest of one lime. Place all
of the ingredients into a small food processor
and blitz to a coarse paste. You can freeze it,
or you can keep it in your fridge for about a
week to ten days.
The thing I love about this is that you can use
it as a curry paste, you can use it as a marinade,
you can mix it with yoghurt to make
a dressing – there’s just a million different
things you can do with it. You can use it as a
chutney, just as it is. It’s really versatile. It’s
also nice as a vegetarian option if you crumble
some feta in with it, because the lovely zing of
the coriander and lime goes really nicely with
the feta cheese. Sometimes I put fresh mint
leaves in as well. It really is just one of those
recipes that you can sort of wing around,
depending on your flavour preferences.
I think there are some ingredients which
people think they’d only ever buy from a shop
and they’d only ever use in one way. If you
start to take ownership of things like this and
just use them how you want, you can break
that limitation of thinking that a chutney
is just a chutney, or a paste is just a paste.
They’re all amalgamations of flavours that
you can just sort of riff off. If you know you
like the basic flavour you can just start to play
around with it.
That sort of thinking is increasingly quite a
big component of the workshops that I teach.
Yes, you’ve made a mango chutney, but you
can do this, this and this with it. It can be
quite labour-intensive in the first instance,
but then once you have a stock of these lovely,
quite complex flavour bombs in your fridge,
you can stick them in all sorts of things.
I’m teaching three different workshops at
the moment on a rotation: ‘The Alchemy of
Spice’, which looks at working with spices
in all their different manifestations - curries,
dal, flatbreads, spiced rice, chutneys; ‘Spiced
Salads and Sugar-free Treats’, which is about
fresh, raw and ‘clean’ eating; and ‘Pickles
and Condiments’, which very much focuses
on what I’ve just been talking about with the
This month I’ll be doing a cookery demonstration
in Inglis Hall’s new test kitchen.
They’re really keen to have people coming in
and just using it, so I’m hoping to teach some
courses in there and maybe do some stuff for
Interview by Rebecca Cunningham
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8-ounce burgers... at a price
Lewes hasn’t had a dedicated burger place open up since the
early eighties, when the Beefeater came on the scene. I guess
I didn’t know much about burgers in those days: there was a
Wimpy in Brighton, but they toasted their buns, which wasn’t
cool. I loved Beefeaters as a 16 year old; I often used to spend my lunch money there.
Nowadays it’s hard to find a food joint which doesn’t sell burgers. If you want a ‘world famous’ one with
garlic sauce, go to the Elly. If you want a cheap one, go to the Charky. If you want a gourmet-style one,
with hand-ground meat and house-made sauces, go to the Pelham Arms. If you want one served with
Stilton, go to the Dripping Pan.
It’s curious, then, that another dedicated burger store should open up now - and in the same building as
Beefeaters was, on Fisher Street. It takes me three visits to Big Daddy’s before I find it open (they decided
not to do lunchtimes in the week). Happy to be there, I choose a ‘New Yorker’ (‘8oz burger with cheese,
pickles, tomato, lettuce, traditional burger relish, mustard & onion rings)’ from 13 choices. I chat to the
owner during the ten or 15 minutes I wait; he’s the brother of the guy who runs the Spice Merchant.
And? It’s a pretty good burger, solid and tasty, juicy without being sloppy, and full of different textures,
from the softness of the brioche bun, through the chewiness of the meat, to the crunch of the onion ring.
Though at £9.50 (including 50p card charge) it’s probably beyond the pocket of most 16 year olds. AL
Photo by Alex Leith
HAVE YOU EVER HAD DINNER
AT HOME WITH ITALIANS?
Real homemade pasta with authentic Italian sauce,
the fresh smell of basil, the delicate taste of extra
virgin olive oil... I've brought here to Lewes the
flavors of my region, Liguria, and the pleasure to
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OctoberFeast has done much to bring 'pop-up suppers' to Lewes and it’s great to
see regulars offering events outside the festival. The ‘In Residence’ supper club on
South St is offering both grown-up events and children’s dining on the first Saturday
of the month all summer. [facebook.com/InResidenceSupperClub] Kabak are hosting a
special ‘Feast in the Forest’ on the 15th, promising more outstanding Middle Eastern food in
Laughton’s picturesque Lower Vert Wood, see tabl.com. Café du Jardin are enjoying their new wine cellar,
and will continue their ‘Regions of France’ series with a three-course menu on 22nd July. The Feature
Kitchen team up with Pestle & Mortar to offer tantalising Thai takeaway on 14th, 21st and 28th July.
Next up, birthdays. Birthday wishes to Cheese Please and also to the newly-named Lewes Friday Food
Market, turning seven this month with a special edition on the 28th. They’re bringing more new traders in
including, this month, The Sweetarian and Picnik Brighton, and will soon be the place to pick up your
favourite Tina’s Kitchen lunches. Tina is stopping her café trade this month to focus on workshops and
nutritional therapy come September.
In other news: Ouse Valley Foods are relocating to Barcombe and raw milk dairy Hook & Son have
launched a crowdfunding campaign to replace grazing land they are losing to development: gofundme.
com/grazing-land-for-our-cows. Street Food Rocks are looking after the grub at Ouse Day (Sun 9th);
The Snowdrop Inn welcome new head chef Charlie Jackson; The Giant’s Rest pub in Wilmington is
under new management and Guido Lounge is taking residence next door to Aqua, as part of the Loungers
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THE WAY WE WORK
This month we asked ‘photographer, writer & illustrator, feminist,
permaculturist & post-colonialist, urban gardener’ Aiste Saulyte to
capture some of the Lewes area beekeepers at work. And she asked them:
have you got an unusual use for honey?
"It can be taken a spoonful at a time as just a tonic, to add some additional vitamins and minerals.
Or, some say, local honey can be taken to help alleviate the symptoms of hay fever."
THE WAY WE WORK
"Well, I suffer from hay fever, so I use it to help me with that!"
THE WAY WE WORK
"I used to work as a nurse. There was a time when we'd tried all we could to heal a patient's
wound, but nothing worked. I used honey on it and it's the only thing that worked!"
THE WAY WE WORK
"We have a boxer dog called Zoot. He has Cushing's disease. I ran out of ham to wrap his pills
in and tried coating them in honey instead - it worked, he loved it!"
Health from the hive
Honey bee good…
Visit any artisan market and you’ll probably find a
stall selling honey and related products — but we
are far from the first to utilise the healing properties
of everything bee. In fact, apitherapy — to
use the proper term — was practised centuries
ago in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, while
honey was still being used to fight infection in the
early twentieth century.
As our ancestors knew, raw honey is anti-inflammatory,
anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. The key
word, though, is raw, as filtered or pasteurised
honeys do not offer the same benefits. Even raw
honeys vary in potency, with medically licensed
Manuka one of the best known.
As well as eradicating over 250 strains of bacteria,
raw honey has been found to heal wounds and
can be used on mild burns and sunburn. It’s a
natural cough syrup, and can also treat cold sores,
herpes and dandruff.
And it’s not the only bee product with healing
powers. Bee pollen, which bees make to feed their
young, has equally impressive credentials. With
a protein content of around 40 per cent, a single
teaspoon takes a bee a whole month to gather.
Containing nearly all the nutrients we require,
bee pollen has been used to speed recovery from
chronic illness, reduce cravings, stabilise weight,
improve digestion and fight infection. Most commonly,
though, it is an effective hayfever remedy
— although it must be made locally and taken for
at least six weeks before the season begins.
Propolis is a waxy resin manufactured by bees
from leaf buds and used to disinfect the hive,
repair cracks, and even to embalm intruders. It is
the most powerful natural antioxidant known, and
is also antimicrobial, analgesic, anaesthetic and
anti-inflammatory. Used for thousands of years, it
can help prevent dental plaque, heal tumours and
ulcers and soothe sore throats.
Royal Jelly is another well-known bee product.
All bee larvae are given some, but only one is fed
exclusively on it, becoming queen and going on
to live four times longer than the others, laying
up to a million eggs.
Containing a wealth of vitamins, minerals, amino
acids and enzymes, it has anti-bacterial and
anti-fungal properties, and, perhaps because of its
association with the queen bee, is often taken to
boost fertility. It is also the only food known to
contain 10-HDA, a fatty acid associated with enhanced
learning abilities and improved memory.
Finally, for those feeling brave, there is a sting in
our tale. As the name suggests, bee venom therapy
involves being repeatedly stung, and has been
used to treat MS, Lyme disease, and arthritis. The
venom entering the body increases red blood cell
levels, and delivers an anti-inflammatory, which
stimulates the immune system, relieving pain and
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The light of my life
There comes a time in everyone’s life when they
tire of the fleeting distractions and amusements that
our modern society has to offer. That day came to
me at the age of five. So I became a naturalist and
discovered an alternative universe of endless fascination
and wonder. While my peers sat indoors with
their Action Men and Ataris I’d be found on some
desolate, windswept estuary scanning the mudflats
with my binoculars. But, brothers and sisters, I have
a confession: I fell into a life of sin. My humble local
ramblings turned into an obsession and soon I was
travelling all over Britain just to get my fix of rarer
and rarer species. But then… I saw the light.
My first encounter with a moth trap was a religious
revelation. I remember flicking the power switch
and standing bathed in that blinding mercury
vapour glow, baptised by the bulb, as moths swirled
like cherubs around me. Next morning I raced down
to the trap at 5am, as excited as a child on Christmas
Day, and opened my box of surprises. Pink
elephants, carpets, brocades, tigers and emeralds.
A fantastic wealth of wildlife. I was immediately
converted. A strange new world was revealed every
evening right there in my own back garden. It’s a
thrill which has never left me.
We all know that moths are attracted to light. We’ve
all seen them battering against the bedroom window
or flying laps around a lightbulb. Yet we don’t know
why they do this – there are many theories. It bugs
me but if the moths ever start talking it’s going to be
the first thing I ask them. This attraction can be exploited
by naturalists to allow them to study moths.
Moth traps have many designs (but they’re basically
a bulb, funnel and bucket) and are packed with egg
boxes offering a cosy one night’s accommodation
for the moths which can be identified, recorded and
released unharmed the following day.
For a whole year my neighbours assumed my
nocturnal light signals were attempting to call occupants
of interplanetary craft (and they seemed to
find the fact that I was trapping moths even more
eccentric). I’ve travelled with my trap all across Sussex
lighting up our remote coombes and woodlands
like Las Vegas (which sometimes also attracts passing
ravers in search of a wild night out).
I’m never happier than when I’m stood in front of
the lights, cables and buttons of my moth trap like
Tom Baker at the control panel of his Tardis. Every
night I’m transported to another time and place. So
if you want to see a middle-aged man get overexcited
I’ll be firing up my mercury bulb for a moth
trapping evening at St John sub Castro Churchyard
at 8.30pm on 14th July. Michael Blencowe, Sussex
Wildlife Trust, illustration by Mark Greco
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#5 Rodmell & Breaky Bottom
It’s mid-June and the colour palette in the countryside
around Rodmell has been turned up to maximum
volume. There’s barely a cloud in an electric
blue sky, the trees and the grass have turned Robin
Hood green in their midsummer glory, and the
hedgerows are popping with elderflowers. When a
light breeze blows over the Downs, the wheat fields
look like rippling silk.
There’s also a hint of romance in the air. Todd, the
handsome Bordoodle belonging to friends, who my
wife, Sarah, and I often take for a walk, has been
joined by Daisy and Ruby, two high-energy spaniels
belonging to yet more dog-owning friends.
As we head off up the hill towards the Downs along
the small road opposite the Abergavenny pub, Cordelia,
Sarah’s niece, is in danger of having her arm
pulled out of its socket by two year-old Ruby, the
youngest of our canine escorts. Todd, meanwhile,
has decided to play the mature elder statesman.
When we reach the top and meet the South Downs
Way, we plunge into the brave new world that opens
up in front of us. We are soon snugly ensconced in
one of the many folds of the Downs which remain
largely deserted even in the height of summer. “Bottoms!?”
giggles Cordelia mischievously, when I tell
her the technical term for this hidden topography.
Our route takes us up onto Highdole Hill and back
down again along the edge of the six acres of vineyards
cultivated so successfully by Peter Hall since
1974. It was back then that he had his Eureka! moment
and realised how similar the soil and climate
here are to the Champagne and Loire valley regions
in France. After producing a series of elegant white
wines, he has now turned exclusively to méthode
champenoise, high quality sparkling bruts, which
have become the stuff of local legend.
By now we are making the final push up Mill Hill
from the south on the way back to Rodmell. To
listen to Cordelia, you would have thought it was
the North Face of the Eiger. But then, she is only six
and I’m not sure I’d made it out of the back garden
at that age.
“Do you know the name of the vineyard we’ve
just passed?” I say jauntily, trying to take her mind
off the pain. “It’s called Breaky Bottom.” Cordelia
puts her hands on her hips and looks at me sternly.
“More like Never-Ending Stinky Bottom,” she huffs
grumpily. “I suppose it could catch on,” I nod sagely.
Map: OS Explorer: OL25. Distance: 3 miles. Terrain:
They call them Downs, but they’re mostly Ups.
Directions: Take the road opposite the pub to the
top of Mill Hill, down into the valley and up Highdole
Hill. Turn right where the next footpath meets
and then right again, down around Breaky Bottom
vineyard and back to the top of Mill Hill. Head back
down to the pub. Start/End/watering hole: Abergavenny
Director, Middle Farm
Photo by Alex Leith
I’m from many generations of farmers, on both
sides of my family, but out of 18 cousins, I’m the
only one still left in the business. It’s hard to farm
in this country. That having been said, it is a privilege
to live and work here; look at all the space we
have around us!
My parents came here in 1960, as tenants of
Firle Estate. The land’s not great here because the
rainfall on the Downs seems to drain onto Middle
Farm! So my mother started a shop selling eggs
from the farm, as well as homemade jams, preserves,
cakes etc. Mum and Dad taught themselves
butchery from a Reader’s Digest ‘Cookery Year’.
We think it might have been the first farm shop in
We’ve never had large amounts of money for
development, so every change round here
has been incremental. The milking parlour, the
butcher’s shop, the tea room, the cider shop, the
open farm. Every bit depends on all the others,
like parts of a jigsaw. My passion is the plant sales
area. If I wasn’t a farmer and shopkeeper, I’d love
to run a nursery. Oh, and we’re just trialling our
new ice-cream bike: that’s very exciting.
My husband Rod and I wake up at about six
in the morning, not too early. We’ll sometimes
have a director’s meeting before we get up, deciding
on the day’s priorities. We have to hit the
ground running, there’s so much to achieve in the
day. We’ll be back in bed by 9pm, exhausted…
The earliest riser on the farm is William,
who milks our 110 Jersey cows. He gets up at
4.30am. Some of the milk goes into our delicious
I wouldn’t do this if we weren’t a real farm.
The farm is 625 acres, and 620 of that is still a
working farm. But we only get about 10% of our
income from agriculture. The rest is from the
other enterprises. Mind you, we wouldn’t be able
to do what we’re doing if we weren’t next to a
main A27 road.
We champion locally produced food and drink,
and have endeavoured, over the decades, to build
good personal relationships with small producers.
The price we all pay to supermarkets for food
and drink does not reflect the true price, either
of production, or of the often disastrous environmental
consequences of intensive food production
to reduce price to the consumer. Someone, or
something, is always exploited…
It’s very rewarding when customers and visitors
praise what we do; it makes all the hard
Of the 55 people who work here 25 are fulltime
and nine live on the farm. It’s a real community
and it’s nice to know everyone’s near in case of
an emergency. The least hard-working member of
the team is Bob, our dog. He’s not a working dog:
he’s a family dog...
As told to Alex Leith
Photos by Guy McQueen (left) and Alex Leith
The batsman’s Leith, the bowler’s BOLA
So I slope the ball in, at about 60mph, and it
bounces just outside off stump, and angles in. Imran
Khan, who’s thwacked everything else I’ve sent at
him straight past me, scoops at it rather, and hits it
in the air, straight to silly mid-off…
Unfortunately it isn’t THE Imran Khan, it’s his
compatriot namesake, who joined Lewes Priory CC
as overseas pro in 2008. We’re in the club’s brandnew
£30,000 nets at the Stanley Turner Ground, so
there is no fielder to make the catch. And, while it is
me who’s responsible for sending the ball down to
Priory’s opening bat, I’ve been given a good deal of
help by BOLA, the club’s new bowling machine.
And it’s a splendid machine, spaceship-shaped, and
perched so high on three spindly legs that you have
to climb up a little step ladder to operate it. Inside
its body, visible through the little hole you drop the
ball in, are two rubber wheels which can be adjusted
to change its direction and speed. It can’t spin the
ball, but it can swing it, and can hurl it down as fast
as 99mph. Pow!
On Thursdays (at 6pm) Priory are offering free
practice sessions for anyone who wants to turn up,
so as well as getting a go on BOLA, I’m here to get
some batting tips from Imran. I get padded up (for
the first time in about 25 years), slip on a box, don
a helmet, visor and all, pick up a bat and head down
to the wicket to face BOLA, operated by a fellow
The first ball whizzes past my flailing bat, and
Imran, looking rather worried, approaches me. I
never made the first team at school, I just made
the first team laugh. And batting was never my
strong point; I eventually became reserve wicket
keeper, and scorer, for the Seconds. He has a
whole list of instructions. “Loosen your batting
arm,” he says. “Your head is at the wrong angle.
Look straighter down your shoulder. Lift the bat
in the air before the ball comes to you. And don’t
follow through so much.”
After every two or three balls he gives me pretty
much the same information again, but it must be
sinking in, because soon I start connecting with
the ball, albeit usually off the edge of the bat. I ask
Harry how fast he’s set the machine, and am rather
upset to find that it’s down as low as 40mph, which
is about the speed Joe Root lobs down his spin for
England and Yorkshire.
No matter, Imran’s tips are starting to bear fruit.
On my penultimate ball, I watch it bounce, put
a straight bat down to it, connect with it right in
the meat, and send it straight down the pitch, past
BOLA and Harry. “I’ve got it now,” I think, and
then get straight bowled. Damn.
Lewes Priory Cricket Club are grateful to sponsors
Veolia for helping to fund their new nets.
Lewes Skate Park
I moved to Lewes from
Brighton four years ago,
and as a skater I was horrified
to find the terrible
state the skate park on
Malling Rec was in. It was
dangerous, and outdated.
I decided to get in touch
with the local council to
see if something could be
done about it.
These things take time,
and I learnt a lot about
the planning process!
We needed to raise around
£200,000 and we did it
by getting funding from
the District Council, and
Veolia, and various other
building developers who
needed to invest money
in a community project
in order to get planning
permission - what’s
known as a Section 106.
Chris Bibb from the
LDC was enormously
We put together a user
group of local skaters
who were interested in
having a say in the development.
We did a lot
of sketches of obstacles,
and put them out as part
of a tender brief. The
park companies came
back with three different
skate park designs,
which we put out to
public consultation. The winning design
was from Wheelscape from Bristol. We
worked very hard with Wheelscape to
come up with something unique. The
results, I believe, are spectacular.
There are plenty of features, including
a volcano, a doorway and a DIY-esque
spine. There’s a back wall feature that was
inspired by a DIY skate park in Sweden.
There’s a Harvey’s beer barrel embedded
in one of the walls. There are other little
nods to Lewes town, too. There’s a wall
inspired by mathematical tiles; the tile
finishing and colours make it reminiscent
of Pells Pool; there’s an ammonite feature
like Brian the Snail.
I reckon it’s one of the best parks
for miles around. Most parks are very
forward-backward, so if you hit something
wrong, you have to start all over
again. Here if you hit something wrong,
you’ll end up hitting something else – it’s
A lot of old local skaters have come
out of the woodwork since it was
completed, reenergising the skate scene,
and we’ve had visitors from miles around.
There was a minibus full of guys from
Bournemouth the other day, and there’ll
be plenty more in the future. A new park
this original gets talked about all over the
country – and people will travel to use it.
We’re not finished yet - we’ve got
a wish list of extra features. Floodlights
would be a nice addition; a water
fountain would be good; I’d like to build
a barbecue in the shape of a quarter pipe
for summer evening feasts.
My day job is as a graphic designer; I
work for the Sussex Wildlife Trust. It’s
great to be able to come somewhere like
this for a skate after work. It’s been well
worth all the hassle - I’m stoked, to be
honest. As told to Alex Leith
Photos by Alex Leith
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Plenty more Henty
Despite Henty’s hollyhocks heading heavenward to
achieve new heights this summer and my deadheading
activity causing a stir in Southover, it is true
to say that I am no latterday Monty Don.
I have been to the Chelsea Flower Show on two occasions.
Once as a quasi-representative of the Eden
Project in the early days of the Cornish attraction
and secondly, as a reporter for hospital radio.
In one remarkable day, I interviewed Sir Harry
Secombe, Cilla Black, Jimmy Greaves, Penelope
Keith and, bizarrely, weatherman Michael Fish.
Keen amateur gardeners all, and happy to share
their enthusiasm. Sir Harry joked about not having
green fingers, unlike his wife, Myra.
Of course, in Lewes we are blessed with some
delightful public and private gardens. On a journey
by rail into Brighton recently, I checked out
the stunning floral display along a good length of
Platform 3 opposite.
This has been created in the past four years by
a couple of determined women who live in the
town but do not have gardens of their own, Jane
and Mary (also see pg 11). Jane, who you can
see in my picture, told me that when Mary approached
the people in charge of the railway station
in June 2013, the area they have transformed
was over grown and in a very poor state.
Today, with contributions from small businesses
and local individuals offering seedlings and
cuttings, the herbaceous borders are a delight.
“Some people have even been known to miss
their train admiring the plants,” Jane told me.
I’m not surprised. They are a joy and certainly
the whole area around the station is beginning
to come alive – especially with the Depot cinema
having opened at the end of May.
Like so many people, I visited the new complex
on the opening weekend and had one of my brief
encounters with cheery bar manager, Nicola, who
told me she lives in Denton. She recommended
that I should watch the free film in the studio
telling the fascinating story of cinema in Lewes.
I did and how I wish I could have met usherette,
Queenie Page, who was known to regulars at the
De Luxe cinema on School Hill. According to
Ruth Thomson’s new book Screen Stories – Lewes
Goes to the Pictures (£8.99), Queenie was nicknamed
‘She wore a uniform and a pill box hat. Her left
leg was shorter than her right, so she had a four
inch elevated boot. She was very fast and nimble
nevertheless’. I like the sound of Queenie and she
probably needed to move fast in her battle with
marauding kids and those troublesome fleas.
Finally, on the theme of getting out and about.
An early warning to girlfriends and wives of
Seagull fans about to experience the ‘joy’ of
Premiership games away in Manchester, Liverpool
and South Norwood. Don’t expect much
tourist information on their return! “How was
Norwich?” the innocent question, last season.
“Decent pies but the referee was crap!” came the
answer. Hardly mind broadening.
It went up, then, before
you could say ‘oldest pub in
Lewes’ it went down again.
Did anyone else notice the
scaffolding on the Crown
Inn, by the War Memorial,
raised over a weekend in
May? Nothing seemed to
happen underneath it, but
it got everybody talking.
It’s only a rumour at the
moment but we’ve heard
the pub has gone for a good
price to a pubco, starting
Just down the road, Bon
Ami, a shop which always
proved difficult to pigeonhole,
has closed down but
is being replaced by Goods,
a homeware store. We called
round during their refurb, but
no-one was home, though there
were some rather nice ceramic
pots already on the shelf, and a
subtle street sign was protruding
from the wall.
For those who used to enjoy
sitting on the seats outside
Waterstones, sipping coffee,
never fear. The tables and chairs
might have gone, but they
shouldn’t be gone long: it’s a licensing issue, apparently,
which should be sorted soon.
Over the road we noticed a colourful space
upstairs in the Riverside, between TashTori
and the café, which is being offered as a for-hire
pop-up space. £15 for four hours, £25 for the
day, ring 01273 473577/470705.
And round next to the Library, some awning has
gone up with an architectural render of the new
development of 25 homes (in 15 houses) called
‘Styles Field’. Oakley are handling the sales.
Charity corner now, and we
bumped into Sarah Clowes,
as we were going to press,
who gave us a leaflet about
St Peter & St James’ latest
fundraising initiative… a
lottery! There’s a £2,000
prize up for grabs every
week, as well as a rollover
prize that can get as high
as £25,000. And all for £1
In this space last month we
suggested that Back Yard
Café were to open Lewes’
first roastery. Two readers
have written in to point
out there have been at least
two before: Flint at the top
of St Nicholas Lane, and another
on School Hill, where Tizz’s
Last but one, we’re proud to be
one of the judges of the fourth
edition of the Lewes District
Business Awards. Our category,
Culture, Leisure and Tourism,
received an unprecedented 11
entries, which, after much research,
discussion, and consultation
with other judges, we whittled
down to four finalists: (in
alphabetical order) Bluebell Railway, Ditchling
Museum, Newhaven Fort and Pells Pool. The
winner of this and the other 13 awards will be
announced at a grand black tie event in the Town
Hall on July 13th. For the full list of finalists see
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worked for Cooper & Son, by the War Memorial,
is setting up her own funeral director service,
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I N C O R P O R A T I N G F L O T Y R E S
A BIGGER SPLASH
It’s summer 1932, and the Brighton Boys’ Brigade are enjoying a dip in Glynde Swimming Pool while on
their annual camping expedition in a field near the village. The week-long camp had become a regular
fixture in the BBB calendar, having been run since 1919. The Boys made quite a splash every year: the
villagers used to turn out to see them arrive en masse at the train station, and march, accompanied by
their band, to their camp field.
Perhaps one of the lads in the water is Ernest Albert Smith, member of the 26th Boys’ Brigade Brighton,
based in Queen’s Road Presbyterian Church. ‘We were a very poor family,’ he later wrote, of his visit to
Glynde that summer. ‘As my mother was unable to work and father suffered from an incurable disease,
finances were at rock bottom. Mr Charles Hitchings, who was my Company Officer, visited my mother
and agreed to pay for me to go to Glynde Camp for a week.’ ‘Chas’ Hitchings was a CO at the BBB for
many years; he is also on record as playing many times for the BBB Officers in their annual cricket match
against Glynde’s First XI.
We love the variety of swimming togs (some of them look woollen), the way some of the chaps are wearing
raincoats as bathing gowns, and the manner in which the leather ball appears to be stuck to the head
of the chap in the bottom left of the picture. The Brighton Boys’ Brigade still hold their annual camp in
Glynde, and still get access to the pool while they’re there.
The pool was built in 1902 on the orders of Thomas Seymour Brand, owner of Glynde Place. Originally
the water used was the cooling water from Glynde Dairy, en route to Glynde Reach. It has had its ups
and downs – a major fundraising drive in the 70s saved it from closure, and another refurbishment took
place in 2005. In 2011 the filter system was completely replaced. The pool is open to residents of Glynde,
Beddingham and Firle, and their guests, but there are a couple of opportunities to try it out this summer.
Love Supreme revellers can enjoy a ‘Secret Swim’ on July 2nd and 3rd; everyone else will have to wait
until the 5th of August, when the 149th edition of the Glynde & Beddingham Flower Show and Fete
takes place (12-5pm), and the pool is open to visitors for a 50p charge. AL
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