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I think it’s fair to say that some of our readers will have embraced the

information technology revolution with more enthusiasm than others.

For some of you, picking up this magazine will be the first time for

ages you haven’t absorbed the information you’re seeking online;

others – a dwindling band – will have never sent an email, received

a WhatsApp message, or used an Xbox.

For those of you in the latter bracket, I apologise in advance for this month’s theme,

‘digital’, because I know it’s likely to be a turn off. But I ask you, nevertheless, to read on, and

we’ll try to pique your interest: we’ll tell you how the use of computer technology can enhance

your experience of the lightbox photography show that Reeves are putting on throughout the

town, on the subject of Lewesians during the First World War. We’ll examine how the world’s

first opera-singing robots are being developed at the University of Sussex. We’ll discuss why

you need a football-pitch-sized space to build a supercomputer. And much more.

Of course, if you want to skip all that technical stuff, there’s plenty more material in the

mag that doesn’t cover the digital world: but do bear in mind that the words you’re now

reading have been written in a Word file, stored in the Dropbox cloud, reset on the InDesign

programme, converted to a pdf, sent through the ether to our friends at Gemini Printers, and

digitally printed onto the paper you’re holding. You may be able to smell the ink, but it sure

hasn’t been type-set onto the page. Enjoy the issue…



EDITOR: Alex Leith

SUB-EDITOR: David Jarman

STAFF WRITER / DESIGNER: Rebecca Cunningham

ART DIRECTOR: Katie Moorman

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PUBLISHER: Becky Ramsden


CONTRIBUTORS: Jacky Adams, Jacqui Bealing, Michael Blencowe, Sarah Boughton, Mark Bridge, Emma Chaplin,

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

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Bits and bobs.

Dino Bishop’s Lewes (13) Zest’s car valeting

service (19) John Agard’s latest poetry

collection (21) our station’s aberrant-butmuch-missed

clock (25) Carlotta Luke’s

skeletal Quakers (27) our readers’ far-flung

adventures with the magazine (29) and

much more besides.


Mark Bridge mourns the demise of Rupert

the cat (31) David Jarman examines the

British concept of Greater Slavia (33) and

Chloë King takes on the Lewes Forum

trolls (gulp, 35).


On this month.

What a lot we’ve got for you. Kelly

Newton, Rookettes long-serving skipper

(37) September movie round-up (39) the

Fading Sun Festival at the Dorset (41)

supercomputers and musical machines at

the University of Sussex (43 & 45) Mark

Haddon’s Bloomsbury obsession (47) Cuban

film director Fernando Perez (49) and

Reeves’ latest lightbox trail (50-53) now

enhanced with an audiovisual online tour.

© Ion Quantum Technology Group, University of Sussex



Rachael Adams takes over Martyrs' Gallery

all month (55) Neo-Romantic John Minton

at Pallant House (57) Cornwall-based

ceramicist Paul Jackson’s rocking jug (59)

an interview with legendary artist/illustrator

Quentin Blake (61-63) and a round-up

of what else is on in what is a busy, busy

month in the art world (65-71).

Laser light synths, BDF


© Develop Images


Listings and Free Time.

Gig guide (81-83): Idlewild’s Roddy

Woomble and The Wonder Stuff’s Mike

& Erica at the Con Club! And much more

besides! Hurrah!; Classical round-up (85)

what’s on for the U16s (87) this month’s

young photographer Henry Clews (89) a

trip to Herstmonceux Castle (91) and the

latest Starfish album (93).


A mighty pie at the Blacksmiths in Offham

(95) spicy chicken from Nathalie Mulvan

and Jade Flynn (98-99) a pre-movie burger

at Depot Café (101) and a ‘proper’ fish

finger sandwich at the Rights of Man

(103). Plus food news with Chloë King

(105) and an interview with Chilli Fayre

founder Adrian Orchard (108-109).

The way we work.

Lewes area digital creatives, taken by a Lewesarea

digital creative (111-117). Develop

Images' Luke Taylor is behind the lens.


Exciting new plans for that perennial teenage

hangout, the Magic Circle (121); a robot

opera at University of Sussex (122-123); we

try out a FitBit monitor (125); Todd sniffs

out the Long Man (127); Michael Blencowe

on the amazing radar system of pipistrelle

bats (129); John Henty’s digital memories

(131) and business news (132).

Inside Left.

Lewes High Street: 1865 and 2017 in the

same shot. The amazing photographic world

of Isaac Reeves, and his forebears (146).



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This month’s cover was designed by local

illustrator Lee Woodgate. We pitched

him our theme - ‘digital’ - which, he says,

led him to think about “the way that people’s

lives have become more and more

integrated with the digital world. Before,

a computer was just something you used

to do your work – now they’re becoming

more and more woven into our lives, and

there’s kind of a blurring of the person

and the digital world.”

Lee’s multi-layered style is influenced by

his background as a printmaker. “When I

first started illustrating, in the 90s, I did

a lot of printmaking,” he says. “You’d do

your work and send it off - the physical

piece of artwork - on a dispatch bike,

which meant I had to have a studio in

the centre of London. And then obviously

when people needed changes, there

wasn’t much leeway there.

“No one really has a lot of time to do that

now and so I kind of developed a digital

printmaking style: I use loads of textures

and overlay them with found imagery, or

photos I’ve taken, and I create an image

which looks almost like it’s been printed.”

Lee has used this collage technique

to create illustrated maps for publications

including National Geographic Traveller,

and he was recently commissioned

to work on a book about Australia, which

comes out later this year. “I’ll draw a

map,” he explains, “using Google Earth

as a reference point, and then I’ll put

in points of interest using collage, adding

texture, and trees and things. I try to

keep it quite loose and rough-looking, so

it looks almost like printmaking.”


Lee also works under the pseudonym Son of

Alan. “It’s kind of a separate entity. My Son

of Alan style has quite a drily humorous, instructional

style, but then I get quite a lot of

fairly straight briefs as well. At the moment

I’m doing some exercise illustrations for a

book by a TV personality doctor, and I’m creating

some animations for a film about diabetes.

Then I’m also working on something for

Scandinavian Airlines, a ‘how to travel’ page,

where I recreate the aircraft crash cards but

with a humorous edge… sort of instructional

with a quirky twist.” RC /



Are you local? I was born in Gloucester and came

here after three years’ university in Durham and

five years working in London – though I refuse the

title ‘DFL’ because I was only passing through. I

came here in 1996, which means I’ve spent almost

half my life here. I got a job in Uckfield and asked

where was nice to live nearby and everyone said

Lewes’. I haven’t regretted it for a moment.

Until recently you commuted in and out of

London… Then I had a little malfunction. A bit

of a heart attack. Now I’m working at the Depot in

the same field as I was before – marketing and PR

– but just five minutes’ walk from my house. That’s

much less stressful! And, thanks to a lot of work at

Christine Ash’s wonderful gym in the Phoenix – I

do all the classes from Zumba to combat – I’m fit as

a fiddle now. Fitter, in fact.

Is it a dream job? It’s fantastic. It’s such a beautifully

designed environment and all the people

working there are as excited as everybody else

about the place. You usually ask ‘what does Lewes

lack’ in this space: well after 46 years it doesn’t

lack a bespoke cinema any more. Carmen’s programme

is just right for Lewes, with something

for everyone, and so many people come just to

have a coffee or eat.

What does Lewes lack? If I suddenly became a

multi-millionaire I would bequeath the town a similarly

state-of-the-art performance space for amateur

theatre and musicals. I was on the committee

for LOS Musical Theatre (the ‘Operatic’) for years,

and while part of the pleasure of the operation is

turning the Town Hall into a theatre twice a year,

it would be nice to have a dedicated space. And a

year-round radio station, too. Rocket FM is brilliant

[Dino presents the breakfast show with Ruth

O’Keeffe] and it would be great to have more.

Favourite pub? The Lewes Arms. I’m in the LADS

panto every March so I spend a lot of time there

rehearsing and having a drink afterwards in the first

quarter of the year. It feels like home, though I’m

not ready for the front bar yet.

Are you Bonfire? I’m in Commercial Square. I report

live on the processions for Rocket FM till 9pm

then I scoot off in my smuggler’s costume to the

firesite. Then we get people reporting from each

site on the fireworks. Only in Lewes do fireworks

work on the radio.

Do you often leave Lewes? After all that commuting

I go to London as little as possible. There’s

rarely a reason to leave Lewes, actually, though my

partner Alex and I have a little place we’ve been doing

up in Alicante that we visit when we can. But I

wouldn’t live anywhere else in the UK than Lewes:

they’ll have to take me out of here in a box… they

nearly did a couple of years ago! Alex Leith

Photo by Alex Leith


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“I got up early to go to our allotment in Landport

one morning,” says Anne Bostwick, the

author of this beautifully painterly shot. “It was

in the golden hour before 8 o’clock, and no-one

else was there, so I had time to snoop around,

looking at other people’s plots, without worrying

about seeming nosey. When I saw these sunflower

heads laid out to dry on a wooden board,

I was stopped in my tracks. I got out the camera

I take everywhere, just in case, a little Panasonic

Lumix TZ60. I didn’t move the flowers at all,

and I don’t really know how to manipulate

colours on my computer. I rely on taking what’s

there; I knew this would make a lovely image.

When I left for home I felt very satisfied in the

knowledge I’d achieved something.”

She took the picture on July 17th, but one

reason it suits the September issue is that it’s

got a real ‘end-of-summer’ look to it, something

Anne recognises. “The seeds and petals were

dry, and the leaves were curving over the wood,”

she says, “which gives the image a feeling of

decay”. She also knew that the weathered look

of the board would make the shot more interesting;

“and the colours on it, making it look

like a painter’s palette.” As a pièce de résistance,

she’s achieved a shallow depth of field (“I can’t

remember if I did it on purpose or not”), blurring

the grass and flowers in the background, to

further accentuate the details of the sunflowers.

All in all, worth getting up early for!

Please send your pictures, taken in and around

Lewes, to, or tweet

@VivaLewes, with comments on why and where

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

our favourite for this page, which wins the photographer

£20, to be picked up from our office

after publication. Unless previously arranged,

we reserve the right to use all pictures in future

issues of Viva magazines or online




The links of Lewes with towns in Europe are announced at the roadside at

each main entry point to the town and also with a bronze plaque set in the

pavement between Boots and Fitzroy House in the pedestrian precinct. It

marks the distance and direction of Blois in France and Waldshut-Tiengen in

Germany. Lewes has been twinned with Blois, in the Loire valley, since 1963,

though links between the two towns were begun by Mr Auld of the boys’

grammar school in 1947. Waldshut-Tiengen lies at the edge of the southern

Black Forest, right on the river Rhine, along which runs the German-Swiss

border. It has been twinned with Lewes since 1974, largely as a result of prior links it had with Blois. Twinning

had great impetus after the Second World War as a sign of commonality and understanding and it still generates

exchange visits and cultural links. Marcus Taylor


National figures for 2016 show that 82% of adults use the internet daily or almost daily, compared with 35%

in 2006. And 89% of households have internet access, compared to 57% in 2006. 7 in 10 users access the

internet ‘on the go’ from a mobile phone or smartphone.

Internet access varies by household type and age. 99% of households with children, those with 2 adults aged

16-64, and those with 3 or more adults have internet access. But only 53% of single pensioner households

are on-line, and 87% of younger single adults. Those households without internet access mainly reported

that they didn’t require it, though a small proportion were excluded by cost or lack of skills. Sarah Boughton


There have been at least four pubs in Lewes called the Swan

over the centuries. This particular one was originally the King &

Queen, and was named after William & Mary when they came

to the throne in 1694. However, in the late 1700s it became the

White Swan, and shortly after that, the Swan Inn. With ample

stables, this was an important stopping point for the Lewes and

Brighton Coaches, which were then pulled up the hill to the Star

Inn. William and Harriet Thorpe took over the Swan in 1848, and

were great hosts for many years. They organised an annual pigeon

shoot, providing supper, after which the guests ‘then directed their

attention to the contents of the well stored cellar.’ On William’s death in 1856, at just 38, Harriet placed a

notice in the Sussex Advertiser to thank the town for their support over the years, and to say that she would

continue to run the Swan by herself. In 1907 there were suspicions of gambling at the Swan, and Detective

Sparks was called in from Brighton to investigate. He and PC Ware went undercover and managed to place

multiple bets on horses with the bar staff. A lengthy trial ensued, and the landlady, Martha Keep, was fined

heavily, but successfully appealed. The Swan Inn closed its doors in 1919. This beautiful old building still

stands, and is now home to Pastorale Antiques. Mat Homewood


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Photo by Kerry Joyce of Zest


Zest Sussex is a local project that supports adults

with autism and learning disabilities by teaching

them work skills. They do this via their professional

valet service, based in the car park at County Hall.

The aim is to increase the confidence, self-worth and

work skills of the people they work with, in order to

support them to go on to enter the job market. Director

Kerry Joyce tells us more about what they do:

“We’re funded and supported by East Sussex County

Council, and we’re open for business Monday, Tuesday,

Thursday and Friday in the councillors’ car park

at County Hall. We also operate a mobile valeting

service from St Mary’s House in Eastbourne.

We take car valet bookings in advance for both

locations. We’re eco-friendly, virtually waterless,

competitively priced and our work is carried

out to an extremely high standard. It’s a complete

toothbrush finish, with each car taking three to four

hours. Our aim is to have it looking as if it just left

the showroom.

We promote personal development skills, encourage

decision making and independence, and support

transition into paid employment.”

Vivien Halas’ daughter Sophie has benefitted a

great deal from her placement at Zest, so Vivien

approached filmmaker Rosie Baldwin (who made We

Rise about Delta Seven, a pop group with learning

disabilities) to make a short film about a typical

working day for the valeting team. “When Sophie

first joined she was painfully shy, as were the rest of

the team. Some were hardly able to express themselves

or travel on their own. Zest has given them a

purpose in life, as you can see in the film. Keeping

the project funded is always tough, so I wanted

to raise awareness of its importance”. The sevenminute

documentary, which Robert Senior’s Chalk

Cliff Trust helped fund, is being premiered at Depot

Cinema on Sunday the 17th.

As part of some playful scheduling, which very much

reflects creative director Carmen’s approach, this

will be followed by a screening of the 1976 comedy

Car Wash. There is no frothier, camper California

sunshine film than Car Wash. Just a mention of it

and you get an ear worm from the Rose Royce title

track – the score won a Grammy. It’s about a day in

the life of a multiracial team of car wash workers in

Los Angeles. There are cameos from Richard Pryor,

Danny DeVito, and even Huggy Bear from Starsky

and Hutch, (Antonio Fargas, playing the militant

gay character Lindy). Some critics were sniffy, but

Roger Ebert called it a ‘wash-and-wax M*A*S*H’.

The Depot audience will be encouraged to dress up

in their best 70s platforms and flares. Expect funky

music and American diner food.

Emma Chaplin

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A Rosary for Anna is a collection of poetry by John

Agard, concerning the last twenty-some years of

his mother’s life, which she spent in Lewes, having

emigrated from Guyana to live with her son, his

wife Grace Nichols, and latterly her grand-daughter

Kalera Nichols-Agard (who designed the publication).

The poems, always engaging, shimmy deftly between

moods; there is humour as well as poignancy;

most of them are flavoured with pinches of Guyanese

patois. Together they paint a vibrant portrait of Anna,

coming to terms with her new life among we Brits.

Here’s an example; entitled Trusting in Feet. If you

know John, recite it in your head in his accent. ‘Too

cautious / to catch a bus / on her own. / Preferring to

walk / till she drop / than miss her stop. / Besides, bus

drivers / don’t put you off / at every charity shop.’

Two Stories, published by Hogarth Press, is just that,

and more. It’s a reworking of the first book published

by Hogarth, featuring two short stories, one by

Virginia Woolf, the other by her husband Leonard.

Virginia’s story – The Mark

on the Wall, an interior

monologue that represented

a significant step in her

stylistic development – is

reproduced in this edition;

Leonard’s story (Three

Jews) has been replaced. Instead we have St Brides

Bay, by Mark Haddon, a long-time Bloomsbury fan,

which is a kind of modern-day response to Woolf’s

story. Both tales are prefaced with an essay about different

elements of the history of Hogarth Press. It’s a

lovely tome… more on pg 47.

Finally, many readers will have had riding lessons

with Lucy Postgate, who runs a riding school in

Houndean Bottom. She has written a book, aimed

at ‘teenagers and adults who have not yet outgrown

their pony stage’ about her much loved, but extremely

troublesome 15-year old mare Storm. The book is

called Storm’s Story: more at



Charleston’s annual short story festival, Small

Wonder, takes place at the end of September, and

the organisers have given us three pairs of tickets

for the opening evening’s events to give away as

competition prizes (each worth £20).

There are two events scheduled on Wednesday

the 27th of September; both will include readings

from the authors and a Q&A afterwards. From

6-7pm Arifa Akbar chairs a session entitled Let

Me Count the Ways with Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

and Gwendoline Riley on the subject of ‘Love’;

from 7.45-8.45pm Cathy Galvin introduces David

Constantine and Kit de Waal (right), in a session

entitled Protest: Stories of Resistance.

The festival takes place from Weds 27th till

Sunday October 1st, and as usual there are a host

of star names included in the programme, from

Mark Haddon (see pg 47) to David Szalay; as well

as Q&A sessions

and readings, there

are two creative

writing workshops,

a reading salon and

a reading group.

There is, of course,

food and drink, and

a shuttle service

from Lewes and

Brighton stations.

All you have to do

to stand a chance of being drawn out as a winner is

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Passing Lewes railway station,

you may find yourself

looking up for a clock. There

isn't one on the building’s

façade. Nor is there a station

clock on the concourse. Nor

in the booking office. There

was one in the latter, but it's

recently been removed. Its

future is uncertain.

I'm bemused by the lack of

a façade clock, but then I grew up at the other

end of the Downs, in Winchester, where the 1839

station has a very prominent clock. From old

photos, it looks like this 1889 station never had a

station clock per se. Nor did its 1857 predecessor

at approximately the same location. Nor did the

first station, opened in 1846 on Friars Walk. Its

siting was never satisfactory:

it was a terminus, and

trains had to "effect sundry

convulsive fits or starts",

according to one report,

reversing back onto the

main line.

So the only clocks we have

now are digital – suitably

enough, as that's this issue's

theme. As well as the digital

information displays on the platforms, the Arrivals

screen in the booking office has the time in

modest yellow figures. At least it seems to be more

accurate than the old clock-shaped clock, that

used to be positioned above the ticket window,

and always ran a few panic-inducing minutes fast.

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Carlotta was called in at short notice to record

a spectacular but rather gruesome find by the

builders who are redeveloping the Corn Exchange

in Brighton: a Quaker burial site, probably

from the 18th century. She shot the team from

Archaeology South-East carefully exhuming

15 complete skeletons. It is known that before

the Royal Pavilion Estate was built, the site was

known as ‘Quakers’ Croft’. The skeletons will be

studied by the ASE team before a decision is made

as to what to do with them. More on this and all

Carlotta’s pictures at


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Lewes resident John Hinitt

took his Viva to Sandy Lake,

in the Prince Albert Regional

Park, Saskatchewan, Canada.

He reports; ‘whilst trying to set

up the magazine with suitable

background I was joined by two

curious locals from the nearby

Cree First Nations Reserve...

forget the background, include

these guys in the foreground

and I had all the local flavour I

needed.’ Excellent art direction.

And here’s Robin Bath, who

took his Viva all the way to

Mount Kailash on a trip of a

lifetime to Western Tibet. It’s

a popular Buddhist pilgrimage,

with its mythical status as a holy

mountain at the axis of the world.

He tells us, ‘on my return to the

capital, Lhasa, I remembered

my copy of Viva, and the photo

shows the Jokhang Temple, the

most revered religious structure

in Tibet.’

And finally Vera Gajic took her

Viva Lewes on a different kind

of pilgrimage; to the Edinburgh

festival in August. Keep taking

us with you on your travels

and keep spreading the word.

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Read-only memory

Photo by Chrissy Bridge

My wife's flicking through photos of Rupert

the cat on her phone. One shows him almost

seventeen years ago, a tiny saucer-eyed creature

with exactly the same symmetrical black-andwhite

markings as the adult cat I came to know.

"I miss my little kitten", she says. I miss him too,

although he was never my little kitten. Instead, he

chose to adopt me in middle age. (His, obviously.

I'm still in denial about mine.) Sadly, Rupert's

not been himself for several weeks, which is why

we're consoling ourselves by looking through old

photos. At the moment he's sitting on the bedroom

windowsill, although we only know it's him

because his name's written on the label attached

to a little wicker wallet. The preceding words on

the label are 'In Loving Memory Of'.

Rupert had been forgetting things for a few

months. He'd forgotten where his outdoor toilet

was. Then he forgot to eat. Eventually he forgot

to keep breathing, too. One Friday morning, we

woke up but he didn't. We found him lying in his

bed with his offside front leg stretched forwards,

looking about as relaxed as he ever did. Frozen in

the perfect taxidermy of death.

We couldn't bury him under his favourite tree

because we were moving house and didn't want

to leave him behind. So we had him cremated

at Raystede's Peaceways crematorium, where we

bid a sad farewell to him in his feline form and

retrieved him a few days later in a disconcertingly

gritty pocket-sized packet. And we wept, not

just for the cat we'd lost but also for the love we

weren't able to give him any more, for the extra

love he'd never know.

Of course, he's haunting our new home. Bad

ghosts haunt with a malevolent presence. They

put white sheets over their heads and say "woo".

A cat poltergeist might yowl mysteriously from

the wardrobe at midnight or nibble their initials

into an unwary mouse. Rupert haunts us with his

absence. We know the shadow by the window

isn't his. There's a cat-sized gap on the sofa

between me and Mrs B. The buttery crumpet

crumbs remain on our breakfast plates.

We'd expected to lose something when we moved.

A picture frame was dropped. A self-assembly

cupboard started disassembling itself. We spent

a week with only a single cereal bowl between us

before the rest of the mismatched set emerged.

But we'd not expected to leave some of our happy

memories behind.

Fortunately, plenty remain. We have hundreds of

Rupert photos, all copied to secure online storage

in some Californian bunker. Most importantly, we

still have Harry, the backup cat. He's very fond of

his new home... and of sitting in the extra space

that's now available on the sofa. It almost looks

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East of Ambridge

Summertime, and in

The Archers Adam’s

polytunnels are once

again the backdrop

for romantic mischief,

occasioned by the

presence of East

European fruit pickers.

Aeons ago, in prepolytunnel


Kirsty had a fling with

some hunky Hungarian

heartbreaker. In 2012, it

was Adam himself who was venturing well beyond

the customary Europleasantries, with Polish

Pavel. This year, it’s hapless Roy Tucker and

Lexie. Their discovery of a shared enthusiasm for

the novels of Stephen King has led to some lessthan-Empsonian

critical analysis from Roy (“he’s

a master storyteller!”) Alas, their friendship is

unlikely to survive Roy’s opening conversational

gambit: “you must be missing Romania.” Lexie is,

as she points out, very patiently, Bulgarian.

I suspect that most Bulgarians, indeed most

Eastern Europeans, would recognise the

exchange with a weary resignation. Tom

Stoppard’s play, Travesties, is set in Zurich in

1917/18, a time when Lenin, James Joyce and

the Romanian Dadaist Tristan Tzara were all

living in the city. Here’s a conversation between

characters whose Wildean raison d’être in the

play it would be otiose to explain.

‘Cecily: You are not a bit like your brother. You

are more English.

Carr: I assure you I am as Bulgarian as he is.

Cecily: He is Romanian.

Carr: They are the same place. Some call it one,

some call it the other.

Cecily: I didn’t know that, though I always

suspected it.’

In her memoir,

Chernobyl Strawberries,

the Serbian writer

Vesna Goldsworthy

characterises herself,

rather alarmingly, as

‘two-thirds Simone de

Beauvoir, one-third

Tammy Wynette’.

Born in Belgrade in

1961, she describes

the many confusions

attendant upon her national identity when she

came to this country and took a job in an office

above the Natural History Museum.

‘Occasionally I spoke to an entomologist with an

interest in Russian coleoptera, who told me that

many of his colleagues in the museum believed I

was Russian because I once helped him translate

a Russian index card. There was also an occasion

when some botanists invited me to meet “a

compatriot of mine”, a visiting professor from

Budapest, and didn’t seem at all puzzled when

we started conversing in French.' I imagine that

it probably didn't help that her place of birth on

her Natural History Museum security pass was

printed as not Belgrade, but Belgravia.

I may be overly sensitive to this sort of cultural

confusion as I once, due to a lamentable lack

of close reading, took the first lines of Sir John

Denham’s poem entitled To Sir John Mennis, Being

Invited from Calais to Boulogne to Eat a Pig to be:

‘All on a weeping Monday / With a fat Bulgarian

Slovene.’ I gave an inordinate amount of thought

to the possible origins of this intriguing Slavic

hybrid before eventually noticing that the poet

was in fact talking about a ‘fat Bulgarian sloven’. A

very arresting opening to a not very good poem.

Illustration by Alex Leith



Chloë King

Drawing fire

I posed my first ever question

on the Lewes Forum this week.

I asked people to tell me what

their favourite posts on the site

are and why.

It was not popular. I attracted

fewer replies than a subsequent

thread defaming an antiques

dealer and another, slagging off

a commenter with poor spelling

who was slagging off old people who were slagging

off young people.

In fact, in two hours I gleaned just two down-votes

and one reply chastising anti-cyclist rants.

“We get attacked for not having bells, not using

cycle paths, emissions...” they wrote.

One must never let it be said that we aren’t

incredibly nice in Lewes.

You see, the Lewes Forum is SIMPLY NOT




By mid-afternoon, I scored my first troll.

“The threads I hate most are those from DFL's

pretending to do research,” they wrote. “Utter


My parents moved here from London when I

was two, the wankers. They didn’t even have the

decency to stay in London where I might have

had a Labour MP. Instead, they brought me to

Lewes which is too nice to leave and too awful

to not contain a load of bigots hiding behind IP


I’m really going to incite some hatred on the

Lewes Forum now. In fact, someone has already

brought up that David James Smith article on my

thread. I’ll quote: ‘some London t**t’ and his ‘illraised

urchins’. Oh boy, not that.

So I ask the warm fluffy community of my

personal Facebook page what their favourite, most

loathed or most remembered

Lewes Forum posts are, and

the stats are as follows.

Of seven to respond, two have

received direct personal abuse.

Two recall groups they are

associated with being smeared.

One remembers reading

threats of violence towards

homeless people and another

recalls a poster making ‘sexual comments’ about

her pre-teen daughter.

It’s not all bad. Over on the forum, someone likes

“threads where people lose things and others try to

help them find them.” Funny that. One friend got

five down-votes for trying to help locate a lost cat.

For the sake of balance, I ask friends that live

outside Lewes whether their local communities

have online forums, and if so, what the overall

tone tends to be.

The jury’s out on East Dulwich Forum. One says

it's “a godawful cesspool of trolls with occasionally

good local trade recommendations,” another

declares it friendly and loveable.

The ‘Penge Tourist Board’ is “fantastic,” the

Catford version “supportive,” and Herne Hill:

“useful”. ‘Haslemere Rants’, on the other hand,

“is abominable,” but it’s “nothing compared to the

Bordon one”.

Obviously my research is grossly limited, but

having made a quick comparison of these various

platforms, a few things spring to mind.

Anonymous forums are more likely to attract

embittered, obnoxious, abusive arseholes.

It’s possible to mitigate this by implementing

some form of moderation, by publishing clear

guidelines, and by categorising threads into subgenres

so users can find stuff that’s relevant. For

example: ‘parents and tots’, ‘stuff for sale’, and ‘the

swirling, whirling, fiery gate to hell’.





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Captain Kelly

The Rookettes’ long-serving skipper

In the pre-season

friendly against Chelsea’s

U23 team, Lewes

Ladies were cruising

at 3-0 early in the

second half, and it was

time for manager John

Donoghue to give a few

subs a chance. Off came

captain Kelly Newton,

who’d been anchoring

the midfield in the

assured manner that

regulars have become

used to over the last 14

years she’s been playing

for Lewes.

“Before long,” she tells

me, a couple of days later,

sitting on the steps of the Philcox Stand before

Tuesday-night training, “it was three-all!” She’s got

a glint in her eye to show she’s not bigging herself

up, but I was there and Lewes certainly lost shape

without her positional sense, ball-winning skills

and passing ability. Thankfully, for the third year

running, she’s put off her long-planned retirement,

and we’ll see her for at least another season at the

Pan. “I wouldn’t miss this season for the world,”

she says. “And I’m not talking about the money.”

This term, of course, Lewes FC are giving the

same budget to the women’s team as to the men’s

– an unprecedented move in global football – and

this suggests that the Rookettes, who won a national

trophy last season and more than held their

own in the (third tier) Womens’ Premier League,

will step up their game a couple of notches. “There

are five new players, all of whom have strengthened

the squad,” she says. “For the first time since

I’ve been here I’m looking over my shoulder, worried

about my place in the team.”

Kelly’s long spell at

Lewes FC has included

eight trophies and four

promotions, and promotion

this year – to the

Women’s Super League

– would be the icing on

a very rich cake. Though

Kelly thinks it’s too

soon to think about such

a possibility. “What’s

happened is historical

and has struck a blow

for gender equality in

football and beyond,” she

says. “But it’d be wrong

to expect automatic promotion

as a given. I’d say

a top three finish would

be a massive achievement.”

Kelly is now 37, she tells me (I’ve been too polite

to ask) and if retirement doesn’t come at the end

of the season, it will surely come soon after. Whatever

happens, she won’t be hanging up her boots

entirely. “Both John and Jacquie [Agnew, Director

of Women’s Football] have asked me if I’ll stay on

in a coaching capacity after I stop playing,” she

says… “I’m already studying for my FA coaching


In the meantime, let’s be thankful we’ve got her on

the pitch. Rolling subs were allowed in the friendly

against Chelsea, and at 3-3 she came back on to

play for the last few minutes. Out of the blue,

against the run of play, the Rookettes scored a

dramatic winner. “The goal was absolutely nothing

to do with me,” she admits. But she’s not taking

into account her talismanic presence in the centre

of the pitch. Interview by Alex Leith

For Lewes FC Women’s and Men’s team fixtures

check out

Photo by James Boyes






brought to

the ‘silver screen’

by Disney, this is an

imaginative account

of what happens when the

lives of fairy-tale characters

dramatically and humorously come

together. Cinderella, Jack (of bean-stalk

fame), Little Red Ridinghood, and the

Baker and his Wife set out for the forest

on a quest to find “happily ever after”.

Along the way they meet Rapunzel,

a Wicked Witch, a lascivious Wolf,

vengeful Giants, a couple of charming

Princes, and their own destiny. With wit

and wisdom, Sondheim and Lapine’s

parable about the loss of innocence, the

joys and sorrows of adulthood, and the

price paid for getting the things you

really want, are all wrapped up in a

dark, yet comical, package!



James Lapine

Music and Lyrics by

Stephen Sondheim



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Film '17

Dexter Lee’s movie round-up

You might well have seen the 2009 movie A Single

Man, directed by Tom Ford, set in the early sixties,

and starring Colin Firth, as a bereaved and

depressed homosexual academic. But have you read

the book it was based on, of the same name, by

Christopher Isherwood? Or, for that matter, have

you read the book but not seen the film?

Depot Cinema are starting up a read-then-watch

strand on September 6th, encouraging viewers of

Ford’s movie – if they want to – to read the book

beforehand, then join a discussion about the niceties

of the adaptation process after a screening of

the movie. Future filmed books to feature include

Room, Rust & Bone and The Remains of the Day, and

the organisers are open to anyone making any

other suggestions.

Depot are aiming to fit movies around all the

town’s major festivals and celebrations, and to mark

the Fossil Festival they are going to show Jurassic

Park on the 16th. And Octoberfeast has given rise

to some other interesting extra-curricular films. On

the 20th the Lebanese drama Tramontane, by firsttime

director Vatche Boulghourjian, will be shown

as part of ‘an evening of Arab food, film and live

music’; the film is a road movie of sorts, telling of

a blind musician finding out some uncomfortable

truths about his origins as he seeks to obtain a visa

to leave the country.

And on the 24th, also as part of the OF celebrations,

there’s a ‘Spaghetti Western’ double bill,

where you can eat stringy pasta before or after

watching two classic chaps-in-chaps shoot-‘em-ups,

Shane (6pm, nothing ‘spaghetti’ about that, but

never mind) and A Fistful of Dollars, 8pm, the first

of Sergio Leone’s super-influential Morriconescored

trilogy starring ‘man with no name’ Clint

Eastwood – that’s one not to be missed.

But that’s not all. On the 30th, to wrap up the

Gin & Fizz Festival (within a festival) there’s a

screening of Robert Altman’s 2001 period-piece

ensemble movie, Gosford Park, starring Maggie

Smith, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren and many

more. This 30s-set upstairs-downstairs whodunnit

ended up being Altman’s second highest-grossing

film (after M*A*S*H) and was the inspiration

behind an even more successful TV series: Downton

Abbey. Hopefully, after an afternoon of downing

Prosecco and G&Ts in the Grange, punters will be

in a fit state to get to grips with the many nuances

of the plot.

All this and much more, of course: Depot announce

their full programming around a week in

advance on their website, and there are plenty of

new first-and-second run releases to look forward

to. Meanwhile bear it in mind that Film at All

Saints is still running, though there is only one

movie to report on in September. On the 29th

(8pm) they are showing Gurinder ‘Bend it like

Beckham’ Chadha’s ambitious period piece Viceroy’s

House, starring Hugh Bonneville as Lord Mountbatten,

sent to India to preside over its independence

from Britain, and all the chaos that entailed.


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40 Shillings on the Drum

Fading Sun Festival

Some bands are

happy to follow musical

trends. Others

are determined to

set themselves apart

from the crowd. 40

Shillings On The

Drum is very much

in the latter category,

as keyboard

player Seb Cole

explains. “We want

to take a new stance on rock music or folk music

and give it a new direction.”

The band is heading into Lewes – familiar

territory for former Sussex Downs College

student Seb – as part of the Fading Sun festival at

The Dorset Inn on 8th, 9th and 10th September.

It’s the fourth year for the free festival, which

aims to raise money for the St Peter & St James

Hospice, the Starfish Youth Music project and

Cliffe Bonfire Society.

Although the band’s music is available online, with

its latest video receiving more than 25,000 views

on Facebook, it’s recently produced a physical

EP as well. “I think people prefer something a bit

more tangible, something you can hold, look at

and put in your car”, Seb says. “There's something

nicer about having CDs and vinyl, even

though it's less convenient.”

I ask Seb about the way the band recorded its

songs. “Nothing's put in or created afterwards”,

he reveals. “It's all been people in the studio,

recording take after take to get the right one. I'm

very much one for ‘if you're not able to play it live

to an audience then you shouldn't be adding it in

to your music’.”

As well as playing

keyboards and singing

backing vocals,

Seb also co-writes

songs for the band

with vocalist Daniel

Scully. “Sometimes

Dan will have

written a set of

lyrics but he’ll also

have in mind the

way that the song

would go and the melody of his vocal”. This, Seb

tells me, is unusual for a lyricist who doesn’t play

an instrument. “It means that you can write song

after song very quickly. And every now and then,

I'll send Dan a piece of music that I've written

specifically for the group and he will put words to

it in a more conventional manner.”

“We write about where we live, people we know,

the experiences that we've had as a group, both

good and bad. A lot of the time it's inspiration

from the normal day-to-day of what young

musicians and bands are going through. Always

fighting an uphill battle.”

There’s even a hint of battle in the band’s name.

Dan borrowed it from a version of the folk song

Over the Hills and Far Away, which was rewritten

by John Tams for the TV drama series Sharpe.

“Before my time”, admits Seb. “Dan suggested it -

and we were all perfectly happy with that as soon

as it was mentioned. It really stands out as being

something different.” As does the band.

Mark Bridge

40 Shillings On The Drum play at The Dorset Inn

on Saturday 9th (evening). /

Photo by Natassia Kaschevsky



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Building a quantum computer

‘We’ve looked at a few football-pitch-sized areas’

“We don’t want to just beat

IBM by 2 Qubits. ‘They

have 15 right now so we’ve

got to go to 17’, or something,”

says Professor Winfried

Hensinger. “That’s

just boring. You’re never

going to solve interesting

problems like that.”

Hensinger and his colleagues,

at the University of Sussex’s Ion Quantum

Technology Group, have much bigger ambitions. In

February, they published what he calls “a construction

plan - how to build a billion-Qubit quantum

computer.” In a room on campus, behind two sets

of security doors, they’re already working on a

smaller prototype. And Hensinger has “talked to

our VC, and we’ve looked at a few football-pitchsized

areas” on which the real thing could be built.

One major reason why building a quantum

computer is “unbelievably hard”, Hensinger says,

is that quantum states are fragile. Because “any

interaction destroys quantum effects”, each Qubit

– quantum bit – needs to be kept isolated from

other atoms, etc.

This can be done using superconducting circuits

cooled to nearly absolute zero. However, to make

a billion-Qubit quantum computer like that, you’d

need a huge, impractical amount of cooling power.

Instead Sussex’s preferred method is to trap charged

atoms – ions – in a vacuum.

Hensinger says that the University of Sussex were

pioneers of the trapped-ion approach, and that, in

their blueprint, they’ve introduced two other key

innovations. The first relates to quantum logic

gates. Previously, to make each gate, you needed

two precisely focused lasers. Like the use of superconducting

circuits, this isn’t practical at the scale

they’re aspiring to. But Sussex have found a very

engineering-efficient way to achieve the same effect

– “by applying voltages to a


The second innovation is a

way for different processors

within the quantum computer

to communicate with

each other quickly. “The

[previous] approach was

to send information by an

optical fibre, via photons.

But that is unbelievably hard; people have been

working for the last 10-15 years, and the maximum

speed they’ve managed is seven per second: a very,

very slow speed. Nowadays conventional computers

work at gigahertz, and this works at hertz.” Sussex’s

solution involves connecting the parts “using

electrical fields”.

“These innovations take away the fundamental barriers

to building a large-scale quantum computer.

And so we put all of these ingredients together,

and wrote this blueprint paper, where we then

calculated all the relevant quantities, like power dissipation.

We gave construction diagrams of how to

make the electrodes of the quantum computer, and

so on, to show that it’s actually possible, not just to

go to 50 Qubits, but to millions or billions…

“We made sure that we included all the engineering

details, so this is not just like the crazy

vision of a madman, but it’s really based in solid

engineering. That doesn’t make it easy. We’re

not saying at all that this can be done in a year’s

time, or something like that. It’s still a tremendous

engineering [challenge].”

Hensinger is clearly optimistic, though. When he

tells me that Sussex will be building a large-scale

quantum computer, he notably doesn’t say “maybe”.

Steve Ramsey

‘Quantum leap: building the world’s fastest computer’

(a talk by Prof Hensinger), Tues 5th, 2.30pm,

Sussex University campus.

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Felix and the Machine

‘Bad-ass’ machine musician

Brighton artist Felix Thorn designs and builds

acoustic machines that create their own music. He

talks to Viva ahead of his forthcoming show with

electronica duo Plaid at the Attenborough Centre.

I grew up in Ditchling where I have a workshop

now. But my machines were developed in

London when I was studying Sound Art at the

London College of Communication. My final year

project involved me experimenting with mechanisms

and synching them with light.

It was my love of electronica that was the

driving force when I was starting out. I listened

to music by artists like Aphex Twin and Plaid

and tried to make my own physical version. Back

then a lot of live performances would just involve

someone on a laptop. I was interested in making

the genre more accessible.

What I ended up building became more of a

gallery exhibit and something anyone could enjoy

whatever type of music they were into. By 2007

I had a miniature ensemble of machines. That

same set-up has developed over the years. I still

have some of the original mechanisms but I’ve

since learned how to engineer better and how to

incorporate new technologies. The machines are

more bad-ass now.

Initially I would use things I found lying

around to make them. The ready-made parts

that found their way into the machines directed

their visual appearance and the sound. It was quite

an organic, sculptural process. As I’ve progressed

I’ve got more into design work.

These natural, acoustic instruments produce

sounds that can be perfectly timed again and

again, whereas those produced by humans cannot.

You can create some really interesting rhythms

that would be very hard for a person to play.

I’ve taken the machines into cavernous, marble

spaces in Rome, a room shaped like a trumpet in

Norway and The Tate a couple of years back. They

sound completely different in each space.

Plaid are my musical heroes. I was listening to

their music long before I started making machines.

So it was flattering when they approached me to

collaborate with them. We’ve done a number of

intimate shows together and now we’re developing

the experience for bigger audiences with larger

structures, more lights and a louder sound.

We’re planning on putting the machines in the

centre of the room rather than on the stage at

ACCA [the Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts

at the University of Sussex] so audiences can move

around them and look at them properly. Plaid and

I will be performing like sound engineers off to

the side. The spectacle is the machines, not us.

It’s going to be an intense show. I like the

machines to be able to do gentle, delicate stuff

but in this case I want it to be quite techno-heavy.

Every sound will have a light associated with it,

no matter how minor. I want audiences to really

lose themselves in the experience of the music, the

lights and the machines. Nione Meakin

Attenborough Centre, University of Sussex, Tues

Sept 19th, as part of Brighton Digital Festival





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Mark Haddon

Curious offspring

The Hogarth Press celebrates its centenary this

year. The Press had a significant impact, in terms

of who it published (TS Eliot, translations including

Freud, plus Virginia Woolf’s work, of course),

and the look of what they printed (illustrations

were commissioned by Dora Carrington and dust

cover designs by Vanessa Bell).

In honour of the centenary, Chatto & Windus

(who eventually took over the Hogarth Press after

Leonard Woolf died) have published a beautifully

illustrated collection called Two Stories, comprising

Woolf’s The Mark on the Wall, and a short story by

Mark Haddon (best known for writing The Curious

Incident of the Dog in the Night-time) called St Brides

Bay. We talk to him about his new work ahead of

his appearance later this month at the Small Wonder

festival at Charleston. He’ll be in conversation

with Alison MacLeod and Catherine Taylor in an

event entitled Strange Offsprings. The ‘strange offspring’

being what Virginia Woolf called the titles

she and Leonard produced on the letterpress they

set up in their Richmond dining room,

When did you discover Virginia Woolf? I remember

reading To the Lighthouse for the first time

as a teenager, and not understanding why anyone

would be swept away by a novel which contains so

little event. Jacob’s Room converted me some years

later. Woolf is innovative and experimental in her

use of the narrative voice, and that is a large part

of what draws me to her work. The suppleness and

speed with which she switches between idioms,

points of view, registers, is breathtaking. One of

the joys of The Mark on the Wall is seeing that innovation

and experiment being given full rein for

the first time.

Do you think that the absorbing, hands-on

nature of printing might have helped her

mental-health challenges? It certainly could be

the case, but to say any more would, I think, be

speculation. I do think, however, that the way a

serious mood disorder affected her life and work is

generally underestimated.

Why did you call your story St Brides Bay? I

need to set every story in a physical place I can see

and smell and hear, and I happen to know and like

St Brides Bay very much. Also, ‘Brides’ has a nice

conceptual rhyme.

There feels to be a political ruefulness about

the times we live in. ‘Ruefulness’ would be an

understatement. Fascism resurgent on the far side

of the Atlantic, Brexit and the rise of Trump are

the most terrifying political events of my life so far

(and, worryingly, linked intimately together). The

Brexit referendum was a monumental folly won

with a combination of lies, xenophobic dog-whistle

politics and foreign money. And as for Trump...

The world’s most powerful country is being run

by a raging narcissist with a severe cognitive

deficit who wouldn’t pass an interview for a job

at a corner shop. I pray that Robert Mueller has

bombshells lined up.

Emma Chaplin

Charleston’s short story festival, Small Wonder

28th Sept - 1st Oct. Strange Offsprings Thurs 28th,

7.45pm. £10/12,


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Fernando Perez

Cuban film maker

Fidel Castro famously

said: ‘Within the

revolution, everything;

against the revolution,

nothing’. Has

his death made a difference

to the stories

Cuban filmmakers

tell? I can’t speak for all

of us, but from my point

of view the attitude

hasn’t changed. And

that attitude attempts to

reflect our country with all its light and shade; all its

successes and contradictions.

This film is called ‘Last Days in Havana’. Does

it reflect the end of an era? Maybe, but not

necessarily. Last Days in Havana means to reflect the

complexity of the current situation, the reality of

Cuba today. And the film doesn’t reflect the whole

reality, just a part of it. In 2003 I tried to express

the same themes in the documentary Suite Habana,

which I consider my most representative film,

because it’s the one which is most popular. It’s just

that today in 2017 the conditions for survival have

got more difficult and people are behaving in a way

that reflects a very different, more contradictory

value system.

Can you tell us about the two main characters

in ‘Last Days’? Are they typically Cuban

characters? Diego and Miguel are both Cuban, but

borders don’t come into it because their conflicts

are human, and therefore universal. What distinguishes

them as Cubans is their capacity to live

their daily life without dramatizing it, facing each

day with positivity.

What do you think of the state of Cuban

cinema in this period? What could be done to

improve the climate for film making? Cuban

cinema is recovering

its dynamism thanks

to a push from a new

generation of filmmakers,

which already

guarantees an unstoppable


production line. We

trust that this production

line will be legally

recognized sooner

rather than later.

I notice this film

was produced by [Spanish company] Wandavision?

How come? José María Morales, director of

Wandavision, has been the co-producer of my films

for the last 20 years. He’s very creative and doesn’t

think of cinema in terms of how much money there

is to be made. He’s more interested in the artistic

results... He’s got a lot of spirit, just like Ann Cross,

tilting against windmills for a Quixotic dream.

Have you ever considered making a film outside

Cuba? What problems would you anticipate if

you did? I can’t imagine I ever will. I’ve received

offers, but I’ve always ended up making my films in

Cuba. Perhaps it’s because I feel more creative in

my own country…

What offering can we expect next from Fernando

Perez? This very day I’ve been filming IN-

SUMISA, a film which tells the story of Enriqueta

Faber, a Swiss woman who posed as a man in order

to be able to practice medicine at the beginning of

the 19th century in Baracoa, in the extreme east of

Cuba. It’s a new challenge and I don’t know how it

will end, but I’m having a great time finding out.

Dexter Lee

Last Days in Havana, Duke of York’s Brighton,

September 10th, 1pm, screening organised by Lewes

legend and Cuban film enthusiast Ann Cross.


Home Front truths

Reeves exhibition goes digital

Throughout Artwave, and until 24th September,

you’ll be able to catch Reeves' latest lightbox exhibition

– with more than 80 images, including many

previously unseen ones – in the windows of shops,

other businesses and private houses throughout the

centre of town. Entitled Stories Seen through a Glass

Plate 1914-18: Lewes Remembers, and chronicling

the Lewes Home Front during the WW1 period,

it is an upgraded version of the exhibition Reeves

put on last November, with a majority of the shots

originally taken in or near the same building it is

displayed from. The map that follows this spread

(pgs 52-53) is a useful guide to all the lightboxes

on show, you can also pick up a loose-leaf copy in

Tourist Information and at Reeves’ Shop at 159

High Street.

But there’s much more to it than that. For this exhibition

they have, pertinently enough for our digital

edition, added the chance for those interested to do

an ‘audio/visual online tour’, either on their home

computers or on their phones as they walk from

lightbox to lightbox.

A tremendous amount of research has been done

about each picture (by a team headed by Brigitte

Lardinois) and various volunteers have been

recorded relating information (gleaned from contemporary

records and newspapers) which can be

listened to while looking at the pictures, rather like

the information you get from the headphones you

can rent at an upmarket art gallery.

What’s more, in many occasions, other pictures

relating to the one on show, or blow-ups showing

important details you might otherwise miss, are

visible at the press of a button. Details can be found

at Have a taster at home, but next

time you’re taking a stroll in the centre of town…

don’t forget your earbuds.

Above is one of the most striking shots in the

exhibition, obviously posed (though we imagine

the curious-looking young lady in the background

wasn’t scripted). It was taken (it’s obvious if you look

closely) in that space near the castle, in front of the

Maltings, and features a pair of Royal Engineers

despatch riders, who would have been training near

Lewes, and possibly billeted in town. To the right

we’re showing another picture, taken outside St Michael’s

Church in 1915, with the script of the audio

information you can hear when viewing it.



Cyclists outside St Michael’s Church, 1915

Reeves caption: Each member of the Cyclists’ Battalion was equipped with a sturdy iron bicycle with a lamp and bell. A

toolkit hung from the crossbar, a kitbag on the back held a groundsheet, personal items and rations. The cyclists were

used mainly for reconnaissance and carrying messages.

(Viva note: This picture was taken at the funeral of Lance Corporal John Roderick Hards, killed in a bicycle accident

near the prison. Under the clock you can see the hearse his coffin was carried in).

Audio text: “There was a verdict of accidental

death at the inquest on Lance Corporal John

Roderick Hards, 25th Cyclist Battalion of the

County on London Regiment, who was found

lying on the Brighton Road near Lewes Prison on

Monday. Deceased who was 36 years of age was

carrying despatches from Pevensey to Lancing,

when, at about 4 o’clock in the afternoon, he appears

to have skidded. At all events he was found

lying in the road way and had sustained such

injuries that he died shortly after admission to the

Second Eastern General Hospital at Brighton,

where he was conveyed in a motor ambulance.

Death was due to a fracture of the base of the

skull and lacerations of the brain. The deceased

had also fractured his collar bone and several ribs

were broken. The fatality cast quite a gloom over

the Regiment, Lance Corporal Hards being very

popular with his comrades.”

(From an inquest report in the Sussex Express, 16th

April 1915, related in the audio/visual programme

by historian Dr Graham Mayhew).




Pelham Terrace



Toronto Terrace

St. John’s Hill

Offham Rd.

Talbot Terrace

St Johns Terrace

Abinger Pl.




Sun St.

The Avenue

Mount Pleasant

Western Rd.

De Montfort Rd.



Bradford Rd.



High St.


Paddock Ln.

High St.



48 47

Paddock Rd.

High St.

Castle Gate




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St Martin’s Ln.


Watergate Ln.

Fisher St.

High St.

Fisher St.

St Andrew

Rotten Row

Keere St.



Grange Rd.

Southover Rd.


Garden St.

Southover High St.

Eastport Ln.

Map copyright Isaac Reeves

Southover High St.

Priory St.

North St.


Sun St.


Fisher St.

Fisher St.

St John St.

Brook St.

Lancaster St.

West St.

Market Ln.


Market St.


North St.

East St.

Albion St.


Little East St.


School Hill




Eastgate St.



Market Ln.

Fisher St. Station St.






High St.




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Market St.




Cliffe High St.


Foundry Ln.



School Hill




Morris Rd.


Malling St.


South St.


St Andrew’s Ln.

Southover Rd.


Station St.



Station Rd.


Mountfield Rd.

Lansdown Pl.

Friars Walk



- Tourist Information Centre

1 - Bag of Books

2 - Cliffe Osteopathy

3 & 4 - Emporium Antiques Centre

5 - Lansdown Health Foods

6 - Intersport

7 - Harvey’s Brewery Shop

8 - No. 1 Antiques

9 - Continental

10 - Wilson, Wilson & Hancock

11 - Bake Out

12 & 13 - Alexis Dove

14 - Steamer Trading

15 - Clifford Dann

16 - Strutt and Parker

17 - School Hill Surgery

18 - Closet and Botts

19 - Barbican Carpets

20 - Crew Clothing

21 - Fox and Sons

22 & 23 - Coopers

24 - H.A. Baker Ltd.

25, 26 & 27 - Lewes Town Hall

28 - The Shoe Gallery

29 - Axtell Hairdressers

30 - PJ’s@Thirty

31 & 32 - White Hart Hotel

33 - Paul Clark Ladieswear

34 - Bow Windows Bookshop

35 - Beckworths

d - Independent Mortgage Matters

36, 37 - Castlegate House

38 - Darcy Clothing, The Maltings

39 - Guild of Master Craftsmen

40 - Jonathan Swan

41 & 42 - Shanaz

43 - Edward Reeves Photography

44 - A & Y Cumming

45 - Tina’s Food Works

46 - The Little Natural Co.

47 - 96 High Street

48 - 103 High Street

49 & 50 - Baltica

51 - 114 High Street

52 & 53 - 125 High Street

54 - The Pelham Arms

55 - A. S. Apothecary

56 - St Anne’s Dental Practice

57 - 18 Keere Street

58 & 59 - The Sussex Guild

60 - The Lansdown Arms

61 - G.M. Taxis

62 - Self Storage Space

63 - 30 Friars Walk

64 - 11 Friars Walk

65 - Lewes Cycleshack 2

66 & 67 - St Peter & St James Hospice

68 - Chaula’s

69 - Waterloo House

70, 71 & 72 - Gorringes

73 - Lewes Little Theatre

74 - 41 Sun Street

75 - 1 Sun Street

76 - Croeso, Toronto Terrace

77 - 36 Talbot Terrace

78 - Phase Consultants


Focus on: Prospect of Arcadia

by Rachael Adams, acrylic on canvas

152 x 90cm, centre panel of triptych

I live in front of a spinney on the

edge of Woodingdean and every day

I scramble through it and go for a

walk. The wonderful thing about having

a dog is that you are forced to get

out there every day, in all elements.

I walk to think. I have no idea what

I think about – it’s too random to

remember clearly – but it works its

way into my paintings. I paint these

in the studio without reference to

anything but my memories. So they

are invented landscapes as well as

remembered landscapes.

My house has no great history, but

the spinney used to mark the boundary

of the old manor of Wooden Dean,

so it dates back to ancient times. It’s

full of ash trees and fly tipping and

empty beer bottles.

I spent my childhood in a smallholding

on the edge of a village, near

the railway tracks; there was a bottle

dump at the end of the road. It was

what I’ve come to term an Arcadian

landscape, it was very ‘edgelandy’.

I used to play in the spinney

near that house and essentially you

become invisible to your parents,

even though they’re still in earshot

when they call you for dinner. Most

children have experiences in similar

spaces where they are freed from the

authority of surveillance, where they

learn a lot of life’s big lessons.

I got an Arts Council award last

year to research the idea of ‘landscapes

of the edgeland’, and this

exhibition – of paintings as well as

photographs and other relevant objects – is part of that project.

I’ve done a lot of research in The Keep and other libraries

about the history of the local area.

Influences? I love the work of Neo Rauch, but it is film-makers

and writers who influence my work most. Patrick Keiller

makes these films that are ostensibly about landscape but with

an underlying narrative of ‘I’ve spent my lifetime looking for

the solution to a problem, without ever knowing what that

problem is.’ I feel the same way, and I’ve come to the conclusion

it’s necessary that I never arrive.

If I were to take you to a gallery? The Berlinische Galerie,

Berlin. I’ve been there twice and both times I was the only

person there, and I loved it. As told to Alex Leith

The Spinney: Landscapes of the Edgeland is on every Saturday

in September in The Martyrs' Gallery (12pm – 5pm)


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John Minton

Time was away

Asked once to reflect upon

his experience as a student at

Camberwell School of Arts and

Crafts, the jazz trumpeter and

unorthodox radio quiz game

compère Humphrey Lyttelton

replied: “Camberwell can be

summed up in two words –

Johnny Minton”. Pallant House

Gallery in Chichester has put

on a comprehensive show devoted

to this charismatic artist

and teacher, which runs until

1st October. It not only marks

the centenary of Minton’s birth

but also the sixtieth anniversary of his taking his

own life at the age of thirty-nine.

For a long time all seemed to be going swimmingly.

Minton was a popular teacher, at Camberwell

and later at the Royal College of Art. His work,

very much in the British Neo-Romantic tradition,

sold well – Minton had eight one-man shows

between 1945 and 1956. He was the life and soul

of every party. With his great pal and fellow artist

Susan Einzig (best known for her illustrations

for Tom’s Midnight Garden) Minton jived and

jitterbugged to Humphrey Lyttelton’s band every

Monday evening. Spontaneously generous, he

kept the London taxi trade afloat ferrying his gay

entourage, known as ‘Johnny’s Circus’ round the

high spots and low spots of London.

Perhaps it was all a bit too frenetic. Keith

Vaughan, who once shared a studio with Minton,

wrote in his journal entry for 25 December, 1948:

‘I thought last night that Johnny’s use of life might

be compared to a Tibetan use of a prayer wheel.

A circuit of activity is revolved with monotonous

persistence in the simple belief that disaster can

thereby be avoided and some

lasting gain acquired. Almost

every kind of experience can

be tasted, but the revolutions

are so quick that nothing can

be grasped or savoured.’

It’s the desperate side that is

reflected in the superb self

portrait of 1953 and the even

better portrait of Minton by

Lucian Freud that opens the

Pallant House show. It’s shown

in Rodrigo Moynihan’s painting

of The Teaching Staff of the

Painting School, Royal College of

Art. Carel Weight, Rodney Burn, Ruskin Spear

and others are grouped together. But Minton sits,

gloomy and brooding, to one side.

What of the work? There’s a great deal to enjoy

here, but to my mind Minton is an artist who

shows to best advantage when working on a small

scale. There’s a generous selection of his book designs,

and two cabinets, one devoted to his lovely

work on Elizabeth David’s French Country Cooking,

the other to the dust jacket and eight full-page,

four-colour illustrations Minton provided for Alan

Ross’ Corsican travelogue, Time Was Away.

The exhibition’s broadly chronological approach

does Minton no favours. Early paintings, some

inspired by bomb damage in the East End, are

striking but, perhaps, a little too like stage sets.

Later, larger, oils are sometimes rather stiff, the

compositions uninteresting. The final room has

his massive The Death of James Dean and The

Death of Nelson, a reinterpretation of Daniel

Maclise’s mural in the House of Lords. Frankly,

they’re both pretty terrible.

David Jarman

Portrait of John Minton by John Deakin, 1952, courtesy of Michael

Hoppen Gallery © The Condé Nast Publications Ltd


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Focus on: Madrugada jug

by Paul Jackson, 40x40cm, £1500

Madrugada means ‘early morning’ in Spanish,

doesn’t it? Yes, it’s the early morning light you get

as dawn breaks. I adopted the name for a fresh new

body of work I started three years ago. I think the

word has a lovely sound to it. People ask about it

and it helps lead me into talking about my work.

Is there a Spanish look to it? Can I see Picasso

in there? Of course I’m aware of the free energetic,

lively nature of Picasso’s work, though funnily

enough he didn’t use such vibrant colours in his

ceramics. And I’m happy for people to make whatever

connections they like about my work. But the

abstract designs are influenced more by what I see

around me in Cornwall [where he lives]: the sea,

the boat hulls, the sails. Even the form – it’s a rocking

jug – suggests the movement of a boat.

You don’t see many rocking jugs. How did it

come about? Everything starts on the wheel as a

thrown pot. This was just a shape that emerged,

almost by happenstance. It’s become somewhat

iconic: the rocking jug has begun to take on a life

of its own, and people associate the form with me.

Has it got a practical purpose? It’s still hard for

me to dispense with the sense of containership

that pottery necessarily embraces. But after that, it

becomes a piece of whimsy. To be honest, the practical

use of my work isn’t my paramount concern.

I’m more concerned in creating something that is

fun, vibrant and exciting, with a happy, energetic

feel to it. Quite a lot of sculpting goes into it.

Are there any artists that have directly influenced

this work? I’m sure a lot of people’s work

has crept in. When I first saw Sonia Delaunay’s

work, or Russian revolutionary posters of 1917, the

skill and energy sparked a need to try myself and

I strove to assimilate the techniques into my repertoire.

The St Ives School has been an influence;

the simplicity of Terry Frost’s forms. Art is, after

all, other people’s work, recycled. I’ve seen my

ideas in other people’s work, too: it’s very flattering

when that happens.

Take me to a gallery… I’ve been to so many I

can’t remember them all. Let’s go to the V&A. Or

to Tate Britain, which always makes me feel right

at home. Alex Leith

Paul’s Madrugada series will be shown as a solo

show at St Anne’s Galleries, open weekends from

16th Sept - 6th Oct, or by appointment



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Quentin Blake

The Only Way to Travel

“I hate travelling,” laughs Sir Quentin Blake, when

I ask him what his favourite mode of transport is.

“But if I have to, I prefer to go by train.” Does he

prefer the travels in his imagination to the ones in

real life? “You have it exactly.”

I’ve asked the question because his latest exhibition,

The Only Way to Travel, is full of drawings

of people travelling via fantastical machines and

precarious contraptions. Around one hundred

works fill most of the ground floor of the Jerwood

Gallery in Hastings, a town where Sir Quentin

has had a home for the past forty years. All of the

pieces, remarkably, have been made this year. “A

lot of exhibitions are collections of work that people

have done over a period of time” he explains

“but this has all been done especially for the show,

over a period of three months or so.”

It’s quite a body of work for any artist, let alone

one who - at the age of 84 - might justifiably be

taking things easy. Was he always so prolific?

“Well not at that scale,” he remarks. “I do get a

lot of drawings done but not at that size. It was

a bit of a special effort.” He’s referring to several

billboard-sized ink drawings created in situ in the

first gallery you come to, with Sir Quentin working

from a cherry picker. “That’s what’s so good

about [Jerwood Gallery director] Liz Gilmore. She

gets you to do things that you’ve never thought

of... she has a very good instinct for theatre, as well

as for art, and that was her idea. She has a driving

licence for a cherry picker.”

The further galleries depict more journeys.

“What was interesting was that one drawing led to

another. I thought the title would give me a chance

to invent things, and travel is a subject that you

can relate to, even if it’s only going on the train

from Hastings.”

It’s apparent from the drawings that he’s been

in contemplative mood. Many of the travelling

machines are typical works of whimsy, but they

navigate over dark and forbidding landscapes. One

depicts people adrift on a raft on a turbulent sea;

menacing sea creatures circle beneath. In another,

an old man on a towering wheelchair rolls forlornly

into a desert. Vultures wait nearby. “Some

of them got quite gloomy. I didn’t expect them

to do that, but they did. It started as comedy and

then it got rather more serious, and then there are

two or three pictures which say, ‘actually, we know

people are having to do this and that’s not fun at

all’. I didn’t set out with the intention of giving a

message. I set out with the intention of fantasising,

but when you start drawing you discover things.”

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In town this month

Be quick and you’ll catch the last knockings of this

year’s Artwave Festival on the 2nd and 3rd. Brighton

Bus Company have a floral bus in Cliffe Precinct

on the 2nd and it’s the last weekend to visit some

of the 140+ venues around the district. Don’t miss

the open studio of Lewesian potter-extraordinaire,

Tanya Gomez (venue 76), and The Many Vesseled

Women; hand-thrown pots by painter-turned-potter

Philomena Harmsworth at 7 Baker Street in Uckfield

(venue 14). [] The ceramics theme

continues with a solo show by potter Paul Jackson at

St Anne’s Galleries from the 16th (more on pg 59).

Tanya Gomez

The exhibition of works by Susan Lynch, Peter Bushell, Samantha

Tuffnell and Polly Finch continues at Pelham House until the 19th when

it’s followed from the 20th by an exhibition of photographs from Farleys

House and Gallery. Lee Miller and A Tale of Two Houses is an exhibition

in two parts: photographs by Lee Miller showing a cross-section of her

fashion shots, friends’ portraits and Sussex-inspired photographic work,

shown alongside an exhibition of photographs taken by Brighton-based

photographer, Tony Tree, of both Charleston and Farleys House.


At Martyrs’

Gallery this

month Rachael

Adams shares



her ongoing

project The

Spinney, more

of that on pg

55 (Saturdays

9th, 16th, 23rd

& 30th, 12 noon–5pm). Congratulations to another resident

of the Star Brewery building: Rachel Ward-Sale, of

Bookbinders of Lewes, who has been awarded 2nd prize in

the Designer Bookbinders 3rd international competition for

her binding of Aphrodite. []

Aphrodite by Rachel Ward Sale. Photo by Leigh Simpson

After the excitement of Artwave,

the calm returns to Chalk Gallery;

the artist-run gallery refreshes

its exhibition of works by its 21

member artists every six weeks and

this month the spotlight is on the

half-imagined but familiar coastal

landscapes of Leila Godden.


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Out of town

After a little wrangling over planning permission, local

landscape artist Grant Dejonge has been given the goahead

to paint a listed Victorian junction box at Plumpton

railway station. The work has been commissioned

by Network Rail as part of a ‘spruce up’ of the station

and by way of an apology for inconvenience caused by a

recent upgrade of the crossing. Dejonge plans to depict

scenes from the local landscape, from all points of the

compass, on the junction box which will be visible to

passengers on passing trains.

Grant Dejonge

Dusk by Carol Farrow

At the Jointure Studios in Ditchling from the

22nd of September until the 8th of October

you’ll find Crossing Boundaries; a commemorative

exhibition of artwork by Carol Farrow,

who died in 2012. See her wall-hung works in

handmade-paper and delicate sculptural objects

in paperclay (a material she invented in 1981).

All works will be for sale. []

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wall-hung paperwork and sculptural paperclay.

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Out of town (cont.)

The High Street 'Haberdashery' by asintended

With Brighton’s Corn Exchange temporarily out

of action due to refurbishment, Tutton & Young

are taking a break from organising the Brighton

Art Fair and instead have brought together a

huge posse of the inky-fingered for the inaugural

Brighton Print Fair. It will be at Phoenix

Brighton from the 15th until the 24th; a huge

number of prints by more than 60 printmakers

are for sale, and there’s a programme of talks,

workshops and activities giving visitors the chance

to get their own hands dirty. Free entry with a

charge for workshops. []

Hannah Forward

'A Fine Fleeced Flock' Jane Ormes


Out of town (cont.)

Over in Hove (as a matter of fact) the

Regency Town House hosts a programme

of Autumn Exhibitions. With

one venue playing host to three exhibitions

and five artists you’ll find work by

Rachel Cohen, Yvonne J Foster, Deborah

Petch, Rachel Redfern and Jim

Sanders over two floors of the townhouse

and the basement annexe. From

the 16th to the 24th. (Free admission)

La Verita Dance Company at Coastal Currents

Brighton Digital Festival starts from

the 14th with a programme of technical

wizardry and genre-defying creativity

[] and, from

the 30th the reinvented contemporary

visual arts festival HOUSE Biennial

takes place in a new, later, slot in the

calendar. []

Rachel Cohen

Super Everything, BDF

Laser light synths, BDF

The Lindfield Arts Festival has a full programme

of theatre, dance, live music of all genres,

literary events, film, visual arts and photography

to entertain you from the 8th to the 10th []

and there are more big

names in little places at the Chiddingly Festival

from the 16th. [] Coastal

Currents Festival first took place in Hastings 18

years ago and it’s back this month with the biggest

programme yet. International performers and local

artists, musicians, dancers and film-makers will

be in town and there are open studios in Hastings

and beyond. Artist Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva (who

represented the Vatican at the Venice Biennale)

will showcase a new work at the Shipwreck

Museum in Rock-a-Nore and there’s loads more

besides. Many of the events are free, including the

opening night party at St Mary in the Castle, on

September 1st from 8 to 11pm.


Finally, there’s just a

couple of weeks left

to see the unmissable

Pattern of Friendship, at

Towner, which closes

on the 17th. Whatever

you think you think

about Ravilious, this

show sheds a whole new light on his work, his

relationships and the surrounding landscape.

[] LL

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Friday to

th October

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much more than just a castle…

Formal Gardens u Woodland Walks u Nature Trails

Tea Room u Visitors Centre u Dogs Welcome

October 13th - 15th

7.00pm - 11.00pm

Open daily until 29th October 2017


Adults £6 Concessions £5

Children (under 16) £3

We offer organised tours at an extra small

charge – the Castle operates as an International

Study Centre so not freely open to the public.

Please check the website for times and prices.

The Castle also provides an ideal venue for

weddings and other private events.


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SEPT listings


The Wind in the Willows & The Dream Fairies.

Double bill of plays staged by the Australian

Shakespeare Company. Wakehurst, for details see


Bishopstone Festival

of Colour. Outdoor

fundraising event, including

local crafts and

produce, incorporating

the village horticultural

and produce show.

Bishopstone Village, 1pm-6pm, free.


Does 2017 mean Labour can win next time?

Alex Nunns, author of The Candidate: Jeremy Corbyn's

Improbable Rise to Power joins newly elected

Labour MP for Brighton Kemptown, Lloyd

Russell-Moyle, for a Lewes Labour Party discussion.

All welcome. Phoenix Centre, 7.30pm, free.


British Science Festival. Series of science-related

events throughout the week at various venues.



Lewes Heritage Open Days. A programme

of free events and listings celebrating the rich

heritage of the town. See

uk for details, or pick up a leaflet from the Tourist

Information Centre.


Headstrong Club. Discussion on the subject

‘Fisheries and the Marine Environment’ with

speaker Chris Williams. Elly, 8pm-£10, £3.


Lindfield Arts Festival. Three-day showcase

of the arts, including theatre, dance, music and

cinema. See


Open day at The Keep. Meet the staff, behind

the scenes tours, talks and displays of rarely seen

original archive material. The Keep, 10.30am-

3.30pm, free.

Martlet’s KAPOW race. Superhero themed, inflatable

race raising funds for the charity. Preston

Park, Brighton, 11am, £10/£25 place fee.


South Downs Storytellers Monthly Open Mic

Night. For people who enjoy storytelling, whether

you are new, experienced, or just like listening

to stories. Lewes Arms, 7.30-9.30pm, free.

My RHS Chelsea Garden. Juliet Sargeant

describes the concept

and delivery of her

2016 Gold Medalwinning


Garden. Cliffe

Church Hall, 7.30pm,

£3 for visitors.

St Peter & St James Star Walk. 4km sponsored

walk through Wakehurst’s botanic gardens, and

add a lantern of your own to remember and celebrate

loved ones. Wakehurst, 7pm (arrive from

5.30pm onwards), entry £18/£5 for under 16s.

Four Quartets in Berwick Church. Master storytellers

Ashley Ramsden and Flora Pethybridge

recite TS Eliot, organised by the Charleston

Trust. Berwick Church, 7.30pm, £18.














Saturday 16



Fossil Festival





Sunday 17


10 - 4 at the




12A 104mins

Friday 29th Sept 8pm

Historical drama about Lord Mountbatten's

period as the final Viceroy of India. Lord

Mountbatten is tasked with overseeing the

transition of British India to independence,

but meets with conflict as different sides clash

in the face of monumental change.

Directed by Gurinder Chadha

Starring Gillian Anderson, Michael

Gambon, Hugh Bonneville, Manish Dayal,

Simon Callow & Om Puri.










*October screenings TBC

at The Depot


Fun for all the

family £3 per child,

grown ups free


SEPT listings (cont)



Medieval Weekend. Living

history camps and displays,

archery competition, medieval

traders, BBQ and bar. Michelham

Priory, 10.30am-4pm, see

Glyndebourne Open Gardens Day. Usually only

open to opera ticket holders, the gardens are open

for all to enjoy. Glyndebourne, 11am-4pm, £10.


Lewes History Group Talk. Joanna Wilkins.

King’s Church building, 7 for 7.30pm, £2/£3.


Lewes U3A Open Day. Find out about the

activities and courses on offer, talk to the people

who run them and join up. Free refreshments

available. Corn Exchange, 10am-12pm, free.

Go with the Flow: Art

Nouveau 1890-1920. Lecture

exploring key forms and motifs

of Art Nouveau, their intellectual

origins and manifestations of the

style around the world. Uckfield

Civic Centre, 2pm, £7 (free for



Bentley Woodfair. Celebration

of woodlands,

forestry, timber and

woodcrafts. With stalls,

displays and activities,

as well as local food and

a beer tent. See bentley.




























Regulars & Newcomers welcome






SEPT listings (cont)



Lewes OctoberFeast. Events throughout Lewes,



ICE Film Festival.

Filmspot and Isfield

Community Enterprise

will be screening

three short films by

British film makers,

followed by the main

feature Hunt for the Wilderpeople (please note all

films 12A rating). ICE Field behind Laughing

Fish Pub, doors 7pm, £5.

Wilderness Wonder. Fundraising ball for Sussex

Wildlife Trust, with drinks reception, locally

sourced three-course meal, and music from soul

legends Hot Chocolate. Folkington Manor, £95,


Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival. Food,

drink, live music and entertainment. The Stade,

Hastings, 11am-6pm (music until 7pm), £2/£3.


Chiddingly Festival. Festival of the arts with

comedy, live music, film, theatre and much more.

Various venues, see for

more info.







30 SEPT & 1 OCT

30 SEP & 1 OCT Join us for a fun-packed line-up of countryside

displays and activities at this year’s Autumn Show

& Game Fair.

Jonathan Marshall’s Falconry on Horseback display ·

Have-a-go at fly fishing, archery & clay pigeon

shooting · Dog agility competitions, gundog scurries

& terrier racing · Donkey Show (Sunday) · Countryside

skills displays · Children’s entertainment & fairground ·

Food court & 100s of retails stands · Celebration

of the autumn harvest … and much more!

Visit for full details on this unmissable

countryside day out. Dogs welcome!

Adults £11; Seniors/Students £9; Under 16’s FREE*

South of England Showground, Ardingly RH17 6TL

*when accompanied by a paying adult


Celebrating award winning sparkling wine and gin



Saturday 30 September

Southover Grange Gardens, Lewes

11am – 6pm

Buy direct from producers Live music

Free samples Artisan food stalls


Accompanied children

under 14 yrs - Free

15 - 17 yrs - £3

Travel in style...

Brighton - Lewes Vintage Routemaster Bus

Free return trip for advanced festival

ticket holders limited numbers

Buy your festival tickets online or from Lewes

or Seaford Tourist Information Centres

SEPT listings (cont)


Field Names and Places in Sussex. Illustrated

talk by Kevin Gordon, author of several books on

Eastbourne and Seaford history. Cliffe Church

Hall, 7.30pm, free.


Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession. Talk by author

Alison Weir. Anne of Cleves House, 7.30pm,

£5, contact


Lewes Chilli

Fayre. Community

event with street

food, from mild

to ‘super-hot’.

Three bars and

music from Fruitful

Soundsystem. The Paddock, 12pm-6pm, free.

The Lewes District Green Party’s September

Ceilidh. Live band, dancing and bar. All Saints,

7.30pm, £8/£10.

Ryoji Ikeda: Supercodex. Audiovisual concert,

part of Brighton Science Festival. ACCA, 8pm,



Steam Through the Ages. Train journey through

the 1880s-1980s, each station a different time

theme, with activities, entertainment and food. See for more details.


Baldwins Travel Group Holiday Inspirations

Show. Salomons Estate, Southborough, 10am-

4pm, free.

Lewes Eco Open Houses. Two houses open to

show new eco features including rainwater harvesting,

LED lighting, wildflower roof and more.

8 Wille Cottages, South Street, and 2 Warren

Close, 11am-3.30pm, free.


Lewes Death Café. Conversations about death

and dying. Ram Inn, Firle, 7pm-9pm, free.


Section 28: Promoting Prejudice. Talk with

broadcaster and activist Melita Dennett on the

campaign in Brighton in the late 1980s to oppose

the notorious ‘Section 28’, a law which prevented

the ‘promotion of homosexuality’ by local authorities

and in schools. The Keep, 5.30pm-6.30pm, £3.


Small Wonder Short Story Festival. Gathering

of writers, readers and performers celebrating

short stories. With readings, talks and open mic

sessions. Charleston, times and prices vary see


A Taste of Quaker Silence. Some time for the

curious to hear more and practise some quietness.

Friends Meeting House, 10am-11am, free.

Sussex Gin and Fizz Festival.

Buy direct from producers, live

music from Union and artisan

food. Grange, 11am-6pm, £10.

Half Hour Hits. A day festival of live literature

events all no longer than 30 minutes in duration,

from rough performances of new work to polished

half-hour performances and contemporary revisitings

of modernist classics. Performances every

hour throughout the afternoon. All Saints, from

12pm, see


Autumn Show & Game Fair. Countryside

displays and activities, including

falconry, archery

and dog agility. South of

England showground,

Ardingly, 9am-5pm,

£9/£11 (under 16s free).


free entry

T H E D O R S E T , L E W E S P R E S E N T S

The Fading Sun

- F E S T I VA L -


friday 8th sept

The Skarlets, 8pm

Awesome and energetic

7-piece ska band from

Reading, playing classic ska

and 2tone hits from

the 70’s and 80’s.

Yacht Rock Paradiso, 10pm

Brighton based DJs, serving

up smooth 70s floorfillers

and sexy 80s club classics.

Friday’s theme is Caribbean

cruising, coconuts, cocktails,

Hawaiian shirts, pineapples, sunglasses

and sand beneath your feet.

Saturday 9th Sept

Throughout the day in the garden

we'll be showcasing local buskers

and youth bands. Why not

come down and do a turn.

The Dead Sea Scouts, 7pm

Multi instrument

modern folk band.

40 Shillings on the Drum,


Folk, punk, rock from

Newhaven with over 25,000

hits on Facebook

sunday 10th sept

The Dulcetones, 1pm

Brighton and Hove acappella

superchoir. Run by the amazing

Sarah Gardner.

Bongo Franklin & The

Soul Shakers, 2.15pm

Funky horn led grooves from

the guys at Starfish.

Just Like Fruit, 3.30 pm

Up and coming young Brighton

based blues band

The Reform Club, 7pm

Featuring Norman Baker.

Popular Politician turned muso

or muso turned politician ?

22 Malling Street, Lewes, BN7 2RD



Scottish Indie-rock giants Idlewild have enjoyed

much cult success since their conception in the midnineties,

likened by NME to ‘the sound of a flight of

stairs falling down a flight of stairs’. But some recent

years of the band sitting on the backburner have

afforded front man Roddy Woomble time to explore

his solo work, which is quite a departure from the

band’s frantic rock. He says ‘Sometimes in Idlewild

I let the music take the centre stage, but with my

own albums the words are where the spotlight falls’.

The release of his eagerly awaited new studio album

The Deluder promises Woomble’s trademark poetic

vocals and gift for a tune. This gig is part of an

extensive tour of the UK. Kelly Hill

Sun 10th, Con Club, £16.50, from 7.30pm


Mike Newsham. Folk/Americana/indie. Con

Club, 8pm, free


Suspiciously Elvis. Charity concert raising

funds for Young Adult Carers of Sussex and Starfish

Music. Con Club, 7.30pm, £10/£15

Hatful of Rain. Folk/Americana. Con Club,

7.30pm, from £10


Dave Brown. Jazz vocals. Snowdrop, 8pm, free


Band of Horses. American indie rock. De La

Warr, 7pm, £22.50

English dance tunes session - bring instruments.

JHT, 8pm-11pm, free


Alligator Swing (below). Vintage hot swing.

Pelham Arms, 8.30pm, free

Watergrain Band. Folk (British trad) featuring

Ben Paley and Martin Young. Elly, 8pm-11pm, £7

Kit Trigg. Hendrix-fuelled blues. He loves pizza.

Lansdown, 8pm, free


English dance tunes session - bring instruments.

Folk. Lamb, 12pm-2.30pm, free





Con Club















Purcell’s Polyphonic Party. Folk/classical fusion.

Elly, 8pm-11pm, £8


Aurora Chanson. French jazz. The Snowdrop,

8pm, free


The Fading Sun Festival day one: The Skarlets

(above) - 70s/80s ska (8pm), Yacht Rock Paradiso -

70s/80s DJ set (10pm). The Dorset, free.

Goofer Dust. Brighton-based blues/folk/hip-hop.

Con Club, 9pm, free


The Fading Sun Festival day two: Local buskers

and youth bands throughout the day, The Dead

Sea Scouts - Folk (7pm), 40 Shillings on the Drum

- Folk/punk (8.30pm). The Dorset, free

Loose Caboose Night. 60s DJ night. Con Club,

7.30pm-12am, £5

Lewes Saturday Folk Club Harvest Supper.

Bring songs, tunes, verses & readings for harvest

time, with home-made loaves and cheeses. Elly,

8pm-9pm, £4


The Fading Sun Festival day three: The Dulcetones

(below, right) - acapella choir (1pm), Just

Like Fruit - Blues (3.30pm), Norman Baker's The

Reform Club (7pm). The Dorset, free

Open Space Open Mic. Music, poetry and performance.

Elly, 7.30pm, free

Roddy Woomble. Indie-rock/folk. Con Club,

7.30pm, £16.50, see Gig of the Month


Dan Cartwright. Jazz sax. Snowdrop, 8pm, free


The Dead Reds. Leftist blues/rock, with beards.

Con Club, 8pm, free


Mike Nicholson. Folk singer. Elly, 8pm-11pm, £6


Jimmy Lee Morris. Solo acoustic. Con Club,

4pm-6pm, free


Roy Hilton Piano Trio. Jazz. The Snowdrop,

8pm, free


Lewes Favourites tunes practice session – bring

instruments. Folk (English trad). Elly, 8pm, free


Miles & Erica of The Wonder Stuff. Acoustic

duo. Con Club, 7.30pm, £13.50

Feral Fiddles (practice session). Folk & misc.

Royal Oak, 8pm-11pm, free


Fixer. Rock/pop covers. Con Club, 8pm, free


‘Sing A Song of Sussex’. Folk. Elly, 8pm, £4


Concertinas Anonymous practice session. Folk

& misc. Elly, 8pm-11pm, free


Bad Bad Whiskey. Skiffle. Con Club, 8pm, free

‘the operatic event of the year’

The Sunday Times

‘brilliant music, rapturously received’

The Daily Telegraph

‘don’t miss it’

The Times



Photo: Richard Hubert Smith

Three performances only: 21, 24 & 27 October

Book tickets at





SAT 2 ND , 5.30PM

John Bruzon, piano. Liszt and Liszt's arrangements

of JS Bach. St Laurence Church, Falmer. Free/


SAT 16 TH , 5.30PM

Jasmine Selby, Karen Rash and Paul Dorrell,

flutes. Baroque to contemporary works including

the Celtic Trio Knotwork and Honami, by Will

Owens. St Laurence Church, Falmer. Free/donations

SAT 16 TH , 8PM

Brighton Film Quartet (right). Piano, clarinet,

cello and violin ensemble. ‘A hint of classical with a

modern twist’. Bridge Cottage, Uckfield, £12/6 (U18)

SAT 23 RD , 7.45PM

Musicians of All Saints. Pieces by Mozart, Holst,

Elgar and Peter Copley. Solo violins from Jenny

Sacha and Laura Stanford. Directed by Andrew

Sherwood. Southover Church, £12/9/U18 free

SAT 30 TH , 7PM

Offham Gala Weekend. Pippa Dames-Long

directs 15 singers in an evening of opera. St Peter’s

Church, Offham, £10 (£15 for whole weekend)


Offham Gala Weekend. John Leggett on organ,

Jan Barger Cohen on flute and soprano Rachael

Brown. St Peter’s Church, Offham, £10 (£15 for whole




Through The Ages

at The Bluebell Railway


Bookings are

now open

Come along to the Bluebell Railway, take a steam train journey

through the ages, Victorian, 1940s War Time, 1960s and 1980s.

Event Highlights;

Sheffield Park Station

Barrel Organ

Music Hall Entertainers

Live Band

Victorian Tea Room

Kingscote Station

Pop up Restaurant & Milk Bar

Giant Games

Vehicle Displays

Vintage Bus Run

Horsted Keynes Station

Children's Craft Activities

Live Bands

Street Market with Jiving Jim Dandy

The Real Dads Army

Victory V’s

Vehicle & Military Displays

Animal Encounters

East Grinstead Station

Play your Engines Right

Photos with ‘stars’ of the 80s



Wave Fun Fest. Family fun day with stalls,

exercise demos, food and drink, sports day races

and more. Downs Leisure Centre, Seaford,

10am-4pm, free.


Look Think Make. Drop in to explore the

exhibitions, and test ideas and materials through

fun making activities. Suitable for all ages. De

La Warr, 2pm, £1 suggested donation.



Film: Jurassic Park (PG) Screening as part of

Lewes Fossil Fest. Depot, 4pm,

Raystede Stargazing Evening. Includes BBQ

and a chance to gaze at the stars through various

telescopes provided. Also a bar and music

throughout the evening as well as a talk on the

'Solar System' by Melanie Davies, and face

painting or a glitter tattoo from Ellie's Events.



Into the Trees. A family festival, back for its

second year, encouraging people to explore and

enjoy the outdoors. Pippingford Park, 10am-

5pm (no camping), see for

purchase of tickets.


Tales for Toddlers. Activities nurturing

creativity, communication and confidence in

children aged 18 months to 5 years. De La Warr,

10.15am-11am & 11.15am-12pm, £1.


Bentley Woodfair. See Diary Dates.

Lewes Fossil



family fun

to celebrate



Mantell’s connection with the town, with lots

of hands-on activities, and a chance to meet the

Giant Dinosaur. Linklater, 10am-4pm, £3 per

child (adults free).



Annie. Classic musical performed by Seaford

Musical Theatre. The Barn Theatre, Seaford,

evening performances 7.30pm, Saturday and

Sunday matinees at 2.30pm, £7/£10.






This month’s winning picture comes from

Henry Clews, aged 7, and thus (we believe) our

youngest-ever winner! “I took this picture of a

dragonfly in the Railway Land while we were

picking blackberries,” he tells us. “Normally

their wings are really hard to see but this one

was sitting on the blackberry bush so I could

see them.” Indeed you can: and the photo

inspired us into the Viva back yard to do some

blackberrying ourselves! Harry: pop into Bags

of Books with a copy of the mag and some sort

of proof of who you are (your mum will do),

and they’ll give you your £10 prize token!

16 or under? Send in your pictures to, and you, too, could appear on this page!

Part of the GDST network

Registered charity no 306983

We have a school bus that

runs to and from Lewes

Senior Open Day with Y4-6 Masterclasses - Saturday 30 th September, 9am

rsvp 01273 280170 |

Pre-Prep & Prep Open Day (ages 3-11) - Saturday 14 th October, 10am

rsvp 01273 280200 |




Having not visited a castle in over two years, we were looking forward

to spending an afternoon together at Herstmonceux Castle. Nestled in

a 300-acre estate and surrounded by its own moat, this fifteenth century

castle was sure to be popular with my boys.

Unfortunately, however, I hadn’t realised that the castle multi-tasks as an

international study centre and a venue for weddings. This means that if

you want to explore the inside you need to plan ahead and visit on days when there are guided tours.

There were no such tours on the day we visited, but, nonetheless, we decided to make the best of our

visit. I’m not sure if it was the fact that we bonded over the disappointment of not being allowed inside, or

whether the boys felt liberated by having the freedom to romp around the spacious gardens, but, ironically,

we had one of our best days out as a family. A fierce game of hide and seek in the Elizabethan Garden was

followed by the boys spooking their parents by jumping out of the sides of enormous yew hedges, giggling

together at our alarm.

After visiting the Butterfly Garden, we picnicked in the shadow of the castle admiring the moat and

imagining ourselves as soldiers in the fifteenth century leaning out of the narrow windows firing arrows

at assailants. A sudden burst of rain sent us into the modest visitor centre and our visit was topped off by a

cream tea in the café. Jacky Adams

This is your


Down to Earth, caring and vibrant

co-ed Nursery and Prep School in

Lindfield, Sussex

For a private tour please call our registrar on 01444 483528.



The latest compilation album from Starfish Youth Music is

now out, boasting a collection of 21 original tracks recorded

over the past 18 months. Starfish is a fantastic local project that

encourages young people to get involved in making, playing

and recording music, and is funded entirely by membership

fees, donations and fundraising events. In addition to putting

on several local gigs throughout the year, they also record their own albums showcasing original songs

and music written by the young musicians. This new offering is aptly named Snapshot, with each track

giving us a glimpse into the individual performer’s style and sound. Expect a mash up of a wide variety

of genres, incorporating rock, punk, folk, ska and even a little techno too, with influences from the likes

of Arctic Monkeys, Kate Bush, Laura Marling and The Clash to be heard. The just-over-an-hour of

listening time had me feeling soothed and unwound one moment and ready to get up and headbang the

next. Instruments are played expertly and there are some fantastically put together harmonies on the

slower acoustic tracks. Catchy tunes, compelling vocals and an unmistakable sense of fun makes for a very

enjoyable listen indeed. Our favourite track in the Viva office? Lewis and Rose’s Trapped: it’s got a lovely

three-part harmony. Kelly Hill ‘Snapshot’ can be purchased for £10 at Starfish Youth Music, 1a Phoenix

Works, or online at

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...

Open Morning

Thursday 12th October 2017 - 08:30 - 13:00

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

Tel: 01342 822275 - Registered Charity Number 307006

Try our new


Sample some of our delicious

new seasonal dishes like the

indulgent Lobster linguine,

slow roasted duck leg or come

& try any of our wonderful

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Blacksmiths Arms, Offham

'A traditional menu with interesting twists'

I’ve arranged a


lunch with an old

school friend. It’s

early August but

the torrential rain

sheeting out of the

lurid sky makes

it feel more like

the bitter end of

October. Al fresco

options are clearly

off the menu.

Settareh’s got a car,

though, and the

Blacksmiths Arms in Offham is on my list of places

to review. It was taken over by new people just over

a year ago, and I’ve heard good things. Locally

sourced food, a traditional menu with interesting

twists, reasonable prices, that sort of thing.

We arrive at 12.30; no-one else is there. We get an

effusive welcome, a choice of tables, and a pint of

Crafty Blonde IPA.

I haven’t been there for over a decade and the place

hasn’t changed much, and at the same time it has

changed a lot. There’s a mix of the old, and the new,

and the in-between: a large photograph of Virginia

Woolf; glass light shades you’d associate more with

an eatery in Shoreditch than an old pub in Offham;

a framed cover of Vogue featuring Kate Moss. That

big ancient fireplace, interesting pink-and-white

wallpaper, Tristan Prettyman singing quietly

through the speakers.

Sometimes you need to hurry a lunch but we’re

playing catch-up and the next two-and-a-half hours

are punctuated by pleasant surprises. The succulent

goats’ cheese arancini balls we both choose as a

‘light bite’ start things off extremely well: you get

four on a plate, each in a little bed of tart sauce

with a garnish

of parsley and


By now three

or four other

tables have filled

up and there’s

a convivial

atmosphere: the

big table by the

door is taken up

by a nine-strong

family group

consisting of

three generations

from seven-ish to seventy-ish, and they’re

clearly having a good time.

I have steak and ale pie for my main, which I plod

though very nicely, taking my time over each hunk

of juicy meat: it comes with new potatoes and a

mix of greens. Settareh is pleased with her grilled

chicken salad which the waiter describes as “Caesar

salad deconstructed”: I have a taste and the chicken

is nicely charred.

We wait half an hour (I get a second pint) and

decide we can fit in a ‘Sussex cheese board’: a hard

and a soft from cow’s milk, a ‘Sister Sarah’ goat’s

cheese, and, best of all, a ‘Barkham Blue’, with a

bowl of home-made chutney, and crackers, and

slices of beer bread, and a small bunch of grapes.

We talk of old school friends, and the disastrous denouement

of a wake we both recently attended, and

our plans for the future, then we each have a coffee,

which comes with an Elizabeth Shaw mint. I pay

the bill (£59) and we head back into the grimness

outside. On a normal August day we’d have been

very happy on one of the tables in the yard, but

it’s a good place, we decide, for bad weather. Next

time, I hope they have the fire on. Alex Leith





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Celebrating The Finest Seafood From The Sussex Coast Throughout Lewes OctoberFeast


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visit our web site or follow us @ROMlewes to keep up to date


Photo by Rebecca Cunningham


Quick spicy chicken & roti wraps

By mother and daughter duo

Nathalie Mulvan and Jade Flynn

Jade: I was interested in cooking from a really

young age. I used to watch my mum cooking all

the time. We moved to Spain together when I was

six, so it was just her and me, in a different country,

but still cooking familiar food. At first she was like,

‘no, this is my kitchen, you can only observe’ – the

same way as she had to learn cooking, watching my


Nathalie: I don’t know if it’s the sort of forbidden

fruit element – being banned from the kitchen

– that made me so determined. I began cooking

Guyanese food by reproducing what I had seen

my mum cooking when I was young. I sort of

memorised ingredients, timings, and so on. This is

something I like to cook when I don’t fancy doing

a whole curry. The dish is almost a dry curry, but I

add a couple of tablespoons of water to make just a

little bit of sauce. This recipe serves six.

Ingredients: 6-8 medium chicken thighs

(deboned), 1tbsp pure ghee (or melted butter

would do), ½ cup water, extra salt and pepper to

taste, fresh chillies (optional), 6 roti (buy readymade

or make your own*), salad (to serve).

For the seasoning: 1 medium brown onion (roughly

chopped), 1 garlic clove (crushed), 1 handful of

fresh thyme (or 1tsp dried thyme), 3 bay leaves,

1tsp madras curry powder (hot, medium or mild, to

suit your taste), 1tsp turmeric powder, 1tsp cumin

powder, 1tsp garam masala, ½tsp ginger powder,

1tbsp tomato ketchup, 1tsp Caribbean hot pepper

sauce, ¼ tsp salt, ¼ tsp ground white pepper, 1tbsp

olive, vegetable or sunflower oil.

Method: Trim the chicken thighs to remove any

excess fat and veins. Cut each thigh into three or

four strips and place in a plastic sealable container.

Add the seasoning ingredients and massage into

the meat. Drizzle with a little oil, cover and place in

the fridge. For maximum flavour, I would leave the

seasoning to infuse overnight, but if you haven’t

got that long, leave it to sit for at least an hour.

Heat the ghee in a large saucepan over a medium

heat, making sure it doesn’t burn. You can test the

heat by dropping in a bay leaf from your chicken

seasoning; if it sizzles immediately, your pan is

ready. Add the meat to the pan and turn up the

heat; seal the chicken strips on all sides.

Cook the chicken for a few minutes, turning frequently,

then add the water to make a little sauce,

so the curry isn’t completely dry. Taste the sauce

and adjust the seasoning, adding more salt and pepper

or hot pepper sauce to taste. Throw in some

chillies if you want more heat. If the curry tastes a

little sharp or bitter, add more ketchup to temper

it. After 15-20 minutes your curry will be ready;

remember to take the bay leaves out before serving.

Layer roti wraps with green salad leaves; I like to

use shredded rocket or baby spinach leaves. Add

slivers of thinly sliced red onion and your favourite

dressing, and top with the chicken.

As told to Rebecca Cunningham

*For Nathalie’s roti recipe go to

As part of OctoberFeast, Nathalie and Jade are holding

a pop-up supper in Ringmer on the 15th and

they’ll be taking part in the Cook-Up Cabaret at All

Saints on the 24th.

This month they will also be opening their first café,

Irma’s Kitchen, in Brighton and appearing on Channel

4’s My Kitchen Rules UK


Seafood & Wine

Festival 2017

Stade Open Space, Old Town

11am - 6pm music until 7pm

Admission by wristband: £2 in advance, £3 on the gate





Depot Café

Pre-movie nosh

The Pelham arms



A Great British pub,

a warm welcome,

wonderful food & ambience

Photo by Rowena Easton

Normally when you watch a movie that starts at

7pm you can have dinner afterwards, but The Tree

of Wooden Clogs runs for 185 minutes, so I arrange

to meet my date (wife Rowena) an hour before, so

we can eat.

Over the summer this has become my favourite

space in Lewes for a coffee, or (more often) a pint,

but I’ve yet to try their food. Happily, there’s a

table free in the evening sun. I ask for a ‘rare breed

beef burger’ with sweet potato fries (£11.50); Ro

goes for the halo-headed option of tofu and asparagus

with mushrooms, green beans and cashew nuts

(£10.50). I’ve acquired a taste for Harvey’s Wharf

IPA, she opts for a white wine spritzer.

My burger is slim but tasty, with a dash of mustard

and a squirt of chipotle mayo, and some red onion

relish and a couple of slices of tomato and a soft

brioche-style bun. It’s over in about six bites, each

one a joy; the chips are sweet but not too sweet.

Ro’s report on the salad is positive, too.

I reflect that a massive half-pound burger would

have caused me to fall asleep during a three-hour

film, anyway, especially as we’re comfy front row,

our feet on the pouffes provided. But Ermanno

Olmi’s epic is a masterpiece, and we leave the

screening room as alert as we entered it, and fully

sated, intellectually and emotionally speaking. In

the autumn I’ll endeavour to watch a shorter film,

and eat at more length afterwards, in good company,

discussing it. Alex Leith



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Fish-finger sandwich

One of the Rights of Man

“Everybody’s raving about the Rights of Man,” says

Viva’s Sarah, who keeps her ear to the food-news grapevine.

It’s a Thursday afternoon in August and I’m forced

out of the office because I can’t get the heating to work.

The Rights of Man – now under the stewardship of Ed,

who used to run the Rainbow in Cooksbridge – seems to fit the bill. It’s nearby, for a start.

I wander into the front bar, which is pleasingly full, and open one of the posh magnetic menus, and

something jumps out, in the ‘sandwich’ section. ‘Proper fish fingers and tartare, £7’. Now there’s an

offer I can’t refuse.

Not ‘posh fingers’, note. Not ‘cod goujons’. ‘Proper’ fish fingers. I order a pint of Moretti and go and

sit down, with a sense of anticipation.

I’m not disappointed. The sauce-smeared fish fingers come in slices of sourdough bread and are accompanied

by a little bowl of slaw and a little pile of rocket, sprinkled with some sort of sauce. They

achieve their fish finger magic: they are crunchy, and at the same time chewy, and at the same time soft.

They are reassuring. The breadcrumbs contain real fish fillet. The only thing? They aren’t rectangular.

No matter. Fish finger sandwiches just 150 yards from the office is a new discovery, and one which

will not be ignored in the future, on days when I need a little succour from the trials of office life. The

Rights of Man are holding a seafood festival from September the 15th to October the 8th. I wonder if

this little dish will be included on the menu? Alex Leith


Fridays 9.30am-1.30pm

buy local - eat seasonal - feel good

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Edible updates

Let’s cut to it: lots on this month so head to and book

yourself a spot at one of 14 pop-up suppers or something else equally tasty...

This year’s signature event is the Big Food & Drink Quiz at All Saints on Sept 19th:

a chance to laugh, show off, eat and drink heartily in aid of the festival.

Other highlights include Tea & Tripe, a celebration of George Orwell’s food and drink writing and Cookup

Cabaret: an evening of Caribbean and South American-themed words and music, with Guyanese cuisine.

From 19th-21st, a series of tastings form the Harvey’s Whisky Festival. The new Gin & Fizz Festival at

Grange Gardens will end summer in style (30th) and The Snowdrop Great Beer Exposition VI promises

an unbeatable list (29th-31st).

Lewes Depot host a Spaghetti Western double bill with real spaghetti (24th) and an evening of Arabic

food, live music and film (20th).

There’ll be workshops from Seven Sisters Spices and Community Chef; a supper with ‘women in beer’

group Dea Latis; and of course the Apple Press, at Linklater Pavilion (24-25th, 10-4pm).

A few more notices. On Sept 10th, get entries in for the Lewes Arms Harvest Festival (I’m judging!). On

Sept 16th-17th, try the Hastings Seafood & Wine Festival and on Sept 23rd, the Chilli Fayre will liven

up the Paddock.

Final tips: you can now get lovely, local, Mamoosh pittas at May’s Farm Cart. Hook & Son will be on C4

Superfoods on Sept 11th, 8.30pm, and Lewes Friday Food Market are looking for enthusiastic volunteers

to join their board – could it be you? Chloë King

Illustration by Chloë King

We are looking for delivery crew

in the Lewes area.

If you’re aged 15 or over, and

would be interested in taking

on a round, please email

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Chilli Fayre

Some like it hot

“It rained on my first Parade, in 2006” remembers

Adrian Orchard. “I’d taken up growing chillies,

after seeing how beautiful the plants looked

on TV, and they did rather well, and I thought

I’d sell some pods and some plants, standing

under my umbrella on the village green. I called

it the ‘Southease Chilli Parade’.”

I’m sitting in Adrian’s Southease kitchen with

Nick Carling, talking about how very far the

event has moved on. Current organiser Nick

is again expecting a good turnout to the latest

edition of what Adrian’s ‘parade’ has morphed

into – The Lewes Chilli Fayre, now held every

September in the Paddock Fields.

“From that first event in 2006 the attendance

doubled year on year,” remembers Adrian,

who significantly stepped up his chilli-growing

game. Pretty soon another Southease-based

chilli grower, Ian Barugh, “a lovely man,” joined

Adrian, which upped the ante. The name was

changed to the ‘Southease Chilli Day’, a pop-up

bar was set up, dishes of ‘Southease sizzler’ chilli

sauce were dished out, DJ Nick started spinning

tunes, and before long it had become one of the

social events on the Lewes calendar, the village

green jammed with punters enjoying the chillirich

fare and the last of the summer sun.

It became, however, a victim of its own success,

and by the end the village green simply wasn’t

big enough for all the people who wanted to

participate. “In the last year (2013) we ran out

of booze halfway through the afternoon,” says

Adrian. “We knew that it had gone too far.”

In stepped Nick, who decided that a move to

Lewes would be better for all concerned, and

the event continued to grow. “It’s not like all

those other chilli events you might have been to,

though,” says Nick. “There are no macho chilli

eating competitions, and we’ve turned away

loads of bands, and bouncy castles, and suchlike.

We want to keep it as a real chilled-out community

event, for local people, and families, helping

raise money for local charities.”

As ever Nick will be providing the musical



Portrait by Alex Leith

entertainment from his Fruitful Soundsystem,

and various stall-holders, each offering food

with chilli in it (from mild to hot) have been

invited, many of them making a return to the

Festival, including some “boys from Brixton”

making jerk chicken (be prepared to queue) and

the girls from the restaurant Abyssinia, selling

Ethiopian cuisine.

Adrian will be there selling chilli pods, jams

and scones from a stall in the Pavilion, raising

money for Southease village. This year he’s

grown some Carolina Reapers, “the hottest

variety of pepper in the game,” and rest assured

his chilli scones will sell out fast, though expect

to get quite a hit off them: “I’m not going to let

people off easily.”

But will the Festival carry on growing, year on

year? “I bloody hope not,” says Nick. “We don’t

want it to get too big for the Paddock: that

would be a logistical nightmare. This year we’re

not publicising it outside Lewes.” Alex Leith

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Ruby Turbett, Digital Marketing Manager at iSos

"In my spare time I like to do boxing to keep fit.

It's a great way to unwind from a busy day!"


Lauren Foley, Product Support Manager at EYFS

"Trying to coax animals out of zoos and thinking about nachos."


Matt Lewis, Partnerships & Customer Success Manager at Mohara

"Training or competing in triathlons and obstacle course races."



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George Hedges

Programme Manager for IT at Sussex Downs College

The government is

planning to introduce

T Levels – or Technical

Levels – in 2019. These

will be equal to and held in

the same regard as A Levels,

but we’re already starting to

get there now with our new

technical courses. It’s about

offering a range of options

that lead to the same result

- a highly skilled workforce

with the ability to apply

their knowledge in a variety

of challenging situations.

They’re very fast-moving fields – digital

industries – and very nuanced. It changes on

an almost daily basis. It’s my job to manage the

whole curriculum area and the performance of

the courses, but also to keep our offer current

and up to date. The systems that we have in

education are slower to change, so it’s about designing

flexible courses that can take into account

upcoming developments. The skill sets that we

give our students have to be current when they

leave us in two years' time.

I spend hours reading about the industry and

taking our students to different international

conferences. For me they’re like a candy shop,

but you can’t know it all, and it’s part of my role

to put together the right team with a range of

skills and expertise. We have teachers who are

programmers, front-end designers and developers.

Some are full-time, and others are still

working in industry. That’s invaluable because it

brings real-world application into the classroom.

Once the students have learnt technical skills,

they need to apply them, so we’re always looking

to work in partnership with local businesses;

we develop something for them, but they also

bring something to the classroom. That interchange

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We offer Computer Science

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roles, and we bring that model into the classroom.

All the young people we teach are digital

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and operating systems, but we’re aiming

to send them out of here fully equipped as critical

thinkers with great communication skills; the

ability to talk to people, to put a report together,

to do research and analysis and to take a lead or a

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Magic Circle

A peace garden for Lewes

In last January’s

edition of Viva

Lewes, (#124) Alex

Leith wrote on the

Inside Left page

about the history of

the area, known to

many as the Magic

Circle, behind the

bowling green in

the castle precincts.

A classical feature

in the large gardens of Castlegate House,

created in 1920, over time it came back into

public use and for decades has been on the

short-cut down the steps and back into Castle

Ditch Lane. It became an overgrown and thus

hidden area where youngsters could gather to

do whatever would be most disapproved of by

their parents’ generation. The water feature

was removed and vandalism damaged the parts

of the original structures that remained. Alex’s

article ended by accurately calling its present

state one of ‘scandalous disrepair’.

For some years the Friends of Lewes Society

has been planning to do something about this

area, believing it can be reinstated with a nod

to its first purpose as a place to pause and reflect

in pleasant surroundings. Rebuilding the

classical stonework is not realistic, but it can

still be a feature on a key tourist route from

the castle precincts back to the High Street.

Long delays were caused by the need to establish

it as a Right of Way and then by matters of

ownership, as the Maltings building and its car

park alongside this area were transferred from

County to District Council. These bureaucratic

processes are now complete and it is time to

share the plan and seek support.

The original circle will be repaved and the

path improved;

wooden slab seating

of a robust nature

will be provided,

the shrubbery will

be reduced and

replanted and, alongside,

facing the car

park, another area

with a more open

circular arrangement

of seating will

be created, with associated landscaping of the

surrounding slopes. It is planned to have this

work completed by the centenary of the peace

after World War I and for the whole area to

be known as a Peace Garden, echoing the title

of the book describing its creation by Frank

Frankfort Moore – A Garden of Peace.

At present informal consultations are taking

place with the various authorities concerned

with the site and an archaeological survey has

been commissioned as a result of this. This

should pave the way for a formal planning application

to be made shortly. Full details of the

project will be available at the meeting in the

Council Chamber of the Town Hall at 7.30pm

on September 14th, when it is intended to

launch a campaign to raise funds for the

project to meet the difference between the

cost and what the Town and District Councils

and any grant making trusts are likely to


This presentation is open to all who are interested

and for those who would like to view the

site first there is a chance to do so immediately

beforehand at 7pm prompt. This article thus

ends on a distinctly more optimistic note than

Alex’s in January.

Marcus Taylor


Robot Opera

Not over till the small android sings

The lights dimmed, the musicians played the

opening bars and two robot singers came to life

- with a little help from printed cue cards flashed

before their eyes.

Would there be the sweeping emotions, tragedy,

high drama, perhaps even comedy? Would we feel

blown away by the sheer power of their voices?

Not quite. But the two toddler-sized Nao robots

gave faultless performances of two arias composed

by University of Sussex academics – and the audience

was filled with wonderment.

The opera was part of a mini symposium at the

University, organised by the Centre for Research

in Opera and Music Theatre (CROMT) and the

Centre for Research in the Creative and Performing

Arts, to explore the philosophy and potential

impact of artificial intelligence on the arts.

Surrounding the stage were musicians, philosophers,

computer scientists and composers all curious

to understand whether what they were watching

constituted singing, or opera, or indeed art.

Questions were raised. What do we mean by singing?

Can singers ever be truly autonomous? And

who is it who's experiencing the emotions – the

robots, or us?

Dr Evelyn Ficarra, music lecturer and assistant

director of CROMT, wanted performance to be

part of the symposium because, as she explained:

“Creative interaction is a good way to explore

ideas. Robots are increasingly part of our lives and

we have to figure out what that relationship will

be. Working with them on a creative project is

very illuminating.”

And why opera? “In contemporary music these days

everyone wants to write an opera! It's part of the

current zeitgeist. It’s also a highly stylised medium,

and robots are stylised too. The central thing for

us is that it allows us to explore different issues

of performance in relation to embodiment and

vocality. What do robots sound like when they are

performing like robots, rather than being made to

be more human?”



The answer is they sound like synthesised speaking

voices, as the robots demonstrated when they

launched into Dr Ficarra’s five-minute aria O,

One, which was partly written in binary code – the

language of love for automatons – with a cellist accompaniment

by digital humanities research fellow

Dr Alice Eldridge.

Next came Professor Ed Hughes' lyrical and

haunting piece, Opposite of Familiarity, with librettist

Eleanor Knight capturing their childlike innocence

through lines such as: “I see a shape that is familiar.”

But while the performers looked into each other’s

flashing eyes, shuffled forward and raised their

mechanical arms in a gesture of hope, or despair,

or perhaps even love, it seems the emotions were

all ours.

Dr Ron Chrisley, director of the Centre for Cognitive

Science (COGS) at Sussex who was tasked with

programming the robots, pointed out: “It’s amazing

how little you need in a robot for us to react to

them as if they did have feelings.”

As he discovered, the robots have a limited vocal

range and have no sense of rhythm other than

the one they are given. And the programs he

wrote don’t allow them to listen to each other

or to adapt their performance should something

unexpected happen.

“You won’t get improvisation,” he said. “If part of

the stage scenery fell down, you wouldn’t get the

robot changing their lines in order to sing to the

fallen scenery.”

And yet a big part of a live audience’s enjoyment

of a performance is, bizarrely, the risk that it

could go wrong. As one member of the audience

remarked: “You don’t want it all to sound like

Android Lloyd Webber.”

But in the sense that they have learned a score and

are following it, and are making the sounds in real

time, does it make them so vastly different to humans

who must follow the wishes of the composer

and conductor?

Professor Hughes, Head of Music at Sussex, thinks

not. His experience was “similar to working with

musicians and singers”.

He said: “You find out what they can do and then

work that into the language of the piece. You

realise there are boundaries. Theatre is partly

about projecting an illusion and that’s what you

work with, even though you know they don’t have

any feelings.”

Dr Ficarra pointed out that this research is still in

its infancy and that one of the aims is to explore the

social possibilities for robots, for example in roles in

the future that might involve caring for humans.

“Listening and teamwork - that's what makes a

good musician, and a good human being too. In

time we might be more appreciative of the robots’

virtuosity in these areas.”

However, Dr Eldridge, whose research involves

exploring how music and artificial intelligence connect,

advised those present not to get too fearful for

the future of humanity.

“Rapid advances in robotics and AI are having huge

social and cultural impacts, but we should remember

that we design and build these technologies,

and it is up to us how we use them - opera singers

aren’t going to lose their jobs just yet.”

Jacqui Bealing


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Let’s get digital

It started gradually. A few sporty types began wearing

chunky black gadgets on their wrists, while the

rest of us looked on in bemusement. Now, fitness

trackers are everywhere, with market intelligence

firm IDC predicting that 47.6 million of the techie

wristbands will be sold worldwide this year, rising to

52.2 million in 2021.

According to a survey carried out by Tata Consultancy

Services last year, 82 per cent of ‘recreational

athletes’ in the UK were using fitness tracking

devices in 2015, with 93 per cent of them claiming

the tools improved their fitness behaviour, and

three-quarters saying they were exercising more.

Impressive figures, but can wearing a plastic wristband

really make you fitter? There was only one

way to find out…

I went to the nice people at local Fitbit stockist,

Lewes Mobile, who kindly provided me with a

Fitbit Surge. Tracking steps, stairs climbed, heart

rate, calories, distance, sleep, and a variety of

workouts, it was one of the latest launches from the

market leader. But it looked outsized and clunky

on my (admittedly small) wrist, resembling an oldfashioned

digital watch more than a state-of-the-art

fitness device.

Despite its unpromising appearance, though, the

Fitbit Surge lived up to its hype, and I found I quite

enjoyed monitoring my activity levels. Allowing

the user to set daily and weekly goals, the tracker

records data then syncs with a laptop or smartphone

to provide statistics. Although some functions were

too advanced for me, I am a little embarrassed

to admit how much I liked being awarded with a

starburst each time I reached 10,000 steps!

“Motivation is the main thing,” agrees Debbie

McLean, Group Exercise and Gym Co-Ordinator

for Wave. “In my experience, people are three

times more likely to reach their goals if they are

tracking them. If something can show you your

progress, then it’s far easier to keep on track. It

provides accountability and shows a picture that

isn’t otherwise there.”

It’s also about customisation, she adds. “You need

to know what you want to achieve. If you’re already

active, you might want a tracker that does more

than count steps. But if you’re looking for something

to get you off the couch, then a more basic

tracker might be perfect for you.”

Taking things a stage further, Wave operates a

system called Fit Connect, whereby gym-goers

can collate data from different fitness devices and

apps.“It holds all of a person’s data in one place, and

sends out suggested workouts to suit the individual,”

McLean explains. “Life generally is moving more

and more towards technology, and tracking fitness is

an important part of that.”

So am I fitter after my Fitbit fortnight? I’d say I’m

more aware. Aware of my current activity levels, and

also what I could be doing to improve them. And

that can only be a good thing. Six-thousand-andsixty-one

steps and counting… Anita Hall

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#7 Long Man of Wilmington

All too soon, sweet summer has once more tipped

beyond her zenith but despite the recent monsoon

weather, Sarah, Todd, and I have chosen a cloudfree,

rain-free afternoon to visit our friendly local

giant, the Long Man of Wilmington.

We’re old friends now but since our first acquaintance

around 20 years ago, he’s morphed from being

a Neolithic Green Man to a political cartoon from

the 17th Century along the lines of Dorset’s Cerne

Abbas giant (Oliver Cromwell apparently!) but minus

the priapic accoutrements. Archaeologists eh!

Even if it was a 1600s invention, personally I prefer

his more spiritual identity gently parting the sliding

doors between different worlds. It’s a persona

depicted as the Two of Wands in the powerful

DruidCraft Tarot created by Chief Druid and local

Downs man, Philip Carr-Gomm.

Todd, though, is having none of this fanciful claptrap

and, while happy to pose for his publicity pic

with Sarah, is much more interested in sniffing out

the local wildlife and greeting other exotic canines

on the footpaths around the Long Man which

today, rather wonderfully, include both an Icelandic

Sheepdog and an Alaskan Malamute.

The recent rains have cleared the air and the views

from the Long Barrow high above the Long Man’s

head reach beyond Mt Caburn to Black Cap above

Plumpton. From here the towering bulk of the

Downs looks like a slow-motion green tsunami

rolling inwards from the sea.

It’s a fancy which, in geological terms, is not so far

from the truth as these hills were formed by Africa

and India colliding with Europe, pushing up firstly

the Alps and in their wake the chalk downlands of

the south of England.

As we head on south towards Jevington, the gentle

hum of the cooling breeze is fractured by the deafening

roar of a Vulcan bomber, in training for the

Eastbourne airshow, which suddenly breaks cover

through a fold in the hills, scattering a nearby herd

of nervy bullocks in all directions.

“That noise is absolutely terrifying!” whispers Sarah

as peace descends once more. “Beware! Beware!

Oh ye who break his ancient, dreamless, uninvaded

sleep,” I reply, pretentiously. All the same, I’m still

rather chuffed with my mish-mash misquote of

Coleridge and Tennyson.

Richard Madden

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Like a bat out of Pells

Illustration by Mark Greco

I spend way too much time in graveyards (especially

considering that I’m going to spend an awful lot

of time in one in the future). But in September St

John sub Castro churchyard - and down the hill at

The Pells - are great places to look for pipistrelle

bats. During September adult pipistrelles are joined

by their pups who are taking their maiden flights.

Above Lewes the night sky is a battlefield of deafening

cries as pipistrelles swoop and swirl, plummet

and pounce on their insect prey.

The acrobatic anarchy overhead goes unnoticed

by us humans. Our hearing is limited and when it

comes to night vision we’re as blind as, well, something

with really bad eyesight… in fact anything but

a bat. Bats have excellent vision. But it certainly isn’t

their best sense.

Echolocation is one of the animal world’s most

incredible superpowers. A pipistrelle shouts, the

shout hits something and bounces back. This echo

is instantly analysed in an amazing brain and tells

the bat how far away the object is and whether

it’s a mosquito, a moth or a mansion. To get the

maximum information from their echo, pipistrelles

yell at high frequencies (45 kHz, we can only hear

up to 20 kHz). And these shouts are loud; pneumatic

drill/jet fighter loud. Up to 110 decibels in some

species. A bat would deafen itself if it heard its own

shout. So pipistrelles have to disengage their ears,

then shout, turn their hearing back on, listen for the

echo, analyse, then start all over again. All at the rate

of 10-15 times a second. This gives bats an amazing,

multi-layered awareness of their surroundings.

Imagine driving down the A27 and not just being

aware of the cars in front but also every bee and fly

that hurtles past. It’s tricky (and impolite) to shout

when you’re eating and once a moth is in the mouth

the bat has to chew-shout-listen-chew-shout-listen

to avoid a collision.

There are 17 species of bat in Sussex. Our smallest

– the common pipistrelle – is also the one you’re

most likely to see around your homes. Back in the

80s there were just four TV channels, two types of

videocassette and one species of pipistrelle in Britain.

But in the 90s scientists discovered that some

pipistrelles were echolocating at higher frequencies

(55 kHz); a Montserrat Caballé to the common

pipistrelle’s Freddie Mercury. These are the

soprano pipistrelles. There’s now a third: Nathusius'

pipistrelle. By affixing lightweight metal rings to

this species’ wings, researchers have discovered that

these bats are migrating to Sussex from as far away

as Latvia.

We’ll be using bat detectors to listen for pipistrelles

as well as Daubenton’s bats, noctules and serotines

on a special bat night walk on September 15th.

Meet in St John sub Castro churchyard in Abinger

Place at 8pm. Everyone welcome.

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Lewes Out Loud

Plenty more Henty

Fifty years ago this month,

broadcasting in the United

Kingdom changed irrevocably

with the arrival

of Radios One, Two, Three

and Four on our airwaves.

Local radio followed

almost immediately and

I was in London, across

the road from Broadcasting

House, to witness this

sound revolution. There

have been many exciting

developments since then, of course, the most

innovative being the transition from analogue

broadcasting to digital.

Unashamedly, I have always been an ‘analogue person’.

My twenty exciting years in radio were what I

called the days of tape and razors as opposed to wine

and roses. You recorded everything onto tape and

edited with a razor blade. It worked.

Digital then was the future which I now find myself

embracing with a wide-eyed sense of incredulity.

For the past year, Lewes friend, Kevin Cramer, and

I have been working on an ambitious audio project,

supported by Senior Archivist, Christopher Whittick,

at The Keep, to digitize 176 hours of hospital

radio programmes. That represents over seven days

of un-interrupted broadcasting, 24 hours a day.

10,560 minutes in all.

The programmes, entitled Nice ‘n’ Easy, were sponsored

by British Telecom, recorded in my Lewes

garage studio and distributed on audio cassette to

every UK hospital radio station for over six years,

between 1987 and 1994.

Some were featured on BBC Radio Two and

contained, amongst many other things, conversations

with famous celebrities from actor Charlton

Heston to Rt. Hon. Denis Healey. We interviewed

Denis at his home just

outside Alfriston and it

featured in a Christmas

Special programme on

December 24, 1989.

Now that interview, and

all the others in digital

format, is to be retained

at The Keep and will

soon be made available

to visitors. David Myers,

systems officer, archives

and records, told me

“We are currently developing a digital delivery and

discovery system for The Keep. At this moment we

do not have methods to access sound archive over

the internet via our website.”

However, David has assured me that he and his

colleagues are working towards this ultimate goal

and in the meantime, Viva readers can now listen

exclusively to the full Denis Healey programme by


It was a very jolly encounter!

Rather like the chaos I caused in HA Baker, the

chemist close by the war memorial, a few weeks

back. Of all things, I wanted a new battery for our

front door bell. Helpfully, Emma (on cameras)

offered to remove the old for re-cycling purposes

and then… probably regretted it. The item simply

would not budge and soon, amidst much hilarity, we

had Gaynor, Linda and Rachel all lending a hand, or

at least finger nails. There was almost applause from

other bemused customers when out popped the old

battery. Ding dong indeed.

Similar mayhem in WH Smith later where I had

difficulties with one of the two automatic check-out

machines. “We call ’em Deirdre and Doris”, real

check-out person Angela told me, disdainfully. I’ll

go to her next time! John Henty



We were delighted to have been of service at

the Lewes District Business Awards dinner by

introducing Carole Richmond, from Brighton

Buses, to Kevin Miller, Business Affairs Officer

of Lewes FC. When we told Carole about the

Rooks’ historic move to spend as much money on

the women’s team as the men’s, she requested an

introduction, the eventual result of which was a

shirt sponsorship deal. Both the women’s and the

men’s team will wear ‘Equality FC’ on the front

of their shirt, with ‘The Regency Route’ on the

back. Hurrah!

Another hurrah… It seems like no.74 High

Street - for so long inhabited by the gents’

outfitter Hugh Rae – has been taken over by Abi

and Thomas Petit, of Abigail’s Drapery and Gossypium.

Looks like there’ll be a bit of rag-trade

continuity there, then, and that’s one hell of a

big gap in the High Street’s front teeth filled up.

It’s good news all round, actually, for the top

of town’s empty spaces, with The Foundation

Stage Forum, a platform for Early Years Foundation

Stage practitioners, taking over the former

Post Office and Côte finally opening up on September

4th in what was Lloyds Bank. We’re told,

too, that Shanaz are likely to expand into the bit

that used to be Lloyds’ cashpoint.

And a few doors down, it looks like we’re in the

middle of a chain reaction, with swish ladies’

clothing outlet Jigsaw taking the space so

recently emptied by jewellery-and-bags franchise

Accessorize (and previous to that, Monsoon).

Last month we reported on the closure of Ooh

Art! at the top of School Hill. That building

didn’t stay empty long: it’s been filled by the third

charity shop (the others are in Newhaven and

Hailsham) run by the Sussex Community Development

Association (SCDA is much easier on

the ear). Our first visit resulted in the purchase of

three books, including JG Ballard’s autobiography,

Miracles of Life – for £3. Bargain.

A couple of closures to report at the Needlemakers,

with Skull and Feathers gone (Lou’s moving

to a stall in the Flea Market) and Cuv Cuv (near

the top of the stairs) moving on; Tracy from

Gallery will expand into that space. We popped

downstairs to find that Matt Irwin had turned

the back room of Skylark into something of an

art gallery: it’s well worth a visit.

And a new venture down Eastgate way – the Sunday

morning car boot sale held behind Waitrose

has been taken over by Gordon and Jax: expect

the usual stalls plus more upmarket antiques, too.

Same place, same time (10am). Finally, anyone

thinking that a new company called The Beez

Neez is taking over what used to be Famiglia/

Lazzati is betraying their new-in-towniness: the

building is being turned into flats and the renovations

revealed the rather cool sign of the old café

that traded from there in the 80s. Alex Leith



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You do what it says on the tin,

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HIGH STREET, 1865 & 2017

To fit in with our ‘digital’ theme, we’ve chosen one of Isaac Reeves’ marvellous photo montages for

this month’s Inside Left. Isaac’s modus operandi is to choose an interesting photo from the Reeves

archive, find the exact spot from where one of his antecedents shot the image, and take a modern day

version. Then he goes on Photoshop and blends the two pictures, creating a ghostly ‘now and then’

image in which long-dead Lewesians share pavement space with their modern-day equivalents.

In this case the original photo was taken by Isaac’s great great grandfather, Edward Reeves, on Lewes

High Street, c1865. “I had to position myself between two boxes of books outside Bow Windows

Bookshop to stand where he stood for the shot,” he says, and the idea of him following so literally in

his forebear’s footsteps, 152 years later, adds even more poignancy to the exercise. The two Reeves

were confronted by very similar views, though in that period the building until recently used as our

Post Office was a private house, and what is now British Heart Foundation had an extra two storeys

and housed Hardwick’s Drapery and Boot Warehouse.

The Victorians inhabiting the picture include a bowler-hatted chap in the foreground, presumably

tipping the wink to Edward, a line of schoolkids posing for the shot, and what looks like an old lady

exiting no. 68, now Beckworths. She’s nearly bumping into a modern-day Lewesian (the girl in the

blue shirt). On the left of the picture a couple look at house prices (modern-day ones, sadly) in the

window of Rowland Gorringe.

The most intriguing figure is the chap in the waistcoat crossing the entrance to Watergate Lane. At

first sight he looks like he belongs to the Victorian-era picture. “He is wearing an old-fashioned suit

and is in black and white,” says Isaac, “but look closely and the ear buds he’s listening to music through

put him firmly in the current century.”

You probably won’t pick up that detail from this small rendition of the image, which makes this a good

point to plug the fact that throughout Artwave Isaac is showing a whole exhibition of his ‘then and

now’ pictures in their full-sized glory in the Gallery at Reeves (159 High Street), entitled Untimely

Images (until Sunday Sept 3rd).


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Do you see a helicopter?

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