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Every year we are faced with the same problem. It’s pretty clear what the main event is in Lewes
in November, but as all that is over by end-of-play on the 5th (the 4th this year, of course) we
don’t want to produce a magazine that looks out of date when less than a sixth of the month has
elapsed. This time we’ve sorted that problem by making the theme ‘Noir’ which, while nodding
to the moody film genre, was chosen to reflect everything that happens at night. And by that
we don't just mean THE night. So our wonderfully semi-abstract cover, by Alexander Johnson,
calls to mind the fireworks that are let off all over town at the climax of Lewes’ biggest event.
But by the very nature of its abstraction, it can be read in more ways than one, and thus retain
its relevance as the month goes on, and the nights draw in.
We’re particularly pleased with our The Way We Work section, which reflects a good deal of
very hard graft by photographer Tom Reeves, who asked a member of each bonfire society to
go to work in their bonfire costume, so they could be snapped going about their daily tasks in
all their processional finery. The subtext? Bonfire incorporates people from all walks of life; it is
the social gel that binds this town together, like no other town. And bonfire people are bonfire
people all year through.
We also discover about night-time football photography, stargazing with your kids, and how to
deal with insomnia, as well as why the nightingale is so called. With the clocks going back on
the 29th October this year, November is the time when you can really start enjoying those everlonger
nights. Wrap up warm and indulge in them, then… enjoy the issue.
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THE 'NOIR' ISSUE
Bits and bobs.
Alexander Johnson’s abstract airfield art
(5-6); Rosie Boxer’s Lewes (11); Alice
Dudeney’s Lewes (13); plus pubs and
plaques and clocks and hats.
David Jarman dons a dressing gown (31);
Chloë King lets out a secret (33); Mark
Bridge gets all militant (35).
On this month.
James Boyes, Lewes FC photographer
(37); Belongings at Glyndebourne (39);
democracy campaigner Anthony Barnett
on Brexit (41); Emma Tucker on the future
of print journalism (43); Anabel Inge on
the lives of Salafi women (45); krautrock
legends faUSt at the Con Club (47); the
Lewes Breviary sung on home turf for the
first time in over 500 years (49); We the
Uncivilised, a permacultural documentary
(51); Depot round-up (53).
EW Tristram’s amazing panels (55); Jessica
Warboys’ underwater art at Towner (57)
and what’s on the gallery walls in Lewes and
way beyond (59-65).
Listings & Free time.
Diary dates: what’s on where, when,
including an explosive Lewes Speakers
Festival (67-71); a packed-full classical
round-up (73); Gig guide, including a visit
from punk legends UK Subs (75-77); Free
time U16 listings (79); young photographer
of the month Alice Saunders (81); Shoes
on Now goes stargazing (82) and Chris
Riddell’s latest Goth Girl adventure (83).
'Deanland Oak' by Alexander Johnson
THE 'NOIR' ISSUE
Tapas at Fuego Lounge: it’s Lewes, but not
as we know it (85); everything we could eat
at Chaula’s (87); a venison, Stilton & ale
pie recipe that’ll make you slaver (88) and
a cup of hot chocolate from Real Eating
Company to wash it all down (91). Plus
edible updates, of course (92).
The way we work.
Our favourite feature of the year: Tom
Reeves photographs Bonfire people in
their costumes… going about their daily
Photo by Tom Reeves
Photo by Ben Reeves
How much sleep do you need? (105).
Where’s Todd taking Richard Madden this
month? (107). Why is the nightingale so
called? (109). Why shouldn’t you walk near
the edge of a cliff? (111). Why wouldn’t you
ask John Henty to look for your lost cat?
(113). Plus business news (115).
Trick photography, Edwardian style (130).
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THIS MONTH’S COVER ARTIST:
This month’s cover is by abstract
painter and printmaker
Alexander Johnson. Given the
theme ‘Noir’, he created the
firework-inspired image using
silk screen ink, rolled onto
black paper. “I like to combine
the printmaking process and
the painting process, and this
seemed like the perfect opportunity.
I think I did two or
three different versions of the
fireworks and kept painting out
where I didn’t like them and
doing it over, which is what I
always do. I don’t start again, I
leave the mistakes underneath,
and hopefully a few of them will
show through so people can see
the working process.”
Alexander operates from his
studio in Laughton, where he’s
been based for the past two
years. “I’d been making figurative
and quite commercial work
up until about ten years ago,”
he says. “But I’d had enough
of making this ok work, that I
could do quite well but I wasn’t
really getting much out of. I decided
I needed to make something
that I liked myself, that
I would put in my own house,
and so I made a conscious decision
to go more abstract, and I
started by working from these
aerial photographs that my father
(pictured, right) had taken
when he was a Spitfire pilot
during the war.”
“I’ve tended to work almost
like a fashion designer in that
I make collections, so I’ll be
on one subject for two or three
years and then it sort of exhausts
itself and then I spend a bit of
time looking around for something
else to do. Six months
after my partner and I moved
to Laughton, I was in the local
post office and I found this little
book on RAF Deanland, near
Hailsham, with a picture of a
Spitfire on the front. Because my
father had been a Spitfire pilot,
anything with a Spitfire grabs
my attention, so I bought it. I
got back to the studio and realised
it was about a local airfield
that had been built to support
the D-Day landings in 1944, and
I thought, ‘this is it – this is the
gift I’ve been waiting for’.
“I cycled out there and managed
to get an introduction with
the guy who owns the airfield
now, and sort of self-appointed
myself as artist in residence
there. I go out and I sketch,
generally in charcoal, and I do
pretty standard landscape drawings
of the buildings there and
the Downs in the distance and
the trees. Once I’ve got that in
my head, I continue to redraw
those scenes, but they become
more and more abstracted and
refined, and I leave more and
more information out, so I end
up with a much simpler scene.
It’s a sort of distillation, I suppose
– a simplification.
“I had an exhibition earlier this
year and at the private view
I met a photographer called
John Brockliss, who was also
between projects. We got talking
about my Deanland images
and he decided that he’d like
to make a body of work documenting
me doing the project.
Out of that he’s now decided to
produce a book, which is coming
out next year. The book will
be half black-and-white photographs
of the working process
and me in the studio, interspersed
with colour plates that
has been made: silk screens and
etchings and oil paintings. John
approached Antony Penrose to
write the preface to the book.
He came over and saw the work,
liked it, and obviously saw parallels
between what he’s doing
with his mother’s photographs.
We’re treading quite similar
paths in a way, because I’m trying
to retell my dad’s story, he’s
trying to retell Lee’s [his mother
Lee Miller’s] story.” The book
comes out in June 2018, with an
exhibition at 35 North Gallery in
Alexander will be the focus of
an exhibition and print sale at
Gallery 40 in Brighton from the
4th to the 10th Dec. His drawing
'Deanland Oaks' was selected for
the Jerwood Drawing Prize this
year and will be touring until July
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Photo by Alex Leith
MY LEWES: ROSIE BOXER,
BUSINESS RESEARCHER, ROCKET FM PROGRAMMER
Are you local? No. I was born in Birkenhead – the
Wirral, actually – and moved to Ringmer in 1987
when my husband Tony got a job at Brighton Poly.
We had a spell in Newcastle, but it was too cold up
there, so we moved back down, to the same house,
which we had never sold and still live in now. I got
a job at Lewes Tertiary College… the rest is history.
Why did you choose Ringmer? We wanted to live
round here because of the train links to London
and Gatwick Airport; the houses in Ringmer were
more affordable than those in Lewes. We realised
it was a lovely village, with great shops and a fine
community swimming pool. We regularly walk up
to the top of Caburn, from where you can see the
sea, on a good day. We’ve not regretted it.
How did you get involved in Rocket FM? I got
hooked on radio when I was a barmaid at The
Grapes close to Radio City’s studios in Liverpool,
then I started doing hospital radio DJing as
a hobby. About ten years ago I met Rocket’s Andy
Thomas and he persuaded me to get involved.
Should it be on all year? It relies on the good
will and hard work of an awful lot of volunteers
and sponsors, and I’m not sure that would be sustainable
for much longer than three weeks a year.
People don’t realise how much goes into it. Just the
programming – which I do with Peter Flanagan – is
a full-time job for three months.
Are you ‘Bonfire’? On the 5th, I generally stay at
home! But we consider Rocket FM to be the eighth
bonfire society. And I think that Bonfire is incredibly
valuable for the town, not least to protect its
cultural heritage. Lewes is increasingly becoming a
destination town, and it’s great for the residents to
be able to take it back for 24 hours.
Where do you like eating and drinking? In
terms of Lewes pubs the Brewers, the Lewes Arms
and the Swan, but our favourite is the Six Bells in
Chiddingly. Their Christmas Yorkies are to die for.
We really miss the Trevor in Glynde – please do
something Harveys! – but enjoy the quarterly popup
pub run by the Glynde Memorial team. The
food in the new chains Côte and Aqua is good, but
I’m worried about the effect they’ll have on all the
Where do you shop? Bread, meat and pet supplies
can all be bought in the village. Otherwise Tesco,
Waitrose (when I get free vouchers) and - for a
monthly treat - Lidl in Newhaven.
What don’t you like about living in Ringmer? I
spend too much time standing outside Lewes Waitrose
waiting for the bus, which is very unreliable.
If not Ringmer, where would you like to live?
West Kirby, where my sister lives. If it’s not raining
you can see Wales, over the Dee. It’s where I hung
out as a teenager, and that never leaves you. AL
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MY LEWES: FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE
The early 20th-century novelist and diarist Alice Dudeney has, for some months, been communicating
with us using the medium of Twitter, under the moniker @MrsDudeney. We asked her the usual questions…
Are you local? I was born in
Brighton and went to school in
Hurstpierpoint, then lived in
London for some years before
returning south, first to Surrey in
1890 and then to Lewes in 1916.
What do you like/dislike
about Lewes? I love Lewes
for the Downs and the views. I
loathe the snobs, sentimentalists
How would you spend a perfect
Sunday afternoon? A walk
to Firle, across the Downs, with
my Dalmatian, and later a book
and a doze by the fire.
When did you last walk up a
Down? This very morning.
What did you have for breakfast
this morning? Eggs, coffee,
toast and marmalade.
What is your favourite Lewes
building? My home - I suspect
you have noticed it? - Castle
Your favourite view? From
Southover hills out to Seaford
Bluff and even, on a clear day,
the Seven Sisters.
Where do you do your food
shopping? Pryor the pork
butcher - despite his impertinences
- for meat; Westgate
Stores for sundries.
Which is your favourite
boozer? Can you recommend
where to eat out round here?
I prefer to lunch in more refined
company in London. You’d have
to ask [her husband] Ernest
about taverns, but I sampled a
cocktail in Park Lane recently
and have rather taken to them.
Are you ‘Bonfire’? The Bonfire
Orgies tend to send the dog
mad with terror, but I’m not
averse to giving sixpence to a
kid with a guy.
Who would you like to see
burnt in effigy on November
5th? Edith Wharton -
Which is your favourite Twitten?
A favourite twitten? What a
silly question. Church Twitten, I
Are you religious? Which
church do you attend? That is
a personal matter, but I am observant,
yes, and attend St Michael’s
- despite that treasonable,
pacifist priest Kenneth Rawlings.
Where would you live if you
didn’t live in Lewes? If not
Lewes, Lympne. Alex Leith
Photo of Mrs Dudeney in 1928 courtesy of Reeves
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BOOKS AND BOBS
Lewes resident Mark Perryman,
a very active member of the local
Labour Party, has edited a collection
of essays about the sudden and
meteoric rise of Jeremy Corbyn,
and its implications. It is called The
I nearly gave up on the book during
the second essay, The Absolute
Corbyn, when academic Jeremy
Gilbert managed to shoehorn the
words and phrases ‘collectivism’,
‘condition of responsibility’ and
‘radically participatory and deliberative
mechanisms of self-government’
into the same sentence. Thankfully I
read on, because the rest of the book
isn’t hostage to such demoralising
clusters of jargon.
There are 16 essays, in total, written
by journalists and academics from
across the country. Almost all of
these commentators write from a
left-of-centre perspective, but the
book is far more than a triumphalist
celebration of Corbyn’s recent
power surge. Some writers question
what compromises Labour will
have to make if they want to win
the next election; others ask why
it took the party so long to offer
up a robust antidote to Thatcher’s
neoliberal policies. If you’re interested in the state
of play of the Scottish Labour Party in the face of
the SNP’s recent decline, this is the book for you;
ditto if you’re fascinated by the age demographics
of Labour’s target seats in the next election.
Meanwhile, Lewes-based popular science writer Dr
Michael Brooks came into the office the other day
announcing he had just written not one, but two
books ready for the Christmas market.
The more immediately approachable
of the books, which he co-wrote with
Rick Edwards, is called Science(ish) 1 and
subtitled The Peculiar Science Behind the
Movies. It’s a reworking of a successful
podcast by the pair, examining some of
the ideas thrown out in sci-fi movies
and questioning whether they could
actually occur. Perhaps you’ll recognise
the films, if I precis a handful of the
ideas: Are we living in a digital simulation?
Can we resurrect dinosaurs from
their fossilised DNA? Is it possible to
go back to 1955? It’s not as science-lite,
actually, as you might imagine, designed
to couch complex ideas within a demotic
framework to help wash down all
that knowledge. Dr Brooks’ other book
The Quantum Astrologer’s Handbook,
which I’ll review at more length in the
next issue, is a more serious proposition,
a novelistic exploration of the life
and times of maverick sixteenth-century
Milanese polymath Jerome Cardano.
Another book you’ll be hearing more
of in the December issue is In an Old
House, the fruit of Peter and Sally
Varlow’s journey of discovery when
they investigated the history of the
medieval house, on the outskirts of
Chailey, that they bought and caringly
renovated in 1982. Full of illustrations,
diagrams, and short, headed paragraphs, it’ll be of
great interest to anyone interested in architecture
and/or local history.
Finally, a mention for the latest Frogmore Papers
quarterly poetry collection - their 90th edition
- with over 40 contributors, and a fine cover by
Viva regular Neil Gower. At a fiver, it’s a thoughtprovoking,
emotion-triggering snip. AL
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Southover Church was associated with St
Pancras Priory, but survived the 16th century
dissolution. An earlier spire collapsed in 1698, so
by 1714 work began on a new tower. Today this
houses ten bells as well as the clock, with its two
faces on the north and west walls.
Fittingly for this issue's noir theme, the clock
faces are black. That's not entirely unusual, but
blue faces are more common for British church
clocks, like that of St Thomas in Cliffe. There
are various theories: Henry VIII may have
stipulated blue to echo a description of priestly
garments in Exodus; maybe it was because blue
pigments were costly and thus seen as being
special. The Southover clock, made by Lawson &
Son of Brighton, dates from 1890, long after the
Tudor stricture had loosened.
It's wound weekly by the bell ringers. The faces
keep slightly different time, with the western face
run via a long driveshaft with right-angle gearing,
whereas the north face is driven directly.
Under the clockfaces themselves are various
memorials, including the heavily weathered Ashdown
Stone, a legacy of the prior of the Priory
in the 1520s, the De Warenne arms and another
stone underneath that includes the date of the
Thanks to Dr David Ross.
Photo by Daniel Etherington
BITS AND BOX
CHARITY BOX: KISS MY DISCO
I do many things including
DJing and supporting adults
with learning disabilities.
About ten years ago I combined
these two paths and set
up what eventually became
Fresh Track DJs CIC or ‘Community
Fresh Tracks supports, teaches
and mentors adults with learning disabilities, who
have a passion for music, through DJ workshops
Kiss My Disco is the club night that provides a
platform for the students involved in the workshops.
It’s open to anyone, with and without disabilities.
One of our goals is to encourage an active
social life for disabled people. Another is to bring
both learning disabled and non-learning disabled
communities together. It's very much about raising
people’s confidence levels and
thus validating them within their
People can expect a wide
and varied selection of music
depending on who is DJing. It's
a safe and friendly environment
and very open hearted. It is
always a lot of fun too.
Kiss My Disco takes place at different locations
in East Sussex. The Lewes ones are held at The
Volunteer pub. It’s open to anyone over 18, regardless
of ability. We are always wheelchair friendly
with fully-accessible bathroom facilities.
As told to Emma Chaplin by Nick Carling
Next Kiss My Disco at The Volunteer, Thurs 16,
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Carlotta’s pictures this month are from the
OctoberFeast event ‘Secret Woodland Café’
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dedicated to linking people to nature. The
afternoon featured a barbecue with a difference:
in close-up on the grill is a tasty hunk of flapjack,
wrapped in leaves. ‘The event felt really magical,
tucked into a back corner of the Railwayland,’
she tells us. ‘It was raining slightly, but under
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BITS AND BOBS
Fundraising is already underway
for next year’s Moving
On Parade, the noisy
march of the region’s year
sixes, before they progress
to secondary school. The
parade is organised, as ever,
by the parents and teachers’
group Patina. And as usual the group is helping to make the high street a more colourful place over Christmas,
by renting out their popular willow-and-tissue lanterns for shopkeepers to put in their windows, thus helping
generate a little more of that festive feeling for passers-by. Prices start at £20 for the 50cm-diameter Shining
Star lantern and rise to £35 for the up-to-80cm Large Christmas Tree Lantern. There’s a new lantern, in the
fold, too, the Awesome Owl (up-to-70cm, £35). The price is for a month’s rent and includes an LED light: all
proceeds go to Patina, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to order ASAP.
Meanwhile Astbury Solicitors are joining the cause, too, with a generous offer on their wills. They will dedicate
half the fee from the writing of ten wills to Patina: customers should quote ‘Patina 2018’ when making their
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PHOTO OF THE MONTH
“I had noticed that the refurbishers of 17 Market Street had uncovered this amazing
shop logo from, I presume, the 80s, and had in a vague way been meaning to take
a photo of it,” writes Mathew Clayton. “But then one morning I walked out of the
Needlemakers and saw that it was about to be painted over. The decorator was just
lifting up the paint roller so I had a slight panic to get my phone out in time before
it disappeared forever. I think it is quite melancholic - it represents the end of someone's
dream.” Quick work, Mathew, and it’s won you £20. As for melancholic... let’s
hope that in decades to come it will be uncovered again.
Please send your pictures, taken in and around Lewes, to firstname.lastname@example.org,
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
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BITS AND BOBS
Remembrance Day, Sunday 12th November,
will be marked by a rather special Reeves Archive
event at Lewes War Memorial, the details
of which are being kept under wraps. The event
will take place after the Royal British Legion Remembrance
Parade, and will run from 4.45pm to
There will also be an exhibition relating to the
Memorial and the names inscribed on it in Lewes
Town Hall. Opening times are from 13th to 24th
November, Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm.
Reeves sent us this picture to accompany the
news about their event on the 12th: it was taken
in 1922 shortly after the unveiling of the War
Memorial. The monument, with bronze figures
on an obelisk of Portland Stone, was designed
by Vernon March, and commemorates 251 of
the Lewes men who died in WW1; another 126
names were added after WW2. Lest We Forget.
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TOWN PLAQUE #32
The Normans built many motte & bailey castles in England, but only
two have twin mottes – Lewes and Lincoln. The elevated mound was
usually created by material dug out from a surrounding ditch, thus doubling
the obstacle. Lewes Castle is unusual in that the keep stands on a
high mound, constructed of chalk blocks. Brack Mount gave a vantage
point north over the valley.
Castle Ditch Lane is exactly what one would expect – from the barbican
it follows the old bailey wall round to the junction with Mount Place. Now a cul-de sac, it comprises buildings
old, new and ruined and the ‘prisoners’ entrance’ round the back of the Crown Court. It is also part
of a circular walk – from the Castle Precincts, round the bowling green, through the Maltings car park and
‘Magic Circle’ area and back via Popes Passage to the High Street. Check it out. Marcus Taylor
LEWES IN NUMBERS: LEWES POPULATION
The population changes through births, deaths and moves into and out of an area. In Lewes District, for every
1,000 people in 2015, 54 moved into the district, 48 moved out, 9 were born and 11 died, totalling 12.2%
of the population which has been replaced. The number of people moving in and out of the district is a little
lower than in 2014, which we featured in December. In Lewes Town, only births and deaths are available.
They show a total of 143 births and 138 deaths for 2015. Sarah Boughton
GHOST PUB #37: THE STATION HOTEL, COOKSBRIDGE
We are going to briefly sneak out of Lewes for this
latest ‘ghost pub’. Many of you may remember the
Pump House at Cooksbridge. This was originally
the Station Hotel (aka the Station Inn or Railway
Hotel). When the railway came to Cooksbridge in
1847, Henry Henderson of the Rainbow Inn was
quick to promote the village’s only pub in the Sussex
Advertiser. It took well over ten years before a new
inn was built nearer the station, and in March 1861
John Satcher beat George Thomas at a sparrow
shooting match ‘in connection with the new Station Inn’. Landlord Adam Oram offered food, accommodation
and stabling, which must have seriously affected trade at the Rainbow. The Station Hotel had a large
dining hall, or ‘club room’, adjoining the main building. This allowed various landlords to play host to annual
club and society dinners, including those for the Victoria Cycling Club, and the Cooksbridge Cricket Club.
They also hosted the annual fête, and clearly played a significant role in the social life of the village. During
the 1970s and 80s the pub was known as ‘The Hop Leaf’, before changing its name again in the 1990s to ‘The
Pump House’. It was around 2006 when the pub called its final “last orders at the bar”. The building stood
derelict for some years before finally being demolished to make way for new housing. Many thanks to Sue
Rowland for the photograph. Mat Homewood
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Callum was down from London visiting
friends and enjoying the Lewes Light
festivities when I spied the perfect spot
outside the Harvey’s shop to take his
photo. He was given this beanie as a
gift so he could carry around a little bit
of Brighton and Hove Albion with him
wherever he goes (weather permitting).
A staunch fan and season ticket holder,
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lows over the years, finally seeing them
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SPREAD THE WORD
Hector, her neighbour's cat, hogging
her October copy of Viva.
‘He knew our house was the place
to find out about the latest happenings
around Lewes. He nipped
in our front door last week and
came up the stairs to join me for
an afternoon read.’
Keep taking us with you and keep
spreading the word. Send your pics
Here’s Ringmer resident, Maurice
Robinson, a long way from
home at Machu Picchu. What did
he do after a four-day 45km trek,
camping in the glorious Andean
countryside with his son Colin
and grandson Theo? Catch up on
events back home with our digitalthemed
issue, of course.
More at home with creature comforts,
Southover resident Barbara
Brothers sent us this photo of
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The 1957 film Woman
in a Dressing Gown
Mitchell and Anthony
Quayle as Amy and
Jim (‘Jimbo’) Preston,
a couple whose
marriage is starting
to unravel. Jim is
giving consideration to
the competing charms of his siren secretary,
played by Sylvia Sims. Stuck at home, Amy is
increasingly unable to keep the show on the road:
the flat tidy, the breakfast toast from being burnt,
the dinner incinerated. An even greater concern
is her wandering around all day in her dressing
gown. When the film was rereleased in 2012
the Guardian critic claimed that the Russians
had a word for the undiagnosed depression
that is obviously afflicting Amy. It’s ‘halatnost’,
literally ‘dressing gown-ness’. As I often potter
around the house in my dressing gown to at least
midday, in my own naught availing struggle with
the household chores, this rather alarmed me.
I consulted a Bulgarian friend who had worked
in Moscow for seven years, and whose Russian
was more than adequate. She confirmed that the
word ‘halatnost’ did indeed derive from ‘halat’,
meaning dressing gown. Historically it was
associated with the laziness and carelessness of
both landowners and civil servants. Since the
1840s it had gained, originally in literature and
later in life, the suggestion of negligence. But she
felt unable to endorse any suggested connotation
In his new book on modern Russia, Peter
Pomerantsev laments the architectural ravages
being inflicted on pre Soviet experiment, Old
Moscow. Streets with names like Pyatnitskaya: in
English the Streetof-all-Fridays,
of little two-storey,
other like happy
singing on their way
home to a warm bed’.
He adds: ‘Back in the eighteenth and nineteenth
centuries St Petersburg was the capital, the city of
power, regime, order. Moscow was a backwater,
the holiday city where you could sleep in late
and spend the day in your pyjamas’. And yet,
Oblomov, the personification of ‘halatnost’ in
Goncharov’s eponymous 1859 novel, rarely out
of bed let alone his highly emblematic dressing
gown, resides in St Petersburg. But, perhaps that’s
In his long essay on Venice which has recently
been reissued, Javier Marias mentions that
real Venetians avoid ‘anywhere that has been
developed with tourists in mind.’ They are ‘not
easy to spot; largely because they don’t go out
very much. Entrenched behind their watermelongreen
shutters, they watch the rest of the world
- the periphery of the world - in their pyjamas and
via their twenty TV channels’.
Perhaps staying in your dressing gown is just a
way of putting off the fag of getting dressed. In
the Romanian Max Blecher’s sanatorium novel,
Scarred Hearts, the hero recalls an Englishman
who had committed suicide leaving a note that
read ‘All this buttoning and unbuttoning’.
Woman in a Dressing Gown is said to have done
for dressing gowns what Psycho did for showers.
That’s nonsense, but I fear Harvey Weinstein
may have delivered its coup de grâce.
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By the time you read this
I will be giving, or have
given, or be about to
give birth to my second
child. How about that for
a bombshell? A pregnant
woman with a magazine
column that, previous
sentence excepted, hasn’t
mentioned in that column
that she is a pregnant
I assume it will surprise
because at 37 weeks I'm
still meeting people on the High St who say
delightedly, “I didn’t know you were expecting!”
I do wonder why this comment is always
prefixed by “I didn’t know”. I expect it’s a
linguistic development popularised since the
advent of social media. Before Facebook, one
wouldn’t expect to have up-to-date knowledge
about another person’s life unless said person
was someone you occasionally telephoned,
invited for a drink, or had essentially been
present with in conversation at some point
over the last few months. Now, and I too am
guilty of this, we often imagine that we have
made personal contact with a dear friend just
because we have followed their ‘status’ online.
Unfortunately, it’s just not the same.
You see, I haven’t been keeping it secret that
I am pregnant, I just haven’t posted about
my condition online. Either way, it should be
glaringly obvious to anyone who knows me well
because I’m not stood outside the Lewes Arms
with a pint of Harvey’s and a roll-up in hand.
I chose not to tweet about it because I’m
becoming increasingly concerned about the
untested consequences of children’s lives being
documented online. That, and the pressure
which we’re all under
for our circumstances
to measure up to a
perfectly edited version
of those of our peers. I’ve
also learnt, as someone
prone to coming up with
ambitious action plans,
shouting about them
and then sitting down,
that the kind interest of
friends and acquaintances
can become a tyranny of
having to forever answer
the question “have you done x yet?”.
Keeping my news on the down-low is unlikely
to prevent the upsurge in “have you popped
yet?” that occurs as one enters the gym
ball stage of pregnancy, but it has limited a
substantial number of conversations about my
intimate bodily functions.
Speaking of which, I went to yoga for the first
time last night. (There’s something else I bet
you didn’t know, that there was, until yesterday,
a single surviving female member of the
gentrified Lewes community who had not yet
If any reader is feeling cheated about my lack
of pregnancy-related gossip, I can now happily
reveal that I discovered three things at my
LushTums antenatal yoga class. One, that Mum
was right: it really is hard not to fart in balasana
pose. Two: that, aside from the risk of farting
among strangers, yoga is genuinely an extremely
pleasurable thing to do. And three, I am
personally so unused to purposeful relaxation
that even after a large slice of Waitrose meat
pie; a ninety-minute yoga session; a Radox bath
and a 30-minute hypnotic download, I still felt
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It was William Lonsdale Watkinson who coined
the phrase 'far better to light the candle than to
curse the darkness' in a sermon just over a century
ago. Yet in a world that's threatened intermittently
with nuclear war, depending on the availability of
the US President's internet connection, it's easy to
feel helpless against injustice. Of course, we can all
prepare for the worst. Action films have told us the
best way to react to unspeakable horror is to keep
calm and carry on, walking unflinchingly through
explosions. And I'm sure I'll find it pretty simple
to substitute rat for free-range chicken in my postapocalyptic
But all this metaphorical bunker-building feels a
bit passive. Whilst it's good to have an excuse to
stockpile tinned custard in the cupboard under the
stairs, I doubt I'll have any opportunity to defend
the village of Ringmer against a real attack. Or,
at least, I didn't think I would... until my call-up
Like many people, I'm a little nervous about the
delivery of any government document. I'm pretty
sure that worming the cat doesn't qualify me for
an MBE, which means a letter bearing the House
of Commons portcullis is probably trouble. And
indeed it is, but not in the way I expect. Local MP
Maria Caulfield has written of her disappointment
that East Sussex County Council is considering the
closure of Ringmer Library, along with six other
local libraries. Her campaigning puts her in conflict
with fellow Conservatives who control the council.
Councillors say the planned closures would save
money, although the inclusion of Ringmer seems
counter-intuitive when the Village Hall building
that contains the library has recently been enlarged
and visitor numbers have increased. In fact, it was
the Chair of ESCC who officially opened the new
library last year.
Figures from ESCC mention a journey of 10
minutes from Ringmer Library to Lewes Library by
bus, which would be absolutely true if there was a
time machine waiting at Lewes Bus Station to save
people from walking to the town's library. They
also suggest the annual cost of running Ringmer
library is around £8,000. That's just a quarter of the
amount their councillors claimed in car travel for
the last financial year. Sure, people from Ringmer
could go into Lewes to use the library. But if that's
the case, why stop there? Why not insist that Ringmerites
could go into Lewes to use the shops, the
schools and the pubs?
Anyone interested can respond to the consultation
online at consultation.eastsussex.gov.uk or, if
you prefer paper, by picking it up from the library.
While you’re there, I’d also recommend borrowing
a book. One day, you may even be able to pick up a
copy of my favourite rodent recipes. I think I'll call
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ON THIS MONTH: FOOTBALL
Lewes FC photographer
Photo by James Boyes
I’m celebrating my tenth anniversary as official
Lewes FC photographer this year: my first
season was in 2007/08, when Steve King’s team
won promotion to the National Conference. I’ve
photographed almost all of the home and away
fixtures since, and more and more of the women’s
team fixtures, too.
Apart from an adult education Photography
A-Level at Sussex Downs I’m pretty much selftaught.
I’ve learnt on the job, basically. A lot of
trial and error.
I usually take about 700 pictures a match – approximately
one every eight seconds - and of these
about a third are worth keeping, which I post on
flickr afterwards. I have no idea if this is a normal
sort of ratio.
For the men’s home games I also write a short
match report for the Non-League Paper. I
watch the game, but unlike other fans I’m not
following the ball, I’m tracking players through
the lens. Sometimes I don’t know it’s a goal until I
hear the crowd’s reaction, then I’m busy capturing
It’s the emotions that really make the picture,
which is why goal celebrations are so good. My
favourite ever shot was of Lewes’ David Wheeler
reeling away after scoring a late goal against Braintree
with an opposition player lying dejected on
the floor. Pictures with players celebrating with
the fans are usually pretty good, too. Big Deaksie
and Cynical Dave are always there or thereabouts
when the ball goes in the net.
My camera equipment has improved since I
started, but as this is a hobby I can’t afford the
sort of really long zoom lenses the pros use. This
means I can’t capture action on the other side of
This becomes worse for night matches, though
a bit of post-production always helps. The sharpening
tool is my best friend. Lewes’ floodlights
were bought with the proceeds of a Pink Floyd
concert in the Town Hall in the 60s, so while I’ve
seen worse – especially at the level we’re at now – I
can’t wait until they’re replaced, because it’s all
about the light.
I hardly ever watch a Lewes game without my
camera. I go to Brighton sometimes as a fan: I
always end up envying the guys taking the shots,
and wishing I was down pitch-side.
It can get very cold on the touchline, and very
wet. In winter I wear a waterproof jacket and leggings.
I look like the Michelin Man, but I’m not
moving very much - I usually choose a spot and
stay there for a while – so believe me it’s worth it.
Would I want to do the job professionally? I’m
not sure. At the moment there’s no pressure on
me. If I don’t get the money shot, nobody minds –
except me. As told to Alex Leith
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ON THIS MONTH: MUSIC
Experimental krautrock legends
How did you get to be so anti-conformist? It had
a lot to do with the upheaval of ’68: there was the
need for a bit of fresh air. The air was sticky with old
generals... we needed a reversal of the situation, an
evolution if not a revolution.
You used music to make a political point? I was
born an artist in a musical family, and so music became
the obvious language to express myself. Music
is powerful because it triggers fantasies, and leaves
huge room for your own interpretation.
Could you call faUSt a radical jazz band? Not at
all! Jazz musicians practise their scales up and down:
one of our first principles was that we don’t practise,
we just play. A more adequate description of us is
You soon got pigeon-holed as ‘krautrock’. It’s
an ugly word, that’s for sure. And ‘kraut’, of course,
is an insulting term. But it’s an interesting one: at
first the English music press needed a term for the
interesting music coming out of Germany, then it
rapidly developed into a specific description of a new
established genre, before prostituting itself to mean
any music from Germany that was a bit repetitive.
You exploded onto the record-buying British
market with The Faust Tapes on Virgin
Records… An exceptional cocktail. It was produced
by Uwe Nettelbeck and marketed by Richard
Branson, both very clever, far-seeing people. Richard
was a visionary. He picked us up after we had been
dropped by Polydor for being undesirables. Well,
we remained undesirables, so he dropped us too,
but not before we made him a hit record. An album
for the price of a single! It was financially successful
– though not for us – and it is an excellent, hugely
influential record: music as collage, cut and paste
techniques. We threw a stone in the pond and quite
a few ripples appeared.
In the late 70s you ‘disappeared’. That is part of
our legend. It was a grey period in the faUSt saga.
We breathed. We moved our bowels. We generated
children. We still played music, but we’d had enough
of the music business, so we played outside that.
There’s more than one faUSt playing nowadays…
There were originally six musicians in the
band, all from different backgrounds or nationalities:
communication difficulties, there were lots, lots,
lots. After 50 years there was bound to be a split,
and now we are two. One is the live faUSt, and the
other is [Hans Joachim] Irmler, who is more into the
recording side: he’s doing splendid things, and we
splendidly ignore each other and don’t throw stones
at each other.
Are you still a political band? Without being
dogmatic about it, more so than ever.
What do you think of Brexit?
You Britons are still driving on the wrong side of the
road, but your kitchen is better than it used to be.
Alex Leith was talking to Jean-Herve Peron (above right)
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ON THIS MONTH: TALK
Why Brexit happened
OpenDemocracy founder Anthony Barnett
Was the Brexit referendum
result the consequence of
a protest vote? Brexit must
be understood as the consequence
of what I call ‘combined
determination’. It didn’t have
just a single cause. The failure of
the economy since the financial
crash, with lower real incomes
and mounting insecurity, was
one. The failings of the EU
another. A third was the general
collapse of trust in the British
state and its main political parties.
This dates back to the Iraq
War when a double-blow took
place: the deception of a Prime
Minister lying to the country and the way we lost.
You also suggest in your latest book ‘The Lure
of Greatness’ that ‘it was England’s Brexit’.
This is a further very important cause of Brexit.
England without London voted by a massive 11%
majority for Leave. As the largest entity, it carried
the day as it overwhelmed majorities for Remain
in London, Scotland and Northern Ireland, which
were proportionally even higher. Brexit was an
expression of Englishness. It’s peculiar because
England has no institutions that represent it, unlike
Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales or London.
It is trapped in the Anglo-British institutions of
Westminster. The English have an added level of
discontent, therefore, namely their lack of representation.
This is displaced onto the European
Union as the cause of their loss, whereas its origin
lies here at home in the Empire State of Britain.
Has Brexit made the disintegration of the
UK inevitable? The breakup of the UK is not
inevitable, but it would be beneficial compared to
what is going on now. The nations
would be normalised and
become part of the European
family arguing for its democratisation.
The forces pushing
towards either a constitutional
federal outcome or separation
of the UK will continue decade
Has the result of June’s election
– called since your latest
book was written – significantly
changed the nature of
crisis, and if so how? It has
accelerated it. For example, [in
The Lure of Greatness] I set out
at some length why Theresa May was not qualified
to be Prime Minister, and would be unsuccessful,
when she had a 20% lead in the polls and looked
unassailable. What I thought would take five years
took five weeks! The most interesting change
is with the Labour Party. I was right to see that
Momentum, and its Bernie Sanders-style politics,
was the important new force. I didn’t expect the
Labour Party itself to revive in the way that it has.
On the contrary. One of the reasons for Brexit,
however, was that no positive case for being in Europe
was made by the Remain campaign. I argue
this should have been articulated by the Labour
Party and the Left and isn’t being done, except
by the Greens, and this remains the case today.
Interview by Alex Leith
Anthony, author of ‘The Lure of Greatness’, will
talk at the Lewes Labour Party Open Meeting,
November 6th, 7.30pm, Phoenix Centre. A much
longer version of this interview can be found at
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Is print journalism dying?
Times deputy editor Emma Tucker
Is it fair to say the newspaper industry is in
crisis in the UK? Yes - although some papers
are worse affected than others. The crisis is most
acute in the local press where many titles have
disappeared. We've also seen the first national
title - the Independent - go digital only and it's
safe to say others will follow.
How much is this down to the internet?
Almost entirely - digital technology has totally
disrupted the old print business model that
sustained newspapers for the last 200 years and
introduced intense competition for readers
and advertisers. The way we consume news has
changed completely - I meet plenty of young
people who have never picked up a paper in
their lives. People increasingly consume news via
social media. Meanwhile, Google and Facebook
are expected to take half of all digital revenue
worldwide this year leaving not very much for
traditional media to fight over. As print advertising
sales fall off a cliff, newspapers are unable to
make up the shortfall via digital advertising.
It wasn't the Sun wot won it... Is it fair to say
that newspapers' influence over the outcome
of elections is fading? I think it's questionable
as to how far newspapers influenced the outcome
of the last general election. The competition
from digital outlets and social media is now intense.
The Labour Party in particular used social
media to great effect in the last election - which
definitely helped to galvanise young people to
vote for Corbyn.
Is there more ‘false news’ around than before?
Yes. It's a huge problem and we're only just
uncovering the extent to which it is manipulating
public discourse. Every day we learn more about
how Putin uses social media to disrupt western
democracies and influence elections - not just in
the US, but during the French and German elections
and the recent referendum in Catalonia.
The Times and other publications from the
Times group aside, which is your favourite
newspaper? Probably the Financial Times - my
old newspaper - mainly because it has such solid
reporting values and is very trustworthy. It also
has great columnists. Otherwise, when I lived in
Lewes I was a devotee of the Sussex Express - I
What’s the first section you turn to? I don't
turn to anything. I swipe. I read the Times on my
phone or tablet every morning starting with the
top news stories and then the comment section.
As Deputy Editor of the Times, how much do
you come into personal contact with Rupert
Murdoch. What’s he like? I see him from time
to time when he is in town. He absolutely loves
newspapers and news and always wants to know
what's going on. He's old fashioned and courteous
and not at all the ogre that everyone thinks
he is. Interview by Alex Leith
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Under the veil
The lives of Salafi women
The fastest growing Islamic
faction in Britain is probably
Salafism. Anabel Inge, author of
The Making of a Salafi Muslim
Woman: Paths to Conversion,
is coming to Lewes Speakers
Festival, and talks to us about
How difficult was it for a
non-Muslim to gain access?
Many Salafi Muslim women
were automatically suspicious,
previous researchers had
betrayed their trust, including
an undercover journalist.
For months, I didn’t push for
personal information. Once
I became a familiar presence at the mosque, they
largely stopped suspecting I was a spy. Progress was
slow, but patience paid off. I got more involved in
the women’s lives, accompanying them to parties,
picnics, religious lessons or on the school run.
What did you discover? Spending so much time
with these women made me realise we had a lot
in common. Most were well-educated, university
graduates, and all were native English-speakers.
They’d grown up in both Muslim and non-Muslim
families that saw the face veil as something alien, so
veiling was a rebellious act. It could lead to heated
arguments, threats and even being chucked out of
the family home. Contrary to perception, these
women had embraced Salafism and the veil as a
matter of personal religious choice. For them, living
a Salafi lifestyle was about forging a closer relationship
with God, not about forcing their beliefs on
others, let alone condoning any type of violence.
They all condemned terrorism.
How do Salafi Muslims view the status of
women? Salafis think women and men are equal in
the eyes of God, but have different
roles. Men are providers,
while women are primarily
obedient wives and mothers.
Relationships between the
sexes outside marriage are forbidden.
Men may have up to
four wives, provided they treat
them all equally. Salafis believe
that every interaction between
non-related men and women is
potentially sexually charged, so
it’s best to separate men from
women everywhere. Women
must cover from head to toe,
and ideally that includes faces,
though most Salafis do not
consider that to be mandatory.
What is it about Salafism that appeals to certain
women? In one word, certainty. Because here was
a comprehensive set of guidelines that, if followed,
could guarantee the thing everyone wants – an
eternity in paradise.
You mention in your book that wearing the veil
can provoke aggression in public places. I’ve yet
to meet a fully-veiled woman who isn’t subject to
regular verbal, and occasionally physical, abuse in
public. Misogyny often combines with racism and
Islamophobia in subtle ways. One young woman I
interviewed was waiting at a bus stop when a man
leaned out of his car to call: “Nice eyes, sexy”. Fluttering
her eyelids, hand on hip, she sarcastically replied:
“Thank you!” He was pretty shocked. Studies
have shown that it’s Muslim women who bear the
brunt of anti-Muslim attacks, while men are usually
the perpetrators. Interview by Emma Chaplin
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ON THIS MONTH: OPERA
Music and migration at Glyndebourne
Photo by Sam Stephenson
Walking into the staff café at Glyndebourne, I find
myself surrounded by dozens of excited children
who are taking a break from rehearsing a new opera.
Belongings, composed by Lewis Murphy with
words by Laura Attridge, compares the lives of
World War 2 evacuees with present-day refugees
fleeing war zones. As the youngsters return to the
stage, Lewis sits down with a coffee. I ask him if
there’s a moral to the story. “If there is a moral,
it's about learning from history”, he tells me. “It's
about openness and human connection. As well
as entertaining the audience, I'm hoping we can
make them ask questions of themselves.”
Glasgow-born Lewis has been Glyndebourne’s
Young Composer in Residence since 2015, before
which, he admits, “opera was quite new to me”.
He’s clearly a fast learner. As well as composing
Belongings, he’s subsequently been commissioned
with librettist Laura to write for Scottish Opera.
Should we expect more music from the Attridge
and Murphy partnership? “Whether we actually
brand it as that, who knows. But in terms of setting
ourselves up and promoting ourselves as creators
of new opera, it’s something we are interested in.
We’ve reached a point now where we feel comfortable
This type of collaborative approach runs throughout
Belongings. “Lucy Bradley, our director, was
involved from the very beginning of the project,
talking with me and the librettist about the story
and trying to structure the narrative of the whole
piece. And Lee Reynolds, our conductor, has also
been heavily involved.”
Earlier this year, culture and arts project The
Complete Freedom of Truth arranged for all four
members of the creative team to visit the Italian
town of Sarteano and meet young people in a refugee
community. Lucy encouraged the community
to perform an improvised drama that represented
‘home’. “It was really heart-warming, touching
and very humbling for us to see what these guys
missed”, Lewis says. “It was the first time we’d
actually had direct contact with people who’d been
through that situation.”
Insight from the trip has been passed on to the
65 members of Glyndebourne Youth Opera, aged
between 9 and 19, who are singing alongside three
professional singers: Rodney Earl Clarke, Leslie
Davis and Nardus Williams. “The production taking
shape here looks incredible, so I’m really excited
to see what happens.” There’s a special show
for schools followed by one public performance
– but what next? “I would love to get it performed
again”, Lewis says. “I think it is still a very relevant
piece for our times. Themes of displacement and
people being thrown into a new environment;
these have happened throughout history and will
probably continue to happen. As soon as you create
conflict, people have to move.” Mark Bridge
Belongings will be performed at Glyndebourne on
Saturday 11th November. Tickets available from
01273 815000 / glyndebourne.com
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ON THIS MONTH: CLASSICAL MUSIC
On November 18th, at
Priory School Chapel,
The Brighton Early Music
Choir will be performing
music from the Lewes
Breviary Missal. The
latter is a 13th-century
manuscript written by
monks from the Cluniac
Priory in Lewes, containing
the words and
music of the chants they
performed during that period.
Practice aside, this is the first time this music will
have been voiced in this country since it was last
sung by the monks before the destruction of the
Priory, just a few hundred yards away, in 1547.
The project is a pan-European affair. In 2015 the
Brighton-based choir were invited to participate
in a performance with Spanish early music group
Resonet in Santiago de Compostela Cathedral (itself
an institution with strong Cluniac links).
Since then Resonet director Fernando Reyes has
annotated two offices for services from the Lewes
Breviary Missal, including those for St Pancras
and a rare, poetic Nocturne sequence for the night
of the feast of St Thomas à Becket. The choir
performed these chants in the Cluniac priory at La
Charité-sur-Loire in July, in front of an audience of
300 people, and now is bringing the music home.
Naturally choir director Andrew Robinson, a
Lewes resident, is excited by the concert, another
collaboration with Resonet. “It’s a very powerful
and emotional occasion,” he says. “And – thank
god – the music’s not just good, it’s fantastic, which
is what gives it legs.” He goes on to explain that
the arrangement of the chant by Fernando Reyes
is polyphonic – with
two or more vocal lines,
sung in a wide range
of registers by a choir
made up of both sexes,
which adds much depth
to the music. Furthermore,
musicians from Resonet
will be playing period
makes the sound really
take off” and certain
elements of the concert will be dramatized.
The French concert in July was performed in a
Cluniac priory similar in size, design and date of
foundation to the Great Church at Lewes, before
the latter was destroyed. “What’s left of the Priory
is largely the ruins of its toilet block,” Andrew continues,
“so performing the concert in situ would not
have been feasible for acoustic reasons. The Lewes
Priory School Chapel holds 300 people, is very near
to the original site, and is an interesting building in
its own right.”
The Lewes Breviary is a fascinating document,
which was at some point before the Dissolution
taken to France, which ensured its survival. Considered
to be the most important surviving English
Cluniac liturgical source, it was put up for sale in
1936, and bought by the Fitzwilliam Museum in
Cambridge, where it now resides. “The monks sang
for up to nine hours a day, so their song sheet was
a substantial document, the thickness of a brick.
There’s a lot more in there that won’t have been
performed for over 500 years.” Alex Leith
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ON THIS MONTH: FILM
We the Uncivilised
Lily and Pete Sequoia, permaculture filmmakers
I meet Lily and Pete in the van which serves both
as their home and as the vehicle which tows a
trailer containing the 40-person-capacity military
tent they have converted into a cinema and event
space. This remarkable pop-up space enables them
to showcase and discuss the documentary they have
spent the last four years making and touring, We
the Uncivilised, a Life Story.
The film explores the ethics and mechanics of
permaculture, the ecological way of life incorporating,
in Pete’s words, “earth care, people care, and
fair share.” It’s a beautifully rounded project: the
couple, with their young daughter Solara, travelled
round the country – from Devon to the Hebrides
– interviewing outliers who embrace various
permaculture-friendly lifestyles; “a mixture of grass
roots activists, pioneers of the eco movement, and
storytellers”. Then they drove back to their then
home-berth at Zu Studios in the Phoenix industrial
estate, and spent a year editing hundreds of hours
of footage down to a feature-length movie. In the
summer of 2016 they retraced their steps, playing
the film in many of the places they’d been, as well
as others besides. Over 25,000 people watched it.
The couple met in Brighton in 2009 after dropping
out of successful careers in London: Pete had been
a designer working on international projects, Lily
the PA for a marketing consultancy, and then a PT
in a city gym. Neither of them were comfortable
living within the corporate system; it was only after
Pete did a Permaculture Design MA at Brighton
University, and the couple spent their honeymoon
funds on a six-month stay in the Chilean Andes
studying permaculture among the indigenous people,
that they worked out a new path. They bought
themselves a van to give them the freedom they
needed to explore a new way of life.
They needed to jump through countless hoops to
complete their project, from raising money for the
production and post-production, to finding somebody
capable of fine-tuning the editing process:
particularly they are grateful to the creative community
that had grown up around Zu. The journey
showing the film round the country, between June
and November 2016 was particularly gruelling
(and, incidentally, entirely negotiated on biofuel).
That’s not the end of the matter: the couple have
continued to tour the film at festivals this summer,
to get their ideas across. “We want to create an opportunity
for people to connect with their feelings
about what is unfolding and to be empowered by
the process...” says Lily, “and where possible connect
people, communities and ideas that challenge
and resist the dominant narratives, and attempt to
tell a different story of how we can live together in
relationship to our environments.”
The latest screening of the film, at the Depot,
includes a Q&A with the filmmakers, and a guest
panel, chaired by Ben Szobody, consisting of
ONCA director Persephone Pearl, Peter Owen
Jones (Vicar of Firle and TV presenter) and Lilian
Simonsson, editor of the film.
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ON THIS MONTH: CINEMA
There’s plenty going on at Depot Cinema beyond
their regular movie programme. Let’s start with
the latest instalment of their ‘Every Picture Tells a
Story’ book-to-film club in which viewers are encouraged
to read the book, watch the film, and take
part in a discussion afterwards. This month’s book is
PD James' 1992 thriller Children of Men, made into
a movie by Alfonso Cuaron in 2002 (1st Nov).
Depot have teamed up with Brighton’s HOUSE
Festival, showing four films chosen by artist Laura
Ford, two of which play this month. The fab Japanese
animation from Studio Ghibli Spirited Away is
screened on 29th Oct and 1st Nov, while Bunuel’s
surreal 1972 black comedy The Discreet Charm of the
Bourgeoisie can be seen on the 2nd Nov.
Cinecity is Brighton’s annual film festival, this
year running between 10th-26th Nov. But not just
Brighton: Depot will be screening the just-released
documentary The Ballad of Shirley Collins (11th),
looking at the career of Lewes’ ‘Folk Queen of
England’, who has made such a successful comeback
this year. There will be a Q&A with Shirley
afterwards, and dancing morris men. Also under the
Cinecity umbrella, Lewes-based artist-filmmaker
Nick Collins (no relation!) will be showing a
number of his atmospheric 16mm films exploring
‘landscapes, human presence and absence, and the
passage of time.’ Plus there’s a one-off screening of
Spike Jonze’s psychological 2013 sci-fi rom-com
Her in which Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with
an operating system machine, brilliantly voiced
by Scarlett Johansson; this is followed by a panel
discussion with psychoanalysts Jennifer Leeburn
and Andrea Sabbadini. There will also be preview
screenings of two African films fresh out of the
London Film Festival: The Nile Hilton Incident
(20th, above), Egyptian director Tarik Saleh’s latest
drama, and Makala (21st) a heart-rending Congolese
Depot is facilitating a number of enterprising
add-ons to films they’re screening. The documentary
Unrest, about journalist Jessica Brae’s battle
with ME, is on between the 10th and the 16th;
all week holders of tickets to that film can book a
ten-minute session lying on a bed with VR goggles
which ‘allows the viewer to experience the often
hidden world of ME and the complex duality of
confinement and fantastical escapism’ according to
On the 16th there’s a one-off showing of the inspirational
documentary Embrace, encouraging women
to be empowered by, rather than to feel ashamed
of, their natural body shape, with a panel discussion
afterwards. On the 23rd Lewes Welcomes Refugees
Group present the hour-long documentary Calais
Children, which is followed by talks by David
Stevenson, Lilian Simonsson and Alison Bell, after
which viewers are encouraged to have a drink and
a discussion about the film. And on the 29th there’s
a screening of the acclaimed documentary We the
Uncivilised, by Lewes-based couple Lily and Pete
Sequoia, plus panel discussion (see pg 51). Dexter Lee
All dates and times are subject to change, check out
ON THIS MONTH: ART
Treasure in the broom cupboard
EW Tristram’s forgotten panels
“What is that?” asked Alex
Grey, who went to inspect
a secret mural hidden away
in St Elisabeth’s Church in
Eastbourne, and has ended up
organising the exhibition of a
different but equally intriguing
work of art. Being shown
round the place by the church’s
resident artist Fenya Sharkey,
the Martyrs’ Gallery curator
spotted what looked like an
Italian quattrocento panel,
leaning against the wall.
St Elisabeth's was completed
in 1938, and is Grade II listed.
The description of the building
in the British Listed Building
archives describes, in the basement, an ‘important
painted mural sequence, depicting the Pilgrim’s
Progress in a free expression style by Hans
Feibusch, 1944’. This is the artwork Alex went
there to see, a painting which is under threat as
the building, left derelict since 2003 when it was
discovered to be of unsound structure, is soon to
be knocked down.
What she didn’t account for was the existence of
another masterpiece, which had recently been rediscovered:
eleven 6x3-foot painted panels, signed
‘EW Tristram, 1938’. Tristram was a revered art
historian and restoration expert, whose watercolour
copies of hundreds of British medieval church
frescoes are kept in the V&A Museum. These
panels are the only originally conceived works he
is known to have done: eleven scenes from the life
of Christ, very much in the style of the medieval
Italian masters. These had been placed around the
Sanctuary of the church, but some time after the
building’s listing in 1993 had been put away in a
cupboard otherwise used for
storing cleaning materials,
Alex has arranged for all
eleven panels to be displayed
in the Martyrs’ Gallery in the
run-up to Christmas: I meet
her there to talk about the
exhibition, and she’s clearly
excited. “Some members of
the 20th Century Society
had been to St Elisabeth’s
shortly before me to see the
Feibusch murals and had also,
by chance, seen the recently
discovered paintings,” she
says. “They had just compiled
a list of the ‘top 100 works of
British art in the 20th century’, and they said that
if they had known about the Tristram panels, they
would have put them in the top ten.”
It’s remarkable, then, that the panels had disappeared
without anyone seemingly missing them;
Alex jumped at the chance to display them at
Martyrs’. The exhibition will be free to visit, but
she’ll make it clear that donations will be welcome,
and proceeds will go to the St Elisabeth’s church
fund, aiming to raise enough cash to facilitate the
moving of the Feibusch murals – a delicate and
expensive task – from the basement of the church
to a new home before the building is demolished.
“I’m glad that people coming to see one artwork
from St Elisabeth’s will be able to help save
another,” she concludes; there will be a series of
ticketed events connected with the exhibition.
Martyrs’ Gallery Nov 4th – Dec 17th (private view
Fri 3rd Nov, 6pm) check out martyrs.gallery for
The Flight into Egypt, EW Tristram, 1938
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ON THIS MONTH: ART
Focus on: Sea Painting, Birling Gap, 2017
By Jessica Warboys, 200cm by 550cm
It was in 2009 when I made my first sea
painting. I was spending time in Falmouth,
Cornwall, moving around a lot and without
a studio. Having worked with film and
performance previously I had the urge to
make a painting on a theatrical scale, where
the performance was literally embedded in
the surface of the piece. An autonomous,
expanding, portable work – which was possible
to make without a fixed space.
I make the paintings at the sea shore. I
submerge large canvases in the sea and then
cast mineral pigments directly onto the
sea soaked surface. For me the paintings
capture something specific to the place of
making: the changing elements and shifting
variables such as the sand or gravel, and
the season all shape the painting. Working
intuitively in a direct way in unpredictable
conditions gives the work an energy or
urgency that becomes the surface.
I usually choose quiet beaches that I can
go to early in the morning. Birling Gap
felt like being on a stage with the white
cliffs closing off the beach. The descent to
the beach made an impression on me; like
entering a strange kind of arena. The point
between the shore and the sea is always a
fascinating space in which to become immersed
This sea painting forms part of
ECHOGAP which comprises painting,
sculpture, film, sound and light. The sea
painting acts as a vista amongst sculptural
works. The painting was also the beginning
of conversations around the show at
Towner Gallery and the motivation for
a particular grouping of recent and new
Each sea painting is an individual work
but they have begun to make a kind of
abstract map or journey when a group of
paintings from different coasts have been
As told to Lizzie Lower
Sea Painting, Birling Gap, 2017 will be on
show at Towner Gallery until February 4th
2018 as part of a ECHOGAP.
A GREEN AND PLEASANT LAND
BRITISH LANDSCAPE AND THE IMAGINATION: 1970s TO NOW
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30 SEPTEMBER 2017 - 21 JANUARY 2018
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ART & ABOUT
In town this month
from the 5th,
there is an
the turn of the 20th century, EW
Tristram devoted most of his career
to cataloguing and occasionally
restoring the medieval frescoes of
Britain's churches. But towards the
end of his career, he created a series
of reconstructed murals, eleven of
which were recently discovered at St
Elisabeth’s Church in Eastbourne.
These panels will be on show at the
gallery from the 4th of November
until the 17th of December. Read
more about their extraordinary
discovery on pg 55. (Thurs – Sun)
The Flight into Egypt, EW Tristram, 1938 (detail)
From the 1st, painter and photographer Patrick Goff
has a solo exhibition at Pelham House. Natural Colour
is a series of works that blends photography and painting
to create semi-abstract images, in this case inspired
by gardens in his home town of Seaford as well as further
afield in Seattle. Open daily from 9am to 9pm.
Crimson Poppy by Patrick Goff (detail)
’Tis (almost) the season, and all that, and there are
plenty of local artists and makers' markets to factor
in to your festive shopping plans. Winter Magic
is the title of Chalk Gallery’s exhibition from the
20th of November through to Christmas. Join them
for a special event on Saturday the 25th of November
(12 and 3pm) to
check out original paintings,
ceramics and cards, and
find a diverse mix of
unusual gifts. Early next
month the 2017 Artists and Makers Fair is at Lewes Town Hall on the
2nd of December (£1 entry, kids go free) and Kelly Hall, whose prints and
homewares feature iconic local landmarks, has a pop up gallery at 2 Fisher
Street from the 7th-9th December. [kellyhalldesigns.com]
Out of town
The Christmas shopping continues down the road in
Brighton where the festive edition of Artists' Open
Houses returns on weekends from the 25th of November
until the 10th of December. [aoh.org.uk ] And the
DIY Art Market is at The Old Market, in Hove, on
Sunday the 26th. More than 50 exhibitors, from emerging
artists to independent publishers, offer an eclectic
range of creative wares and fripperies (11am –6pm, £1
entry). Christmas, sorted.
DIY Art Market
Little Wonder by Sarah Watson
Brighton’s contemporary visual arts festival, HOUSE Biennial,
comes to an end on the 5th, so you’d best be quick if you
haven’t yet seen the extraordinary works on display around the
city. However, one HOUSE Biennial Associate Artist exhibition
continues at The Regency Townhouse until the 19th.
Wonderland features the character-driven illustrations of Will
Hanekom and the digitally manipulated landscapes of Sarah
Watson. Both local artists have been long-time members of the
Oska Bright Film Festival, which also takes place at The Old
Market in Hove from the 16th – 18th. [carousel.org.uk]
Out of town (cont.)
Prompted by a desire to gain perspective
on recent world events,
artist Kate Sherman took to the
high-ground of Ditchling Beacon
to create a series of new paintings
with an aerial viewpoint of the
surrounding landscape. Downland,
an exhibition of the new works,
is at the Jointure Studios in
Ditchling from the 4th until the
12th (10am–5pm Saturdays &
co.uk] Also in the village, New
Truth to Materials: Wood continues
till Jan 1st 2018 at Ditchling
Museum of Art + Craft with
works by a diverse range of artists,
designers and crafts people.
Graham Sutherland, David
Jones, Sebastian Cox and Forest
+ Found all feature.
The Eastbourne Panels
4 November to 17 December
(closing 2pm on 4 Nov & 9pm on 7 Dec)
Private View 6pm, Friday 3 Nov
10am - 5pm
Lewes Town Hall
( Fisher Street
Out of town (cont.)
The Crossing © Roger Dean
Described in a Guardian
article as ‘the inhouse
artist of the UK progressive
Roger Dean is most
famous for his iconic
prog-rock album covers
and paintings of
landscapes. But the
prolific Royal College
of Art graduate has also
designed furniture that
resides in the V&A’s
and is actively working
on building design projects. The most comprehensive exhibition of his work to date takes place
this month at Trading Boundaries in Sheffield Green (near Fletching). Breaking Cover runs
from the 1st of November until the 10th of December and includes original paintings, watercolours,
drawings, sketches and prints, many of which will be on public display for the first time.
Many of the works are for sale. [tradingboundaries.com] [rogerdean.com]
A Green and Pleasant Land, British
Landscape and the Imagination:
1970s to Now continues at
Towner Gallery. The major exhibition
of more than 100 largely
photographic works by 50 artists
captures the changing urban and
rural landscape. The exhibition is
accompanied by a programme of
associated events, including a film
series shown in the gallery’s new
cinema auditorium. The stateof-the-art
facility will also host
several screenings for the 15th
edition of Brighton’s film festival,
Cinecity, later his month.
Ben Rivers, Ah, Liberty!, 2008 © Ben Rivers. Courtesy of the artist and Kate McGarry, London
Despite a lack of
within his lifetime,
is now recognised
as one of the 20th
British artists. To
mark the 60th anniversary
House Gallery (in
the Ben Uri Gallery
and Museum) presents a major exhibition of his
life and career till Feb 2018. More than 60 paintings
explore key themes in his work including his Jewish
background and engagement with Yiddish culture, his
important contribution to pre-war British modernism,
and his later painterly success in capturing the
landscapes of Spain, Cyprus and the UK.
David Bomberg, Ghetto Theatre, 1920, Ben Uri Collection © Ben Uri Gallery and Museum
TO SUNDAY 12
Brighton Early Music Festival. Exploring the
routes along which music has travelled, tracing
the origins of many classical forms. See
– the French alternative
Flower Show. Talk
lecturer and writer
Dr David Marsh.
Hall, 7.30 for 7.45pm-9pm, £3.
Batten down the hatches and head into town. You
know the drill.
Bonfire of Britain.
Anthony Barnett, author
of The Lure of Greatness:
England's Brexit and
America's Trump, opens
Lewes Labour's first bonfire
debate ‘Does BREXIT
spell the end for the UK?’ See pg 41. Phoenix
Centre, 7.30pm, free.
‘America First’ vs Global Britain: Can the
Special Relationship Survive? Lecture with
Professor S Burman, University of Sussex. Council
Chamber, Lewes Town Hall, 2.30pm, free.
Film: The Promise (12A). All Saints, 7pm, £5+.
The Group. Club for people aged 50+. A pub in
Lewes, 8pm, see thegroup.org.uk.
Dragon Imagery in
Chinese Imperial Textiles.
Lecture considering the
evolution of usage of the
dragon image during the
period of Imperial Rule
in China. Uckfield Civic
Centre, 2.15pm, £7 (free for members).
The Darker Shades of Sun Street. Play presented
by Lewes National Trust, performed by
Lewes Little Theatre and Folk Club members.
‘Tales of petty crime and scandal in the 19th
century’. Priory School, 7.30pm, £2/£4.
Comedy at the Con. With headliner Mike
Wilmott, Andy Field, Yuriko Kotani and one act
tbc. Con Club, 7.30 for 8pm, £8-£12.
Science and Europe - What happens next?
Dr Mike Galsworthy from Scientists for EU
will look at key aspects of the future of the UK's
science community in the light of Brexit. Elly,
FRIDAY 10 - SUNDAY 12
Beer Festival. A
selection of local
and national cask
and keg beers,
craft lager and
ciders. In aid of St
Peter & St James
Hospice. Brewers Arms, Fri and Sat 10am-11pm,
Sunday 12pm-10.30pm, free.
Potter's progress. How do we make work which
is meaningful in a society already saturated with
The Home of
Lewes Theatre Club
When We Are Married
Written by J.B. Priestley
Directed by Tony Bannister
Saturday 25 November - Saturday 2
December 7:45pm excluding Sunday.
Matinee Saturday 2 December 2:45pm.
Box Office: 01273 474826
NOV listings (cont)
material goods? Sussex potter Jonathan Chiswell
Jones reviews a lifetime of work. Paddock Art
Studios, 3pm, £4 (free to LADVAA members).
Film: Unrest (12A).
Rare screening of the
award-winner. ‘A love
story, a revelation and
a call to action.’ Crowborough
Centre, 3pm, £3.50, for more details see meetup.
org.uk. Contact email@example.com for
The Bedouin, their History, Culture and Jewellery.
A free talk by Penelope Hamilton, put on
by the Lewes Soroptimists. White Hart, 7pm.
Lewes Within Living Memory. Bob Cairns uses
images from his collection to show the changes in
the town since the 1930s. King’s Church, 7pm for
Guerrilla poetry and secret stories. The
Lansdown, 6pm-9pm, free, contact
firstname.lastname@example.org to apply to speak.
Film: Colossal (15). Sci-fi black comedy. All
Saints, 7pm, from £5.
01273 678 822
LEWES FRIDAY FOOD MARKET
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House & Gardens
Winter Craft & Gift Fair
Sat 11 th & Sun 12 th November
Festive fun & tasty treats with
over 100 stalls, decorations &
music in this beautiful setting.
Priory Café, Shop & Playground.
Call us: 01323 844224. Upper Dicker, BN27 3QS.
Lewes Castle &
Anne of Cleves House
Hands on Crafts, Storytelling,
Dressing Up, Spinning Wheel
Anne of Cleves: 01273 486290
Lewes Castle: 01273 474610
For more event details:
All Saints Chapel, Eastbourne
Sunday 26 th November 2017
11.00am - 3.00pm
The most beautiful wedding venue • Come and meet the events team
The finest wedding suppliers • Goodie bags for all couples
Drinks on arrival • Samples • Demonstrations and more
Pre-register for this event via our website or Facebook page:
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14th January 2018
Bannatyne Spa Hotel
Wedding Show & Catwalk
25th March 2018
East Sussex National
Wedding Show & Catwalk
27th May 2018
Battle Abbey School
Wedding Show & Catwalk
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NOV listings (cont)
Building on Brighton's Open Fields, c1770-
1850. Talk with author and historian Dr Sue
Berry. The Keep, 2.30-3.30pm, £3.
WEDNESDAY 15 – FRIDAY 17
Lola Arias’ Minefield. Six Falklands/Malvinas
war veterans who once faced each other across
a battlefield now face each other across a stage.
ACCA, 8pm-9.45pm, £10/£12.
WED 15 – SAT 9 DECEMBER
guided tours of the theatre,
rooms and more. £14,
WEDNESDAY 22 – SATURDAY 25
The Waltz of the Toreadors.
Comedy set in 1910
France concerning the
strange enchantment of a
waltz, a General and the
Lady of his dreams. Ringmer
Village Hall, 7.45pm,
£8, see ticketsource.co.uk/
Climate Change: Catastrophe or Hoax? Talk
with Prof Tim Palmer, presented by the Liberal
Democrats. Town Hall, 7.30pm, £3/£5.
Headstrong Club discussion. Brexit and UK
farming policy with speaker Erik Millstone. Elly,
FRIDAY 24 - SUNDAY 26
New Stone Age Discoveries in Bexhill.
Illustrated talk by Mike Donnelly of Oxford
Archaeology. Lecture Room, Lewes Town Hall,
7.30pm, £2-4 (free entry for under 18s).
The Start of Something. A new play written by
Jamie Lakritz, winner of best new play Woking
Drama Festival 2016. All Saints, 7.30pm, £10.
Tea with Nella Last. Hands-on event exploring
the diaries of a Mass Observation Archive diarist.
The Keep, 2.30pm-4.30pm, £7.50 (early booking
We are Family. Lewes Area Welcomes Refugees
present an evening of film and conversation
about local people responding to the global refugee
crisis. Main film is 'Calais, a Case to Answer',
introduced by the director, Sue Clayton. Depot,
7.30pm, £10 (includes a glass of wine).
Winter Lewes Speakers Festival. Speakers include
Anabel Inge (above), Katie Hopkins, Shrabani
Basu, Alison Weir and Donald MacIntyre. All
Saints, see speakersfestivals.com.
SAT 25 – SAT 2 DECEMBER
When we are Married. Lewes Theatre Clubs
production of the JB Priestley comedy. Lewes
Little Theatre, see lewestheatre.org.
Lewes Death Café. Conversations about death
and dying. The Ram Inn, Firle, 7.30pm-9.30pm,
free (donations welcome).
c h o i r
Esterhazy Chamber Choir 25th Anniversary Season
Choral Masterpieces of the Renaissance
Allegri Miserere | Lotti Crucifixus
Palestrina Missa Papae Marcelli
Director - John Hancorn
SAT 9 th DEC 2017
St Annes Church, Lewes
Tickets from LTIC or Ring
07759 878562 or Online
Saturday 18 November 7.30pm
St Michael’s Church, High Street, Lewes, BN7 1XU
Tickets £10 in advance from Lewes Tourist Information Centre
or from our website. £12 on the door (under 16s free)
See www.esterhazychoir.org for more details
for boys aged 7 & 8
11 th November 2017
Enquiries are welcome at any time
Substantial scholarships are awarded and choristers
benefit from an all-round excellent education
at St Edmund’s School Canterbury.
The Master of Choristers, David Flood, is always pleased
to meet and advise parents and their sons.
For further details please telephone
Photo by Nikolaj Lund
FRI 3 RD , 7.30PM
Lewes Concert Orchestra: Autumn Concert
featuring Nicolai’s Overture to the Merry Wives
of Windsor, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and
Brahms’ Symphony No. 2. Lewes Town Hall, £12
on the door, students and under-18s £5.
FRI 10 TH , 7.45PM
Society: Trio con
Building, Sussex Downs College. £15, free for 8-25 yrolds.
Pre-concert talk at 6.30.
SAT 11 TH , 7.45PM
Musicians of All Saints. Ian McCrae directs performances
of Holst’s Brook Green Suite, Mozart’s
Violin Concerto No 4, Dvorák’s Nocturne in B
major and Haydn’s Symphony no 46 in B major.
St Michael’s Church, £12/£9/U18 free
mas-lewes.co.uk / email@example.com.
SUN 12 TH , 5PM
St Michael’s Church First Sunday Recital:
Clarinettist Nick Carpenter and pianist Nicholas
Houghton play a programme of English music,
with works by Thomas Dunhill, Gerald Finzi,
Alec Templeton and Adrian Cruft. St Michael’s
Church, free with retiring collection, note NOT first
Sunday or usual time.
SAT 18 TH , 7.30PM
The Esterhazy Chamber Choir: Renaissance
masterpieces including Palestrina’s Missa Papae
Marcelli, Allegri’s Miserere, Lotti’s Crucifixus and
works by Lhéritier, Taverner and Victoria.
St Michael’s Church, £10 in advance from Tourist
Information Centre, £12 on the door (under 16s free).
LEWES‛ PREMIER MUSIC VENUE
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for parties please see website
GIG GUIDE // NOV
GIG OF THE MONTH: UK SUBS
Dust off your Doc Martens, the Con Club have another legendary
band from the Punk Rock Hall of Fame gracing their stage
this November. Celebrating their 40th anniversary, UK Subs
have remained ever present since they emerged in the first wave
of British Punk circa 1976/77, having gigged every year since
then. 2016 saw them release their ‘final’ full album Ziezo, completing
their mission to release an album for every letter of the
alphabet, in order (that’s right, there really are 26). Inexhaustible
original frontman Charlie Harper is still embodying the spirit of
Punk Rock at 73 years young, and the gigs are as energetic and
fast paced as they were back in the day. The evening is made even more exciting by support from The Ramonas,
an all-girl tribute to the Ramones who are debuting their first originals album First World Problems.
Sunday 26, Con Club, 7.30pm, £14 (£1.74 booking fee) Kelly Hill
Alabama 3 Acoustic. Acid house turned country/gospel/delta.
Con Club, 7.30pm, £19.25
Zoot Zazou. Vintage hot swing. The Pelham
Arms, 8.30pm, free
The European Jazz Quintet. Jazz. Snowdrop,
English dance tunes session - bring instruments.
Folk (English trad). John Harvey Tavern,
Let’s Get Funked. Dance night featuring funk
and reggae music. All Saints, 7.30pm, £8
Niamh Parsons & Graham Dunne. Irish trad
folk. Elly, 8pm, £10
Mike Ross. Blues guitar. Lansdown, 8pm, free
JOKO – Horns of Africana. South African township
jazz. Con Club, 8.30pm, price tba
Open Space Open Mic. Music, poetry and
performance, Elly, 7.30pm, free
The Drawtones. Jazz. Snowdrop, 8pm, free
Concertinas Anonymous practice session.
Folk & misc. Royal Oak, 8pm, free
Kiss my Disco. Club night run by adults with
learning disabilities (see pg 17). Volly, 7pm, £4
Emily Barker. Americana/folk. Con Club,
7.30pm, £14 adv
Jody Kruskal. US old-time. Elly, 8pm-11pm, £7
The Men They Couldn’t Hang. Folk punk.
Con Club, 7.30pm, from £18 (over 14s only)
Mad Dog Mcrea. Folk rock. Support from Noble
Jacks. Alt-folk. All Saints, 7.30pm, £13/£15
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GIG GUIDE // NOV (CONT)
TOM. Acoustic Sussex duo, raising funds for
Railway Land Wildlife Trust. Linklater, 4pm, £5
Roachford. Soul/RnB. Con Club, 7.30pm, £18
Al Scott Trio. Jazz. Snowdrop, 8pm, free
Feral Fiddles (practice sessions). Folk & misc.
Royal Oak, 8pm, free
THURSDAY 23 & FRIDAY 24
Faust. Krautrock legends. Con Club, £19, see
interview on pg 47
Emily Mae Winters. Acoustic in-store
performance. Union Music, 1pm, see
Trevor & Michael Curry. Folk (English trad).
Elly, 8pm, £6
Contenders. Sunday in the Bar. Con Club, 4pm-
UK Subs. See Gig of the Month
Terry Seabrook Quintet. Jazz. Snowie, 8pm, free
Fleet Foxes. Indie folk. De La Warr, 7pm, £32.50
Lewes Favourites tunes practice session – bring
instruments. Folk & miscellaneous. The Royal
Oak, 8pm, free
The Shakespeare Heptet. The Bard’s sonnets, to
music. Con Club, 8.30pm, price tba
Listings compiled by Kelly Hill
SWISS ARMY MAN 5 95mins
Tuesday 31st October 7pm
THE PROMISE 12A 130mins
Tuesday 7th November 7pm
DESPICABLE ME U 90mins
Sunday 12th November 4pm
COLOSSAL 15 107mins
Saturday 12th November 7pm
Info & advance tickets from the All Saints Centre
Office, the Town Hall, High Street
All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes, BN7 2LE
Open Morning at Morley House
7 King Henry’s Road, BN7 1BX
Wednesday 8th November 9.30 - 12.00
For more information please contact:
The Admissions Secretary
reservations open. Tag
and reserve your tree by
paying a deposit at the
café. Wilderness Wood,
Hadlow Down, Weds-Sun, 9am-5pm, £10 for
deposit. See wildernesswood.org.
Tales for Toddlers. Listen to stories and songs
and see where your imagination takes you.
Suitable for up to five years. De La Warr, 10.15-
11am & 11.15am-12pm, £1.
Christmas Sussex Nearly New Baby and Kids
Market. Nearly new items including clothes,
toys, equipment and more. Kings Church,
Look-Think-Make. Look at artworks, think
about the ideas behind them and be inspired to
create. De La Warr, 2pm-4pm, £2 per child.
SATURDAY 11 & SUNDAY 12
Winter Craft and
Gift Fair. Festive
fun and tasty treats
with over 100 stalls,
decorations and music.
10.30am-4pm, £4-£7, see sussexpast.co.uk.
Edible Engineering. Drop in to build sweet
structures with chocolate and candies. Led by
Hastings Pier Charity Learning & Education.
Hastings Pier Visitors Centre, 11am-3pm, £2.
Vintage Christmas. Stalls, food & drink,
entertainment. Town Hall, 10am-3pm, £1
THURSDAY 30 NOV – 17 DEC
Glow Wild. After-dark walk through the
beautiful gardens, as the historic landscape and
mansion are brought to life with glowing lights
and handcrafted lanterns. Wakehurst, see
Film: Despicable Me 3 (U). Gru discovers
that he has a twin brother called Dru. All Saints,
4pm, from £5.
Book on line
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OF THE MONTH
This month’s young photographer
is Alice Saunders, aged 13, who sent
in this very neatly composed shot.
“I took this photo on the 16th of
September at the Priory Ruins by
Candlelight,” she reveals, referring to
the annual Open Heritage do amid
the ruins of our Cluniac monastery.
“My family and I volunteered to lay
out and light the hundreds of candles.
I captured this picture on my new
iPhone as darkness fell. I hope you like it!” We do, Alice, and it’s won you a £10 book token kindly donated
by Bags of Books in Cliffe. Just make yourself known there, with some sort of proof of identity, and they’ll
give it to you. Under 16? Please send your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org, with a sentence or two
about when, where and why you took it, and you, too, could feature on this page.
With its excellent and imaginative
approach, the Steiner Waldorf
curriculum has gained everwidening
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
Find out for yourself...
Thursday 1st February 2018 - 08:30 - 13:00
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Thursday 16 th November 6pm to 8pm
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SHOES ON NOW: STAR GAZING
It was a Saturday night and all three children were
restless, full of the sort of energy that inevitably
means trouble. And so we decided to go out. Going
out late at night when you are 5, 10 and 11 is super
cool. It’s even cooler when it involves a trip to the
Downs with torches. Rugged up especially warmly,
carrying home-made star and rocket biscuits,
flasks of hot chocolate, a blanket apiece and several
torches, we strode in procession-like fashion up to
the Downs. We were going star gazing – activity
No. 27 in the National Trust’s list of ‘50 things to
do before you’re 11 ¾’.
Before we went we downloaded an app (there are
several available) which lets you know the stars
that are nearby on any particular night. Using this
we were easily able to spot several star clusters
including the Seven Sisters and galaxies such as
Andromeda and the Milky Way. We then used the
app to tell us more about what we had just seen.
We also learned that on a clear night, over 4,000
stars will be visible in the night sky.
Autumn is an ideal time to star gaze with children
as the sun sets earlier at this time of year. For
optimum results you need to star gaze before the
moon is full. And please remember to think about
safety if you are walking on the Downs late at night
- it’s perhaps easier just to star gaze from your own
back garden although maybe not as much fun.
REVIEW: GOTH GIRL
Goth Girl and the Sinister Symphony is the fourth in the series by illustrator and
children’s author Chris Riddell, which follows the mystery-solving adventures
of Ada Goth. Ada lives at Ghastly-Gorm Hall with her father, Lord Goth, and
their indoor gamekeeper Maltravers, who always seems to be up to something.
In the third book, Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright, the Goths host a literary
dog show, which is threatened by some ‘mysterious footprints, howls in the
night and some suspiciously chewed shoes’ - luckily Ada and her friends figure
out what’s going on just in time. By the end of the book, Ada is heading off for
her first term at The Windy Moor School.
The Sinister Symphony picks up during the following summer holidays, with Ada back at Ghastly-Gorm
Hall and getting ready for the music festival ‘Gothstock’, which will feature ‘performances from the finest
musicians in the land’ - if everything goes to plan…
Chris, former Children's Laureate and Viva Brighton contributor, says, “Over the series, Ada has gone
from being a lonely only child with a distant parent to being the centre of a group of best friends, who call
themselves The Attic Club. Her relationship with her father has been transformed into a close, loving one
and she has gone away to school for the first time.” There may be a fifth book on the horizon, in which Ada
travels to ‘the newly fashionable sea side resort of Brighton’, the Caribbean and the Highlands of Scotland.
Keep your eyes peeled for ‘Goth Girl and the Timorous Yeti’. Rebecca Cunningham
A Scandinavian Forest Winter Fair
Craft & Wreath
Saturday 2nd December 1 - 5pm
at LEWES NEW SCHOOL
Talbot Terrace, Lewes BN7 2DS
£2 (under 12s free)
'Pikkujoulu' means Finnish Little Christmas where
the whole community come together in celebration.
We are looking for poets, comedians, singers, musicians,
magicians and dancers of all ages for our show.
Contact Amanda at email@example.com
Workin' for the chain gang
It’s Tuesday lunchtime,
and luckily my
lunch date Caroline
has arrived before
me, because she’s
bagged what is pretty
much the last decent
table left – an ample
one for four with a
of a cowboy
on it – in Fuego
Lounge. She waves
through the crowd, I sit down.
It’s the first time I’ve been since its freebie opening
so the place is still fairly unfamiliar. I remember
all the random portrait paintings on the walls,
the jazzy zig-zaggy design behind the bar, the
‘carefully thrown together’ ambience of the place.
It’s Lewes, but not as we know it. In fact the
Lounger chain is an enterprise run out of Bristol,
where the first one opened. This, I’ve been told,
is number 106. And counting, obviously.
We fill in the what’s-happened-since-we-last-met
gaps, look at the menus. Sandwiches start at just
under six quid; the mains start at £8.95 (‘Tin Pan
Louie’s Beef Chillie’) and run through to the
most expensive dish on the card, ‘Steak frites’
at £14.95, described as ‘8oz 28 day-aged Black
Angus sirloin steak with garlic butter, wild rocket
& parmesan salad and fries’.
“Who’s paying?” asks Caroline.
“Viva’s paying,” I reply.
“I’ll have the steak frites.”
I decide, in a place which everyone is referring to
as ‘that new tapas bar’, that I’ll go for three small
dishes: salt & pepper squid, pork belly squares,
and patatas bravas. I order a pint of Lounger’s
Atlantic Pale Ale’,
Caroline asks for a
glass of tap water.
You pour your own,
from an extravagant
I can just make out
Oasis playing in the
it’s very much that:
the hubbub of
chatter is the predominant sound. The portrait
directly behind Caroline looks strangely like
Some garlic bread, which I’ve ordered as a starter,
arrives. Then, after we’ve been through about ten
topics of conversation, and I’ve drained the last
dregs of my pint, the food. It’s brought by a smiley
girl who's still in or barely out of her teens,
which seems to be the average age of her bustling
colleagues, who have not been forced into any
sort of uniform. I don’t know about the pay, but
it looks like a great place to work, if you’re of a
Caroline makes the odd appreciative noise as she
saws through her steak. The verdict on my three
tapas is: salt and pepper squid: excellent. Patatas
bravas: adequate. Pork belly: nice meat but the
sauce tastes too vinegary for me. It all comes with
slices of soft crusty white bread.
Fuego Lounge is obviously flavour of the month.
It offers something nowhere else offers. I’m sure
I’ll find myself there on a regular basis. The girl
who serves our macchiatos has pink hair. Lewes,
like it or not, is on the move.
Photo by Alex Leith
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The Pelham arms
A Great British pub,
a warm welcome,
wonderful food & ambience
Photo by Alex Leith
Today I’m not that ravenous, so I only fill my
tray twice. My record is four times. Chaula’s
restaurant has just enjoyed its tenth birthday, and
I can’t believe it was only this summer I started
making its lunch buffet a regular date.
I guess when Chaula was doing her sums to
work out how much the ‘fill your plate as many
times as you want’ deal should cost, she worked
out an average person’s consumption, taking into
account a couple of either-way outliers. I reckon,
with my ‘good’ appetite, I must be pretty close to
being an outlying outlier. I go there once a week,
on a Monday generally, and I love it.
It costs £8, and you get a metal tray with three
compartments, which you can refill as often as
you want from a buffet table containing at least
twelve different items. It always follows a pattern,
with a meat main and a veggie main and all
sorts of add-ons: today we have chicken hydrabadi,
sag aloo, tarka daal, potato bhaji, spring rolls,
rice, naan bread, poppadoms, raita, chutney, a
cooked cabbage side, fresh salad, and some burfi
sweets. A chap comes and fills the bowls when
something looks like it’s running out.
I always take a book, but the food is so absorbing
I rarely get to read it. Chaula’s food is Gujurati,
and she takes pains to make it here how it’d be
made back home: it’s spicy without ever being
too-hot-to-handle. Today’s highlight is the
chicken hydrabadi: succulent chunks of meat in a
tasty tomatoey sauce: the week before it was the
vegetable jalfrezi. Next week, who knows? AL
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Venison, Stilton and ale pie
Here’s a lovely winter warmer, perfect for those lengthening nights,
from Melanie of the Sussex Wild Food Co
We’re a small family business, based near
Bodiam Castle, selling all sorts of game
throughout the year – as long as the animal
is in season, of course! My daughter Emma is
the butcher, my husband John and I sell the
meat in markets and wholesale to pubs and
restaurants in the area.
We have regular suppliers who bring us all
sorts of animals they’ve shot in the wild,
from deer (in season in the autumn and
winter) to pigeons (all year round). We sell
pheasant, partridge, dusk, rabbit, wild boar,
etc. Game tends to have a richer taste than
farm-produced meat, and of course it’s much
leaner. You can trust the fact that the animals
have lived a natural life and eaten exactly what
they’re meant to have eaten, from the wild.
This recipe uses a buck fallow deer; the does
[females] come into season on November
1st. Venison can be used for pretty much
everything you can use beef for: I often make
a venison Bolognese, for example. Where
possible I source all the other ingredients
locally. This recipe used Tom Paine Ale from
Harvey’s: the sweetness of the Stilton offsets
its bitterness really nicely.
Put three tablespoons of flour, seasoned with
salt and pepper, in a bowl and mix with 500g
or so of our chopped venison meat until the
chunks are covered in the flour. Brown the
meat in vegetable oil in a large frying pan, and
Pre-heat the oven to 160° (fan oven 150°).
Chop two medium-sized onions, and four
cloves of garlic and fry in vegetable oil
in a casserole dish for five minutes or so
till softened. Add the meat, mix well, and
keep stirring occasionally for five minutes
or so. Add one bay leaf, one tablespoon
of Worcester sauce, a couple of generous
pinches of mixed herbs, half a cup of passata,
sprinkle in a cube of organic beef stock, and
pour in a 550ml bottle of Harvey’s Tom Paine
Ale (though any ale or stout will do).
Put in the oven for at least two hours, adding
ten or so halved chestnut mushrooms twenty
minutes before you take it out. Leave to cool.
Meanwhile make enough short-crust pastry
to make a lid for your pie. Pour the cooled
stew into an oven-proof dish, plop in 130g
of Stilton, roughly chopped (I use Brighton
Blue) lay the lid on the top of the dish and
cut off the excess around the rim with a sharp
knife. Use a fork to create a frill around the
edge. Brush the pastry with beaten egg. Slice
an air vent in the lid. Put the dish in the
oven for half an hour or so until the pastry is
cooked and golden brown.
Serve with seasonal vegetables: in this case
carrots and spinach beet, from Ashurst
Organics. Make sure they are organic: you’ll
taste the difference! Serve with another bottle
of ale. Enjoy. As told to Alex Leith
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Real Eating Company
It’s mid-October, and I’ve just about given up hoping for an
Indian summer. The big coats are out, the heating’s on, the
mornings are dark. One particularly blustery Wednesday I
decide to cheer myself up. I’ve only been in the office an hour,
but I wrap back up and head out in search of something warming
When I get towards the bottom of Cliffe High Street, I remember
a Viva colleague telling me that the Real Eating Company
have started doing coconut lattes. Their shiny-looking menu tells me that they do coconut hot chocolates
and coconut mochas too. I go for a mocha (£3.95) and while I’m ordering, I spot Smashed Avocado,
Tomato and Spinach (£7.95 with poached eggs), realise I haven’t had breakfast, and order that as well.
I sit by the window so I can look at the weather. My food arrives, the ‘smashed’ avocado smothered over
one of the slices of sourdough toast, with wilted spinach topping the other, and a perfectly poached egg
on top of each. Then the coconut mocha: the antidote to my autumn blues. It’s rich and creamy, with a
thick layer of froth on top. A sort of breakfast-dessert. I sit and sip it with both hands wrapped around the
mug for as long as seems reasonable, before deciding that I’d really better get back.
On my walk back up School Hill, the sun suddenly emerges between the clouds and I get that forgotten
feeling of warmth on my face. Perhaps there’s still hope. Rebecca Cunningham
18 Cliffe High Street
Photo byRebecca Cunningham
1st & 3rd Saturday
9am-1pm, Cliffe Precinct
Bonfire season equals stocking up on hearty food to keep you and possibly a
dozen others going.
Time to head to May’s Farm Cart then, for big bangers and grass-fed Laughton
beef for giant chilli con carnes. While there, grab a bottle of Hedgwitch’s Bonfire
Sauce, or perhaps some tasty Springs Smokery products from Bickerstaff's.
If shoving some tatties in won’t cut it on the 5th, you’ll find huge ready-to-cook pies
at Cook and smaller, more homespun ones at Laporte's. Treat the kids to a Cocoa Loco
chocolate spoon from Oxfam while you neck a glass of Harvey’s Bonfire Boy.
For the hip flask: one of Harvey’s Islay whiskies, maybe the splendid Kilchomon 100% or The Peat Monster
- perfect tipples for indoor and outdoor fires. Not forgetting the brewer’s own Lewes Blend, of course,
with notes of apple, peach, cedar and a ‘hint of smoke’.
At Lewes Food Market we welcome Small Time Confectioner, South Bank Farm, and their new ‘perch
barrels’, fit for a well-earned rest.
Meanwhile, Nutritional Therapist Henrietta Norton, founder of Wild Nutrition, has opened a ‘Wild
Clinic’ on Thomas Street (wildclinics.com) and Tina Deubert starts a new Nutrition in a Nutshell course
on 1st Nov. The Jolly Sportsman are offering a tasty 2-4-1 on mains to Viva readers (see below); The
Rainbow in Cooksbridge has re-opened and Lewes' third Costa has landed at the station.
Lastly, events. In Residence Supper Club host guest chef Maddie Broad of Achar Street Food on 11th
Nov (call 07879 846459) and Food Rocks returns on the 12th. Chloë King
Illustration by Chloë King
2 FOR 1 WINTER WARMER
The Jolly Sportsman in East Chiltington is
widely renowned for its excellent standard of
food and wine, cosy fire and stunning location.
In November they are offering Viva readers
two main courses for the price of one on any
Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evening.
Minimum of two courses, not including sides.
Please mention this voucher when booking
and bring it along with you.
Now taking bookings for Christmas parties.
Book before November 1st and get 10% off food.
Based in the heart of Lewes,
Limetree Kitchen produces
exceptional dishes, created
from only the very finest
quality ingredients with minimal
wastage. Their ethos is simple,
to guarantee customers the
ultimate eating experience in a
relaxed and informal setting.
With an updated menu and a
new, innovative approach to
eating out, Limetree Kitchen’s
signature ‘Small Plates’ offer
a more varied choice of
dishes, less constricted by the
limitations of a set two or three
This more relaxed, Tapas style
approach to eating out, stays
true to Limetree Kitchen’s love
for creating exciting and unique
food in line with the restaurant’s
‘nose to tail’ ethos.
Here’s your chance to
experiment with many new
taste experiences in one sitting,
perfect for sharing or enjoying
on your own, with portions
that are small in size but big on
With an emphasis on using only
the freshest ingredients, the
menus are driven by seasonality.
Limetree Kitchen focus on
supporting local suppliers,
mainly from Sussex and Kent,
who share the same passion for
responsible and ethical food
It’s not just the food that makes
this boutique restaurant stand
out from the crowd. They also
take pride in their unique ‘Gin
Kitchen’ which flies in the face
of the traditional. Choose from a
tempting selection of refreshing
concoctions or create your
own bespoke recipe with our
extensive range of gins. You
won’t be disappointed by the
collection of boutique wines
on offer either. Or if beer is the
tipple of choice, satisfy your
thirst with one of their craft
When dining with Limetree
Kitchen, you’re guaranteed
to have friendly, courteous
and highly attentive but
always discreet staff, who will
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THE WAY WE WORK
Tom Reeves did a shedload of work to collate this month’s bumper TWWW
feature. He photographed a member of each of Lewes’ seven bonfire societies
doing their everyday job in the costume they’ll be marching in on Bonfire Night.
And then we asked them: what’s your dream job?
Heidi Sison, WW1 soldier in Commercial Square Bonfire Society.
By day a teacher at Firle Primary School.
Dream job? "I would stay exactly where I am. Firle school is a fantastic place to work!"
THE WAY WE WORK
Tony Leonard, Regency dame in South Street Bonfire Society.
He earns his keep running The Snowdrop and The Roebuck pubs.
Dream job? “In this outfit? Hooker/waitress/model/actress.
Or high-class, professional Christmas tree.”
THE WAY WE WORK
Jonathan Tompsett, Roman Centurion in Waterloo Bonfire Society.
By day he works for George Justice Furniture Restorers.
Dream job? “Working in the special effects department of a film company.”
Some things in life are guaranteed to be satisfying,
like seeing children’s faces light up on Bonfire Night.
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THE WAY WE WORK
Hayley Winter, Tudor Lady in Lewes Borough Bonfire Society.
By day runs Hayley’s Flowers.
Dream job? “To be a celebrity florist… but I already have the
perfect job, which is being mummy to my little boy.”
THE WAY WE WORK
Steve Crowhurst, Mrs Brown in Neville Junior Bonfire Society.
By day works for Harvey’s Brewery.
Dream job? “I always wanted to be a Redcoat at Butlins.”
THE WAY WE WORK
Jim Painter, buccaneer in Southover Bonfire Society.
By day runs Jim Painter Home Improvements.
Dream job? “I love my job painting, but I’ve always wanted to be a professional singer”
THE WAY WE WORK
Graham Pitts, Viking in Cliffe Bonfire Society.
By day he works for Parkers Building Supplies.
Dream job? “I’d love to be an archaeologist.”
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Sweet dreams are made of this…
What makes you
happy? A pay rise?
Jetting off on holiday?
Falling in love?
Apparently, for most
of us, one leading
source of happiness
is far more
mundane, as getting
enough sleep has a
with wellbeing than
almost anything else.
A study carried out by the National Centre for
Social Research, and published in September,
scored happiness levels out of 100. It found that
those who slept well scored 15 points higher
than those who struggled to sleep. By contrast,
quadrupling income was associated with a point
rise of just two.
But why is sleep so important?
In Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and
Dreams, neuroscientist Matthew Walker lists a
worrying array of conditions linked to lack of
sleep, including obesity, heart disease, diabetes,
cancer, Alzheimer’s and depression. And, he says,
we aren’t getting enough.
While the amount of sleep needed varies depending
on age, most scientists agree adults should be
getting seven to nine hours a night, with children
needing more, and the elderly less. However,
according to the National Sleep Foundation
in America, the average person sleeps for just
over six hours — which may not seem much of
a deficit, until you consider Professor Walker’s
assertion that when the clocks go forward, and
we lose an hour of sleep, there is a 24 per cent
increase in heart attacks.
So what’s a sleep-deprived soul to do?
The Sleep Council, which published The Great
British Bedtime Report
in 2013, suggests
starting in the bedroom.
As we sleep best
in total darkness,
it advises hanging
or blinds. And, it
says, we need to ban
the tech — or at
least switch it off.
mobiles and tablets all emit blue light, which
stimulates the brain and impedes sleep.
Having the right mattress is also key, so choose
the best you can afford and make sure it supports
you properly. Also check the room isn’t too hot
or cold, with 16 to 18 degrees centigrade believed
to be optimal.
Another tip is to stick to a regular routine,
waking and sleeping at the same times each day.
While an afternoon catnap or Sunday lie-in may
seem appealing, following set hours makes it
easier for your body to enjoy quality sleep. And if
you are lying in bed wide awake, then the experts
recommend getting up again until you feel sleepy.
Finally, what you eat and drink can impact on
your shut-eye. You probably know to stay away
from caffeine at night, but it’s also a good idea to
avoid alcohol (it might cause you to zonk out, but
it affects sleep quality), and to steer clear of spicy
dishes. Foods thought to promote sleep include
milk (yes, your mother was right), cherries,
bananas, kiwis, pumpkin seeds, peanuts, beans,
Above all, relax. With the nights getting longer,
colder and darker, it couldn’t be more perfect for
spending extra time in bed.
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And a nightingale sang in St John sub Castro
Illustration by Mark Greco
My bottom desk drawer is a graveyard, the final
resting place for the obsolete. A broken calculator,
foreign coins, buttons and a Maxell C90 cassette
given to me a few years ago. I had no means of playing
it until I recently discovered my clunky cassette
deck hiding in the garage. An accompanying note
says the tape contains ‘the song of a nightingale in
the churchyard of St John sub Castro, spring 1985’.
It was recorded by a lady called Barbara from an
upstairs window in neighbouring Lancaster Street.
After some dusting, re-wiring, buzzing and hissing
the sweet sound that swirled from my speakers
transported me back over three decades to a time
when Reagan negotiated with Thatcher, Paul Hardcastle’s
na-na-na-na-Nineteen topped the charts and
a nightingale sang in St John sub Castro.
To be frank nightingales aren’t much to look at.
Small brown birds; a robin without the redbreast.
But when they open their beaks there’s a Susan
Boyle-like transformation. These drab birds become
the world’s most celebrated vocalists. For centuries
poets have praised their performance. Homer,
Shakespeare, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Clare, Keats,
Dylan and Cohen. Shelley claimed ‘A poet is a
nightingale who sits in darkness, and sings to cheer
its own solitude with sweet sounds’. Trust young
Percy Bysshe to believe the bird was wallowing in its
own self-pity. The nightingale’s song is actually both
an aggressive war-cry and a sweet, structured sonnet.
A hymn to the silence in the hope of enticing a
The nightingale’s optimistic warbles have inspired
everyone from Vera Lynn to Roxy Music. A BBC recording
of a bird singing in Oxted in 1942 inadvertently
captured the roar of Lancasters, Wellingtons,
Stirlings and Halifaxes passing overhead laden with
bombs destined for Germany. The contrast between
innocence and beauty, terror and destruction make
it the most powerful sound I have ever heard.
Nightingales will sing by day but are most famous
for never letting up when the sun sets. Their
beautiful phrasing carrying loud and clear over
the muffled grunts and hoots of other nocturnal
animals. Once the nightingale has hooked a partner
his nocturnal performances will stop. Right now, no
matter how loud they sing, we’re not going to hear
them. Our nightingales are spending the winter
south of the Sahara in a wide belt between Senegal
and Kenya. They will return in late April.
Due to habitat destruction the UK population of
this amazing bird – so entwined in our cultural
heritage – is in a steep decline. The sound of a
nightingale singing in the centre of Lewes may have
been relegated to the bottom drawer of history but
we are blessed to still have this bird in the surrounding
woodlands. We must not let their song of hope
be silenced forever.
Michael Blencowe, Sussex Wildlife Trust
#9 Jolly Sportsman circular
Autumn, as my friend Miguel remarked the other
day, has taken off his coat and made himself at
home. Or perhaps he’s just lent it to Todd whose
magnificent fleece comes into its own at this time
of year after summer’s cooling short, back and sides.
Today we are off on a favourite jaunt, the Jolly
Sportsman circular. It has all the elements: woods,
fields, avenues of oak, ash and chestnut straddling
quiet country lanes. Not to mention one of the best
gourmet alehouses in Sussex to down a pint of cider
or six at journey’s end.
Before we head out, I happen to read an article
about how useless business meetings are for
brainstorming new ideas. The word among the hip,
young things is that going for a walk is much more
productive. The mind is released from its officebound
shackles and creative sparks fly.
This all assumes the boss buys into this counterintuitive
proposition. Happily mine thinks it’s a
great idea and suggests I throw in a boozy lunch as
well. He’s such a cool guy, always open to new ideas.
Probably something to do with the fact he only has
one employee. Himself.
I’m trying to come up with an idea for another kids’
book. I wrote one ten years ago and it still pays a
few bills, but the returns are diminishing. Almost
immediately, Todd’s ears seem to be doing the trick.
They flap, bounce, rebound, swing. How about a
flying dog? One that flies with its ears and gazes
longingly at you through frozen window panes on
But then I get the feeling it’s kinda been done before.
By Raymond Briggs, Enid Blyton, Dr. Seuss,
Uncle Tom Cobley and every kids’ author that
ever laid pen to paper. And now the boss seems to
be getting twitchy and wants me back behind my
Instead I try a bit of mindfulness. That’s better!
The scents are incredible. The leaves are
kaleidoscopes of colour. Todd is bounding around
in doggy heaven and I’ve just laid hands on the
perfect shiny conker.
Our walk takes us past the lovely old 13th Century
church at East Chiltington and on the return leg
we gaze south towards the Downs and the V-
shaped Middleton Plantation on Streat Hill planted
in 1887 to celebrate Victoria's Silver Jubilee.
Simon de Montfort’s rag-tag army also passed
this way en route to the Battle of Lewes in 1264.
Perhaps a historical yarn with a flying dog leading
Simon de Montfort’s troops into battle might do it?
And to think we haven’t even reached the pub yet...
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THE LOWDOWN ON...
Our eroding cliffs
Don’t stand too close to the edge
Little by little, Britain is changing shape. More
than 50 per cent of the coastline is made of cliffs,
and while in some places erosion is just a centimetre
or two each year, in others, such as nearby
Birling Gap, an average of 89 centimetres of the
chalk face is falling into the sea every year.
Last June the Sussex coast saw one of its biggest
rock falls in recent years when a ten-metre section
of the cliff at Seaford Head disappeared. No one
was hurt, but it drew attention again to the dangers
of standing too close to the edge.
“You don’t need an obvious fissure in the ground to
be a sign that the cliff might collapse,” says Dr John
Barlow, a geomorphologist at the University of
Sussex. “The formation of the rock varies along the
coast. You might not see any evidence, but even if
you’re six metres from the edge the ground below
could be structurally weak.”
It is these weaknesses that Barlow is now studying.
With the aid of a drone aircraft that’s photographically
mapping a section at Telscombe, he and his
team have been able to make highly accurate 3D
models of the cliff face. They are spotting the cuts
and notches at the base caused by waves, and identifying
the “over steepening” that can lead to those
fragile ledges popular with selfie-taking sightseers
just falling away.
“People haven’t been killed, but that doesn’t mean
that it can’t happen,” says Barlow. “The most
dangerous times are at high tide or in bad weather,
which doesn’t necessarily preclude people being in
Not only are Barlow and his team gathering evidence
of recent rock falls, but they will also be able
to predict future events based on calculations that
connect the height and energy of the waves with
what’s happening at the cliff base.
Telscombe, which doesn’t have the protection
of a seawall, is particularly at risk, says Barlow.
The A259 coast road is just 42 metres from the
edge at its closest point. As erosion continues, his
predictions are that by 2089 the road has a one in
ten chance of being lost to the sea. Even in places
where a seawall exists, the cliffs are gradually
retreating through storm damage, rainfall and
freeze-thaw conditions, he says.
Brighton Marina saw significant rock falls in 2001
due to excessive wet weather affecting Black Rock,
which is a paleo deposit of sand and shells and is
particularly prone to weakness.
Compared with some other maritime cliffs in the
United Kingdom, the cretaceous chalk cliffs of
Sussex – formed from the exo-skeletons of tiny
marine animals that fell to the bottom of the sea
more than seventy million years ago – are quite soft
and vulnerable. And global warming could well be
accelerating the process.
Barlow says: “Our data suggest that increased
storminess and rising sea levels will lead to a six per
cent loss by 2089. It might sound alarming, but it
doesn’t look like we’ll be losing our magnificent
cliffs just yet.” Jacqui Bealing
Lewes Out Loud
Plenty more Henty
In the final minutes of her
1955 movie, my favourite
songstress at that time, Doris
Day, belted out the Gus
Kahn lyrics to the title song
Love Me Or Leave Me as costar
James Cagney leaned
against the nearest bar.
The unforgettable words,
penned in 1928, have stayed
with me over the years,
poignantly pointing out as
they do, that ‘You might
find the night time, the
right time for kissing but
night time is my time for
Wow! They don’t write
songs like that anymore, do
they... and, of course, regular
Viva readers will know how good I am at ‘just
reminiscing’. For example, mention ‘night time’
and I immediately recall the period I spent on
Radio 2 in the 1970s as a newsreader and weekly
presenter of the programme Night Ride.
Broadcasting House at midnight was a magical
place. One small intimate studio, subdued lighting
and a Europe-wide audience for a couple of hours
before closure at 2am. I was in my element, and listener
response was remarkable and personal. Today,
all-night radio is commonplace, thank goodness,
and I know many people use it to get to sleep or
share a problem or two with a reassuring voice.
Incidentally, it was very re-assuring to join colleague,
Michael Blencowe, on his special bat night
walk recently. I have to admit that, while I held a
bat detector tuned to the right frequency, not one
single ‘shout’ did I hear. But then I’ve searched for
whales unsuccessfully in the Atlantic and spent a
whole evening on a council
estate in Newfoundland,
with John Craven and others,
looking for scavenging bears.
The re-assuring thing in St
John sub Castro churchyard
with Michael was the large
number of Viva readers, both
young and old, who turned up
on a dark night undaunted.
Tarina is another reader, she
told me, when delicately bandaging
one of my fingers, following
a gardening accident.
I should have been wearing
gloves, but didn’t. How lucky
we are to have the minor
injuries unit in town and how
promptly I was attended to on
a Friday morning without fuss.
Well done also to the young guard on my Ashford
train from Brighton. His announcements were precise,
detailed and full of ancillary information. So
often, it’s impossible to understand the messages,
when you have hearing difficulties as I do. He was
smartly dressed, polite and when I commented on
his diction, he further impressed by adding that
he had a stammer. Unfortunately, I didn’t get his
name but I’m sure the rail company will know who
our friend is and will commend him.
Finally, a fun morning at the railway station where
my ticket office pal, Karen, was holding a charity
cake sale on behalf of Macmillan nurses. Sylvia and
I provided a Victoria sponge for the happy occasion
and it was really heartening to see scurrying
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A few weeks back I was walking down Cliffe
High Street and an elderly couple walked the
other way. It was obvious from their manner
they were day-trippers. “Ooh look,” said the
woman. “They’ve got a Bill’s.”
Bill’s, of course, is a Lewes invention which
has spread across the country, but at the
moment we’ve got far more imports than exports,
brand wise, and it seems the floodgates
are opening when it comes to chains arriving
in town. The latest news on this front is that
our THIRD Costa opened in October in the
station building; Jigsaw is only a couple of
pieces from completion as I write and might
well be trading when you read this column.
Wetherspoon’s seems to have been put on
hold, but for how long? We seem to be becoming
a destination town: the danger is that
we will start to look and feel like all the other
towns who’ve been similarly invaded.
The big hope, of course, is that the newcomers
attracted into Lewes by the chains will
also check out our independents, but we’ve
got to be wary of some sort of tipping point. I
don’t think we’ve necessarily reached that yet,
and thankfully more idiosyncratic indies are
still starting up in town. So it’s a big welcome
to Lovely&co (above, left), opened by Enzo
and Lucy, who’ve been running an online
business from a warehouse near Aldi – and
before that in Hove – and are moving into
retail, too, in the spot where Brenda traded
in the Needlemaker’s. In the same unit, on
the corner of Market Street and Market
Lane, Tania Borowski is opening her new
functional medicine clinic and ‘concept store’,
on November 6th. It’s also worth mentioning
that The Print Centre, on Station Street,
is being taken over by Mark and Jim, who
already worked there under Lucy, who’s off
to concentrate on her social media business.
They’ve invested in new equipment, meaning
they can do better quality prints – for artworks,
for example – and bigger orders.
When you’re down Cliffe way, take a look at
Riverside (above, right), which has completed
its facelift, and looks very splendid, making
the most of its Ouse-side position. Moving a
little out of town, we’ve been told that The
Rainbow in Cooksbridge has been taken over
and is open again after closing in April, which
had left the village without a pub. Good luck
to all concerned.
And finally, talking about Lewes exports,
as we were at the beginning of this column,
we’ve heard that WE Clark, one of Lewes’
oldest businesses, is opening a new branch of
their jewellery shop in Uckfield. It’s a long
way from their neighbours Bill’s (75 branches
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OFF WITH HIS HEAD
We do not know the exact date of this odd picture from the Reeves archives: Tom – who chose
it to fit the theme ‘noir’ - assumes it was from his grandfather Benjamin Reeves’ ‘experimental
phase’ in his 20s, when he was playing around with certain special effects that you could achieve
with dry-plate photography. This would suggest it was taken in the Edwardian period. “My great
grandfather Edward was a pioneer of photography who worked with wet plates, so his experimentation
was very pioneering and about the very process of photography,” says Tom. “Because
grandad worked with dry plates he could do more stuff: early artificial lighting, the possibility of
multiple exposures, etc.” The special effect in this case was a bit of cropping while the negative
was being exposed. Any close scrutiny of the photo reveals his trick, but as this was fairly
cutting-edge jiggery-pokery at the time, it would have presumably given viewers quite a shock.
We’re intrigued by the narrative Benjamin has set up, which seems to ask more questions than
it answers. Who is the character sitting weeping in the foreground of the picture? Why is the
headless man pointing his knife at the spine of a book? Why are there two knives, and why are
they so small, considering the gruesome job they have? Sadly, we will never know the answers.
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