Viva Lewes Issue #134 November 2017

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VIVALEWES

EDITORIAL

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don’t want to produce a magazine that looks out of date when less than a sixth of the month has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

CONTENTS

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.

Columns.

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).

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Art.

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).

GOAT!

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'Deanland Oak' by Alexander Johnson


THE 'NOIR' ISSUE

Food.

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

work (95-103).

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Photo by Tom Reeves

Photo by Ben Reeves

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Features.

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).

Inside left.

Trick photography, Edwardian style (130).

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or alterations. The views expressed by columnists do not necessarily

represent the view of Viva Lewes.

Love me or recycle me. Illustration by Chloë King

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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

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ALEXANDER JOHNSON

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

Brighton.

Rebecca Cunningham

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

2018. alexander-johnson.com

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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

independents.

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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November 5th

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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

and spiritualists.

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

Precincts House.

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 -

detestable woman.

Which is your favourite Twitten?

A favourite twitten? What a

silly question. Church Twitten, I

suppose.

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

LOCAL LITERATURE

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

Corbyn Effect.

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’,

‘democratisation’, ‘pluralisation’,

‘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

tower's construction.

Daniel Etherington

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

Interest Company’.

Fresh Tracks supports, teaches

and mentors adults with learning disabilities, who

have a passion for music, through DJ workshops

and events.

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

own communities.

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,

7-11pm. £4 on the door, support workers go free.

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PHOTOGRAPHY

CARLOTTA LUKE

SECRET WOODLAND CAFE

Carlotta’s pictures this month are from the

OctoberFeast event ‘Secret Woodland Café’

organised by the group talkingtrees.org.uk,

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

the trees it was dry and cosy and felt like a secret

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

carlottaluke.com.

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BITS AND BOBS

PATINA LANTERNS

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 patinalewes@gmail.com 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

BEE GONE

“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.

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Remembrance Day, Sunday 12th November,

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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

around 6.15pm.

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

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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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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

to hello@vivamagazines.com

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.

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COLUMN

David Jarman

DJ's PJs

The 1957 film Woman

in a Dressing Gown

starred Yvonne

Mitchell and Anthony

Quayle as Amy and

Jim (‘Jimbo’) Preston,

a couple whose

twenty-year-old

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

of depression.

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,

‘full

of little two-storey,

nineteenth century

mini-mansions,

leaning higgledypiggledy

on each

other like happy

drunk friends

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

the point.

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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COLUMN

Chloë King

Totally wired

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

woman!

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

tried yoga).

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

totally wired.

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East of Earwig

Mark Bridge gets militant

Photo by Mark Bridge

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

cooking.

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

papers arrived.

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

it 'Cooking by Candlelight'.

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ON THIS MONTH: FOOTBALL

James Boyes

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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

the celebrations.

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

the pitch.

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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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

‘enlightened dilettantes’.

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

after decade.

Has the result of June’s election

– called since your latest

book was written – significantly

changed the nature of

the post–Brexit-referendum

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

opendemocracy.net

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ON THIS MONTH: TALK

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

still am!

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

Emma Tucker, who was brought up in Lewes, is

talking at the Lewes Literary Society, All Saints,

14th November, 8pm, £11

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ON THIS MONTH: TALK

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

her research.

How difficult was it for a

non-Muslim to gain access?

Many Salafi Muslim women

were automatically suspicious,

understandably, because

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

Lewes Speakers Festival, All Saints Centre, 24th-

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ON THIS MONTH: OPERA

Belongings

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

working together.”

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

Lewes Breviary

Long-range missal

On November 18th, at

Priory School Chapel,

The Brighton Early Music

Festival Community

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,

professional

musicians from Resonet

will be playing period

instruments, “which

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

Lewes Priory Chapel, Sat 18th Nov, 7.30pm, £15 (£10

concessions) children under 12 free, tickets from

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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.

Alex Leith

Depot, Wed 29th November, 8pm

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ON THIS MONTH: CINEMA

Film '17

Depot round-up

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

documentary.

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

publicity materials.

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

lewesdepot.org

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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,

and forgotten.

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.

Alex Leith

Martyrs’ Gallery Nov 4th – Dec 17th (private view

Fri 3rd Nov, 6pm) check out martyrs.gallery for

related events.

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

or entangled.

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

works.

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

collaged together.

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.

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In town this month

At Martyrs’

Gallery,

from the 5th,

there is an

exhibition of

The Tristram

Panels. An

art historian

working at

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)

Chalk Gallery

’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,

sculptures, prints,

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]

Kelly Hall

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ART

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]


ART

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 &

Sundays). [kateshermanpaintings.

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.

Kate Sherman

The Eastbourne Panels

EW Tristram

4 November to 17 December

(Thu–Sun, 12–5pm)

(closing 2pm on 4 Nov & 9pm on 7 Dec)

Private View 6pm, Friday 3 Nov

www.martyrs.gallery


Artists

and

Makers

2017

Saturday

2nd December

10am - 5pm

Lewes Town Hall

( Fisher Street

entrance)

ENTRANCE

£1

KIDS GO

FREE


ART

Out of town (cont.)

The Crossing © Roger Dean

Described in a Guardian

article as ‘the inhouse

artist of the UK progressive

movement’,

Roger Dean is most

famous for his iconic

prog-rock album covers

and paintings of

fantastical, intergalactic

landscapes. But the

prolific Royal College

of Art graduate has also

designed furniture that

resides in the V&A’s

permanent collection

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

critical acclaim

within his lifetime,

David Bomberg

is now recognised

as one of the 20th

century’s leading

British artists. To

mark the 60th anniversary

of his

death, Pallant

House Gallery (in

association with

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

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NOV listings

TO SUNDAY 12

Brighton Early Music Festival. Exploring the

routes along which music has travelled, tracing

the origins of many classical forms. See

bremf.org.uk.

WEDNESDAY 1

Chaumont ‘Festival

des Jardins’

– the French alternative

to Chelsea

Flower Show. Talk

with researcher,

lecturer and writer

Dr David Marsh.

Cliffe Church

Hall, 7.30 for 7.45pm-9pm, £3.

SATURDAY 4

Batten down the hatches and head into town. You

know the drill.

MONDAY 6

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.

TUESDAY 7

‘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.

WEDNESDAY 8

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).

THURSDAY 9

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.

FRIDAY 10

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,

8pm, £5.90.

FRIDAY 10 - SUNDAY 12

Brewers Arms

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.

SATURDAY 11

Potter's progress. How do we make work which

is meaningful in a society already saturated with

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Lewes

Little

Theatre

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.

£12/Members £8

www.lewestheatre.org

Box Office: 01273 474826

WhenWe

Are

Married

Marriage

is sacred...

When we

are married

Written by

J.B. Priestley

Directed by

Tony Bannister


NOV listings (cont)

material goods? Sussex potter Jonathan Chiswell

Jones reviews a lifetime of work. Paddock Art

Studios, 3pm, £4 (free to LADVAA members).

SUNDAY 12

Film: Unrest (12A).

Rare screening of the

award-winner. ‘A love

story, a revelation and

a call to action.’ Crowborough

Community

Centre, 3pm, £3.50, for more details see meetup.

org.uk. Contact lisaengland1@outlook.com for

tickets.

MONDAY 13

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

7.30pm, £2/£3.

Guerrilla poetry and secret stories. The

Lansdown, 6pm-9pm, free, contact

vivenglish77@gmail.com to apply to speak.

Film: Colossal (15). Sci-fi black comedy. All

Saints, 7pm, from £5.

01273 678 822

attenboroughcentre.com


LEWES FRIDAY FOOD MARKET

Fridays 9.30am-1.30pm

buy local - eat seasonal - feel good

lewesfoodmarket.co.uk

Michelham Priory

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

Children’s Christmas

Holiday Activities

Hands on Crafts, Storytelling,

Dressing Up, Spinning Wheel

Anne of Cleves: 01273 486290

Lewes Castle: 01273 474610

For more event details:

www.sussexpast.co.uk

Wedding Show

All Saints Chapel, Eastbourne

empirical

EVENTS

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:

www.empiricalevents.co.uk • Telephone: 01424 310580

Upcoming Events

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

We welcome enquiries from new exhibitors

– Please contact us to discuss our full

events list covering East Sussex, West

Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, Kent and

Hertfordshire. We will have a high quality

event happening near you soon.


NOV listings (cont)

WEDNESDAY 15

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

FRIDAY 17

Glyndebourne backstage

tours. 90-minute

guided tours of the theatre,

backstage, dressing

rooms and more. £14,

see glyndebourne.com.

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/

ringmerdramaticsociety.

FRIDAY 24

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,

8pm, £3.

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.

TUESDAY 21

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

recommended).

WEDNESDAY 22

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.

TUESDAY 28

Lewes Death Café. Conversations about death

and dying. The Ram Inn, Firle, 7.30pm-9.30pm,

free (donations welcome).

Anabel Inge

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c h o i r

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GLORIA

Miserere

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

eastsussexbachchoir.org

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

VOICE TRIALS

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.

@No1Cathedral

For further details please telephone

01227 865242

davidf@canterbury-cathedral.org


CLASSICAL ROUND-UP

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

Nicholas Yonge

Society: Trio con

Brio Copenhagen.

Including works

by Sandstrom,

Beethoven and

Tchaikovsky. Cliffe

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 / mas@lewes.uk.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).


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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

THURSDAY 2

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

MONDAY 6

The European Jazz Quintet. Jazz. Snowdrop,

8pm, free

TUESDAY 7

English dance tunes session - bring instruments.

Folk (English trad). John Harvey Tavern,

8pm, free

FRIDAY 10

Let’s Get Funked. Dance night featuring funk

and reggae music. All Saints, 7.30pm, £8

SATURDAY 11

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

SUNDAY 12

Open Space Open Mic. Music, poetry and

performance, Elly, 7.30pm, free

MONDAY 13

The Drawtones. Jazz. Snowdrop, 8pm, free

TUESDAY 14

Concertinas Anonymous practice session.

Folk & misc. Royal Oak, 8pm, free

THURSDAY 16

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

SATURDAY 18

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)

SUNDAY 19

TOM. Acoustic Sussex duo, raising funds for

Railway Land Wildlife Trust. Linklater, 4pm, £5

suggested donation

Roachford. Soul/RnB. Con Club, 7.30pm, £18

MONDAY 20

Al Scott Trio. Jazz. Snowdrop, 8pm, free

THURSDAY 23

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

SATURDAY 25

Emily Mae Winters. Acoustic in-store

performance. Union Music, 1pm, see

unionmusicstore.com

Trevor & Michael Curry. Folk (English trad).

Elly, 8pm, £6

SUNDAY 26

Contenders. Sunday in the Bar. Con Club, 4pm-

6pm, free

UK Subs. See Gig of the Month

MONDAY 27

Terry Seabrook Quintet. Jazz. Snowie, 8pm, free

TUESDAY 28

Fleet Foxes. Indie folk. De La Warr, 7pm, £32.50

Lewes Favourites tunes practice session – bring

instruments. Folk & miscellaneous. The Royal

Oak, 8pm, free

THURSDAY 30

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

www.filmatallsaints.com

All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes, BN7 2LE

01273 486391


A modern

approach

to traditional

learning

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

office@logs.uk.com

01273 472634

www.logs.uk.com

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UNDER 16

FREETIME êêêê

SATURDAY 4

Wilderness Wood

Christmas Tree

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.

MONDAY 13

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.

SATURDAY 18

Christmas Sussex Nearly New Baby and Kids

Market. Nearly new items including clothes,

toys, equipment and more. Kings Church,

10am-12pm, £1.50.

SUNDAY 5

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.

Michelham Priory,

10.30am-4pm, £4-£7, see sussexpast.co.uk.

SUNDAY 12

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.

SATURDAY 18

Vintage Christmas. Stalls, food & drink,

entertainment. Town Hall, 10am-3pm, £1

(children free).

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

kew.org/wakehurst.

Film: Despicable Me 3 (U). Gru discovers

that he has a twin brother called Dru. All Saints,

4pm, from £5.

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YOUNG PHOTO

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 photos@vivamagazines.com, 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

teaching?

Find out for yourself...

Open

Morning

Thursday 1st February 2018 - 08:30 - 13:00

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OPEN EVENING

Thursday 16 th November 6pm to 8pm

“A proven alternative to mainstream education for children aged 3-16”

Information and bookings: 01273 386300

E: enquires@brightonsteinerschool.org.uk

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Registered Charity No: 802036

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.

Jacky Adams


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

Magical Forest

Storytelling

Teepee of

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Carol Singing

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Entertainment

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FOOD REVIEW

Fuego Lounge

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

pop-art representation

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

own ‘Cruiser’s

Atlantic Pale Ale’,

Caroline asks for a

glass of tap water.

You pour your own,

from an extravagant

pineapple-shaped

cut-glass decanter.

I can just make out

Oasis playing in the

background, though

it’s very much that:

the hubbub of

chatter is the predominant sound. The portrait

directly behind Caroline looks strangely like

Alice Dudeney.

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

certain age.

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.

Alex Leith

Photo by Alex Leith

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FOOD

Chaula's

Gujurati goodness

The Pelham arms

HIGH ST.

LEWES

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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RECIPE

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.

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS:

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

set aside.

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

Melanie and John sell game from their SWFC

stall at the weekly Friday Market throughout

the autumn and winter and the fortnightly

Lewes Farmers’ Market all year round.

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FOOD

Hot Chocolate

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

and delicious.

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

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FOOD

Edible updates

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.

Booking essential.

Please mention this voucher when booking

and bring it along with you.

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Book before November 1st and get 10% off food.


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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?

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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.”


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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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HEALTH

Snooze Control

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

stronger association

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

blackout curtains

or blinds. And, it

says, we need to ban

the tech — or at

least switch it off.

Televisions, computers,

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,

and turkey.

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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WILDLIFE

Nightingale

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

passing female.

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

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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

Christmas Eve?

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

desk pronto.

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...

Richard Madden

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Stanton Farm before crossing Plumpton Lane and

on to Plumpton Wood. Loop back past Plumpton

Racecourse to the pub. Start/End: Jolly Sportsman

Pub, East Chiltington.

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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

those places.”

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

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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

just reminiscing’.

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.

None.

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

commuters smile for a moment and make generous

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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

and counting; last year they served 7.5 million

customers) …best of luck to them in their new

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VIVA BRIGHTON ISSUE 57

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BONFIRE

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INSIDE LEFT

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.

Thanks, as always, to Edward Reeves, 159 High Street, 01273 473274

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