Viva Lewes Issue #137 February 2018


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If you live in a city, and you meet someone new – say at a party, or

through work, or at a political meeting, or whatever – chances are you

won’t see them again for another six months or more. By this time – if

you recognise one another – you are unlikely to stop for a chat in the

street, or even say hello.

In a small town like Lewes you are likely to see them within the next

week or month, in the street, or in the pub, or (nowadays) in the cinema.

And you are likely to strike up a conversation: ‘Hi there, remember me?’

Pretty soon, after a few such meetings, you might well have developed

some sort of rapport. If you’re not friends, you can certainly call yourselves acquaintances.

So in Lewes, we are all living our lives within a network of overlapping acquaintances beyond

our immediate family and neighbours and school friends and workmates. We develop

reputations within this network, and beyond. If we know what’s good for us, we behave in a way

which keeps that reputation positive.

It can be trying, and walking down the High Street can be time consuming. It can feel

claustrophobic at times. It’s certainly not ideal for independent types who want to do exactly

what they want to do, regardless of the effect it has on those around them.

But it’s what makes Lewes a single community, as well as a collection of smaller communities,

and that’s what makes Lewes Lewes. We know one another; we look after our own. This

month’s theme is ‘love thy neighbour’. Enjoy the issue…



EDITOR: Alex Leith

SUB-EDITOR: David Jarman

DEPUTY EDITOR: Rebecca Cunningham

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Bits and bobs.

The story behind Marion McConaghie’s

elegant cover (8-9); Peter Owen-Jones on

the magic of Firle (11); Steve Ramsey on the

Brighton Bombing (17); a double dose of

Rookettes (19, 23) and the usual mix of pics

and clocks and plaques and pubs.



Colin Chapman meets Gary Oldman

(25), David Jarman questions the need for

change (27) and Mark Bridge loves his

neighbours… or at least their cats (29).

On this month.

The Rookettes again – this time trying to

double their record attendance at the Pan

(31); Brighton-based crime novelist William

Shaw recalls the swinging sixties (33); Viva

Morrissey’s Paul Blake strikes again (37);

and a couple of 20s classics at the Depot:

Napoleon and Battleship Potemkin (39).



Tamsin Spargo’s weathered artwork (41),

and what’s on the gallery walls in and around

Lewes including two shows featuring book

covers, one in the Crypt in Seaford, one – of

Penguin classics revisited – at Ditchling

Museum of Art + Craft (43-45).

Listings & Free Time.

Dates for the diary including a welcome

return for the Lewes Film Club at the All

Saints (47-49); classical music round-up

(51); Gig Guide, with the great Geno

Washington topping the bill (52-55);

and a round-up of rad rumblings for the

under 16s, including the Brighton Science

Festival (57-61).



A healthy lunch at the Swan (63), Pansotti

in walnut sauce from Articiocca (64-5);

pancakes with blueberry jam at Bill’s (66),

and Chloë King’s back with her food news

round-up (69). Yum.

The way we work.

Cammie Toloui visits four food banks in

and around Lewes where volunteers are

helping feed those who can no longer

afford to feed themselves (70-73).




Wildlife: rabbits, who were brought

here by the Romans and bred like billyho

(75); the health benefits of trees (77);

our editor gets a facial (78); Todd hits

Devil’s Dyke (79); the trade secrets of a

registrar (81); John Henty on his noisy

(but nice) neighbours (83) and business

news (84).

Inside Left.

We’re not sure if Edward Reeves loved

his 1897 neighbours, but he certainly

took their portrait (98).



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Viva Lewes magazine cannot be held responsible for any omissions, errors

or alterations. The views expressed by columnists do not necessarily

represent the view of Viva Lewes.

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This month’s cover comes from Marion

McConaghie, a painter and graphic designer

based here in Lewes. “My background

is in fine art,” she says, “and then I moved

into graphic design work. But within that

world I felt frustrated, creatively speaking

– I wanted to do my own thing. It’s hard to

balance creativity with making a living. So

I started working on my own projects, designing

images for card publishing, things

like that, on the side.”

Marion started creating her first ‘book

prints’ – vintage-style illustrations printed

onto the pages of old books – which she

would post online. “They were spotted

by art publishers King & McGaw,

in Newhaven, who supply the shops at the

V&A and the National Gallery, and they

kind of went off on their own journey.”

Now the designs are available on products

from mugs to wallpaper, at stockists

including Hove-based Lagom Design


“Some artists stay very much within painting

or printmaking or digital design,”

Marion says, “but I don’t really feel like I

want to be boxed within one of those categories.

The book prints (which I call the

‘design’ side of my work) and the fine art

(my paintings and portraits) are two very

different styles, but they mirror my background

and where I am today. What ties

them together is this sense of past and history

that runs through both sides – that’s



something I’m really interested in. Living

in Lewes, which is so rich in history, has

been a big influence on me. I love rummaging

through all the antique shops, collecting

books, illustrations, textures. They’re almost

like museums. Lewes is the perfect place to

find inspiration.”

Her design for our cover is put together

“like a collage, piecing together different

surfaces and different patterns. I’ll look

through lots of old books, and look at different

surfaces and different patterns, and

start from there.” The two swans reflect on

pieces of her previous work: “It’s based on

my Pigeons in Love image, which is a popular

dictionary print, and then also on a painting

I did of two horses with a heart – that

idea of animals and love. I guess each piece

is linked in some way to other ones that I’ve

done before.”

“I quite like incorporating things that don’t

make sense,” says Marion, “creating that little

twist on things. So around the swans I

added peacock textures – and that bright

pink. But why not? Because in art you can

do that kind of thing, and in life you can’t.”

Rebecca Cunningham

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Are you local? I’m from Planet Earth.

What brought you to this part of it? It was a

combination of water and hills and pubs. Before

that I’d been in the dour land of Cambridgeshire.

Can you think of a single adjective that suits

East Sussex? [Thinks for a while.] Fecund.

How long have you lived here? I’ve physically

been here for 12 years but as a boy I grew up 30

miles north of here and from the top of a nearby

rise I’d take in the view south over the Weald and

wonder what lay beyond. As a man, I climb to the

top of Firle Beacon and answer that boy.

What does being the Vicar of Firle involve?

Firle and Glynde and Beddingham. At best it

involves living each day in the service of love,

and at worst falling off that wagon on a regular

basis. I’m a non-stipendiary priest, meaning I’m

not paid, but I do get a house in return for the

work I do.

You don’t seem to be a very orthodox C of E

vicar… I would say my beliefs are pretty orthodox

although I am perhaps more Franciscan in my

outlook. Although I will say the manner in which

orthodox Christianity is currently understood and

presented is fermenting the biggest spiritual crisis

in the history of the Church of England and this

won't be solved by rearranging the deckchairs.

Firle seems to have two hubs, the church and

the pub… There’s a bit in Crocodile Dundee where

the Paul Hogan character is asked by a journalist

what he does if he has a problem. He says: ‘I

go down the pub and tell Wally. Then Wally

tells everyone else, and I don’t have a problem

anymore.’ Both the pub and the church can be

sacred and profane, at different times. I drink wine

in both.

Is Firle Beacon a sacred place? I’d say that both

Firle Beacon and Caburn embody a sense of the

sacred. Every day people make what is in effect

a pilgrimage to the top. Firle is very much in a

liminal space, between hill and sea, what the Celts

would call a ‘thin’ place, where spiritual osmosis

takes place.

How important is it to ‘love thy neighbour’. It is

the most fundamental question of our generation.

The question is, ‘who is our neighbour?’ And as

we can see from all the research coming in, in

the name of progress we’ve been decimating the

natural world because we’ve not considered those

life forms within it to be our neighbours. My

neighbours are the robins, and the small tortoiseshell

butterflies and the ox-eye daisies, as well, of

course, as my fellow man. ‘Love thy neighbour’

is about recognising the interdependence of the

whole eco-system. If we ignore that we live in

utter poverty.

How often to you come into Lewes? All the

time, to use the charity shops and the antique

shops and the health food shop. It’s a fine place:

the monsters haven’t quite swallowed it yet. AL




On a rare sunny day over the Christmas period,

Rebecca King took the opportunity of going for

a walk with her husband in the Railway Land. As

ever – being a pro photographer – she took a camera

with her, this time her Nikon 3300, in the hope

of capturing some wildlife with her lens.

“I’ve seen lots of different wildlife there,” she says,

“rabbits, squirrels, butterflies and even a grey

heron. On this occasion (apart from lots of very

cute dogs) I saw this very friendly robin. I spotted

it at the top of the Heart of Reeds, and just got

closer and closer, until it landed on the fence post.

It was definitely posing for the shot.”

Being a pro, Rebecca obeyed the ‘rule of thirds’ when

lining up the robin. “This means that you make sure

the main subject of your photo is in the natural focus

point where the imaginary horizontal and vertical

lines, which split the image into thirds, cross.”

And being a purist, she didn’t manipulate the image

afterwards, so the vibrant colours are as they

were, and the shallow depth of field was created

with the aperture setting. “I’m a bit of a snob like

that. I was trained in black and white film photography.

I don’t use Photoshop. The only thing I ever

do is change the contrast occasionally,” she says.

We love the way the fencepost pulls your eye

across the picture; we love the way the blurry

landscape in the background is unequivocally the

Railway Land (must be the teasels), but most of all

we like the friendly-seeming neighbourliness of

the robin, even if what he was after was probably

just the chance of some easy food.

Please send your pictures, taken in and around Lewes,

to, with comments

on why and where you took them, and your phone

number. We’ll choose our favourite for this page,

which wins the photographer £20, to be picked up

from our office after publication. Unless previously

arranged, we reserve the right to use all pictures in

future issues of Viva magazines or online.




Last month we featured Chris and Vicky Arnold

spreading the word to Nouméa, New Caledonia.

Here’s Vicky’s brother Michael Hewitt on board the

Carnival Spirit cruise ship off the East Coast of Australia.

Michael lived in Lewes until 1989 when he

moved to Sydney, and had never read Viva before.

He tells us that he found the magazine very interesting,

‘especially the article on the new picture house

in Pinwell Lane. I used to know that area like the

back of my hand, as my family lived in Lansdown

Place in the mid-sixties. I also worked at Harvey’s

Brewery for about six months in 1973 before joining

the Royal Navy.’

And here’s Visual Effects Supervising Producer

and Lewes resident Simon Fame killing some time

whilst waiting for the British East India Company

Army to attack on the Kingdom of Heaven standing

set in Ouarzazate, Morocco... he reports that Viva

Lewes ‘keeps me sane in every corner of the world!!’

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Ringmer physio Magda Bannister is running the

London Marathon in April in support of Addaction,

an organisation which campaigns for understanding

about alcoholism, particularly challenging the

stigma around it, as well as supporting people with

the disease.

“My sister Eva died of alcohol poisoning in 2010 aged

24, whilst waiting for a place in rehab. Looking back,

we think the addiction began to take hold in her teens,

when she was treated for bulimia. Then she was a

student at Manchester University, and there is such a

culture of drinking amongst young people, it wasn’t

immediately obvious how ill she was. She, our brother

and I had been really close as children. But before she

died, our relationship was difficult. I now know it’s

common for relatives to feel helpless and angry.

Since she died, I’ve been wanting to do something. I

decided on the London Marathon to support Addaction,

along with writing a blog [mymarathon2018.

blog] to raise awareness. Eva was so young, and I’ve

discovered that the number of people affected by

alcoholism is enormous. It is a mental health issue,

not a choice. Many relatives contact me to tell me

their stories.

In terms of training, to fit in around my kids and

work, I’m using the London Marathon

training plan. I’m a squash

player not a runner, but I’m

getting lots of support in my

training, including from other

Ringmer runners.

We’re still in touch with Eva’s

friends. They’ve become like

family. I’d like to think

she’d be proud of me.”

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Were it not for a little historical event known as

the Dissolution of the Monasteries, and the work

of (presumably Catholic) Italian engineer Giovanni

Portinari, Southdown Sports Club would

be part of the Priory of St Pancras. I like the

mental image of people chasing balls around the

courts while monks work nearby in their orchard

or brewery.

I'm sure there would be plenty of love thy neighbour,

despite the courts of the club covering the

approximate location of the Priory fish ponds.

While the Priory was demolished in 1538,

Southdown Sports Club started life as a croquet

and lawn tennis club in 1904. The intervening

century-plus has seen a lot of changes, from expansion,

fire and flood.

The club features two clocks, one on the main

building and one on the café. The latter is defunct.

Manager Nigel Baker says, “it has not been

used for at least ten years and we think it is beyond

repair.” Luckily, the former works, and it

can be seen not just by people at the club but

dog walkers and others in the Priory ruins, visible

over the hedge. Handy, given that the bells

of the Priory great church were silenced almost

five centuries ago. Daniel Etherington





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Steve Ramsey – who

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IRA bombing of the

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He uses an unusual technique, with the narrative

driven by the voices of over 60 people

involved in the disaster, including policemen,

hospital workers, firemen, journalists, MPs and

civil servants. His own voice seems almost nonexistent,

which is cleverly achieved: he deftly

provides the conjoining sentences between

quoted memories.

I’m glad to say that it works, and extremely

well, too. In fact it moves along at a cracking

pace, especially towards the end, as the police

draw their net around the perpetrator of the

crime. It’s 222 pages long – knowing how much

research Steve did it must have taken some editing

– and I read it in a sitting.

Lewes plays a small part in the drama. After the

explosion, Margaret Thatcher and a selection of

other cabinet MPs were whisked off to Lewes

Police HQ in Malling, before returning to

Brighton to continue business as usual for the

final day of the Tory Party Conference at the

Brighton Centre the next morning.

One of the most prominent voices is that of

Norman Tebbit, who of course was badly

injured in the bombing. He writes the foreword

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can seem daunting. Adams & Remers solicitors have over two centuries’

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If you are a listed property owner, buyer, or seller, with a burning question

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- Suzanne Bowman, Partner and specialist listed property Solicitor, can help

steer you in the right direction.

Suzanne will be at the Listed Property Show at Olympia (stand D8) on 24th

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Lewes FC Women’s team, ‘the Rookettes’, have

progressed to the Fourth Round of the Women’s

FA Cup, which means they are just four wins from

playing at Wembley. If they beat Keynsham FC

away on February 4th – and they have every chance

to as the Somerset team are ranked well below them

– they will progress to the last 16 of the competition.

In that case we might well be talking about a

case of ‘Cup fever’ hitting town. The dream is a trip

to Wembley Stadium for the final on May 5th; last

year’s final saw Manchester City beat Birmingham

City 4-0 in front of 40,000 fans.

It is a measure of the progress the club has made in

recent years that other teams they could have drawn

instead of Keynsham – and will be looking to avoid

if they win on the 4th – include the likes of Chelsea,

Arsenal and Manchester City. Anyone fancying

a trip to support the Rookettes might take into

account that Keynsham is a historic market town –

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Until fairly recently there would have been universal agreement

that ‘loving your neighbour’ was best done based on biblical directives,

with the gospel narratives identifying the poor, disabled,

orphans and widows as a good place to start. Thomas Matthew,

a woollen draper, gave his house on Keere Hill in his will of December

1688 for the use and benefit of the poor of the parish of

St Michael's. By the mid-nineteenth century it housed six ‘deserving

poor widows or poor single women not less than fifty

years of age’. In 1936, the Charity Commissioners appointed trustees to administer the charity and provide

regulations for the management of the Almshouses. It closed in 1960, became semi-derelict and was restored

by the tireless Jim Franks, who was later to do the same for Fitzroy House. Marcus Taylor


Lewes town had a population of 17,297 at the last Census in 2011, while the nearest neighbouring villages

are much smaller: Ringmer with 4,648 and Kingston with 831 people. In Ringmer just over 1 in 4 people are

aged 65+, while in Kingston the proportion is 29%. In Lewes, by contrast, the figure is 17.4%, close to the

regional and national average.

Our nearest city is Brighton & Hove, whose population at 273,369 is almost 16 times the size of Lewes. Its

population profile is particularly youthful, with over 1 in 10 of the population aged 20-24, reflecting its large

student population. Elderly residents age 65+ form only 13.5% of the population. Sarah Boughton


The Crimean Tavern was opened in the mid-1800s, the end property

of a line of terraced houses. Like many pubs in the area (such as

the Waterloo Tavern and the Volunteer Inn) the name had military

connections. Interestingly, in the 1860s, whilst Susannah McBryde

ran the Crimean, her husband was in charge of the Naval Prison

across the road in North Street, which had recently held many prisoners

from the Crimean War. John Verrall took over the Crimean

in 1913. However, just a few years later the pub was selected for the

latest wave of Lewes pub closures. John suffered from various ailments,

and this was too much for him, so on 17th February 1921 he took his dog for its usual walk along the

riverbank, never to return. His dog made its way home, and a search for John eventually revealed footprints

leading into the river. His body was recovered the following day. Understandably, John’s widow Annie had

no desire to remain in the pub, and readily took the compensation offered to her. The old pub became a residential

property after Annie left, and in 1939 the ‘Old Providence Chapel’ building next door was converted

into the Lewes Little Theatre. Around 1960 the old Crimean Tavern, along with seven other houses in that

terrace, was demolished. Someone must have a photo of those houses! But until then, here’s an enthralling

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On Sunday 14th of January, the Lewes FC

‘Rookettes’ took on Women’s Premier League

rivals Portsmouth Ladies in the League Cup at

the Dripping Pan, looking for revenge after a 3-2

reversal in Hampshire before Christmas. Carlotta

was there to see them get it… and then some.

Lewes’ women’s team, from this year given the

same status and funding as the men, ran out 5-1

winners, helped on by two quick goals in a minute

around the half-hour mark. You can see more of

Carlotta’s shots from the match, and way more

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Colin Chapman

Ticket to ride

A stunningly cold, bright winter’s day and I am

on a kind of post-apocalyptic ex-military base,

in North London. It’s late Friday afternoon,

and I've been here since 7.30am. I'm a newbie

film extra. Ah, the joys of retirement.

The call comes. Everyone gets up to go on set.

“Not you,” says the assistant director. “You

wait”. I am, it seems, special. Suitably dressed, in

a station booth, I’m to be selling a ticket to Gary

Oldman (Gary Oldman!) I shiver, not only with

the cold but with star-struck anticipation.

One of the two make-up artistes who now

flank me whispers: “I'm sorry about this, but

the director says that as this is a period piece

it would look odd if someone in uniform (she

touches my sleeve, gently) has a... um… beard.

How would you feel about shaving it off?”

I turn pale. “I've had this for about four

decades, it's not an on-off sort of relationship,”

I say. But the director, apparently, is adamant.

“Basically...” she gets confidential again,

“there's no pressure. You really don't have to do

this... but if you don't we can't have the weekend

off... and we'll give you more money!” I sense

myself nodding. Within nanoseconds they have

shavers in their hands, whip off my beard, take

a hand each and lead me to the set.

I realise that the camera is to film over my

shoulder, towards Gary. My thoughts are slow

but I wonder coldly why I needed to be beardless

if the camera is behind me. I turn towards the

director about to question his judgement but

am immediately cowed by his sheer authority

– I turn back and there is Gary, frowning. Or

maybe he's just in character, I can't tell.

He, Gary, says: “Ticket to Oxford please”, and

I say “One pound ten”. Then he puts his money

on a turny thing. I am supposed to get down

a ticket and swivel it back to him. Easy for a

man with a beard but apparently not for me.

It does not go well. I forget to swivel. I fumble

the ticket. I stumble over my words. Gary's

character acts cool but I can see in his eyes,

he is not a happy man. After three takes the

director says, “Perfect! Let’s all go home!” The

crew cheer. Gary's obviously not convinced. He

fixes me briefly with his actorly eye and slowly

shakes his head. I feel I’ve let him down.

On the train back to Sussex I am cold in places I

haven't felt cold in for decades. I am convinced

people are staring at me. But when I get back

home no-one notices my lack of beard. My wife,

regarding me full on, says: “You look pale. You

look different, what is it? Are you still wearing


Chloë King is back next month



David Jarman


“Change and decay in

all around I see”, intones

Uncle Theodore near the

beginning of Evelyn Waugh’s

novel Scoop. He is, as always,

plotting his escape from the

rural fastness of Boot Magna

Hall to go, for one last time,

on the razzle in London. The

hymn that Uncle Theodore

invokes sees change and decay

as phenomena equally to

be lamented and the prayer

therein is addressed to The

Lord because he ‘changeth

not’. But nowadays, whilst

decay continues to get a

bad press, change seems to be welcomed and

embraced, irrespective of the circumstances.

We are encouraged not to be afraid of change,

however natural such fear might seem to be.

But sometimes – Russia in October 1917, say, or

Germany on 30 January, 1933 – being very afraid

indeed is an entirely rational response to change.

The media, especially the BBC, always seem to

favour regime change in all countries, regardless

of possible consequences – tens of thousands

killed, crippling civil wars that continue for years.

My youngest son attended recently his King’s

College London postgraduate awards ceremony.

(The MA academic dress he had to wear was

designed by Dame Vivienne Westwood, no less.

Quite a journey from the King’s Road!) One of

the keynote speeches exhorted the assembled

postgraduates to go out from The Barbican and

change the world.

I’m writing this in January when, of course,

personal change is very much in the air and New

Year’s resolutions not yet trashed. For increasing

numbers it’s ‘dry’ January. Such a dumb

idea. Again there’s the

assumption that change –

turning to ‘face the strange’

as David Bowie put it – and

setting one’s self challenges

are of necessity positive

things to do. But why? And

shouldn’t consideration be

given to those your personal

changes might affect?

After 34 years of marriage

I certainly don’t want

my wife to change. And

though this might smack

of complacency, I don’t

think she would want me

to change. Or not much.

I’m going on her reaction to my decision, ten

years ago, to join a book group. She thought

this so alarmingly out of character that she only

cheered up when I had assured her that my, as

she saw it, mid-life crisis would be confined to

joining that group.

The number of new books that promise to change

your life are extraordinary, of course, as are

the number of people who claim to have been

changed by the books they have read. But I share

the scepticism of Ben Lerner in his 2011 novel,

Leaving the Atocha Station.

‘I was intensely suspicious of people who claimed

a poem or painting or piece of music changed

their life, especially since I had often known these

people before and after their experience and could

register no change’.

Back to Evelyn Waugh. All political parties

promise sweeping change. Perhaps they always

did. Waugh never voted in general elections

but once said that he might be minded to vote

Conservative if only they showed the slightest

intention of actually conserving anything.

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Turf wars

Our home is at the centre of a discomfiting territorial

dispute. It started when we moved house

last summer and - despite our best efforts - hasn't

gone away. Harry the cat has, understandably,

claimed our garden as his own. The cats that live

next door see it as more of a community asset, particularly

as there’s a conveniently cat-sized hole in

the fence. Despite Harry’s insistence that the hole

was only intended for hedgehogs, his fellow felines

still pop round for the occasional chat. All we can

do is shake our heads and shrug our shoulders in

sympathy whenever Harry looks to us for support.

That’s pretty much the only disharmony in our

street: intermittent tail twitching and a muttered

miaow. Fortunately there's no personal disagreement

whatsoever. Loving our human neighbours

is remarkably easy. On a broader scale, Ringmer’s

neighbours are equally likeable. Obviously I can’t

say a bad thing about Lewes (that’s due to contractual

obligation rather than any personal preference).

Occasionally we hear a little noise when you

throw a party – there’s some kind of thing you do

every November, isn’t there? – but we’ve got used

to it now. Barcombe Mills: it’s a delight to have

you alongside us, although a bit of a shame about

your lack of mills. Firle brings joy every time

someone from the village says your multi-syllabled

name. Obviously Isfield is notable for having the

only working railway line within a significant

radius. And talking of machinery, I really ought to

mention Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum,

which is surely the only place in the country that

successfully combines ducks and racing cars without

any harm to eider.

But all this is missing the biblical point of ‘love thy

neighbour’. Jesus told the story of a man walking

from Jerusalem to Jericho, which is rather like

walking from the spiritual beacon of Ringmer to

the far side of Hove, except that the road was considerably

more dangerous. Not only was there no

separate cycle path, there were also gangs of bandits

roaming the countryside. In the Bible story,

the traveller has his life saved by someone who –

in other circumstances – would have been seen as

an enemy. Totes awk, as the Samaritan might have

said when he texted his mates afterwards.

So, as well as loving my neighbour's cats and all

the friendly people in our road who popped a

Christmas card through the letterbox, it seems I

have a biblical mandate to love people who live

further away. Not just those in surrounding villages

or even born-and-bred Brightonians. No, if

I’ve understood the parable correctly, it seems I am

being called to love those from far-away lands with

lifestyles I don’t understand. Despite their strange

customs and unfamiliar accents, the people of

West Sussex are also my neighbours. Mark Bridge


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Equality FC

‘Unlock the Gate’

Carole Richmond, marketing manager of Brighton &

Hove Bus and Coach Co, talks to us about their sponsorship

of the Lewes FC women’s team, and the Unlock the

Gate campaign, encouraging more people to come along

on match days.

‘I met Viva Lewes editor Alex Leith at the Lewes

Business and Enterprise Awards, who introduced

me to Kevin Miller of Lewes FC, with the idea

that we might like to sponsor the women’s team.

He was spot on. We’re pleased that we’ve already

got a great presence in the Lewes community, but

we’re keen to increase it even more. Lewes FC

became ‘Equality FC’ by paying their women’s and

men’s team the same, and that fits so well with the

Brighton & Hove Bus Company ethos.

Lewes women play on the same pitch, on the same

terms, and our company believes in recruiting

from all walks of life. We have a signature ‘Diversity’

bus which we use for Pride and to promote all

kinds of equality. The wrapping tells people what

we believe: #moreincommon #diversity #equality.

It will be going along to the Lewes Unlock the

Gate match on 25th February, driven by a woman

and full of supporters.

I like Lewes FC, its ability to do things differently

and make things happen. You can watch a match at

the Dripping Pan and see the surrounding beauty

of the Downs. Supporters can take their dogs. It

feels authentic, open and family friendly.

I am sporty. I firmly believe if I’d been allowed

to play football, I’d have been bloody good at it.

I played competitive hockey in my teens for the

school and county. My father took my brother to

football practice and supported him at matches,

but never came to watch me.

In terms of getting more support for women in

football - how many men’s clubs run at a loss?

So why does the women’s game have to make a

profit immediately? Why does anything to do with

women have to be 100% successful? It’s an easy

way of saying “get back in your corner – come

back when you’ve got it all figured out”, when they

don’t have it figured out either.

One barrier has been childcare. A lot of men who

take part in sport and regularly watch it don’t think

twice about taking that time. Women are more

likely to feel guilty. I didn’t re-engage with sport till

I was in my forties. If we want women regularly taking

part and watching sport, we need it to be more

family friendly, perhaps offering a crèche.

The national women’s cricket team are very good

and regularly sell out. The rugby team are great

too. Watching women’s sports means opening

up your eyes to a good experience and enjoying

yourself. It isn’t just about superior knowledge and

analysis. I love watching women’s rugby, and I’ve

learnt more about the game the more I’ve seen.’

Emma Chaplin

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William Shaw

Crime pays

I sit down rather reluctantly with the hard-back

edition of Sympathy for the Devil, the latest in

William Shaw’s ‘Breen and Tozer’ crime series.

Crime fiction isn’t really my thing, but he’s on my

interview list, and a cursory skim-through will help

me with my questions. About five hours later, I turn

the last page…

Two days on, and I’m at the writer’s home in

Brighton, feeling rather envious. Like me he

started out as a journalist (he worked on Smash

Hits, and for the Observer) and wrote a series of

non-fiction books. Unlike me, he subsequently

fulfilled his ambition to go on to write fiction: he’s

currently working on his seventh novel.

But it wasn’t easy. “At first, I wanted to write literary

fiction,” he says. “The agent who dealt with my

non-fiction read my attempts, and sighed, deeply.

Then I tried my hand at writing crime fiction, on

the train, commuting to London. It all clicked. I

knew what I had done was good. I changed my

agent, and found a publisher.”

The formula he’d discovered is a kind of historical

fiction, rooted in the late 60s, and filled with cultural

references. He calls it ‘cultural fiction’. Real

characters from the era appear in the text: Sympathy

opens with Brian Jones floating dead in his swimming

pool; a young Felix Dennis helps police with

their inquiries; Germaine Greer fleetingly appears.

The main character, DS Cathal ‘Paddy’ Breen,

is in his thirties. “This was before the generational

ground zero we find ourselves in now,” says

William. “In those days he would be considered

middle-aged. And that makes him square. But it

also gives him the ability to look at all that fab and

groovy sixties stuff with a critical eye."

As you’d imagine, there’s a murder at the beginning

of the book, and as you’d imagine, there follow

a lot of twists and turns before we find out who’s

done it. All the real-life characters, and all the

cultural references, act as a kind of smokescreen

to make the tortuous plot seem more plausible.

“Realism,” says William, “isn’t about being realistic.

Real-life murders very rarely have an interesting

narrative, and what really happens in the police

incident room is very boring indeed. No, realism is

the act of creating the illusion of reality.”

I’ve disturbed William half-way through a writing

session – he needs to do 1,000 words a day to meet

a spring deadline for the first in a new series – and

I can tell he’s itching to get back. The new book

is set in contemporary times, and it’s unlikely to

make his agent sigh. “Literary fiction doesn’t know

what it is,” he concludes. “Sales are crashing. Crime

fiction knows exactly what it is. And I think it’s the

best platform we have to discuss the real issues - of

class, of race, of gender - too.”

Alex Leith

All Saints, 20th Feb. William Shaw has also written

the stand-alone contemporary-set crime novel The




Mind the gap

The social value of income equality

“If you want to follow the

American Dream,” states epidemiologist

Richard Wilkinson,

in a 2011 TED talk on the

subject of the consequences of

income inequality, “go and live

in Denmark.”

Epidemiologists study and

analyse the distribution and

determinants of health and

disease conditions in defined

populations. Richard’s speciality

is the health consequences of

social inequality. He’s coming

to Lewes to talk about the

subject this month: I grab a

few minutes with him on the


We discuss some eye-opening graphs he demonstrated

in that TED talk. One shows that, when

comparing developed market democracies, the

average Gross National Income of a country

bears no relation to the average life expectancy

there. Another shows that within any given country

difference in income has a significant impact

on life expectancy.

Richard also used UN data to analyse how much

richer the top 20% of a population are than the

bottom 20%. He found that in countries like Denmark,

Sweden, Norway and Japan, the figure is 3-4

times richer, whereas in the USA this rises to 8.5

times (the UK figure is 7.2, “at the wrong end of

the picture”). And here comes the really interesting

bit: when he compares how a series of social

problems (infant mortality, homicides, imprisonment,

unemployment, drug abuse, illiteracy rates

etc) correlates with each country’s inequality score,

he finds that the higher the inequality, the more

the country suffers from these problems. And thus:

it doesn’t matter how rich

a country is: the bigger the

difference between rich and

poor within it, the more social

corrosion there will be.

“On the other hand,” he says,

“if you live in a more equal

society you will live longer,

your kids will do better at

school, and you are less likely

to be a victim of violence, etc”

he says.

The countries at the less

unequal end of the scale have

got there by different means.

In the Scandinavian countries

there is a big difference in

income, but high taxation

evens things out. In Japan there is less of a spread

between high and low incomes to start with. “It

doesn’t matter how you get there, the result is the

same: less inequality, fewer social problems.”

I ask him if he thinks the result of the Brexit referendum

and Trump’s election victory reflect voters’

dissatisfaction with the gap between rich and poor.

“Yes,” he says, “it is in the background to both. It

has always been the case in periods of economic

polarisation between rich and poor, like in the 20s

and 30s. People take a dislike to the political elite

of all the major parties, and they choose almost

anything else.”

So what can we do to narrow the gap? “It will take

a long time. But as the public changes its opinion,

the political parties will shift their position. So a

lot will depend on how we vote.” Alex Leith

More for the Many, Less for the Few, does Labour

have the Policies to Tackle Inequality? All Saints

7.30pm 6th Feb, £5. Speakers are Richard, Polly

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Viva Morrissey

Paul Blake, Mozza Mk 2

Do you remember first hearing a Smiths song?

How could I forget. It was This Charming Man

on British TV in 1983. I was gob-smacked but

I wasn’t sure why. “He looks like you”, said my


How many times have you watched Morrissey?

It wasn’t until 1995 that I finally made the

pilgrimage to see Morrissey live, at Sheffield City.

Naturally I was completely dazzled throughout

and quite quickly I became irreversibly obsessed,

a fact amply testified to by the fifty-something

shows I’ve attended since.

You still look like him! I wish. Obviously. People

have remarked upon the supposed resemblance

down the years, but I think it’s that I remind them

of him rather than look like him, particularly if I’m

hamming it up at Morrissey-related events, wearing

similar clothes and so forth.

What sets Viva Morrissey apart from Smiths

tribute bands? Our presentation is based very

much on the present-day Morrissey shows, even

if I have begun to allow myself a degree of poetic

license. We place huge value on authenticity and

accuracy, generally speaking, even though it’s

extremely difficult given our minuscule budget. I’d

seen a couple of the Smiths tribute bands a year or

two before it had ever crossed my mind to form

Viva Morrissey, and frankly, I was appalled at the

slapdash presentation and lack of authenticity in

the performances.

How similar is your voice to Morrissey’s?

Everything about Morrissey is unique. No one

looks like him or sounds like him, not really, and

those who attempt to sound like him always end

up sounding like Harry Hill on Stars in Your Eyes. I

endeavour to get the phrasing right and to sing in

key and to inject some of Morrissey’s personality

into my delivery, but as I’m not strictly trying to

impersonate Morrissey it’s not necessary for me

to use anything other than my own singing voice.

We’re of a similar age and both from the north of

England which helps. Reverb also helps.

Do you have a day job, or is VM your be-all?

I’ve never had a job because, well, I’ve never

wanted one.

Do you consider Viva Morrissey to be a

‘tribute band’ and if not why not? I’m loath to

use the ‘T’ word as it has connotations I’m not

altogether comfortable with. I prefer to think of us

as a ‘sincere homage’ to Morrissey, a celebration of

his career (so far).

What sets Morrissey apart from other singers/

lyricists? Apart from that voice and those lyrics?

Because he’s such a singular artist and utterly

unique in terms of his personality and character,

despite my best efforts. He deserves to be mentioned

in the same breath as Elvis, Dylan, Bowie,

Johnny Rotten, John Lennon, and the handful of

others who quite literally changed the world.

Would there be any other artist you might

cover in a similar way? Never, never, never. It

could only ever have been Morrissey. He wrote the

words, I live the life. Interview by Alex Leith

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February cinema round-up

Anyone choosing to watch Abel Gance’s 1927 epic

Napoléon (Depot, Sunday 18th) be warned: don’t

plan anything else that day. It’s five-and-a-half

hours long, and will be shown with two intermissions

to allow you to stretch your legs and enjoy a

mid-movie vin rouge.

This is the film, in effect, that invented modern

cinema. Gance ripped up the how-to-shoot-movies

manual, eschewing the static straight-on shot and

turning to innovation after innovation: extensive

close-ups, hand-held cameras, superimposition,

underwater camera, fast cutting, multi-camera

set ups, split-screen projections and more. It was

a rerun of the film in Paris cinemas in the 1950s

that encouraged the Nouvelle Vague directors to

stop writing about films and start making them. A

remastered version was given a limited release in

selected cinemas in the UK in 2016: it’s great the

film is being shown in Lewes.

It’s not the only classic 20s drama on this month:

Battleship Potemkin is being shown on the 28th,

the first in a three-part series of films connected

with the Russian Revolution, organised by the

Lewes U3A group, but open to all. I first saw the

Odessa Steps scene from the 1925 Sergei Eisenstein

classic at Mr Voigt’s after-school Film Club

at Priory back in about 1980, and any film history

enthusiast will be familiar with it. It’s one of the

most powerful pieces of propaganda out there,

with the Tsar’s troops marching down the seemingly

endless steps shooting at the fleeing civilians

below, while the mounted Cossacks wait at the

bottom with their swords. The legless man! The

mother with her dead boy in her arms! The monocled

woman screaming! The baby in the pram

bouncing down the hill! Mr Voigt then explained

Eisenstein’s theory of montage: ‘the collision of

independent shots’. Unforgettable.

We’re building up to the Oscars, so there are

plenty of high quality Hollywood dramas on show

at the Depot – Three Billboards, Phantom

Thread, The Post etc: we trust you’ll be reading

plenty of reviews of them elsewhere. We’re more

interested in the Depot’s one-offs and seasons. On

Feb 6th for example, to celebrate the 100th anniversary

of women getting the vote, there’s a special

screening of the 2016 movie Suffragette, starring

Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep; there’s talk of

period-costumed women chaining themselves to

the railings before the film.

There’s music, too: on the 8th, tenebrific Americana

outfit Orphan Brigade play a set of songs

from their album Soundtrack to a Ghost Story,

inspired by the year they spent in a reputedly

haunted Kentucky plantation house. This follows a

screening of the documentary they made about the

experience. The event is organised in conjunction

with Union Music Store.

We’ll finish with mention of a five-film Japanese

season starting on the 21st with Masakazu Sugita’s

Joy of Man’s Desiring, about two orphans dealing

with their sudden bereavement. On a rather

lighter note, on the 27th, Sing My Life tells the

story of a grandmother who travels forward in

time to sing in her oblivious grandson’s rock band.

The season continues into March. DL






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Focus on: Waving at Julia on a Hill

Tamsin Spargo, charcoal and graphite on paper

Who’s Julia? I was on a residency in

rural Wales last year, and Julia was another

artist, who’d come from upstate

New York. We both decided to go out

sketching. I was sitting on the top of

a hill and I saw her sitting on the top

of another, opposite me, so we waved

and sketched each other.

It’s not a straightforward sketch…

There’s a lot hidden in it. I pick different

motifs from moving images to

reflect the workings of the mind. The

motifs aren’t always 100% accurate or

fully resolved, giving the suggestion

of half-formed ideas, and thoughts,

and the vagueness of memories that

fade and change over time. Here

I built layers with charcoal and


Tell us about ‘weathering’. Most

artists work towards creating something

they consider perfect at the

end of the process. I want to subvert

that by deliberately damaging the

work during its making and once it’s

complete. In Wales I left the work

outside for a week. For most of my

stay it was grey and wet. I’d wake up

thinking “it’s a horrible day, but it’s

good for the art.”

You’re at the Martyrs’ Gallery

all week… Yes, and [instead of just

working behind closed doors towards

an exhibition at the weekend] I’m

welcoming anyone to come to the

gallery while I’m working. As part

of the ‘weathering’ process they are

allowed not only to touch the art, but

to change it too: tear pieces off, or

whatever they want. I hope it will be

an immersive experience.

Have other artists been a big inspiration? That’s a hard

question. Frank Auerbach, for his use of mark making. And

Antoni Tàpies for his extreme use of textures.

Take me to a gallery... There are so many I love! I’ll take you

to one in Turku in Finland, which made me realise how much

art we aren’t exposed to because it’s kept in the region it’s made

in: that gave me a big passion for engaging with the local art

while I’m travelling.

Which artwork would you take to your desert island? Chant

de joie by Chu Teh-Chun. I am inspired by its perfect balance of

freedom and control. Interview by Alex Leith

Tamsin will be preparing and ‘weathering’ her art in the Martyrs'

Gallery from Feb 19th to 25th, final exhibition on Sat and Sun.


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In town this month

Chalk Gallery features the work of Brightonbased

Abigail Bowen until the 25th of February.

A largely abstract artist, Abigail is ‘inspired

by the edge of the rainbow. The blurred place

where reality and our emotions and imagination

mingle. It's the place that transcends what

we see and creates those tiny moments that

capture the heart and touch our souls.’

The Chalkies were among the artists who decorated

a giant Snowdog last year, contributing to

the hugely popular public art trail and subsequent

auction that

raised more than £300,000 for Martlets. This autumn Brighton & Hove

will be besieged by 50 giant snails for Snailspace and the organisers are

asking local artists to submit designs for these unusual 3D canvases. Artists

chosen by the Snailspace sponsors will be paid a commission to bring

their design to life. To find out more visit and

submit your design by the end of March.

Abigail Bowen

Martyrs’ Gallery

reopens for 2018

with their artists-inresidence


FRESH AiR 18, with

three artists working in

the gallery for a week

to produce work for an

exhibition at the weekend.

First up is Pippa

Ward (10th and 11th,

12-4pm). She creates

3D installations out of

plastic waste, exploring

our use of - and relationship

with - disposable

materials. The second artist (17th and 18th) is tba as

we go to press. The gallery will round off the programme

with an exhibition of work by Tamsin Spargo on the

24th and 25th. Tamsin is inviting people to come and visit

while she works to contribute to the ‘weathering’ of her

drawings, which acts as a proxy for the accumulation of

life experience. More about her work on pg 41.

Hanging Around by Pippa Ward

The annual Open Art Exhibition

continues at Pelham House.

The hotel restaurant, bar,

lobby and atrium are filled with

works in a variety of media by

upwards of 60 Sussex-based

artists. Enjoy the paintings,

drawings, prints, works in ink

and photography by established

and emerging artists until the

6th of March.

Distant Warm Sky by Richard Pelling



Out of town (cont.)

Flags by Lesley Barnes

In celebration of World Book Day on the 1st of March,

Seaford Contemporary Illustrators & Printmakers present

The Book Show, an exhibition of contemporary illustration and

printmaking inspired by children’s literature. This five-day

exhibition is at Arts@theCrypt in Church Road, Seaford

from the 28th of February until the 4th of March

and features work by upwards of 20 professional artists

including award-winning author/illustrator Benji

Davies, Karl James Mountford, Lesley Barnes,

Graham Carter, Helen Musselwhite, John Bond

and Bjorn Rune Lie. For the duration of the

exhibition, the medieval Undercroft will be

transformed into a reading room filled with

hundreds of books for children and families to

enjoy, with readings by local authors Graham

Carter and Giles Paley-Phillips. To inspire the next

generation of artists and illustrators, there will be mark-making workshops for children

aged three upwards, and the opportunity to enter the ‘design a book jacket’ competition.

Visit to find out more.

FRESH AiR 2018

3 weeks • 3 artists • 3 experiments

10/11, 17/18, 24/25 February • 12–4pm


Out of town (cont.)

On a Night Like This is at the Studio Gallery in Worthing Museum

& Art Gallery from the 10th. Father and daughter Gary and Bambi

Goodman exhibit paintings, printmaking and poetry inspired by a

trip to Japan. Expect hanging scrolls with ink drawings of animals

and girls, a cardboard sculpture menagerie and large-scale figurative

paintings. The

themes are, Bambi

explains, ‘possibly

eerie with a hint of


Bambi Goodman

Photo by Lisa Creagh

Becoming a mother in her 40s, Lisa

Creagh realised how little of her experience

of motherhood was represented

in popular culture or the visual arts

and created Holding Time ‘in order

to re-contextualise motherhood in

general and breastfeeding in particular

as an active, rather than passive activity,

aligning mother and child with an

older, more universal time system’. This

multiscreen video installation, featuring

stopgap portraits of breastfeeding

mothers alongside an abstract time-map

based on ancient geometric designs, is

at ONCA Gallery from the 22nd of

February until the 4th of March, where

it will be shown alongside a ‘breastfeeding

sit-in’. Find out more about the

project and associated events, at

The Museum of Ordinary People is a new project,

described by its founders Lucy and Jolie as

‘celebrating the ripples that ordinary people leave

behind. Forging connections between generations

and gathering stories of everyday objects, exploring

and documenting the magic and mundanities

of everyday life.’ They are looking for people who

have a collection of objects and documents that are

important to them and that tell a story, to take part

in their series of free workshops over six Tuesday

evenings in Brighton. The workshops involve

learning about archives and artistic responses and

also practical exploration of your documents and

objects, culminating in an exhibition at Brighton

Fringe. There is no prerequisite of artistic experience

or academic study (it’s open to everyone) but

an interest in collections, museums, art and objects

would be a good start. Jolie and Lucy are interested

to hear from people from all walks of life. Contact

them at to

find out more.




01273 678 822


8th March 2018

Plumpton Racecourse BN7 3AL

Registration between 6-6.45pm

Enjoy an interactive seminar before

facing your fears and taking a daring

dash across burning coals. Bring

friends and family for an evening

filled with fun, fire and inspiration.

Find out more and register at

01444 471598

With your

heart and

soles, conquer

the coals!

Entry is just £25 per

person with a promise

to raise £100+

Delicious food and

drinks available

Registered charity number: 1056114

Kindly sponsored by

FEB listings


Big Screen Memories. Film celebrating the

shared experience of cinema going in Lewes via

the personal memories of local residents. Depot,

11am, £6/£4, tickets from the Depot.

Comedy at the Con. With headliners Eric Patrick

and Jen Brister. Con Club, 7.30pm, £10/£8.


Film: The Clan (15). Local film maker Richard

Rimmer will introduce some of his comedy

sketches and a short film made in the Lewes

area, at 8pm, followed by Argentinian thriller

The Clan at 8.30pm. All Saints, £5/£2.50 (season

membership £25).

Winter Barn Dance. In aid of Starfish Youth

Music project, with live ceilidh band Bring Back

the Wolf. Accompanied children over 12 welcome.

All Saints, 7.30pm, £10/£8 adv.


More for the Many, Less

for the Few. Angela Rayner,

Shadow Secretary of State

for Education joins epidemiologist

Richard Wilkinson

(see pg 35), columnist Polly

Toynbee and community campaigner Emily

Clarke to debate whether Labour has the policies

to tackle inequality. All Saints, 7.30pm, £5.

The Group. A club for unattached women and

men aged 50+. A pub in Lewes, see


Humphrey Repton - celebrating 200 years. Talk

with Nigel Phillips, a local garden designer and

garden historian, on the impact and achievements

of the great landscape designer, successor to Capability

Brown. Cliffe Church Hall, 7.30pm, £3.


Robin Hood. Lewes Theatre Youth Group

present the fun-filled family show by American

dramatist and screenwriter Larry Blamire. Lewes

Little Theatre, times and prices vary, see


Seedy Saturday. Seed swap, children’s activities,

community growing projects, workshops and

more. Town Hall, 10am-3pm, £1 (kids free).


Say it with Poison. Lewes NT Centre presents

a talk by Russell Bowes, garden historian. Lewes

Priory School, 7.30pm, £4/£2.


Film: Victoria & Abdul (PG). The true story of

an unexpected friendship. Stephen Frears directs.

All Saints, 8pm, from £5.


Film: Dunkirk (12). Special one-off screening

of Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk on 35mm film,

refreshments available before screening. Book in

advance to avoid disappointment. All Saints, 7pm,

from £5,


FEB listings (cont)

Ditch the Detox. Party for

Patina. Live music, cocktails,

photo booth, roulette and

more. Town Hall, 7.30pm,

£10/£8 advance.


On the Way to the Wedding: The Journey

of Love in Art. Illustrated talk. Uckfield Civic

Centre, 2pm, £7 (free to members).


…But Chiefly Yourselves. A brief history of the

Music Hall. Presented by Lewes Theatre Club.

Lewes Little Theatre, 3pm, £5 (ticket includes tea

and cake).


Images from Lewes Past. Mick Symes and John

Kay present highlights of the remarkable archive

of rare images posted by members of the Facebook

group, Lewes Past. King’s Church, Brooks

Road, 7pm, £3/£1.


Lewes Archaeological Group talk. Gundreda

and her chapel in St John's Church Southover.

Illustrated talk by Marcus Taylor. Lecture Room,

Lewes Town Hall, 7.30pm, £4/£2 (free entry for

under 18s).

Film: You Can Count on

Me (15). Part of the Kenneth

Lonergan Weekend at Lewes

Film Club. All Saints, 8pm,

£5/£2.50 (season membership


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Golden Globe nomination - Best Actress 2018. The

extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship.

Friday 9th February 8pm

DUNKIRK – ON 35MM! 12 107mins

Special one-off screening of Christopher Nolan’s

Dunkirk on 35mm film. BAFTA nominated & Tipped for

Oscar nominations 2018.

Saturday 10th February 7pm

Info & advance tickets from the All Saints Centre

Office, the Town Hall, High Street

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

01273 486391

FEB listings (cont)


Talk with Julian Bell. Author of 'What is Painting?'

Paddock Art Studios, 3pm, £4 on the door,

free to members of LADVAA.


Photo of William Shaw (above) by Kitty Wheeler-Shaw

Film: Margaret – directors cut (15). Part of

the Kenneth Lonergan Weekend at Lewes Film

Club. All Saints, 4pm (with a 15 minute intermission),

£5/£2.50 (season membership £25).



Making Believe. Talk

with crime writer William

Shaw, presented by Lewes

Literary Society. See pg

33. All Saints, 8pm, £10.

Mass Murder, Nazi Visions of Empire and

the Art and Writing of Arnold Daghani:

Documenting a Neglected Aspect of the Holocaust.

The Keep, 5.30pm, £3.

The Future of Police and Fire & Rescue

Services in Lewes. Opportunity to learn how

these two key public services are responding

strategically to new challenges and demands.

Lecture Room, Lewes Town Hall, 7pm, £3 (free

to Friends of Lewes members).

Over sixty years in farming: how things have

changed. A Think Tank meeting with Reg Lanaway.

Christ Church, 7.30pm, free.


NT Live: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Rescreening

of the Benedict Andrews revival, starring Sienna

Miller and Jack O’Connell. Depot, 7pm, £20.


How endangered is the honeybee and how

can we help? Headstrong Club talk followed

by discussion with Professor Francis Ratnieks.

Elephant & Castle, 8pm, £3.


Early Brighton Photographs. Talk revealing

the earliest photographic images of Brighton

from the 1840s onwards, with author and local

historian Christopher Horlock. The Keep, 2pm-

3pm, £3.

No Petticoats Here.

Stories of First World War

women through song.

Louise Jordan tells the stories

of inspirational women

who challenged expectations.

Feel free to wear an

early 20thC (Suffragette/

gent) hat or costume to add to the atmosphere.

All Saints, 7.15pm for 7.45pm, £10/£8 adv.


A Hospital Radio Success Story. Talk by John

Henty on his 1987-92 hospital radio show ‘Nice

‘n’ Easy’, and the celebrity guests he interviewed

(including Charlton Heston, Denis Healey and

Petula Clark). Talk will be followed by the opportunity

to hear some of the recordings. The

Keep, 2pm, £12/£10, contact

to book, see for more info.

The Winter’s Tale. Christopher Wheeldon’s

ballet adaptation, broadcast live from the Royal

Opera House. Depot, 7.15pm, £10-£17.50.

Representing the People? Discussion marking

the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the

People Act, which gave women the vote in the

UK. Attenborough Centre, 8pm, £5/£3.


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11 TH , 8PM

Tallis Festival. A wide ranging

programme of music by,

and creative responses to, the

great 16th century English

composer Thomas Tallis,

from a broad range of musicians,

including the Lewes

Concert Orchestra, composer

Ed Hughes, and the Brighton Early Music

Festival Consort of Voices. Please note, no festival

on Saturday. Attenborough Centre, University of Sussex,

£5/£3 per night,

SUN 11 TH , 4PM

Corelli Ensemble. Two pieces from Bach – his

Double Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor

and his Air from Suite no.3 in G; Peter Davison

conducts his own No Time for Goodbyes, and

Gabriel’s Oboe, by Ennio Morricone, aka The Mission

theme tune. St Pancras

Church, £10 (children free)

in advance from info@corelli. or £12 on door.

FRI 23 RD , 7.45PM

Nicholas Yonge Society.

The Arcadia Quartet make

a welcome return to play

Haydn (op.76 no.3) Pauza’s

Quartet no.4 'Ludus Modalis' and Bartok’s String

Quartet no.2. Cliffe Building, Sussex Downs College,

£15, 8-25 years old free from

SUN 25 TH , 11AM

The Castalian Quartet (pictured). Internationally

famous foursome play Haydn’s String Quartet

in D, op.76 no.5, Britten’s String Quartet no.2 in C,

op.36 and Brahms’ String Quintet no.1 in F, op.88.

Attenborough Centre, University of Sussex, 11am-

1pm, £18.50/£16

Photograph by Kaupo Kikkas




Get on your dancing shoes, and prepare

for an evening of foot stompin' soul with

Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band. A

great of the UK Soul scene, with two of the

biggest selling UK albums of the 60s, singer

Washington was once a US airman stationed

in East Anglia. He became well known for

singing in clubs around London and so when

Pete Gage needed a singer to front his new

band, Geno was brought on board. At a time

when not many US soul bands made the

journey across the Pond, The Ram Jam Band

quickly gained a reputation for their energetic and exciting shows and toured relentlessly across the country.

Originally active 1965 to 1968, the band began touring extensively again in 2005, and are now going

stronger than ever. Geno was, of course, immortalised in the eponymous 1980 number one hit by Dexys

Midnight Runners. Con Club, Sat 17th Feb


The Captain’s Beard. Pirate folk. Con Club,

8pm, free

Lazy Susan. DJ set. Lamb, 8pm, free


Fragile Things. Rock. Con Club, 7pm, £4

Si Barron. Folk (English trad). Elly, 8pm, £6

Demented Are Go. Legendary Welsh psychobillies.

Con Club, 7pm, £15 + BF


Tony Williams. Jazz guitar. Snowdrop, 8pm, free

The Dead Reds


The Wave Pictures. Alternative rock. Con Club,

7.30pm, £12 adv

Vintage Hot Swing. Pelham Arms, 8pm, free


The Dead Reds. R‘n’B. Con Club, 8pm, free

Lazy Susan. DJ set. Lamb, 8pm, free


Sam Walker. Multi-instrumental soloist. Lansdown,

7.30pm, free

Belshazzar’s Feast. Folk (English trad). Royal

Oak, 8pm, £12


Lewes Town & Country

Residential Sales & Lettings

Land & New Homes

T 01273 487444


Property of the Month Lewes £775,000

Substantial well-presented period town house in sought after St Anne's Crescent. The house offers a versatile and unique set up. The ground

floor upwards has open living space with stripped wood floors opening in to fully fitted kitchen/dining room. The upper floors offer 4 double

bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The lower floor is set up as a self-contained 1 bedroom apartment offering home income potential or the option

to re-instate as an entire house. The house further benefits from a wealth of period character, front garden & rear patio gardens. EPC - TBC

North Chailey £975,000

Impressive new 3,300sqft home incorporating traditional high quality

materials into a fabulous 21st century take on a barn. Bevingdean

Copse has been designed for sustainability & modern living from

the outset. Open living space complemented by a separate

dining room & elevated living room with stunning views. EPC - 85

Lewes £650,000

Beautifully refurbished detached home in popular South Way. The

house offers versatile accommodation with a dual aspect living room

and contemporary kitchen/dining room with bi-fold doors opening

on to raised sun deck. Four double bedrooms, family bathroom and

further shower room. Rear garden and off street parking. EPC - TBC

Lewes £565,000

Beautifully presented town house ideally positioned in central Lewes.

Arranged on 3 levels the property offers a contemporary kitchen with

dining space & separate dual aspect living room. 3 double bedrooms

with far reaching views across Lewes. Modern family bathroom &

separate down stairs WC. South facing patio & parking. EPC - 69

Lewes £465,000

Charming period cottage hidden away in central Lewes. Arranged

over 3 storeys the ground floor offers a living room with feature

fireplace & spacious kitchen/breakfast room leading out to a rear

patio garden. Upstairs is a fitted bathroom & 2 double bedrooms with

stunning views across Lewes roof tops towards the Castle. EPC - 40




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Open Space Open Mic. Music, poetry and performance.

Elly, 7.30pm, free


Matt Wates. Jazz sax. Snowdrop, 8pm, free


The Damned. Punk legends. De La Warr, 7pm, £26

Sam Baker. Folk. All Saints, 7.30pm, £18/£16


Bigfoot Old Time Band USA. Presented by

Cajun Barn. Con Club, 7.30pm, £12


Fat Belly Jones. Ska/soul. Con Club, 8pm, free

Lazy Susan. DJ set with Nick the Record. Lamb,

8pm, free


John Fairhurst. Blues. Lansdown, 7.30pm, free

Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band. See

Gig of the Month.

Damien Barber & Mike Wilson. Folk (English

trad). Elly, 8pm, £8


Viva Morrissey. Tribute (see pg 37). Con Club,

7.30pm, £15 + BF


Sara Oschlag. Jazz singer. Snowdrop, 8pm, free


Let’s Get Funked. Dance night featuring funk,

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

Micky Hart & The Hartbreakers. 50s and 60s

rock ‘n’ roll/rhythm ‘n’ blues. Con Club, 8pm, free

Lazy Susan. DJ set. Lamb, 8pm, free


Pete McClelland, Nick Pynn and Tom Evans.

Folk. Elly, 8pm, £6


Hanna Burchell. Folk. Con Club, 3.30pm, free

The Ramonas. All-female tribute to the Ramones

(above). Con Club, 7.30pm, £13 + BF


Chris Coull. Jazz trumpet. Snowdrop 8pm, free

Listings compiled by Kelly Hill



Lower Sixth


You are warmly invited to our

Senior School Open Morning

Saturday 10 March 2018

9.30am to noon (Entry at 13 and 16)

HMC – Day, weekly and full boarding Boys

and girls 13 to 18

To register please contact:

T 01323 843252

or online at

Bede’s Senior School

Upper Dicker

East Sussex BN27 3QH




ages up to 12 (under 5s must be accompanied).

ONCA Gallery, Brighton, see


Look Think Make. Look at artworks, think

about the ideas behind them and be inspired to

make creations. De La Warr, 2pm, £1.



Half-term at Wakehurst.

Various activities for all the family

celebrating all things green,

teaming up with the Climate

Coalition and their #showthelove

week. See

Morning Explorer: Knights.

For families with additional

needs. Booking required. Lewes

Castle, 10am-11pm, contact

Tales for Toddlers. Stories,

songs and imagination. De La

Warr, 10.15am & 11.15am, £1.


Brighton Science Festival workshops.

Arctic Adventure children’s art/science

workshops. Fun with Fossils, Art and

Science in the Arctic and Print Your

Own Polar Bear. Suitable for all

Go Kid Music's Winter Warmer Family Gig.

Live gig for all the family, with Al Start and the

Beastie Band. All Saints, two shows – 11.30am &

2.30pm, £7 (family of four £24, under twos free).

Tudor Crafts. Spinning, dressing up, hands-on

crafts and storytelling. Anne of Cleves, 1pm-

4pm, price included in admission.

Comedy Club 4 Kids. Line-up includes Luke

Toulson, Alexander Bennett and Bec Hill.

Chichester Festival Theatre, 2pm, £10.


Short film: A Grand

Day Out (U).

Screening of the

Wallace and Gromit

favourite, followed

by themed creative

activities. Towner, 11am, £2.

Archaeological Discoveries. Mask making,

storytelling, dressing up and clay modelling.

Lewes Castle, morning and afternoon sessions,



The Book Show. SCIP (Seaford

Contemporary Illustrators &

Printmakers) present an exhibition

of illustration and printmaking

inspired by children’s literature. It's

part of East Sussex World Book Day.

There will be affordable prints,

readings, workshops and more (see

pg 44). Arts@theCrypt, Seaford,


Lewes Castle &

Anne of Cleves House

Anne of Cleves House,

Spinning - Dressing Up

Hands-on Crafts - Storytelling

Tuesdays in Half Term 1- 4pm

All ages. Included in admission.

Lewes Castle*

Archaeological Discoveries

Mask making - Storytelling

Dressing Up - Clay modelling

Thursdays in Half Term,

Morning & Afternoon sessions.

Ages 4-8 & 6+ sessions

Tickets £5-£6.

Lewes Castle*

Morning Explorer Sessions

Monday 12 th February, 10-11am

Morning Explorer sessions are for

families with additional needs.

Please get in touch to discuss your

access needs and to book a place.


*Booking required for

Lewes Castle activities

Open Morning

Artwork created individually by

18 students and collated

By Class 8a

£ £

With its excellent and

imaginative approach,

the Steiner Waldorf

curriculum has

gained ever-widening

recognition as a creative

and compassionate

alternative to

traditional avenues of


Find out more...


1st Feb &

8th March

08:30 - 13:00

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for a Private Tour

or call 01342 822275




‘This is a shot I took over Carlisle

on a Christmas trip to Edinburgh

on the 18th December,’ writes Jude

Farrant, aged 11. ‘I took it because

it was a stunning sunset, and I

wanted to remember it. I hope you

agree!’ We do agree, Jude, so much

so that we’ll turn a blind eye to

the fact it’s not taken round Lewes

way (note to future entrants: think

local!). And it’s won you a £10 book

token at Bags of Books in Cliffe:

just turn up with a copy of the mag and some sort of proof of identity (an adult will do).

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What's the most creative swear word

you've heard? It repeatedly astounds me

when toddlers first start to do their own

version of swearing. It happens when

they're potty trained and they suddenly

realise that everything to do with the

toilet is taboo. Spontaneously they start

to call people ‘poo heads’ and ‘wee faces’

when they're annoyed, upset, or just want

to get a laugh. Although every toddler

does it, the first time any child does it is an act of

pure creation. I'll try to remember that when my

daughter reaches that stage!

How did you find yourself studying the science

of swearing? I was working in a neuroscience lab

in the Science Museum when I came across a study

on swearing and pain relief. It was such a simple

design with such a clear outcome: when we swear,

not only can we withstand more pain,

we can exert more strength for longer.

It made me wonder what else we know

about swearing.

Is swearing becoming more acceptable?

It may seem that way but,

actually, taboos simply change over time.

While blasphemy was once considered

exceptionally powerful, it rarely raises an

eyebrow these days - in British English

at least. Conversely, there are words that were in

the literature, and even the nursery rhymes, of my

grandparents' generation that I just wouldn't use.

Swearing is so deeply ingrained that it will never

truly disappear, it will keep reinventing itself. RC

Swearing Is Good For You, part of White Heat at

Brighton Science Festival, Sallis Benney Theatre,

Brighton, Sat 17th, 10.30am-5pm

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When we moved to Lewes nearly

six years ago, our next-doorneighbour

hid a giant toy tiger

in our garden. The children were

enchanted, amazed that a soft toy

could just appear overnight and

be theirs to keep. I’ve never forgotten

this neighbour’s thoughtfulness

or how welcome she made

us all feel and so, in return, I

encourage the boys to also be neighbourly.

When new neighbours move in, the boys write

them a Neighbourhood Guide which includes

three essential facts to know about Lewes. These

can be rather eclectic, but as a quirky way to welcome

a new neighbour, the Neighbourhood Guide

can’t be beaten.

Then the boys always offer to take new children for

a tour of the neighbourhood. For the

boys it’s a chance to show off the Lewes

they’ve grown to know and love as well

as an opportunity to share the special

haunts that they’ve enjoyed over the

last few years. These tours tend to be

sweetshop/park heavy so we adults go

along too to show the parents where

they can enjoy some adult refreshment.

And finally, we always bake for new

neighbours. Our repertoire is small - freshly baked

muffins, Anzac cookies, or Victoria Sponge - but

very tasty. Listen, don’t move in next door to us if

you want to stay thin.

So just as our neighbours welcomed us to Lewes,

we are teaching our children to pass it on and to

hope that any newcomers are just as excited about

living here as we are. Jacky Adams


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The Swan

The Dry January test

I’ve been going to

the Swan for 37

years now, and I

associate it with

over-indulging. In

the early eighties

it seemed to have

a lower age-youget-served-at


than other more

central establishments;

when I was

legal it became the

traditional 6pm starting (and ending) point of our

‘golden gallon’ pub crawls; many years later I held

the reception buffet of my wedding in its lovely

(sunny) garden.

So it’s odd going there for lunch in January: I’m

bang in the middle of what is not only a 'dry’

month, but a healthy-eating one too. This will

cast a new light on the pub. Is it the sort of place

I can get some grub that’s good for me? And

can I enjoy a couple of hours there without the

solace of a drink?

Enter lunch companion Chloë King and her

month-old daughter Aoife, asleep in her push

chair. We’ve got a little business to talk about,

but it’s mostly a social occasion; there’s a lot to

catch up on.

Ordering doesn’t seem so urgent when there’s no

alcohol involved, so we sit for a good ten minutes

before deciding what to eat and drink. Chloë

goes for a small glass of house white wine, and

a ‘smoked hickory BBQ brisket burger w/ salad

and fries (£12.50)’. I opt for a bottle of carbonated

mineral water, and a ‘smoked roasted aubergine

stuffed with roast peppers, macadamia nut (£11)’.

It’s strange making that order, knowing it’s for me.

Like I’m acting out a role, which is maybe what I

am doing.

The pub gradually

fills up, and the

food arrives. The

thing about going

on a health binge

is that you become

evangelical about it,

so there’s no food

envy this time: I

hardly even notice

the succulent looking

monster, held

together with a wooden toothpick, which Chloë

starts tackling, not even when juice drips out the

other side as she takes her first bite.

No, I’m happy to marvel at the delicate smokiness

of the aubergine and the juxtaposition of texture

between that and the soft-yet-crunchy macadamia-and-pepper

filling. I revel in filling half my

fork with cous-cous, and the other half with the

creamy dollop that also accompanies the main

act. And then to jab at my oily green leaves. It’s a

pleasure to periodically cleanse my palate with a

minerally hit of fizzy water.

If you suspect a note of sarcasm here, forget it.

I’m being serious. I’ve found this before: once

I’ve eliminated big-hitting meaty flavours and red

wine from my diet (I did it last year, too) I start

to appreciate more subtle tastes; it’s like giving up

smoking, all over again.

We finish off with an Americano and more chat,

and just before we leave, I ask the barmaid what

vinyl is spinning; our long stint at the table has

been soundtracked with doo-wop, old-time

rockabilly and surf. The LP turns out to called

The Cruise Collection. The Swan has passed my

January test, hands down; I wonder what I’ll have

next time I’m there? Alex Leith

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Photo by Alex Leith


Pansotti in walnut sauce

Pop-up restaurant Articiocca offers genuine Ligurian cuisine in

the heart of Lewes. Here’s a delicate and nourishing pasta recipe,

from the female half of the husband-and-wife team, Nina Zuco

I lived in Bedford until I was twelve, and then we

moved to Albenga in Liguria, in NW Italy, where

my father is from. I moved back to England, to

Lewes, a couple of years ago with my husband,

Nico. We wanted to bring a little of Liguria back

with us, so we’ve started a pop-up restaurant

from our house in Fisher Street, which we open

to up to eight people two or three times a month.

It’s a mini-business: we’ve called it ‘Articiocca’,

which is Ligurian dialect for ‘artichoke’.

Liguria is famous for its food: because it’s got a

lot of coastline, but also the mountains behind,

we eat a lot of fish, and a lot of vegetables. We

tend to make dishes with quite subtle tastes,

rather than rich powerful sauces, made from

local ingredients. Here’s the recipe for one of my

faves, which can be eaten as a starter, or a main

course. Serves four.

To make fresh pasta you need a pasta machine:

most Italian households have one; the most

common brand is ‘Imperia’. It’s like a mini

mangle, with different settings. Once you’ve

bought one, you won’t regret having it. Italians

don’t tend to make fresh pasta every day, but it’s

a nice treat at the weekend, or for special meals.

You could also make this dish with vegetable

ravioli from the supermarket.

To make the dough put 400g superfine white

flour in a bowl, make a well, add four large eggs,

and mix and knead vigorously for about ten

minutes until it forms a compact ball. Wrap it in

cling-film, and rest for half an hour.

Make the filling for the pansotti – which are

like half-moon ravioli – out of 250g spinach

(blanched for a couple of minutes in boiling

water with a clove of garlic), 30-40g Parmesan

cheese, and a pinch of marjoram (fresh, if it’s in

season) and nutmeg, all mixed together.

Run the pasta through the machine at its

thinnest level (there’s a technique to this, consult

YouTube!) until you have a couple of sheets,

and cut out circles using a glass or a muffin

cutter (around 4-5cm diameter). Squeeze a small

amount of the filling into the middle of each

circle of pasta, pull one half over the other to

make a semi-circle, and press down the edges

firmly, so none of the filling can escape.

The sauce is just as easy. Soften the walnuts for

a couple of minutes in a pan of boiling water. In

the meantime soak two slices of crustless white

bread in about 30ml of milk (till it soaks it all up).

Put the bread in a little blender, with the nuts,

two tablespoons of Parmesan, another pinch or

two of marjoram, and a tablespoon of extra virgin

olive oil. Blend for a bit, add any leftover milk,

and blend again.

Fresh pasta doesn’t need much cooking time:

three minutes in already boiling water (with 3-4g

of salt added after it’s boiled) is enough. In the

meantime heat up the sauce in a large saucepan,

adding half a ladleful of the pasta water, which

will add starch and creaminess. When the

pansotti are cooked transfer them into the

saucepan using a draining spoon, and very gently

mix with the sauce. Add Parmesan to taste, and

black pepper, if you want, and drink with a glass

of white wine. Buon appetito!

Articiocca can also cater in-house for private

parties. You’ll find them on Facebook or call Nina

on 07979 095874




Buttermilk pancakes

In magazineland you live life at least a month in

advance, so I find myself in Bill’s halfway through a

calorie-counting healthy January, ordering buttermilk

pancakes in syrup to get you guys in the mood for

Shrove Tuesday.

Of course, most of you will make your own pancakes,

but if you haven’t got the time, or the energy, Bill’s

will prepare them for you, as many of you will already

know. I mention what and where I’m going to eat

to three colleagues; none of them are Bill’s pancake

virgins… all three purr with envy.

The arrival of the plate of pancakes (I’ve ordered

a 3-stack, but I play football with the chef every

Tuesday, so I get a 5-stack) is quite an event. It’s a

thing of beauty, with the pancakes overlapping one

another in their sea of maple syrup, a liberal scattering

of banana, strawberries and blueberries – and a

sprig of fresh mint – piled on top.

The taste is good, too. If the sweetness of the syrup

is a little overpowering, that’s easily countered with

sips of the Americano I’ve ordered alongside it.

The fact that it’s 2pm and the only thing I’ve eaten

in the day so far is a seedjack from Tina’s adds to

the guilty pleasure.

Did I mention I was calorie counting? A quick tot

up on the internet afterwards suggests this is upward

of 1,200, which is why, I guess, you stuff yourselves

with the things before 40 days of fasting, for Lent.

It’s mung bean salad for dinner, then. Happy Pancake

Day. AL

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Plastic is a hot topic this year, and a great way to start chucking less of it is to use

our lovely markets and street traders. We expect to see more local shops switching

to biodegradable packaging soon, with May’s Farm Cart recently promising

to use greaseproof and paper bags where possible. Milk & More still offer delivery

in glass bottles, and Charlotte’s Cupboard, aka ‘the packaging-free shop on

wheels’, is adding Lewes to its round. [] Ambitious developments,

meanwhile, are underway at Charleston, including a new restaurant in converted

barns opening this autumn. Changes ahead at Pelham House too, the restaurant temporarily closed but the

bar still serving. With Laporte’s joining many favourite small businesses gone or going, we really do need more

plucky new indies. Like The Patch, perhaps. The café/bar in the former Fillers premises - another staple we’re

sad to lose - offers promising breakfasts, sandwiches, pintxos and specialist beers. Speaking of which, Harvey’s

new brew ‘Tin Lizzie’, is inspired by fiery Queen Elizabeth I. This month’s must-tries include Birchwood

Yoga’s Friday Yoga Lunches [23rd,]; Wild Alchemy Foods' ‘nutrient dense, gut-friendly

foods’ at the Friday Market []; Chloe Edwards' Alchemy of Spice workshops [10th &

24th,]; and Lewes start-up Pepita Coffee's pure arabica in collectible artwork-adorned

cans. []. Cook the Books explores low-cost cooking on the 22nd [] and

Landport Community Cafe is a warm, friendly spot for Friday grub. Finally, check out the fine offers in this

section from The Sussex Ox and The Jolly Sportsman; last month's offer from The Rainbow Inn, Cooksbridge,

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Lewes is generally thought of as the affluent centre of an affluent region, but

that’s not the full picture, with more and more people living in such poverty

that food banks have become an essential part of their existence. Cammie Toloui

checks out some of the people who are helping to feed those who can’t afford to

feed themselves. And she asks them: ‘what would make your job easier?’

Debbie Twitchen, Landport Food Bank

“A halt to the welfare reform that the government is rolling out. We've seen a rise in

food bank use in recent years and it's the most it's ever been. With the introduction

of Universal Credit in the Lewes District this June, we anticipate things will get much

worse. We need a rethink to current welfare policy so poor people are not penalised.’’


Emily Clarke, Landport Community Cafe and #241forFoodBanks

“More local donations of things we are short of, like about-to-be wasted food,

particularly meat and also veg when it isn't in season locally.

Please contact to help.’’


Louise Tero (with Mike Brooks and fellow volunteers),

Grub Club, SCDA, Newhaven Community Kitchen and Food Bank

“If I had a bigger pool of volunteers, especially people who would want to take on leadership

roles, this project could take on a life of its own, grow and sustain itself in the community.

Please contact if you would like to help.’’


Helen Chiasson (and volunteers) Fitzjohn's Food Bank

“A change in government policy whereby there's more scrutiny as to why people are

resorting to food banks. In the Lewes District, we have 25% child poverty, this despite

it being such an affluent place. Most who use this food bank are hardworking people -

some with disabled children or with health and mental health issues. What can they do?’’




Hear more about our work

and the life stories of

some of our furry and

feathered residents.

Meet at Visitor Information

at 12.15 every weekday.

Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare,

The Broyle, Ringmer, East Sussex BN8 5AJ

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¡Viva el conejo!

Illustration by Mark Greco

¡Hola, Viva readers! This month I’m reporting from

my winter holidays in the Spanish Sierra Morena

mountains where I’m sat amid twisted cork oaks;

tortilla in one hand, telescope in the other. I’ve been

scanning the silent savanna for hours in the hope of

spotting a very rare animal – a rabbit.

Rabbits are so common in Sussex that it’s hard to

believe they could be rare anywhere, but here in

Spain they’ve hopped onto the endangered species

list. This is all rather embarrassing for the Spanish

because Spain (along with Portugal and North

Africa) is the ancestral home of the rabbit. Indeed

the word ‘Spain’ (or España, por favor) means ‘land

of the rabbits’.

Rabbits were perfectly happy here in their native

Iberia and had no plans of moving, so it must have

bugged these bunnies when they were rounded up

by the Romans and transported all over Europe to

be farmed and eaten as a delicacy. The first British

rabbits were carried over the channel 2,000 years

ago and subsequent waves of invaders brought more.

By the 12th century they'd become acclimatised and

established in the English countryside. They dug

for victory, their burrows and warrens spread across

Europe and the hole-y rabbit empire flourished. For

our ancestors, rabbit meat provided a heartening

meal, and boy was it plentiful.

As we all know, rabbits breed like, well, rabbits

(which is pretty rich coming from us, a species

whose population has doubled since 1970). The

male (buck) and female (doe) can produce seven

litters of 4-8 kittens each year. It doesn’t take a

statistician to work out that quickly adds up to many

millions of munching mouths eating our crops and

countryside, and presenting economic and ecological

problems. But despite being despised the rabbit

also became domesticated and adored. A journey

from pot to pest to pet.

This all-powerful rabbit tsunami seemed unstoppable;

but they hadn’t counted on one man: Monsieur

Armand-Delille. This Parisian professor hated the

rabbits on his small country estate so in 1952 he

injected a pair of them with a new disease called

Myxomatosis. This spark started an inferno. In just

one year these two simple injections inadvertently

led to the death of 90% of all the rabbits in Europe.

This virulent flea-borne disease did not discriminate

and back in Iberia the original Spanish rabbits were

wiped out too. Against other pressures their population

has never recovered.

Of course I haven’t travelled to Spain to watch

rabbits. I’m looking for an animal that’s looking for

rabbits – the Iberian lynx: the rarest cat in the world.

The collapse in rabbit numbers had also impacted

their predators and by 2005 the 150 lynx left on

the planet faced extinction. Now, thanks to a rabbit

re-introduction programme, the missing lynx are

slowly returning to these mountains. So did I find

one? That’s a story for another day.

Michael Blencowe, Sussex Wildlife Trust


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Historical Roots

If you go down to the woods today…

Our ancient ancestors spent

a lot of time in forests,

whether hunting, foraging,

or gathering firewood. It’s an

environment where most of

us still feel at home – so it’s

unsurprising that scientists

maintain being in woodland is

good for the health.

Breathing fresh air boosts the

body’s oxygen levels, while

exposure to sunlight triggers

the production of essential

vitamin D – but there are a

host of other benefits too. In

2008, Japanese researchers

found shinrin-yoku, or ‘forest

bathing’, lowered levels of the

stress chemical cortisol – results

which were replicated a year later at Oberlin

College in the USA, where psychologists reported

that people walking in woodland experienced

more positive emotions than those walking in

urban settings.

And there’s more good news: here in Lewes, we

have a healthy dose of woodland on our doorstep.

Just a mile beyond Laughton is Vert Woods Community

Woodland – 171 acres of unspoilt woods,

where ‘forest bathing’ is positively encouraged.

Purchased in 2015 by a Community Benefit

Society (CBS), the woods are now being sensitively

restored to a more natural condition, encouraging

the regrowth of native trees and plants to

re-establish a balanced ecosystem.

“When we got the woods, they had been significantly

under-managed,” recalls CBS member

Stewart Boyle. “There’s no such thing as natural

woodlands in this part of the world any more, but

we wanted to return the woods to a much more

natural state.”

To begin with, the restoration

took the form of hard graft,

with volunteers working to

clear the neglected woods.

And the draw of being in nature

was quickly apparent, as

members of the public proved

keen to get involved.

“Our vision is very clearly a

working community woodland,”

explains Stewart. “Nature

is at the core, but we’re a

social enterprise, and there's

always some kind of social element

to everything we do.”

In that spirit, the woodland

also hosts a number of

schemes to help those most in

need of some nature therapy

– ex-servicemen and women, people suffering from

depression, and children with autism and other

special needs.

Stewart believes there is something on offer for

everyone: “We do regular community outreach,

such as a May Day walk, where we show people

the butterflies and bluebells, and we’ve started

doing pop-up cafés in the area called ‘The Giants’,

where there are the biggest trees in the wood.”

There is also a Full Moon Fire Ceremony every

month, he adds, where participants can take part

in a secular ritual of ‘letting go and inviting in’.

Meanwhile, younger visitors have not been forgotten,

with a discovery trail soon to open, where they

will be able to spot local flora and fauna.

“Nature is a great healer, and woods are very

special places, where people can feel held and contained,

protected on all sides,” Stewart concludes.

“That’s something we all need, in this day and age.

The invitation is simply to come along.” Anita Hall

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A facial… for men

Skin is skin, after all

People kind of

smirked when I told

them I was going for

a facial, and I must

say, it did feel a little,

what… metrosexual?

But then I figured

that male skin is pretty

much the same as

female skin: if women

get so much out of

their moisturisers and

suchlike, why can’t we?

Ellie works at AS Apothecary on Western Road

on a Friday, doing facials, largely using in-house

products. She ushers me to a small room at the

back, asks me to strip to my underpants and lie on

the couch with my knees in the air (there’s a towel

to cover me) and discreetly disappears.

The room smells of scented candle; the music,

thankfully, isn’t the sort of thing you’d expect from

a holistic surgery. I strip, and lie down. There’s a

gentle knock at the door.

Ellie’s first job is to get me to shut up asking her

questions and relax, as she goes to work on me,

applying some sort of oil to my face. I get it, and

fall silent, closing my eyes. That’s more like it.

That’s… more… like… it.

What follows is extraordinarily pleasant. Ellie

massages my shoulders, arms and hands. But

mostly she concentrates on my face, spreading

on substances, rubbing them in, wiping them off,

spreading on others. It’s super relaxing, and I find

myself in that state between sleep and wake, where

reality turns into half-a-second-long dreams

before dematerialising back into reality again. Her

fingers gently probe, and push, and rub. The only

intruding thought comes when my nose briefly

itches and I wonder

whether I can incorporate

my own hand

into the process. I

resist the urge.

After an unquantifiable

amount of

time (ten minutes?

three hours?) I feel a

pitter-patter of fingertips

all over my

face, and hear “it’s

finished”. I reluctantly open my eyes, and Ellie is

disappearing out of the door: “you can stay there

as long as you like.” The temptation to fall fully

asleep is enormous.

Instead I dress, and over a cup of coffee ask Ellie

some questions. I find out she’s used Amanda

Saurin Face and Beard Food to moisturise me, exfoliated

me using AS mineral powder, removed remaining

impurities with orange blossom aromatic

waters, covered my face in a mask of clay, added

AS Face and Beard Serum for healing purposes,

and finished off with another spray of orange blossom

waters. The whole thing took an hour.

“You’re glowing,” says Tara, who’s set up the

session, as I say my goodbyes. And when I go out

the door into the cold, my face feels just like that:

I can now empathise with the Ready Brek kid.

Shortly afterwards I have a meeting, and my newfound

glow comes into the meeting room with

me, improving my mood. My facial pores are as

clean as they’ve been for decades, and I can smell

that I smell great. But most of all, I feel pampered.

And I like it. Alex Leith

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#12 Devil's Dyke

“There are two theories as to how Devil’s Dyke

was created,” says Miguel, as we make our way

along the bottom of the valley. “The first is that

the devil got so annoyed with all the churches

springing up in the Weald that one night he

started to dig a channel through the Downs so that

the sea would rush through and drown everyone.

Luckily he was tricked by an old lady with a candle

and a cockerel into thinking it was daybreak and

never finished.”

“What’s the other theory?” I ask. “Erosion after

the last Ice Age,” he says raising his eyes dismissively

to heaven. “As if...” I snort in agreement.

Christmas seems like a dim and distant memory

but we’re still both fighting a rearguard action

against sober, rational January.

For our Devil’s Dyke winter ramble, Sarah and I

have brought Todd, our regular canine walking

companion, and Miguel is with his two spaniels,

Daisy and Ruby. Miguel is in training for a full

South Downs Way Winchester to Eastbourne epic

later in the year and he’s showing us one of his

favourite local circuits.

It’s a magical early morning outing and as we take

the path up onto the Downs from Fulking, the

fields and woods are shrouded in mist. It’s a stiff

climb but the dogs attack it like a juicy bone and

their energy soon rubs off. As we reach the top of

the escarpment we emerge into a different world.

The patina of frost covering the grassy uplands

is sparkling in the sunlight. To the west, the mist

clinging to the folds in the Downs looks like the

spray from a line of waterfalls merging with a lake

of cotton wool concealing the Weald below from

which we have just emerged.

I start to wax lyrical about my flights over the

Downs during my paragliding days taking off

from the Devil’s Dyke bowl where we are now

walking. From 3,000ft the devil’s earth-moving

efforts aren’t so obvious but as we skirt round into

the deepest and widest dry valley in the UK, my

respect for his exertions are renewed.

In 1894, when the Dyke once attracted 30,000

people in one day, an aerial cableway was built

across it suspending passengers 230ft above the

chasm below. We could still clearly make out the

concrete bases of the supporting pylons high up on

the sides of the valley.

“What happened to it?” I ask Miguel, the fount of

all local knowledge. “It wasn’t the devil or ice,” he

tells me. “People just lost interest and the builder

went bankrupt.” “Sounds familiar,” I reply. “Welcome

to January.” Richard Madden

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Dad lives alone in the family home. He says

it’s great to have all that space when people

come to stay, but the rest of the time he only

uses the kitchen, the sitting room and his

bedroom. He’s been thinking about

downsizing, but the bungalows and ßats that

he Þnds are never in the right location, and

there isn’t the community around him that

he’d like.

If he were to sell his house, the money

would cover a long stay in a retirement

village or a sheltered home, but he loves his

independence. Plus, he says, why should a

corporation get all of the money and not his


He’s coping well on his own at the moment,

but as time goes on he is becoming more

frail, and the move seems inevitable. My

siblings and I have been thinking about the

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good balance of community, facilities and


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The homes cost around £240,000. Once

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Southover Grange isn’t

the image that comes

to mind when you

think about a register

office. We couldn’t

marry people here for

about three years because

the building wasn’t fully

accessible, which is partly

why we had the renovation.

We had to defer

people for a long time,

but many of them were

so keen to get married

here we had a long list of people to contact when

we reopened. We started taking bookings from the

6th of February last year and we took 44 within the

first five hours, such was the demand.

The first legal ceremonies after the reopening

took place here on the 29th of April last year.

We ran a competition where people could apply to

have the first wedding here, the first baby naming

ceremony, the first renewal of vows and the first

citizenship ceremony – all for free – and the ceremonies

all took place on that Saturday, one after

the other. It was an interesting day!

I deal with ‘Life Events’, so on a daily basis, I

register births, I register deaths, I take Notice of

Marriage appointments from people. We complete

change of name deeds, we offer a nationality

checking service for people who are applying to

become British citizens, a European Passport

Return Service and a Settlement Checking Service

for people applying for permanent residence in this

country, we facilitate citizenship ceremonies for

successful new British citizens and we reproduce

certified copies of historic certificates. I also conduct

weddings and other ceremonies.

There can be confusion as to what is a legal

marriage. There are

some independent celebrants

operating who

advertise their services,

but they are unable to

perform a legal marriage.

Legal marriages

can only be performed

by statutory registrars

and some clergy. Within

a legal marriage there

are certain things that

have to happen. Firstly,

the couple have to give

Notice of Marriage, where they bring in various

documents proving identity, nationality, address,

that you’re free to marry, and so on. Following

this the couple must wait at least 28 days before

they receive the ‘authorities’ to marry. During

the ceremony itself, the registrar is required to ask

if anyone has any objections to the wedding. The

couple must say two sets of vows: the declaratory

vows, where they declare that they are free to

marry, and the contractual vows, where they take

each other as husband and wife. They don’t have to

exchange rings, although most people do. And then

the registrar will announce them as married.

Saturday is still the main day for weddings, and

Saturday at 2pm seems to be the time everyone

wants. A lot of Saturdays in the summer months

are booked up already. The ceremony fees vary,

depending on the number of people and which

package is chosen. The Ainsworth room, for example,

which holds 60 people (including the couple)

costs £450 on a Saturday. And all ceremony fees go

back to the County Council, so the money is going

back into the community in a very direct way.

As told to Rebecca Cunningham

Photo by Rebecca Cunningham


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lyrics, especially good ones.

I’m referring, of course,

to the popular Australian

Soap, Neighbours, which first

aired in March 1985 and

introduced us to the likes of

Kylie Minogue and Jason


Having moved a good few

times over the years, we’ve

had more than our fair share

of people living next door

or in close proximity. In

Keere Street, for example,

there was the cheerful Tom

who busied himself in retirement, painting his own

and other people’s properties. Tom had lived in his

cottage at the top of the cobbled street for most of

his life and could remember, with clarity, the names

and numbers of those who, unlike him, had either

died or moved away.

In Charles Street, Brighton, for a brief period in

the early 1970s, broadcaster Kate Adie rented a

room in the house next door to ours whilst she

was on attachment to BBC Radio Brighton. Now

an author as well as Radio 4 presenter, Kate will

unfortunately be out of the country on February

11th when former staff of the local radio station

foregather in Brighton to celebrate 50 years of

good broadcasting.

Meantime, nearer to home, much nearer in fact,

our current neighbours in Southover, hidden

behind a sizeable flint wall, have been building

an extension to their detached property. It has involved

a fair amount of drilling into the solid chalk

base – a noisy, unrelenting process at the best of

times. This being Lewes, I did pop round to ‘have

a word’ which prompted a visit the next day from

neighbour Allan, carrying

a decent bottle of vintage

plonk. Very civilised.

I tend towards the view

that our town is very

much like that, whoever

you are, whatever your

age. Certainly, in retirement,

Lewes ticks most of

my boxes and I could not

understand why the BBC,

in its recent Real Marigold

on Tour series, seemed to be

encouraging us ‘oldies’ to

move abroad. Why? A sinister

plot maybe? No, apart

from the weather, I cannot

see any sense in uprooting, to travel thousands of

miles, just to find communal activities, alternative

therapies, decent scenery and the like.

Here’s to some recent meetings. In a High Street

search for clip frames recently, I spent time in

Sussex Stationers chatting with assistant Rosemary,

from Ringmer. No frames unfortunately but an

idea emerged which might require our appearance

on a future edition of Dragon’s Den!

And hats off this month to the nameless gentleman

in scarf and cap, who spent the entire second

half of a recent Lewes FC fixture wandering the

terrace, whilst slowly drinking from a pint glass

of beer which, amazingly, never seemed to empty.

Three points for the Rooks, three pints for our

friend, I suspect. Everyone happy!

Finally, my broadcasting career and how it developed

in Lewes, will come under scrutiny on February

28th in a talk I am giving to the Friends of The

Keep Archives. Viva readers will be very welcome

at The Keep for the event which starts at 2pm. For

tickets (£12) contact

John Henty

Illustration courtesy of the author



We’re sad to have to report a number of closures,

and soon-to-be closures, which will leave some

big gaps on the High Street and beyond. And this

includes businesses that have been going 30 years

and more.

First up, Laporte’s, which started up about the

same time as Viva Lewes, eleven years ago. The

café, run by mother-and-daughter team Tanya

and Indianna, began life where Union Music now

stands and soon moved over the road to number 4.

A statement from Tanya blames ‘severe localised

competition’: it is the café’s misfortune to be

placed in between the Depot, round the corner,

and Fuego and Aqua on Friars Walk. Another café

in that area to shut down is the short-lived PJs at

30, half way up Station Street, which didn’t make

it into 2018. The Royal Oak, on the same street,

has been closed, but we understand that it will

re-open, after a refurb, some time in February,

‘under new management’.

We’re extremely sad to hear that John and Liz

Aitken’s Newsagent is also closing down, in

March, after around 30 years in business. Their

outlet was for most of that time located within the

station – opposite the ticket windows – but recently

moved over the road from the station entrance.

Liz would like to point out that the couple will still

continue their newspaper delivery service, from

home: call 01323 896458. Liz says that business

‘hasn’t been the same since the Southern strikes’.

Cheese Please, running since 2007, will remain

open into February and perhaps beyond. Owner

Fiona, closing the concern to give herself more

time, tells us she is negotiating for another business

to take over the premises, and that she will

continue to sell cheeses until their non-local

produce is all sold. The local stuff, of course, is also

on sale in the Friday Market, so will continue to be


Sue Carpenter set up children’s clothing shop

Brats in the Needlemakers in 1986, and moved the

shop to School Hill 20 years ago: it finally closed its

doors on January 19th. Sue, who moved to Lewes

in 1973 to design kids’ clothes for Clothkits, cites a

confluence of reasons including people buying on

the internet (sometimes after taking photographs

in the shop!) her lease coming to an end, and unaffordable

rates. You may well see her in the future as

a pop-up shop.

Let’s hope that this isn’t the start of a dominoeffect

collapse of the indies Lewes is so famous

for. We need to support them! Next month we are

dedicating our magazine to the independent businesses

still flying their own flag in Lewes: long may

they continue to thrive.

On a more positive note, good luck to The

Seamstress, who is moving her business from The

Needlemakers to a space above Wear 2 in North

Court (the cut-through to Tesco off Cliffe). And

also to Balm, on the High Street, who are now

providing Sussex’s first treatment room dedicated

to giving facials, massage, waxing, pedicures etc

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Sometimes a bit of detective work takes you a long way. I asked Tom Reeves if he could search his

archives for anything relating to ‘love thy neighbour’, suggesting that he didn’t need to be too specific:

anything from a wedding, for instance, would do.

He pulled out this characterful photo, taken in the Reeves studio at 159 High Street, according to his

records, in c1899. All he had to go on were the notes in the archive: ‘Miss Ruth Saunder’s wedding

group’. He warned me that the handwriting was probably that of an assistant, rather than his greatgrandfather,

Edward: the apostrophe may be misplaced, the surname may be Saunders.

Thus armed, I went to the library, to access the ancestry site on their computer. I found that a Ruth

Margaret Saunders had married George H Denyer, a shepherd and farm-hand, in Lewes in July 1897.

A bit of further digging revealed a remarkable coincidence. The 1881 census showed Ruth to be five

years old (born in 1875); one of four children living in 6, Waterloo Place with parents Albert, a carpenter,

and Betsy. A look at the 1891 census showed Betsy to have been widowed, her profession listed as

‘massageress’. She had moved, with her children, to 160, High Street. This was next door to the Reeves

studio. Love thy neighbour indeed! What’s the betting that Edward Reeves did this shot for free?

The married couple are clearly the young pair in the second row, she with the hat and shoulders, he

with the ‘tache. The indomitable lady behind the bride’s right shoulder must be the widow Betsy. The

groom’s father was also a shepherd: no prizes for guessing which one he is.

The married couple went to live in Lavant, near Chichester, where Charles worked. By the time of

the wedding, Betsy Saunders had turned 160, High Street into a shop – listed as a stationer’s, but

also known as ‘Saunders’ Fancy Goods’ - which she ran till the First World War. Her youngest child

Frederick (probably the chap in the front row) took the place over afterwards and ran his boot-making

business there until the mid-twenties, when he moved it down the High Street to number 112.

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