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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…
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LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR
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
LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR
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
We’re not sure if Edward Reeves loved
his 1897 neighbours, but he certainly
took their portrait (98).
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THIS MONTH’S COVER ARTIST
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
MARION Mc CONAGHIE
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
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
“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.”
You can see more of Marion’s work at marionmcconaghie.co.uk
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MY LEWES: PETER OWEN-JONES
VICAR OF FIRLE
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
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
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
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
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
ROBIN (IN THE) 'HOOD
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,
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on why and where you took them, and your phone
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from our office after publication. Unless previously
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BITS AND BOX
SPREAD THE WORD
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!!’
Keep spreading the word and send your pictures to
CHARITY BOX: ADDACTION
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
“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
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
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
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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'That's definitely not
Steve Ramsey – who
for many years to
both Viva Lewes and
Viva Brighton - has
written a book about
the aftermath of the
IRA bombing of the
Grand Hotel in 1984.
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
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
of the book, whose title – Something Has Gone
Wrong – is a masterwork of Blitz-spirit British
understatement, culled from the Argus report
on the disaster the next day. Alex Leith
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BITS AND BOBS
THE ROAD TO WEMBLEY
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 –
population 16,000 – between Bristol and Bath. Go
on, you know it makes sense.
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PUBS AND BOBS
TOWN PLAQUE #35: ST MICHAEL’S ALMSHOUSES, KEERE STREET
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 NEIGHBOURS IN NUMBERS
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
GHOST PUB #40: THE CRIMEAN TAVERN, LANCASTER STREET
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
picture of the car park where the Crimean Tavern once stood... Mat Homewood
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5-1 POMPEY, POMPEY 5-1
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
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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
“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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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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‘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.’
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ON THIS MONTH: LITERATURE
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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.”
All Saints, 20th Feb. William Shaw has also written
the stand-alone contemporary-set crime novel The
ON THIS MONTH: DISCUSSION
Mind the gap
The social value of income equality
“If you want to follow the
American Dream,” states epidemiologist
in a 2011 TED talk on the
subject of the consequences of
income inequality, “go and live
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”
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
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
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Toynbee and Angela Rayner, MP.
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ON THIS MONTH: MUSIC
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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
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
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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ON THIS MONTH: CINEMA
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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ON THIS MONTH: ART
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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ART & ABOUT
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
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 snailspacebrighton.co.uk and
submit your design by the end of March.
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 wearescip.co.uk 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
themes are, Bambi
eerie with a hint of
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 email@example.com 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 www.stpeter-stjames.org.uk
01444 471598 firstname.lastname@example.org
Entry is just £25 per
person with a promise
to raise £100+
Delicious food and
Registered charity number: 1056114
Kindly sponsored by
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
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
(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.
FRIDAY 2 – SUNDAY 4
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, filmatallsaints.com.
FEB listings (cont)
Ditch the Detox. Party for
Patina. Live music, cocktails,
photo booth, roulette and
more. Town Hall, 7.30pm,
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
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
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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VICTORIA & ABDUL PG 109MINS
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
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-
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 email@example.com
to book, see fotka.org.uk 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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THUR 8 TH – SUN
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, attenboroughcentre.com
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.
co.uk 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 nyslewes.org.uk
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-
Photograph by Kaupo Kikkas
GIG GUIDE // FEB
GIG OF THE MONTH:
GENO WASHINGTON & THE RAM JAM BAND
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,
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,
Belshazzar’s Feast. Folk (English trad). Royal
Oak, 8pm, £12
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3 FRAGILE THINGS
4 DEMENTED ARE GO
8 WAVE PICTURES
9 DEAD REDS
15 BIG FOOT OLDTIME BAND USA
16 FAT BELLY JONES
17 GENO WASHINGTON & THE RAM JAM BAND
18 VIVA MORRISSEY
23 MICKY HART & THE HARTBRAKERS
25 pm HANNA BURCHELL
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GIG GUIDE // FEB (CONT)
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,
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
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 bedes.org
Bede’s Senior School
East Sussex BN27 3QH
ages up to 12 (under 5s must be accompanied).
ONCA Gallery, Brighton, see onca.org.uk.
Look Think Make. Look at artworks, think
about the ideas behind them and be inspired to
make creations. De La Warr, 2pm, £1.
SATURDAY 10 – SUNDAY 18
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 kew.org/wakehurst.
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.
MONDAY 12 – WEDNESDAY 14
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
by themed creative
activities. Towner, 11am, £2.
Archaeological Discoveries. Mask making,
storytelling, dressing up and clay modelling.
Lewes Castle, morning and afternoon sessions,
WEDNESDAY 28 – 4 MARCH
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.
Mask making - Storytelling
Dressing Up - Clay modelling
Thursdays in Half Term,
Morning & Afternoon sessions.
Ages 4-8 & 6+ sessions
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.
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‘This is a shot I took over Carlisle
on a Christmas trip to Edinburgh
on the 18th December,’ writes Jude
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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
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DR EMMA BYRNE, THE SWEARY SCIENTIST
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
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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SHOES ON NOW: LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR
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 Dry January test
I’ve been going to
the Swan for 37
years now, and I
associate it with
the early eighties
it seemed to have
a lower age-youget-served-at
than other more
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
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
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
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
Photo by Alex Leith
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
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
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
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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. [charlottescupboard.com] 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, birchwoodyoga.co.uk]; Wild Alchemy Foods' ‘nutrient dense, gut-friendly
foods’ at the Friday Market [wildalchemyfoods.com]; Chloe Edwards' Alchemy of Spice workshops [10th &
24th, sevensistersspices.com]; and Lewes start-up Pepita Coffee's pure arabica in collectible artwork-adorned
cans. [pepitacoffee.co.uk]. Cook the Books explores low-cost cooking on the 22nd [cookthebooks.club] 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,
is still applicable. Chloë King
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THE WAY WE WORK
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.’’
THE WAY WE WORK
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 E.Clarke1982@gmail.com to help.’’
THE WAY WE WORK
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help.’’
THE WAY WE WORK
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?’’
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¡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.
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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
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
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
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
Photo by Anita Hall
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,
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
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
AS Apothecary, 31 Western Rd, 01273 253186, for
natural creams and serums, facials cost £65.
#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
“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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Steep hillsides, woods, open downland. Directions:
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Saddlescombe. Continue north towards Poynings
and then back east to Fulking. Start/Finish: Dog and
What To Do With Dad?
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
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
options. We've looked at residential caravan
parks, which seem affordable and have a
good balance of community, facilities and
But the caravans themselves feel temporary
and fragile, not like the house that he's used
Last year we heard about Old Mill near
Chiddingly. Its a new kind of caravan park,
where the homes are made to order for each
client. They are warm and comfortable, and
there's a gate onto the park with a
groundsman who lives on-site looking after
My brother and his wife were invited to stay
at the park for a couple of nights to ‘try out’
one of the homes; they left convinced that
Old Mill living would suit Dad very well.
The homes cost around £240,000. Once
we’ve committed to a plot, Dad can either
stay with one of us or rent one of the existing
homes at Old Mill until his new home is
ready. It will be great to have him so nearby -
only 20 minutes from Lewes - and to know
that he is safe, warm and being kept an eye
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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
advertise their services,
but they are unable to
perform a legal marriage.
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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Everybody needs them
according to Jackie Trent’s
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
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 email@example.com.
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
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
exclusively to men (which will not affect their usual
female-orientated services!) AL
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So you’re not just a plumber?
No, though it’s a common
plumb kitchen sinks. Heating
engineers install heating systems.
We cater for domestic
customers and companies. I
have three full-time employees
and hire regular freelancers
for bigger jobs.
You deal a lot with boilers, then? Spot on.
Even in this day and age there’s a huge range
of quality in boilers, like in cars: some are very
reliable, some are poorly designed. Generally, the
more you spend, the better they’ll be!
People only tend to think about their boiler
when it breaks down… It’s incredible how
many people don’t service their boilers when
they should. Nowadays you should be careful:
if a faulty boiler causes a fire in your house, and
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Is your job dangerous? Back
in the 70s one hot water cylinder
was about half an hour
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house, by the time I got to it.
The job could be dangerous
but we have to retrain every
five years, and that keeps all
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What’s the most irritating thing about customers?
When they’ve looked on the internet
and think they know better than you, even
though you have been 51 years in the job.
Advice to anyone trying to become a heating
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LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR
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.
You might think that the wedding party look a sombre bunch, but this doesn’t mean the wedding
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