Viva Lewes Issue #138 March 2018

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A friend of a friend, visiting <strong>Lewes</strong> for the first time, summed<br />

it up pretty neatly. They'd noticed just how many independent<br />

shops there were here, and how different it made our (already<br />

beautiful) town look from others of a similar size, more<br />

dominated by the garish primary colours of chainstore façades.<br />

“<strong>Lewes</strong> is the town all the other towns want to be.”<br />

Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with chains. I think that most all <strong>Lewes</strong>’ retailers<br />

would agree that a good smattering of them brings people into town, and that those people<br />

are also likely to spin off to the nearby indies. Anyway, how many people can put their hands<br />

up and say they NEVER go to Tesco, or Fuego, or Mountain Warehouse, or Bill’s, for that<br />

matter? It’s often a matter of cost, for one thing: the Farmers' Market is a fantastic asset, but<br />

who can afford to do all their shopping there?<br />

Nonetheless, if you do feel that <strong>Lewes</strong>’ independent spirit is heightened by its independent<br />

shops, we would urge you to appreciate them, by using them as much as you can. Find a<br />

minute to pop in and have a look inside, when you’re walking past. Have a chat with the<br />

person behind the till. Get to know them, if you don’t already. They’re great people.<br />

The theme of this issue is ‘independence’, as in ‘independents’. We want to celebrate the<br />

initiative and bravery of those who’ve literally set up shop here, or taken on and run with<br />

existent independent concerns. Long may they thrive; long may they continue to do things a<br />

bit differently. Enjoy the issue...<br />

THE TEAM<br />

.....................<br />

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Bits and bobs.<br />

Mark Ellender deciphers his enigmatic<br />

cover (8-9); Chloe Edwards talks us<br />

through her <strong>Lewes</strong> likes (11); how<br />

TRINITY are helping the homeless<br />

(13); Brighton Festival hits Firle (16); a<br />

Cambodian demon reading <strong>Viva</strong> (17);<br />

Carlotta Luke at Seedy Saturday (25),<br />

and the usual rainbow smorgasbord of<br />

clocks and hats and facts and plaques.<br />

Columns.<br />

Mark Bridge bids adieu (27), David<br />

Jarman assesses the meagre canon of<br />

William Collins (29) and Chloë King<br />

returns to this section, much better<br />

organised than she was before (31).<br />

On this month.<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> FC home-and-away man<br />

‘Cynical’ Dave McKay (33); The<br />

Esterházy Choir, celebrating 25 years<br />

with Haydn’s Creation (35); Pinter’s<br />

Betrayal at <strong>Lewes</strong> Little Theatre (39),<br />

and another fine selection of films at the<br />

Depot, including the 1929 classic Man<br />

with a Movie Camera (41).<br />

11<br />

Art.<br />

William Blake at Petworth House (42-<br />

3); Cliff Crawford’s mesmeric portraits<br />

of groyne heads at the Martyrs’ (45),<br />

and Lizzie Lower’s round-up of what’s<br />

hanging on which gallery wall, in town<br />

and well beyond (47-51).<br />

Listings & Free Time.<br />

Dates for the diary, including a charity<br />

dash across hot coals at Plumpton<br />

Racecourse, an open day at St John sub<br />

Castro and a footie quiz at the Pan (53-<br />

7). Plus our classical music round-up (59),<br />

our monthly gig guide (61-3), swipe-right<br />

stuff for the under 16s (65), and a literary<br />

event at Skylark (69).<br />

20 Years of Penguin Essentials Vitrine Display (detail). Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, photo by Sam Moore


Food.<br />

Pintxos at The Patch (71); a groundnut<br />

stew recipe from The Feature Kitchen<br />

(72-3); al frrrresco fare at the Riverside<br />

(75) and our edible updates food news<br />

section (77).<br />

The Way We Work.<br />

We snap four off-beat independents<br />

fresh on the scene… and ask them why<br />

they’re doin’ it for themselves (79-83).<br />

89<br />

Features.<br />

Michael Blencowe examines the sex<br />

life of slugs (85); Todd drags Richard<br />

and Sarah over Berwick way (87); Anita<br />

Hall discovers why there’s no need to<br />

dread the menopause (89); exciting new<br />

proposals for an NHS ‘Super-practice’<br />

(91); <strong>Lewes</strong>’ at-risk buildings (92);<br />

Alistair Fleming’s Plumpton workshop<br />

(94-5) and John Henty out loud (97).<br />

72<br />

Inside Left.<br />

Jenkins and Stripp, one of <strong>Lewes</strong>’ ten<br />

independent newsagents in 1953 (114).<br />


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This month, local artist Mark Ellender is back<br />

with his third <strong>Viva</strong> cover, illustrating our theme of<br />

‘independence’. “It’s about going against the tide,<br />

going out on your own, doing things under your<br />

own steam,” he says. “Have you seen the speech<br />

that Steve Jobs gave at Stanford? It’s fantastic – in<br />

a nutshell, it’s all about following your heart and<br />

striking out on your own. I wanted to somehow<br />

put across that entrepreneurial spirit – ‘everything<br />

else is going on over there, but I’m going this way’<br />

– I think that really fits in <strong>Lewes</strong>.”<br />

We agree, and we love the eclectic mix of images<br />

that Mark’s covers always bring: the Harvey’s<br />

chimney puffing away on top of the man’s hat; the<br />

fish, quite literally, out of water. “A lot of my work<br />

starts as a stream of consciousness,” he explains.<br />

“I just sketch and sketch, and whatever comes out<br />

of that will or won’t find its way into a painting.”<br />

One theme which tends to rear its head fairly frequently<br />

in Mark’s work is Easter Island. “I love<br />

Pacific island art and it’s almost impossible for<br />

that not to show up in everything I do. The masks,<br />

the statues – I remember being struck by them as<br />

a kid, seeing them in National Geographic and just<br />

thinking they were amazing. I’m just absolutely<br />

fascinated by the mystery of how the devil they<br />

got there – some of them are four metres tall!”<br />

Mark finally got to make his trip of a lifetime to<br />

Easter Island back in October; he appeared in the<br />



Spread the Word slot of VL#136, holding his <strong>Viva</strong>,<br />

of course.<br />

Mark produces bespoke paintings and murals to<br />

commission, as well as smaller scale illustrated<br />

works. He has also designed and illustrated a children’s<br />

book series. Until now his work has predominantly<br />

been in acrylic on canvas, because of<br />

its fast-drying nature, which allows his hands to<br />

keep up with his mind, but his plans for the coming<br />

year are to build on his digital skills. “I’m not<br />

going to step away from the easel completely,” he<br />

says, “but I’d like to be able to go back and do a bit<br />

of editing. I really like artists like Shag, and seeing<br />

the work they do with it, that’s something I want<br />

to try out.” Perhaps when he’s back with his fourth<br />

cover, it won’t be a painting at all… RC<br />

Check out some more examples of Mark’s work at<br />

markellenderblog.wordpress.com<br />



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Simon Armitage, David Attenborough, Clemency Burton-Hill, Evan Davis,<br />

Robert Harris, Lubaina Himid, Alan Hollinghurst, Susie Orbach, Kamila Shamsie,<br />

Ali Smith, Alexander McCall Smith, Jon Sopel, Claire Tomalin, Robert Webb<br />



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Photo by Alex Leith<br />


Are you local? I’m London born and bred. My<br />

partner Charlie and I are life-long renters and<br />

our rent in Hackney increased from £60 a week<br />

in 1996 to £1,600 a month in 2010; we were<br />

priced out and were delighted to find <strong>Lewes</strong> as an<br />

affordable alternative.<br />

So, quite a difference… At first we lived in<br />

Paddock Road, and it was a revelation. The kids<br />

were just five and seven, but we could let them<br />

roam, as long as they kept to the Paddock. I had<br />

time to myself!<br />

Did you change jobs? I used to work in deaf<br />

adult language support, and at first I commuted.<br />

Then my daughter Agi fell ill – she’s fine now – so<br />

I had to find something local to do. I taught myself<br />

to cook with spices, and set up Seven Sisters’<br />

Spices, partially so I could feed the family healthy<br />

food. I was turned down by both markets, so I<br />

decided to peddle my wares from a Silver Cross<br />

pram, on a Friday. Now I also do workshops, and<br />

have developed a product range that I sell on the<br />

internet. And in <strong>March</strong> 2017 I was given the green<br />

light for a stall at the Farmers’ Market.<br />

Is <strong>Lewes</strong> a good place to run an independent<br />

business? According to government statistics,<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> District has the second most microbusinesses<br />

per capita in the country. So there’s a<br />

culture of supporting local business here: perhaps<br />

because we all support each other!<br />

And in that spirit you set up <strong>Lewes</strong> Women<br />

in Business… I’d met a number of women in<br />

the town doing their own thing, but they didn’t<br />

necessarily know one another, and I realised they<br />

really should. With the great support of colleagues<br />

– particularly Marisa Guthrie and Sophie Isachsen<br />

– we’ve now become a 70-plus-member, not-forprofit<br />

CIC. It’s about networking, but also about<br />

learning new skills from other members: from<br />

SEO, to making a business plan, to voice therapy,<br />

to Alexandra Technique.<br />

What’s your favourite pub/restaurant? The<br />

Swan, I’m so glad they’re doing so well there.<br />

Mine’s a glass of dry white wine! We don’t often<br />

eat out, but on special occasions, the food at the<br />

Limetree Kitchen is excellent.<br />

Where do you shop for food? Pestle and<br />

Mortar are great for spices and other Asian food;<br />

the boys selling veg in Cliffe are great value; I<br />

alternate between May’s and Peter Richards for<br />

meat. Bickerstaffs in the Riverside have a wide<br />

range of fish.<br />

What do you do for exercise? We walk the<br />

dog in the wetlands behind the Stanley Turner.<br />

Working on the allotment in Hope in the Valley is<br />

a good work-out. And I do Zumba on a Monday at<br />

the All Saints. What a way to start the week, and<br />

what a laugh we have, bumping around: it really<br />

lifts the soul!<br />

Where would you live if not in <strong>Lewes</strong>? On a<br />

homestead on a Greek island, with livestock and<br />

land to grow vegetables. Interview by Alex Leith<br />

sevensistersspices.com / leweswomeninbusiness.co.uk<br />


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‘This photo was taken at 8am in early February, after we had snow,’ writes Emma Chaplin, our former<br />

editor, whose photo we liked so much we decided to disobey our unwritten rule about not using images<br />

from regular <strong>Viva</strong> contributors in this space. There was good reason she was out and about so<br />

early: ‘I think I have the most beautiful walk to work in the world. From the Pells to the Hive on the<br />

High Street, usually up Castle Banks and past the Tilting Ground.’ That certainly beats commuting.<br />

‘Inspired by the wonderful Peter Messer,’ she continues. ‘I observe my surroundings closely. I'm<br />

always looking for something different to photograph, either buds on the trees, new flowers growing<br />

in the beds, or interesting ways to frame a similar, and familiar, view. So I took this shot with my<br />

phone through the gap in the flint wall by Castle Precincts. I like the snow on the wall and the leaves<br />

beyond, with just a hint of castle.’ Knowing that we like to check out the tech in this slot, she tells us,<br />

too, what she took it on: ‘my Moto G5 Plus’.<br />

Please send your pictures, taken in and around <strong>Lewes</strong>, to photos@vivamagazines.com, with comments on<br />

why and where you took them, and your phone number. We’ll choose our favourite for this page, which<br />

wins the photographer £20, to be picked up from our office after publication. Unless previously arranged,<br />

we reserve the right to use all pictures in future issues of <strong>Viva</strong> magazines or online.<br />





I’m a Sussex girl,<br />

originally from<br />

Hurstpierpoint. I was<br />

ordained at Chichester<br />

Cathedral June 2016,<br />

and now I’m Assistant<br />

Curate for TRIN-<br />

ITY Church. Not<br />

something I’d thought<br />

I’d be. I had a misspent<br />

youth, and dabbled in<br />

everything.<br />

TRINITY is now<br />

one church which<br />

offers five or six services, varying from traditional to<br />

modern, every Sunday across three locations - Southover,<br />

St John sub Castro and South Malling.<br />

In terms of supporting the community, we run a<br />

number of projects: Southover Community Care,<br />

a care agency; Southover Counselling; lots of<br />

children’s and youth groups; the Monday Club for<br />

older people, helping address loneliness, and the<br />

TRINITY Voices choir of older people. We’ve just<br />

completed transforming the interior of TRINITY<br />

St John sub Castro into a multiple-use community<br />

venue, with a café space, office space, meeting<br />

rooms and crèche.<br />

And we are involved with Re-homing <strong>Lewes</strong>, a<br />

temporary day centre for homeless people. I know<br />

of three rough sleepers who sleep on the streets<br />

of <strong>Lewes</strong> at the moment, but there are a lot more<br />

who don’t have permanent housing. They might<br />

be sofa surfing, sleeping in a car or tent. Some have<br />

problems related to addiction or mental ill-health.<br />

Mental health support and rehab options are<br />

severely under-resourced and can be hard to access<br />

if you don’t have a permanent address, which<br />

creates a vicious circle. Welfare cuts and Universal<br />

Credit mean the problem is only getting worse. It<br />

doesn’t take much for people to drop off the radar.<br />

Re-homing <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

was the brainchild<br />

of Thomas Schorr-<br />

Kon, with the help<br />

of Subud and others.<br />

It’s a drop-in, offering<br />

food, warmth and<br />

somewhere to wash<br />

at 26a Station Street<br />

(part of Subud, up the<br />

steps on the road entrance),<br />

currently open<br />

every day, 1-3pm. It’s<br />

funded by donations<br />

and run by volunteers. We’re open until the end of<br />

<strong>March</strong>, when Subud are having building work done.<br />

We’re looking for premises to use after that. We’d<br />

love more volunteers. And any contributions via the<br />

Facebook page or church would be brilliant.<br />

If people wonder what they can do to help someone<br />

on the streets - perhaps ask? Drying out a wet<br />

sleeping bag could be most useful. Or point them to<br />

SWEP provision. This is short for Severe Weather<br />

Emergency Protocol, normally triggered when the<br />

temperature has been forecast to be zero degrees or<br />

below for three days. <strong>Lewes</strong> District Council makes<br />

accommodation available to those sleeping rough.<br />

Support can be accessed via Southover House,<br />

01273 471600 or housingneeds@lewes.gov.uk. Also<br />

Re-homing <strong>Lewes</strong> drop-in or Landport Community<br />

Café. The café offers a nutritious meal (donation<br />

only, Fridays 5-7pm, Landport Community Room,<br />

2A Horsfield Road).<br />

We’re hoping to put together an information<br />

leaflet. The local PCSOs (police community support<br />

officers) are great at letting people in need<br />

know where they can get help. Emma Chaplin<br />

Find Re-homing <strong>Lewes</strong> on Facebook. Sat 3rd, TRIN-<br />

ITY Centre Open Day at St John sub Castro. Tours,<br />

café, kids’ activities, meet the vicar. trinitylewes.org<br />

Photo by Emma Chaplin<br />


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The Brighton Festival programme was announced<br />

just before we went to press, and, as ever, there are<br />

several Festival events taking place east of our neighbouring<br />

city between May 5th and 27th.<br />

One of the real talking points - The Voice Project’s<br />

The Arms of Sleep – is taking place in Firle Place,<br />

Fri 11th - Sun 13th. This is a ten-hour choral work<br />

composed by Jonathan Baker, Helen Chadwick and<br />

Orlando Gough: punters are given a bed, ‘spending<br />

the night surrounded by sound and shadows, poised<br />

between sleep and wakefulness.’ It’s described as<br />

‘23rd-century vespers’. Pyjamas advised.<br />

We’ve been excited for a while about <strong>Lewes</strong> composer<br />

Ed Hughes’ score for Cesca Eaton’s film<br />

Cuckmere: A Portrait, which will premiere at the Attenborough<br />

Centre on the 5th of May: the music<br />

will be played live by the Orchestra of Sound and<br />

Light; we’ve seen a scene and it’s rather beautiful.<br />

The University of Sussex venue will also host Emma<br />

Rice’s The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk (May 9th - 12th,<br />

performed by Kneehigh, who brought the exuberant<br />

Tristan & Yseult to Brighton Dome last year), poet<br />

Lemn Sissay MBE’s life story Gold from the Stone<br />

(13th), and Gob Squad’s take on Dorian Gray, Creation<br />

(Pictures for Dorian).<br />

And, as ever, Glyndebourne are in on the act, with<br />

two performances, a Baroque programme from<br />

Belgian early music ensemble Vox Luminis (6th),<br />

and Songs of the Sea (13th) an afternoon of ‘evocative<br />

imagery and profound artistry’ featuring tenor Mark<br />

Padmore, pianist Julius Drake, baritone Roderick<br />

Williams and narrator Rory Kinnear. Get booking!



On their way to Angkor Thom,<br />

the ancient fortified city near<br />

Siem Reap in Cambodia, Ruth<br />

and Neil Thomson offered one<br />

of the 54 demons, lining one side<br />

of the causeway of the moat to<br />

the city, the chance to catch up<br />

with the January edition of <strong>Viva</strong><br />

<strong>Lewes</strong>. He remained inscrutable.<br />

And here’s the ever colourful<br />

<strong>Viva</strong> <strong>Lewes</strong> with the very colourful<br />

Chris Vinten in even more<br />

colourful Gokana, India. Chris is<br />

one of those clever people who<br />

overwinters in warmer climes<br />

(and he likes to look the part).<br />

Keep taking us with you and keep<br />

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With its black and gold face,<br />

gabled roof and weathervane,<br />

the Town Clock looms out over<br />

the High Street on an ornate<br />

cast ironwork gantry from the<br />

Church House of St Michael<br />

in <strong>Lewes</strong>, as it has done for the<br />

past 137-odd years. In this time,<br />

the commercial focus of <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

might have shifted somewhat<br />

but the clock remains emblematic<br />

of the town.<br />

In the mid-19th century, a clock<br />

used to protrude from a building<br />

on the other side of St Michael’s,<br />

but this was demolished for the creation of a parish<br />

school. In 1881, Church House was built, with the<br />

new clock tower. Today, the narrow tower contains<br />

various elements of the clock’s history.<br />

The tower has five bells,<br />

which chime the hours. The<br />

bells were recast by Gillett<br />

and Co of Croydon, dated<br />

1887 – Queen Victoria's<br />

Golden Jubilee. An electric<br />

mechanism was added in<br />

1958, replacing the pendulums,<br />

which apparently hung<br />

in a deep pit under the tower.<br />

Brian Courage, Town<br />

Ranger, says the clock<br />

was restored again about<br />

eight years ago, when local<br />

residents requested the night<br />

chimes be silenced. Despite this partial muting, the<br />

clock still presides handsomely over the top of town.<br />

Daniel Etherington<br />

Thanks to Brian Courage and John Downie<br />



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Uniquely featuring on three plaques in the town centre, Tom Paine has been<br />

called ‘a rope-maker by trade, a journalist by profession, and a propagandist<br />

by inclination’. He came to <strong>Lewes</strong> in 1768 as a Customs and Excise Officer<br />

to keep an eye on local smugglers, but he only lived here, at Bull House at<br />

Westgate, for less than seven years. In that time he threw himself into the<br />

town’s life: he fought for better employment conditions for Customs Officers,<br />

married and separated, launched a business that failed, went broke, then<br />

sold all that he had and moved out to America early in 1784. He arrived<br />

in Philadelphia too unwell to leave the ship: an unpromising start - but his radical republican pamphlets,<br />

especially Common Sense (1776), which crystallized sentiment for independence, are now seen as crucial in<br />

encouraging separation from Britain and the birth of a new nation. (One plaque is on Bull House, one on the<br />

White Hart, where he debated, and this is in the Castle Precincts, near the Maltings.) Marcus Taylor<br />


Where do people work and how do they get there? The last Census asked workers resident in <strong>Lewes</strong>, and<br />

found that 1 in 4 worked at or from home, or overseas or offshore. 39% work within 10 kilometres of home,<br />

which includes <strong>Lewes</strong> and Falmer. A further 23% work between 10-30 km of <strong>Lewes</strong>, including Brighton,<br />

Eastbourne, Worthing and Haywards Heath, while 13% travel over 30 km including Crawley, London and<br />

beyond. More men than women work from home, although women are more likely to work closer to home<br />

overall. 25% travel to work by foot or cycle, around double the local or regional percentage, while a further<br />

20% travel by public transport. 44% travel by private car or van, much lower than the 66% across the county<br />

and the region. Sarah Boughton<br />


The present Malling Hill road was constructed around 1830, and the<br />

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the first <strong>Lewes</strong> pub on the route into the town from the north-east,<br />

and as such would have experienced a fair amount of trade. For almost the<br />

entire period between the 1870s and 1970s, the Prince of Wales was run<br />

by just three families: the Eastwoods, the Bournes, and the Lampers. Albert<br />

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a character, hosting events and dinners for many clubs and societies. He<br />

had his own ‘spacious marquee’ at the annual Great Sheep Fair in town,<br />

where he sold luncheons, wines, spirits and cigars. And in 1892 <strong>Lewes</strong>ians<br />

were invited to the Prince of Wales to see a display of Albert’s ‘unusually heavy’ potatoes. Robert Bourne and<br />

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COLUMN<br />

East of Earwig<br />

My state of independence<br />

Being a self-employed copywriter in Ringmer is<br />

often a thankless task. This is good. In the past<br />

I’ve crafted letters from various chief executives,<br />

I’ve given voice to a cartoon mobile phone, I’ve<br />

interviewed one of the greatest racing drivers of<br />

all time and I’ve, briefly, become an expert on<br />

international rail travel. All great fun - and without<br />

any sign of Mark Bridge, whoever he is. My name<br />

rarely appears in print. As a result, no-one stops<br />

me in the street to offer their opinion. No-one<br />

photographs me when I pop to the shops wearing<br />

pyjamas and flip-flops. No-one asks me if I’m him<br />

from that thing.<br />

The freelance lifestyle is also unstable. This is also<br />

good. While some of my contemporaries get their<br />

thrills from driving fast cars, kite-surfing and wild<br />

parties, I get my adrenaline rush from wondering<br />

whether my invoices will be paid before our mortgage<br />

is due. This is much safer, with absolutely no<br />

chance of a twisted ankle.<br />

A writer in a big city may talk about working in<br />

a different coffee shop every day for a change of<br />

scenery. Here in Ringmer, fewer choices mean<br />

fewer visits. Ruling out the local pubs - which is<br />

a good idea, because I'd be inclined to stay for a<br />

bowl of chips and a pint when I'd finished my coffee<br />

- I'm left with a choice between Café Ringmer,<br />

an outside table at the bakery and the regular<br />

‘Souper Saturday’ fund-raiser at the village hall.<br />

Quite simply, living in a village saves me a fortune<br />

on my cappuccino budget.<br />

Then there’s the freedom. I don’t have any set<br />

hours to work, as long as I get the job done. I can<br />

stay up late if I want (although, to be honest, I<br />

often start dozing on the sofa before 10pm. The<br />

Newsnight theme might as well be a lullaby.) I can<br />

work at weekends, without any of the annoying paperwork<br />

associated with overtime payments. And<br />

I can even start early, just like most other people<br />

with regular jobs.<br />

Of course, there are disadvantages. By not commuting,<br />

I miss out on the camaraderie of fellow<br />

travellers as we stand nose-to-armpit on public<br />

transport, I don’t see the cheery gestures that<br />

drivers exchange at the Cuilfail roundabout and<br />

there’s no chance for me to boost my circulation as<br />

I sprint through the rain to my desk.<br />

Let’s face it, I am a man of mystery. And I’m about<br />

to become even more mysterious, because this is<br />

my last East of Earwig column. To everyone who’s<br />

enquired about the new house (still delightful), the<br />

grandson (still delightful) or the late Rupert (still<br />

in his little packet on the bedroom windowsill);<br />

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through Ringmer. Meanwhile, if you’d like to<br />

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COLUMN<br />

David Jarman<br />

Not prose ≠ poetry<br />

In as much as the poet William Hayley<br />

is remembered at all these days,<br />

it is not for his ‘bad verses’ but<br />

for his extensive patronage<br />

of the arts; always wellintentioned,<br />

not always<br />

happy in its execution. The<br />

poet William Cowper,<br />

painter George Romney<br />

and sculptor John Flaxman<br />

are the most illustrious<br />

of Hayley’s protégés. And<br />

then, of course, there’s<br />

William Blake. Hayley was<br />

directly responsible for Blake’s<br />

three-year stay in Sussex. It’s the<br />

subject of an exhibition at Petworth<br />

House that we review on pages 42-3.<br />

Hayley was born in Chichester, and in 1795<br />

he commissioned Flaxman’s monument to his<br />

fellow-poet, William Collins, who was born in<br />

Chichester on Christmas Day, 1721. The son of<br />

a respectable vendor of hats, and haberdasher,<br />

who was twice Mayor of Chichester, William<br />

Collins was educated at Winchester and Oxford.<br />

But thereafter, diverse trials and tribulations<br />

bedevilled his short life, not least of which was<br />

a chronic irresolution. Relative to his thirtyseven<br />

years, the undoubted literary reputation<br />

that he achieved in his lifetime was founded on<br />

surprisingly few poems. A tendency towards<br />

dissipation didn’t help, and, as the years slipped<br />

by, recurrent bouts of disabling depression, which<br />

at one time saw him confined to a House for<br />

Lunatics, took an increasing toll on his vitality.<br />

Dr Johnson, in his Lives of the Poets, took a pretty<br />

dim view of Collins’ creativity: ‘He affected<br />

the obsolete when it was not worthy of revival;<br />

and he put his words out of the common order,<br />

seeming to think… that not to write<br />

prose is certainly to write poetry’.<br />

Collins ahead of his time,<br />

perhaps!<br />

But if he did not favour<br />

the work, Dr Johnson was<br />

sympathetic to the man.<br />

One passage, recycled<br />

in Lives of the Poets, is so<br />

eloquent and generousspirited<br />

that it deserves to<br />

be quoted at length:<br />

‘His morals were pure,<br />

and his opinions pious:<br />

in a long continuance of<br />

poverty, and long habits of<br />

dissipation, it cannot be expected<br />

that any character should be exactly<br />

uniform. There is a degree of want by which the<br />

freedom of agency is almost destroyed; and long<br />

association with fortuitous companions will at<br />

last relax the strictness of truth, and abate the<br />

fervour of sincerity. That this man, wise and<br />

virtuous as he was, passed always unentangled<br />

through the snares of life, it would be prejudice<br />

and temerity to affirm; but it may be said<br />

that at least he preserved the source of action<br />

unpolluted, that his principles were never shaken,<br />

that his distinctions of right and wrong were<br />

never confounded, and that his faults had nothing<br />

of malignity or design, but proceeded from some<br />

unexpected pressure, or casual temptation’.<br />

In his declining years, Collins was cared for by his<br />

sister in Chichester. He died June 12th, 1759, and<br />

is buried in St Andrew’s Church in East Street.<br />

Flaxman’s monument to Collins, in Chichester<br />

Cathedral, is to be found, appropriately enough,<br />

close by to the recumbent figures that inspired<br />

Philip Larkin’s poem, An Arundel Tomb.<br />

Portrait of William Collins<br />


COLUMN<br />

Chloë King<br />

...bites the bullet<br />

It’s late, and small<br />

person is getting ready<br />

for bed, which, in this<br />

instance, means standing<br />

in a doorway licking<br />

the snot from one’s<br />

nostrils for 40 minutes.<br />

This is no exaggeration.<br />

I have been watching<br />

the minutes pass by<br />

excruciatingly as I lie<br />

immobilised by the giant<br />

infant on my chest.<br />

They say time is flexible,<br />

and it’s true that<br />

moments like these are<br />

pretty much the only<br />

ones in my new-found crystalline adulthood for<br />

which the clock slows. The rest of the time, I am<br />

hurtling through hours and days like a slug from<br />

a blunderbuss. This is why the discovery of a new<br />

form of diary-keeping is changing my life.<br />

A friend mentioned the words ‘Bullet Journal’ to<br />

me quietly in the school playground this January.<br />

My interest peaked immediately. What has always<br />

been lacking with previous diaries is a reference<br />

to violence – surely a Bullet Journal will keep me<br />

in line?<br />

A Bullet Journal, it turns out, is first of all<br />

a notebook. A rather expensive, luxurious<br />

notebook with a hard cover available in every<br />

colour of the rainbow. It’s a German design, the<br />

Leuchtterm1917, with bevelled, off-white pages,<br />

corner numbering, a front index and dots. The<br />

‘bullet’ refers to these dotted pages that make it<br />

easy to draw grids and charts to suit your planning<br />

needs, which is the other point of interest<br />

– its brand new notetaking system.<br />

Everyone I have raved to about this has looked<br />

deeply perplexed as I have tried to explain how<br />

the system works. In spite<br />

of holding two communications/colouring-in<br />

degrees, it seems I am<br />

incapable of making a<br />

mind-bogglingly difficult<br />

method seem simple.<br />

Sorry, I meant to say I am<br />

capable of making a simple<br />

method seem mind-bogglingly<br />

difficult. Note to<br />

self: normal people tend to<br />

switch off on hearing the<br />

words ‘hierarchical lists’.<br />

I found the best way to<br />

learn was to spend a weekend<br />

watching YouTube<br />

‘walk-throughs’ by self-styled heroes of timemanagement<br />

and Instagram-friendly calligraphic<br />

script handwriting.<br />

If you can see past reams of washi tape and not<br />

be deterred by the evidence that millennials have<br />

such a luxurious abundance of time they spend<br />

hours decorating charts detailing their daily water<br />

consumption, you will find some handy tips. In any<br />

case, you should certainly watch the summary by<br />

Bullet Journal's inventor Ryder Caroll, at<br />

bulletjournal.com.<br />

I’ve found my Bullet Journal such a boon because<br />

my brain simply doesn’t retain typed information<br />

as well as that which I have written down. We all<br />

know the best way to stretch time is to make better<br />

use of it, and now I can manage more efficiently<br />

my to-do lists; diary and everything I once filed in<br />

my overtired brain, an A6 diary, various notebooks,<br />

my iPhone and on scraps of paper.<br />

In short, it has never been so easy to see how many<br />

small tasks and major life goals I am falling behind<br />

on every God-given minute of the day. I couldn’t<br />

be more pleased!<br />

Illustration by Chloë King<br />


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'Cynical' Dave McKay<br />

Home and away fan<br />

Photo by James Boyes, McKay centre in denim jacket<br />

If you’ve ever witnessed an away-from-home goal<br />

by <strong>Lewes</strong> FC Men’s team in the last 12 years,<br />

you’ll almost certainly have noticed the unfettered<br />

celebration of one fan in particular, a seriouslooking<br />

fellow with sandy-grey hair who generally<br />

stands at pitch-level, near the back of the goal.<br />

It’s at moments like this when Aberdonian Dave<br />

McKay belies his nickname, ‘Cynical Dave’.<br />

Chances are, the scorer of the goal will run into<br />

his open arms, and a joyful huddle of fans and<br />

players will form, divided only by the advertising<br />

hoarding.<br />

Dave started going to away games in the 2006/7<br />

season. “It was the promotion season, to the<br />

Conference National. I’d been following Middlesbrough<br />

away until then, but I was sick of the<br />

excessive stewarding, meaning that any sign of<br />

emotion was immediately quelled. I decided to go<br />

to a <strong>Lewes</strong> away game against Eastleigh. We lost<br />

3-0, one of our players ended up in hospital and<br />

[manager Steve] King was sent to the stands for<br />

protesting. I was hooked.”<br />

He hasn’t missed many away games since, even<br />

though <strong>Lewes</strong>’ away form has, in the intervening<br />

decade, been pretty dreadful. “The worst game, I<br />

think, was at St Albans in the season we got relegated<br />

from the Conference South: it was bitterly<br />

cold, we barely created a chance, and lost 3-0. We<br />

were so bad I could hardly watch: I’ve never spent<br />

so long staring at concrete.”<br />

This season has been a little different, with<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong>, as we go to press, having won 10 of their<br />

17 away games. This has led to something of a<br />

spike in the number of away fans. “In the past<br />

it’s been between 12 and 20, irrespective of how<br />

we’ve been doing. This season there’s been at<br />

least 30 every game, with a maximum of 150 who<br />

went to Bromley to see the top-of-the-table clash<br />

against Cray.”<br />

He describes the average away fan as “male, and<br />

over thirty”. Unlike some, Dave has never made<br />

a list of the football grounds he has visited: he’s<br />

more there for the football, and the camaraderie.<br />

He always travels on the train, meaning he and his<br />

companions can enjoy a “can or two of McEwans<br />

Export” on the way back, to fuel the post-mortem,<br />

or celebrate a win. A drink is had before the game,<br />

too. “We don’t really do any sightseeing, but we<br />

do research the best pub in the area, meaning the<br />

one that sells the best real ale.”<br />

There have been a lot of miserable defeats over<br />

the years, but a smattering of real high points too.<br />

He cites an FA Cup win at John Hollins’ Crawley,<br />

in 2006, as being the best of all. Steve King and<br />

the players ran over to the 250-or-so <strong>Lewes</strong> fans<br />

after the final whistle, to celebrate together, as<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> reached the First Round proper for only<br />

the second time in their history. “It’s that sort of<br />

moment that reminds you why you fell in love<br />

with football in the first place.” Alex Leith<br />



Photo by Ash Mills<br />

Haydn’s Creation<br />

A special anniversary concert<br />

The Esterházy Chamber Choir, named after<br />

Austrian composer Joseph Haydn’s patron Prince<br />

Nikolaus Esterházy, was formed in <strong>Lewes</strong> a<br />

quarter of a century ago. It’s highly fitting, then,<br />

that the choir have chosen Haydn’s Creation to<br />

perform, at <strong>Lewes</strong> Town Hall, to celebrate their<br />

own beginnings.<br />

Amateur choirs need to raise money to put on<br />

concerts, in order to pay for the orchestra, any<br />

solo singers that are needed, and the venue hire.<br />

Putting on Haydn’s 1798 masterpiece isn’t a venture<br />

that allows for the cutting of many corners.<br />

The oratorio is a depiction of the creation of the<br />

world as described in the Book of Genesis, including<br />

a musical representation of a lion, a tiger, insects<br />

and a serpent. The choir, 30-40-members strong,<br />

will be joined by a similar-sized orchestra: it<br />

promises to be quite a spectacle.<br />

“We needed to hire three professional soloists, and<br />

we wanted a high quality orchestra, so we hired<br />

the world-renowned London Mozart Players,”<br />

says Matthew Spencer, a first bass who has been<br />

singing with the choir for twenty years. None<br />

of this came cheap, of course. “So we devised a<br />

novel way of raising money, which we dubbed the<br />

Carol-athon.”<br />

There exists a tome affectionately called ‘The<br />

Green Book’ which contains many traditional carols<br />

– over 50 of them – “half of which you rarely<br />

hear sung any more”. The choir raised over £1,700<br />

by singing every note of every carol – in one marathon<br />

session of three hours – in December. “It was<br />

hugely enjoyable,” he says, “but I don’t think we’ll<br />

do it every year.”<br />

The choir has had an injection of fresh blood:<br />

there are three recently joined members who<br />

weren’t yet born when it started up… and its recently<br />

appointed musical director, Richard Dawson<br />

(above, bottom row), is at the beginning of what<br />

looks like a stellar career. Richard, just 26, is the<br />

Deputy Director of Music at Brighton College and<br />

Director of Music at St Paul’s Church, Brighton.<br />

The choir has delighted audiences with many<br />

memorable concerts over the years, under a number<br />

of different directors. When pressed to mention<br />

one concert in particular, Matthew recalls the<br />

choir’s 15th anniversary celebration, at St John sub<br />

Castro, a performance of Bach’s St John Passion,<br />

conducted by guest director Nigel Perrin, a big<br />

star in the choral music scene and formerly of The<br />

King’s Singers. “A member of the choir generously<br />

sponsored that concert instead of throwing a party<br />

for a significant birthday of their own that year,”<br />

he says.<br />

The future sounds healthy, and we can expect<br />

much more from the choir, which performs four<br />

concerts every year: an a capella performance,<br />

a couple of concerts generally accompanied by<br />

piano or organ, and a “flagship” show with a hired<br />

orchestra. This is a flagship performance deluxe,<br />

an apt way of celebrating the choir’s birthday. “A<br />

party’s just a party,” concludes Matthew. “But a<br />

great concert will be remembered for ever.”<br />

Alex Leith<br />

Haydn The Creation, 7pm, 25th <strong>March</strong>, Town Hall.<br />

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All roads lead to Lviv<br />

When the barrister<br />

Philippe Sands, a specialist<br />

in international<br />

law, was invited, in 2011,<br />

to give a lecture at the<br />

University of Lviv,<br />

in Western Ukraine,<br />

he thought the place<br />

sounded familiar.<br />

And so it might have:<br />

Lviv is the Ukrainian<br />

name for a city known as Lwow by the Russians,<br />

Lvov by the Poles, and Lemburg by the Germans,<br />

all of whom controlled the city at some<br />

point in the twentieth century. It turned out it<br />

was the home of his grandfather Leon before he<br />

escaped Nazism. Leon’s wife and child also managed<br />

to flee to England: all the rest of his of his<br />

relatives were murdered in the Holocaust.<br />

It was also where two brilliant lawyers, who<br />

spearheaded the prosecution cases in the<br />

Nuremburg Trials, were brought up: Hersch<br />

Lauterpacht, who put the indictment of ‘crimes<br />

against humanity’ into the trials, and Raphael<br />

Lemkin, who indicted, for the first time, against<br />

what he termed ‘genocide’.<br />

“I was having lunch with my editor after I came<br />

back [from Lviv],” I’m told, by Sands, down<br />

the phone, “and I was talking about these three<br />

men’s intertwining stories, and he said ‘that’s<br />

your next book!’ It wasn’t until later down the<br />

line that a fourth character walked into the book:<br />

Hans Frank.”<br />

“Frank is a totally fascinating figure,” he continues.<br />

“He was highly educated, intelligent and<br />

cultured. He was an outstanding pianist, and the<br />

friend of authors, and musicians, like Richard<br />

Strauss. And yet he became responsible for the<br />

murder of countless people.” Frank, Hitler’s<br />

Photo by John Reynolds<br />

personal lawyer, who<br />

became the Nazi<br />

regime’s chief jurist in<br />

occupied Poland (including<br />

Lviv) was tried<br />

at Nuremberg: he was<br />

found guilty of crimes<br />

against humanity, and<br />

executed.<br />

“The big question is,<br />

if a man as ordinary as<br />

Hans Frank can, swept up in a bigger moment,<br />

cross the line into mass murder, then why not<br />

someone like me?” A question, he suggests,<br />

which is ever more pertinent in our changing<br />

political climate.<br />

The book is called East West Street, and it’s a rare<br />

beast: a book on international law, crossed with a<br />

family memoir, which has the suspense and pace<br />

of a detective novel, building up to a climactic<br />

last quarter describing the Nuremburg Trials.<br />

For Sands, the Trials were a massive milestone<br />

in legal history: “This was the first time in which<br />

rules were created so that the power of the state<br />

was not absolute.” Again there’s a current pertinence:<br />

“[The aftermath of] Trump and Brexit are<br />

threatening to push that back.”<br />

The book has led to a film, My Nazi Legacy:<br />

What Our Fathers Did, “directed by my dear<br />

friend David Evans, who also happens to be<br />

the director of much of Downton Abbey,” says<br />

Philippe, who wrote the documentary's script.<br />

The film, being shown at Depot Cinema two<br />

days before his talk in the All Saints, also features<br />

the sons of two prominent Nazis, one of whom is<br />

Niklas Frank, son of Hans Frank. Alex Leith<br />

A Personal Story of International Crimes, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

Literary Society, All Saints, 20th <strong>March</strong>, 8pm; My<br />

Nazi Legacy, Depot Cinema, 18th <strong>March</strong>, 3pm<br />


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Betrayal<br />

But who’s betraying who?<br />

Photo of Chris Parke (as Jerry) by Keith Gilbert<br />

To begin with, the working title for the play was<br />

‘Unsolicited Manuscript’. And then, because a<br />

crucial scene is set in Venice, it became ‘Torcello’.<br />

Later it was ‘White Wedding’. But before that,<br />

it had been ‘Betrayal’, and, eventually, ‘Betrayal’<br />

it became. Certainly there are many and varied<br />

types of betrayal going on in Harold Pinter’s<br />

play that the <strong>Lewes</strong> Little Theatre are presenting,<br />

forty years on from its opening night at the<br />

National Theatre on 15th November, 1978.<br />

Jerry, a literary agent, is married to Judith, a<br />

doctor. They have two children, Sam and Sarah.<br />

Jerry’s ‘best and oldest’ friend is Robert, a publisher,<br />

married to Emma. Again, two children,<br />

Charlotte and Ned. But oh dear, Emma and Jerry<br />

are having an affair. And by the time Robert finds<br />

out about it, it’s already been going on for five<br />

years. They’ve even set up a love nest in Kilburn.<br />

So, Emma is betraying Robert. Jerry is betraying<br />

Judith. The subject of a new novel that Emma is<br />

reading in Venice, represented by Jerry’s agency,<br />

turned down by Robert, may be betrayal. Robert<br />

believes so. Emma disagrees. But then, as Robert<br />

concedes, he may have been ‘thinking of the<br />

wrong book’. And we’re soon told that Robert<br />

has been betraying Emma, in serial infidelities,<br />

for donkey’s years. So, myriad betrayals, and yet<br />

it would seem that for Pinter the chief betrayal is<br />

Robert knowing about Jerry’s affair with his wife,<br />

and withholding that knowledge from Jerry.<br />

The play is told in reverse, so none of this account<br />

is really giving anything away. Apart from<br />

a rather dumb Italian waiter in one scene (not in<br />

Venice) the only three characters who appear are<br />

Robert, Emma and Jerry.<br />

When the play opened it was rather panned by<br />

the critics. Pinter’s excursion into North West<br />

London adultery was thought to be, how can<br />

one put this, a betrayal of the highly individual,<br />

edgy worlds that he had created in such plays<br />

as The Homecoming and No Man’s Land. But<br />

over the years the play’s standing in the Pinter<br />

canon has improved considerably. Even Michael<br />

Billington, one of its chief detractors when it<br />

opened, has recanted.<br />

And perhaps even Joan Bakewell has forgiven<br />

Pinter. It’s been well known for some time now<br />

that Betrayal was closely based on her years-long<br />

affair with the playwright when he was married<br />

to his first wife, the actress Vivien Merchant.<br />

Not something we perhaps needed to know.<br />

As someone observed at the time, it’s rather<br />

like finding out that Hedda Gabler is based on<br />

Valerie Singleton.<br />

A diary entry in Antonia Fraser’s book Must You<br />

Go?: My Life with Harold Pinter reads: ‘Harold<br />

told Joan about Betrayal in the Ladbroke Arms.<br />

She is “in a state of shock”. He always knew this<br />

was going to be quite a meeting. Me, idiotically:<br />

“Apart from that, did she like the play?” Harold:<br />

“That would be like asking Mrs Lincoln the same<br />

question.” I am a fool.’ David Jarman<br />



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The highlight of the month at Depot Cinema, as<br />

far as cineastes are concerned, has to be the screening<br />

of the 1929 documentary Man with a Movie<br />

Camera (Sun 11th, 3pm), part of the U3A’s Soviet<br />

film season.<br />

The ‘Man’ in question is Dziga Vertov, who presents<br />

a vibrant warts-and-all picture of urban life<br />

in four Soviet cities – Kiev, Khartov, Moscow and<br />

Odessa – through a series of moving snapshots of<br />

the citizens at work and play, starting at the break of<br />

dawn and ending well after the lights go out.<br />

Film critic Peter Bradshaw loves the film’s ‘spirit of<br />

pure punk rock’: Vertov experiments with any number<br />

of pioneering techniques – double exposure,<br />

fast motion, jump cuts, tracking shots et al. The<br />

editor, interestingly, was his wife Elizaveta Svilova,<br />

who must have had her work cut out curtailing all<br />

the footage to 68 rip-roaring minutes, like someone<br />

clearing up after a great party. My favourite scene?<br />

The homeless chap bursting out laughing as he<br />

wakes in the morning to find a film crew in front<br />

of him.<br />

The other film in this three-part series (which<br />

started in Feb with Battleship Potemkin) is Warren<br />

Beatty’s 1981 classic Reds (4th, 2pm), in which<br />

producer/director/scriptwriter Beatty stars as<br />

Communist journalist John Reed (author of Ten<br />

Days that Shook the World), alongside Diane Keaton,<br />

who plays his lover-then-wife Louise Bryant. It’s<br />

something of a monster, weighing in at 3 hours 15<br />

minutes: American critic Roger Ebert called it ‘a<br />

thinking man’s Dr Zhivago… from the other side.’<br />

Another season to report is Depot’s ‘Documenting<br />

Reality’ series of five classic documentaries,<br />

screened in the Depot’s studio, and preceded by a<br />

lecture by University of Sussex’s Wilma De Jong,<br />

with a more informal discussion afterwards. These<br />

started in February 22nd (with Michael Moore’s<br />

Sicko) but there are four more to come in <strong>March</strong>,<br />

starting with Sarah Polley’s raw and intimate<br />

family tale Stories We Tell (1st and subsequent<br />

Thursdays, 7pm).<br />

As ever there’s the chance to do a bit of travelling.<br />

Last month we mentioned Depot’s Japanese<br />

season; this continues with the anime samurai tale<br />

The Sword of the Stranger (3rd, 12pm); Kazura<br />

Shiraishi’s mystery drama Birds Without Names<br />

(6th, 8.30pm) and Shinji Azura’s Where I Belong<br />

(13th, 8.30pm). Nearer to home, on St Patrick’s<br />

Day (17th) there’s a rare big-screen chance to<br />

see the brilliant 2009 Irish animation Secret of<br />

Kells; further afield (and then some) the sci-screen<br />

season continues with The Martian (27th).<br />

It’s Oscars month, of course, but there’s much<br />

more besides Hollywood fare (check out lewesdepot.org<br />

for day-to-day listings of first-run and<br />

other films) including live and as-live screenings<br />

of stage performances including Bizet’s opera<br />

Carmen (6th, 6.45pm); Shakespeare’s Julius<br />

Caesar (directed by Nicholas Hytner, 22nd, 7pm);<br />

The Royal Ballet’s Bernstein Centenary (27th,<br />

7.15pm), and Handel’s Messiah, staged by Tom<br />

Morris (28th, 8pm). Hallelujah to all that.<br />

Dexter Lee<br />


The Sea of Time and Space, 1821. Arlington Court, National Trust<br />

William Blake in Sussex<br />

Visions of Albion<br />

The three years, from 1800 until 1803, during<br />

which William Blake lived in the village of<br />

Felpham on the West Sussex coast, was the only<br />

time in his life that he spent outside London.<br />

He came to Sussex with his wife, Catherine, at<br />

the invitation of his fellow poet, William Hayley,<br />

whom Blake had visited at Felpham in July, 1800.<br />

Hayley was a great patron of the arts – John Flaxman,<br />

George Romney and William Cowper all<br />

benefitted from his largesse – and the arrangement<br />

that he and Blake seem to have ironed out was that<br />

Blake would take up residence in Felpham and<br />

Hayley would engage him on various design and<br />

engraving projects. And so the Blakes left London<br />

on 18th September, 1800. At first, all went well.<br />

In turning his back on ‘London’s Dungeon Dark’,<br />

Blake was delighted to be ‘Away to sweet Felpham<br />

for Heaven is there’. It was ‘the sweetest spot on<br />

Earth’. In May 1801 he wrote in a letter: ‘Hayley<br />

acts like a Prince’. But the relationship between<br />

patron and ‘patronised’ is always a tricky one. By<br />

January 1803 Hayley had become the ‘source’ of<br />



all Blake’s difficulties. Blake felt<br />

increasingly that all the engraving<br />

and other commissions had<br />

encroached upon his creative<br />

independence. By April 1803<br />

Hayley was being stigmatised<br />

by Blake as ‘the Enemy of my<br />

Spiritual Life while he pretends<br />

to be the Friend of my Corporeal’.<br />

Soon Blake had resolved<br />

‘not to remain another winter’<br />

in Felpham, and by July 1803<br />

he had determined to return to<br />

London to ‘carry on my visionary<br />

studies… unannoy’d’.<br />

Alas, on 12th August, 1803<br />

everything got a whole lot<br />

worse. A private soldier in the<br />

1st Regiment of Dragoons, one<br />

John Scolfield, entered Blake’s<br />

garden. Unaware that he was<br />

there at the invitation of the<br />

gardener, Blake ordered Scolfield<br />

to leave. Scolfield refused,<br />

angry words were exchanged,<br />

and Blake manhandled the<br />

soldier out of the garden ‘by<br />

the elbows… and pushed him<br />

forward down the road’. Three<br />

days later, Scolfield went before<br />

the Chichester Justice of the<br />

Peace and accused Blake of<br />

seditious expressions favouring<br />

the French and damning the<br />

King of England, not to mention<br />

assault. Having gone back<br />

to London, Blake returned to<br />

Chichester to stand trial. Fortunately,<br />

several witnesses testified<br />

on Blake’s behalf and he was<br />

acquitted on all charges. Hayley’s<br />

moral and financial support<br />

at this time did much to repair<br />

their fractured relationship.<br />

The story of Blake’s time in<br />

Sussex is told in an absolutely<br />

splendid exhibition at Petworth<br />

House that runs until 25th<br />

<strong>March</strong>. Petworth is proud of<br />

being the only major country<br />

house to hold original works<br />

by William Blake which were<br />

collected in the artist’s lifetime<br />

or, in one case, acquired from<br />

his widow.<br />

Petworth’s own holdings are<br />

supplemented by extensive<br />

loans from, among others, the<br />

Victoria and Albert Museum,<br />

the Fitzwilliam in Cambridge,<br />

the British Museum, Tate and<br />

Manchester City Galleries. All<br />

the court documents relating to<br />

Blake’s trial are also on display.<br />

David Jarman<br />

William Blake in Sussex: Vision<br />

of Albion is at Petworth House<br />

until the 25th of <strong>March</strong>. Entry<br />

by advance booking only: 0344<br />

2491895 / nationaltrust.org.uk<br />

William Blake, William, plate 29 from Milton a Poem, 1804-1811 © The Trustees of the British Museum<br />



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Focus on: Groyne 76<br />

by Cliff Crawford<br />

So these are the<br />

tops of groyne<br />

posts? Indeed they<br />

are. There are 121<br />

groynes in Bexhill,<br />

and I’ve been photographing<br />

them over<br />

15 years, and particularly<br />

frequently since<br />

2010. I’ve always got<br />

three or four projects<br />

on the go at a time –<br />

using all sorts of different<br />

art-forms from<br />

line drawing to 3D<br />

computer graphics<br />

- but this one’s been<br />

going a long time,<br />

and I’ve focussed a<br />

lot on it in recent<br />

years. I must have<br />

taken over 18,000<br />

photographs. It’s<br />

become something of<br />

an obsession.<br />

Why? I think of<br />

them as portraits. If you look at the change<br />

that happens to them on a year to year basis it’s<br />

fascinating. Just like traditional portraits. Taking<br />

pictures at regular intervals highlights changes you<br />

might not ordinarily notice, because they’ve happened<br />

gradually over a long period of time. Above<br />

you can see one of the posts of Groyne 76, just<br />

west of the De La Warr: you can track the changes<br />

in its condition and appearance over the years.<br />

What are groynes for? For stopping the shingle<br />

from being washed away, which would be a disaster.<br />

There’s a process known as long-shore drift,<br />

which means that the shingle is dragged – usually<br />

from West to East<br />

– laterally along the<br />

shoreline. Pretty<br />

soon we’d be down<br />

to the sticky clay<br />

beneath.<br />

So you spend a<br />

lot of time on the<br />

shoreline… Actually<br />

it’s not really<br />

a line, if you think<br />

of the difference<br />

between high and<br />

low tide, and neap<br />

and spring tides,<br />

and the fact that the<br />

tide comes in much<br />

further through the<br />

shingle under the<br />

surface than it does<br />

above it. A line, conceptually,<br />

has length<br />

and no thickness,<br />

so thinking about a<br />

‘shoreline’ is very<br />

reductive.<br />

Do you wear wellies to work? Actually walking<br />

boots are better, because once water gets into<br />

wellies… I need good light, so I don’t go when it’s<br />

raining, anyway. The light is best in the morning:<br />

I have to stand on the west side of the groyne<br />

to take a picture, so if I went in the afternoon I<br />

would cast a shadow over the subject matter.<br />

What artwork would you hang on your desert<br />

island palm tree? A Rothko, to calm me down<br />

when I started panicking. But I’d rather have pen<br />

and paper: I’d need it to design my shelter. AL<br />

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ART<br />

ART & ABOUT<br />

In town this month<br />

Liza Mackintosh<br />

Liza Mackintosh is the featured artist<br />

at Chalk Gallery until the 18th of<br />

<strong>March</strong>. She describes her work as ‘an<br />

open-ended journey into the organic<br />

landscape’ - with the journey being more<br />

important than the destination. The<br />

resultant paintings are visual diaries of<br />

her walks through local landscapes, most<br />

recently Red House Common in North<br />

Chailey. Liza, who works in the studio<br />

with pencil, pastel, bark, charcoal and<br />

carbon paper, says, ‘the paintings are like<br />

a secret knowledge, a new perspective of<br />

the landscape, the more I look at them<br />

the more I see’.<br />

Cliff Crawford<br />

As well as the<br />

exhibition by<br />

Cliff Crawford<br />

at Martyrs’ Gallery<br />

from the 3rd<br />

until the 23rd of<br />

<strong>March</strong> (see pg<br />

45) there’s also a new writers’ group at<br />

the gallery on the 2nd and 4th Fridays<br />

of the month (<strong>March</strong> 9th and 23rd).<br />

Writers of fiction or non-fiction can<br />

use the space free of charge for a calm,<br />

quiet, untutored drop-in session inspired<br />

by the current exhibition.<br />

We learn as we go to press that from<br />

<strong>March</strong> 1st Sarah O’Kane (formerly of<br />

St Anne’s Galleries, and HQ Gallery)<br />

will be showing her circle of artists’<br />

work from Fisher Street Frames.<br />

She’ll be arranging solo exhibitions in a<br />

variety of spaces from spring onwards.<br />

If you are quick, there is a last chance to<br />

check out the Open Art Exhibition at Pelham<br />

House which ends on the 6th of <strong>March</strong>.<br />

The annual exhibition showcases the work<br />

of more than 60 established and emerging<br />

Sussex-based artists.<br />

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Birling Gap (detail) by Helen Brown<br />



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ART<br />

In town this month (cont)<br />

It's 25 years since Artwave<br />

began as a small<br />

trail of local artists’<br />

houses in <strong>Lewes</strong>.<br />

It’s grown year on<br />

year, with more than<br />

500 artists and makers<br />

showing their work last<br />

year, across seven different<br />

trails from <strong>Lewes</strong> to Seaford. For the<br />

anniversary year, plans are afoot for<br />

some colourful celebrations, including a<br />

special Art on Film programme, a public<br />

art installation and participatory events<br />

across the area. Online registration is<br />

open for venues and artists who wish<br />

to participate. Visit artwavefestival.org<br />

to sign up and to join the mailing list<br />

or follow @artwavefestival on Twitter<br />

and Instagram to keep up to date with<br />

developments.<br />

S U N D A Y S F R O M<br />

1 A P R I L 2 0 1 8<br />

P L U S<br />

Gallery<br />

Exhibitions,<br />

Events &<br />

Workshops<br />

Photo by Jorge Colombo<br />

The summer<br />

will return and<br />

the cross-channel<br />

arts festival<br />

diep~haven<br />

will too. The<br />

theme of the<br />

<strong>2018</strong> edition is<br />

Terra Firma and 10 artists - Gabriela<br />

Albergaria (pictured above), Matthew<br />

Beach, Ève Chabanon, Sarah Duffy,<br />

Valérie Egles, Azadeh Fatehrad, Freya<br />

Gabie, Essi Kausalainen, John Newling<br />

and Aurélie Sement - have been<br />

invited to work in residence in gardens<br />

and farms across East Sussex and Normandy.<br />

Albergaria, whose work takes<br />

gardens and their history as a starting<br />

point, will be creating an installation at<br />

Sheffield Park until the end of August.<br />

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01273 475 557<br />

Also at: Uckfield • Seaford • Cross in Hand<br />


ART<br />

Out of town<br />

Circa69<br />

Celebrated VR artist Simon Wilkinson brings his immersive<br />

virtual reality performance The Cube to The<br />

Old Market in Hove for two nights on the 28th and<br />

29th of <strong>March</strong>. It joins 17 other VR installations in a<br />

show titled Whilst the Rest Were Sleeping, an ‘augmented<br />

reality trail, live electronic music and AV performance’<br />

about a mass disappearance which happened in 1959 in<br />

America, particularly pertinent to the fake-news-filled<br />

present day. “I first heard of the story as a child in 1982 in a magazine called Mysteries of The<br />

World,” explains Wilkinson. “It wasn't until much later that I heard about Manfred Berry and the<br />

way in which he, as an author, used the media to create these incredibly detailed story universes<br />

interwoven with fact and fiction.”<br />

Alongside the excellent Elizabeth Friedlander exhibition at<br />

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, you’ll find a display of the<br />

innovative and diverse covers that have adorned the Penguin<br />

Essentials series, which began in 1998 under the guidance of Art<br />

Director John Hamilton. In this display, Hamilton has selected<br />

100 of his favourite, ground-breaking designs, with an additional<br />

selection from the publisher’s archives that includes several<br />

Friedlander book covers and noted designers of their day.<br />

20 Years of Penguin Essentials Vitrine Display Detail<br />

(Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, photo Sam Moore)<br />

Take a trip to<br />

Towner Gallery<br />

this month and<br />

you’ll get an insight<br />

into the mind<br />

of the extraordinary<br />

Haroon<br />

Mirza; an artist<br />

who considers his<br />

main medium to be<br />

electricity. Used to<br />

working with video,<br />

sculpture, light and sound to create large<br />

scale installations, Mirza has selected works<br />

from the Arts Council Collection, as well as<br />

Towner’s Collection, and incorporated them<br />

into a unique display, called We Stared at the<br />

Moon from the Centre of the Sun. An accompanying<br />

season of classic occult and sci-fi films<br />

is screened in Towner’s plush new auditorium.<br />

[townereastbourne.org.uk]<br />

Lis Rhodes, Dresden Dynamo, 1971-2, Arts Council Collection,<br />

Southbank Centre, London © the artist.<br />

If you think Hastings’<br />

reputation as<br />

an artistic hub is a<br />

recent thing, then<br />

think again. Gus<br />

Cummins - Royal<br />

Academician and<br />

long-standing<br />

member of The<br />

London Group -<br />

has been living and working in the town for 40<br />

years. Despite having recently celebrated his<br />

75th birthday, he’s only now having his first<br />

major UK solo show. In Off the Wall Jerwood<br />

Gallery present a major retrospective of his<br />

work, tracing Cummins’ diminutive early<br />

works to the recent, monumental pieces created<br />

in his signature ‘two and a half D’. Explaining<br />

his penchant for creating works that stand<br />

out from the canvas, he says: “I like the idea<br />

of playing with perspective and manipulating<br />

events - interventions with reality, if you like.”<br />

Off The Wall © Gus Cummins<br />


CALL ME BY YOUR NAME 15 132mins<br />

Nominated for 4 Oscars <strong>2018</strong>. In 1983, the son of a<br />

professor is enamoured by the graduate student who<br />

comes to live with his family. Together, they share an<br />

unforgettable summer that will forever change them.<br />

Friday 9th <strong>March</strong> 8pm & Saturday 10th <strong>March</strong> 5pm<br />

THE DEATH OF STALIN 15 104mins<br />

Nominated for 2 BAFTA’s <strong>2018</strong>. Dark comedy following<br />

the Soviet dictator's last days and depicts the chaos of<br />

the regime after his death.<br />

Saturday 10th <strong>March</strong> 7.45pm<br />

Info & advance tickets from the All Saints Centre<br />

Office, the Town Hall, High Street<br />

www.filmatallsaints.com<br />

All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, <strong>Lewes</strong>, BN7 2LE<br />

01273 486391<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Castle<br />

& Anne of Cleves<br />

House<br />

Storytelling, Dressing Up,<br />

Mask-Making, Hands-on<br />

Crafts, Clay Modelling,<br />

Spinning & much more!<br />

Anne of Cleves House<br />

Spring Greens - 3 rd April<br />

Spinning Yarns - 10 th April<br />

Drop in.<br />

Admission included.<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Castle*<br />

Knights & Dragons - 5 th, April<br />

Dinosaurs & Dragons -12 th April<br />

Tickets £5 per child,<br />

Adult must accompany.<br />

Easter<br />

Holiday<br />

Fun in<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong><br />

*Booking required for<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Castle activities<br />


MARCH listings<br />

THURSDAY 1<br />

MONDAY 5<br />

100 years on from Votes for<br />

Women. A <strong>Lewes</strong> Labour<br />

discussion with Hilary<br />

Wainwright and Jess<br />

Garland at the Electoral<br />

Reform Society.<br />

Phoenix Centre,<br />

7.30pm, free.<br />

Charleston re-opening. The Bloomsbury<br />

lot's country house opens its doors for the <strong>2018</strong><br />

season. See charleston.org.uk.<br />

Comedy at the Con. Headliners Sean Meo,<br />

Jason Patterson, Kathryn Mather and Tom Little.<br />

Con Club, 7.30pm, £10/£8.<br />

FRIDAY 2<br />

Women’s World Day of Prayer. Service based<br />

on the theme of recycling in Surinam, all welcome.<br />

St Thomas’s Church, 11am, free (ploughman’s<br />

lunch available, £3).<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> FC Quiz Night. Teams of 4 max, advance<br />

booking required. Optional meal-deal £10 per<br />

person. Dripping Pan, 7.45pm, £2, contact<br />

nickgeall@tiscali.co.uk to book.<br />

Film: The Unknown Girl (15). A doctor becomes<br />

obsessed with the case of a dead woman.<br />

All Saints, 8pm, £5/£2.50 (£25 for <strong>Lewes</strong> Film<br />

Club season membership).<br />

SATURDAY 3<br />

Natural Alternatives at the Menopause. Oneday<br />

workshop exploring a more natural approach<br />

at menopause. St Mary’s Church Hall, 10am-<br />

4pm, £50 (concessions on request) see chantryhealth.com;<br />

also see pg 89.<br />

TRINITY Centre open day/launch weekend.<br />

Building tours, café, kids crafts, bouncy castle,<br />

meet the Vicar and more. TRINITY St John sub<br />

Castro, 10am-4pm, free.<br />

TUESDAY 6<br />

Film: Francofonia (U). Director Aleksandr<br />

Sokurov presents a history of the Louvre during<br />

the Nazi occupation and a meditation on<br />

the meaning and timelessness of art. All Saints,<br />

8pm, £5/£2.50 (£25 for <strong>Lewes</strong> Film Club season<br />

membership).<br />

THURSDAY 8<br />

St Peter & St James Firewalk. Fundraiser with<br />

interactive seminar, followed by a dash across<br />

the coals. Plumpton Racecourse, registration<br />

6-6.45pm, £25 per person, see stpeter-stjames.<br />

org.uk for more details.<br />

FRIDAY 9<br />

Aspects of the South Downs National Park.<br />

Talk by Dr Geoffrey Mead. Anne of Cleves,<br />

7.30pm, £8 non-members (£5 members), contact<br />

annacrabtree1@hotmail.com.<br />

Taxes for Peace, not War. Headstrong talk and<br />

discussion with Conscience campaign manager<br />

Shaughan Dolan. Elly, 8pm, £3.<br />

FRIDAY 9 & SATURDAY 10<br />

Film: Call Me<br />

By Your Name<br />

(15). Romantic<br />

coming-of-age<br />

drama. All<br />

Saints, 8pm<br />

(9th) & 5pm<br />

(10th), from £5.<br />


MARCH listings (cont)<br />

SATURDAY 10<br />

Film: The Death of Stalin (15). Hilarious dark<br />

comedy following the Soviet dictator's last days<br />

and depicting the chaos in the Politburo after his<br />

death. All Saints, 7.45pm, from £5.<br />

MONDAY 12<br />

Flat and Fabulous. A free talk by Gilly Cant on<br />

how she started Flat Friends, a support network<br />

for women like her who chose not to have reconstruction<br />

following a mastectomy. Put on by the<br />

Soroptimists. White Hart, 7pm, free.<br />

The Forgotten War Memorial. David Arnold,<br />

John Davey and their team will tell <strong>Lewes</strong> History<br />

Group members (and anyone else who wants<br />

to come) about the history of Priory School’s<br />

Memorial Chapel (above) and the lives of former<br />

pupils who made the supreme sacrifice in World<br />

War II. King’s Church, 7pm for 7.30pm, £1/£3.<br />

WEDNESDAY 14<br />

Sussex Women’s Suffrage <strong>March</strong>ers. Talk with<br />

author and local historian Frances Stenlake. The<br />

Keep, 5.30pm, £3.<br />

THURSDAY 15<br />

The Ministry of Biscuits. Satirical, musical family<br />

show, about an alternate 1940s Britain where<br />

biscuits are banned. Written by Philip Reeve and<br />

Brian Mitchell. Con Club, 7.30pm, £10/£8.<br />

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the Musical<br />

Lyrics by<br />

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Music by<br />



Based on an idea by<br />

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10th~14th April<br />

TICKETS FROM £12.00<br />


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by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.<br />

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Is it about the game of chess? Is it<br />

a love story? Or a tale of scheming<br />

spies and duplicitous politicians?<br />

Actually, it’s all of these, woven into an<br />

intriguing story by Tim Rice with music by<br />

Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus –<br />

the ‘Bs’ of Abba. One Night in Bangkok and<br />

I Know Him So Well are probably the most<br />

familiar of a wealth of big numbers, ranging<br />

from pulsating rock to beautiful ballads<br />

and soaring choral numbers. Another major<br />

show for LOS Musical Theatre and another<br />

great night out in prospect.<br />

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Wedding Shows<br />

Sunday 18 th <strong>March</strong><br />

All Saints Chapel, Eastbourne<br />

Luxury & Unique Wedding Venue<br />

30 Exhibitors • Goodie bags for all<br />

Drinks on arrival • Samples & Demonstations<br />

Sunday 25 th <strong>March</strong><br />

East Sussex National, Uckfield<br />

Wedding Show & Catwalk<br />

Beautiful venue with panoramic Sussex Views<br />

50+ Amazing Exhibitors • Stunning catwalk<br />

Don’t miss our evening showcase events:<br />

Sunday 2 nd <strong>March</strong> <strong>2018</strong> • Copthorne Hotel, London Gatwick<br />

Sunday 9 th <strong>March</strong> <strong>2018</strong> • The Ravenswood West Sussex Evening Showcase & <strong>2018</strong> Collections Catwalk<br />

Register in advance via Facebook, on our website www.empiricalevents.co.uk or on the day as you arrive<br />

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MARCH listings (cont)<br />

Photo by Keith Gilbert<br />

FRIDAY 16<br />

Sussex in the Mercian Age: The Archaeology<br />

of Power 750–850AD. <strong>Lewes</strong> Archaeological<br />

Group illustrated talk by Professor John Blair<br />

(Oxford University). Lecture Room, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

Town Hall, 7.30pm, £2-4 (free for under 18s).<br />

Film: Certain Women (12A). Based on three<br />

short stories following the lives of three women<br />

living in small-town America. All Saints, 8pm,<br />

£5/£2.50 (£25 for season membership).<br />

SATURDAY 17<br />

Charity Book Fair. Raising funds for Paws &<br />

Claws animal rescue. <strong>Lewes</strong> Town Hall, 10am-<br />

4pm, 50p.<br />

St Patrick's Day Barn Dance. In support of<br />

Brighton Festival Chorus' 50th Anniversary Appeal.<br />

No experience necessary, all dances called.<br />

Affordable bar and snacks. All Saints, 7.30pm,<br />

£10/12 on the door.<br />

Cooksbridge Annual Jumble Sale. Raising<br />

money for community events and projects. Teas<br />

and cakes available. Beechwood Hall, Cooksbridge,<br />

2pm, 50p (kids free).<br />


SUNDAY 18<br />

Betrayal. A portrayal<br />

of the autobiographical<br />

Pinter classic. <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

Little Theatre, £8/12, see<br />

lewestheatre.org for more<br />

details; also see pg 39.<br />

Empirical Events Spring Wedding Fair. All<br />

Saints Chapel, Eastbourne, 11am-3pm, free.<br />

TUESDAY 20<br />

A Personal Story of International Crimes.<br />

Talk with Philippe Sands, human rights lawyer<br />

and professor of law at University College London.<br />

All Saints, 8pm, £10. See pg 37.<br />

WED 21ST TO SAT 24TH<br />

Curtain Call. Ringmer Dramatic Society<br />

presents the comedy by Bettine Manktelow.<br />

An amusingly chaotic day in the life of Alec<br />

Partridge, Manager of the Thurlow Playhouse.<br />

Ringmer Village Hall, 7.45pm, £8, ticketsource.<br />

co.uk/ringmerdramaticsociety.<br />

FRIDAY 23<br />

Red Bead Woman - An Earth that Thinks<br />

in Myth. Story telling with Dr. Martin Shaw.<br />

Subud Centre, <strong>Lewes</strong>, 7pm, £15, contact<br />

mythandstories@gmail.com.<br />

TUESDAY 27<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Death Café. Discussion Group. The<br />

Ram Inn, Firle, 7.30pm, all welcome.<br />


Chris Watson: No<br />

Man’s Land. Sitespecific<br />

celebration of<br />

the sounds, rhythms and<br />

music of the world’s seas<br />

and oceans. Attenborough<br />

Centre, times and<br />

prices vary, see attenboroughcentre.com.<br />



Easter church services. Across <strong>Lewes</strong>. See your<br />

local church for details.<br />

FRIDAY 30<br />

Film: After the Storm (PG). Following the<br />

death of his father, a private detective struggles<br />

to reconnect with his son and ex-wife. All<br />

Saints, 8pm, £5/£2.50 (£25 for <strong>Lewes</strong> Film Club<br />

season membership).<br />


<strong>March</strong> Concert<br />

Walton<br />

Johannesburg Festival Overture<br />

Hummel<br />

Concerto for Trumpet<br />

Soloist Alice Boileau<br />

Offenbach<br />

Overture Orpheus in the Underworld<br />

Prokoviev<br />

Classical Symphony<br />

Saturday 17th <strong>March</strong> 7:30pm<br />

Trinity Church Southover, Southover High Street<br />

For tickets & prices visit;<br />

www.lewesconcertorchestra.org<br />

The<br />

Creation<br />

Joseph Haydn<br />

Esterházy Chamber Choir<br />

London Mozart Players<br />

Soprano Elin Manahan Thomas<br />

Tenor Ruairi Bowen<br />

Bass Henry Waddington<br />

Director Richard Dawson<br />

25th Anniversary Concert<br />

Sunday 25 <strong>March</strong> <strong>2018</strong> 7.00pm<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Town Hall<br />

Tickets £20 in advance from <strong>Lewes</strong> Tourist Information Centre<br />

or from our website. £22 on the door (under 16s free)<br />

See www.esterhazychoir.org for more details<br />

St Michaelʼs First Sunday Recitals<br />


Pergolesi Stabat Mater<br />

Sunday 4 <strong>March</strong>, 3pm<br />

St Michael’s Church, High Street, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

<strong>2018</strong><br />

Shona Knight Soprano Rebecca Leggett Alto<br />

String Quartet :Ellie Blackshaw Leader<br />

Nick Houghton Chamber Organ<br />


Singing Lessons Age 16 & upwards, beginners to advanced<br />

Preparation for Diplomas, Examinations and Auditions etc.<br />

Development of Sight-Singing skills, Kodály, Music Theory<br />


Singing Rehabilitation therapy programmes<br />

If you are at all anxious about your singing voice, please<br />

contact us for advice.<br />


Retiring collection for the Organ Appeal Fund<br />


Exploring the collaborative voice between Art & Science<br />

through creative and practical events, delivered by invited,<br />

leading authorities in their subjects.<br />

Tel: 07976 936024<br />



SUN 4 TH , 3PM<br />

First Sunday Recital: Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater.<br />

The Sunday recitals season kicks off with this<br />

18th-century piece, sung by soprano Shona<br />

Knight and alto Rebecca Leggett. String quartet<br />

led by Ellie Blackshaw; chamber organ by Nick<br />

Houghton. St Michael’s Church, free with retiring<br />

collection for the Organ Appeal Fund<br />

SATURDAY 17 TH , 7.30PM<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Concert Orchestra. The orchestra play:<br />

Walton’s Johannesburg Overture; Hummel’s<br />

Trumpet Concerto (with soloist Alice Bioleau);<br />

Offenbach’s Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld,<br />

and Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony.<br />

TRINITY Church, Southover, £10 in advance (info@<br />

lewesconcertorchestra.org) £12 door, £5 U18/ students<br />

FRIDAY 23 RD , 7.45PM<br />

Amatis Piano Trio. The Nicholas Yonge Society<br />

host the Holland-based musicians (above), violinist<br />

Lea Hausmann, cellist Samuel Shepherd and<br />

pianist Mengjie Han, performing Brahms’ Trio<br />

no 3 Opus 101, Kelly-Marie Murphy’s Give me<br />

Phoenix Wings to Fly and Schubert’s Trio No 2<br />

in E flat2. Sussex Downs College, £15, 8-25 years old<br />

free, from nys.org.uk<br />

SUNDAY 25 TH , 7PM<br />

Pro Musica Spring Concert. Karl Jenkins<br />

‘Armed Man’ (Choral Suite), and John Rutter’s<br />

‘Feel the Spirit’, based on traditional spirituals.<br />

St Andrew’s Church, Alfriston, £12 (U15 free)<br />

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Photo of Amatis Trio © Allard Willemse<br />


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Mass at 8pm<br />


Children’s Stations of the Cross at 10am<br />

Stations of the Cross (Via Crucis) at 12 noon<br />

Celebration of the Passion of the Lord at 3pm<br />


Office of Readings and Morning Prayer at 8.30am<br />


The Easter Vigil (8.30pm on Holy Saturday)<br />

Mass at 9am, 10.30am, 12.30pm (Latin)<br />

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Fans of The Distillers rejoice, there is a<br />

female-fuelled brigade of punk-rockers<br />

on the scene, and they are coming<br />

to <strong>Lewes</strong>. Maid of Ace, hailing from<br />

south-coast dirty Hastings (their words,<br />

not ours) comprises sisters Alison, Anna,<br />

Abby and Amy Elliot (all with middle<br />

names starting C, literally making four<br />

aces, nicely played Mum and Dad).<br />

They have been playing together as a<br />

sisterhood since a school show in 2005,<br />

and the two albums now under their belt<br />

are jam-packed with kick-ass tunes and<br />

anti-establishment attitude (‘Minimum Wage’, ‘Fight’, ‘Greed’). Their sound is riotous, energetic punk rock<br />

and they are certain to make for a memorable gig. Saturday 31st, Con Club, 8pm, £11.50<br />

Preview and listings by Kelly Hill<br />

FRIDAY 2<br />

Bad Boy Boogie. AC/DC tribute. Con Club,<br />

8pm, £5 (members free)<br />

Lazy Susan. DJ set. Lamb, 8pm, free<br />

SATURDAY 3<br />

Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro. Blues/folk/<br />

Americana. Con Club, 7.30pm, £15<br />

Open Night with Ken Hobbs. Folk (English<br />

trad). Elly, 8pm, £3<br />

Bassment. Dance grooves. Café du Jardin (near<br />

Pastorale Antiques), 8pm, free<br />

MONDAY 5<br />

Kelvin Christiane. Jazz saxophone. Snowdrop,<br />

8pm, free<br />

FRIDAY 9<br />

SYNTHONY 101. Electronic 80s tribute act.<br />

Con Club, 8pm, free<br />

Lazy Susan. DJ set. Lamb, 8pm, free<br />

SATURDAY 10<br />

Kit Trigg. Blues/rock. Lansdown, 7.30pm, free<br />

Zoot Zazou. Vintage hot swing night. All<br />

proceeds to Hamsey School. Con Club, 7.30pm,<br />

£25/£20 adv<br />

Judy Cook. Folk (US trad acapella). Elephant<br />

and Castle 8pm, £7<br />

The Fruitful Soundsystem. DJ set. Swan, 9pm-<br />

12.30am, free<br />

SUNDAY 11<br />

Open Space Open Mic. Music, poetry and<br />

performance. Elly, 7.30pm, free<br />

Peter & the Test Tube Babies. Punk legend<br />

Peacehaven wild kids. Con Club, 7.30pm, £12<br />

MONDAY 12<br />

Sam Carelse. Jazz vocals. Snowdrop, 8pm, free<br />

FRIDAY 16<br />

Lazy Susan. DJ set. Lamb, 8pm, free<br />


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(Most other Funeral Directors use off-site mortuary facilities,<br />

often situated a long way from their premises).<br />

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SATURDAY 17<br />

Matthew Gest's Boogie Troop. Blues and New<br />

Orleans piano. Lansdown, 7.30pm, free<br />

The Urban Voodoo Machine. Bourbon-soaked<br />

gypsy blues. Con Club, 7.30pm, £18/£15<br />

John Kirkpatrick. Folk (Eng trad). Elly, 8pm, £10<br />

MONDAY 19<br />

Terry Seabrook Trio. Jazz. Snowdrop, 8pm, free<br />

FRIDAY 23<br />

Arcadia Roots. Roots, dance, dub. Con Club,<br />

8pm price tba<br />

Lazy Susan. DJ set. Lamb, 8pm, free<br />

SATURDAY 24<br />

Underscore Orkestra. Balkan/klezmer/gypsy jazz<br />

& swing. Landsown, 7.30pm, free<br />

English Dulcimer Duo. Folk (British &<br />

continental). Elly, 8pm, £7<br />

SUNDAY 25<br />

Kate and Co. Sundays<br />

in the Bar. Con<br />

Club, 3.30pm, free<br />

MONDAY 26<br />

Andy Urquart. Jazz<br />

trumpeter. Snowdrop<br />

Inn, 8pm, free<br />

THURSDAY 29<br />

Oh Mama. Psychedelic folk rock. Lansdown,<br />

7.30pm, free<br />

FRIDAY 30<br />

Curst Sons. Hillbilly blues. Con Club, 8pm, free<br />

Lazy Susan. DJ set. Lamb, 8pm, free<br />

SATURDAY 31<br />

Maid of Ace. See Gig of the Month<br />

Photo (detail) of The Curst Sons by JJ Waller<br />

MAR<br />

@<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong><br />

Con Club<br />




9 SYNTHONY 101<br />

10 ZOOT ZAZOU<br />






25 KATE & CO<br />

30 CURST SONS<br />

31 MAID OF ACE<br />



SUNDAY 4<br />

Art activities for children. Drop-in hosted<br />

by volunteers; from paper lampshades to clay<br />

models, inspired by the art and lives of the<br />

Bloomsbury group. Charleston, 12.30pm, free.<br />

Look Think Make. Look at the artworks, think<br />

about the ideas behind them and be inspired to<br />

make creations. De La Warr, 2pm, £1.<br />

UNDER 16<br />

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Easter Egg Trail. Carrot-themed trail,<br />

with activities and<br />

opportunities to learn<br />

about carrots and their<br />

wild relatives. Wakehurst,<br />

see kew.org/wakehurst.<br />


Peter Rabbit Goes Wild. Two weeks of Peter<br />

Rabbit-themed fun for the Easter holidays,<br />

with games, crafts and storytelling inspired by<br />

Beatrix Potter’s tales. Wakehurst, see kew.org/<br />

wakehurst.<br />

TUESDAY 6<br />

Tiny Towner. Weekly drop-in session at the<br />

gallery, run by early-years artist educators<br />

Octopus Inc, leading creative play for under 5s.<br />

SATURDAY 10<br />

High in the Old Oak<br />

Tree. Writer, illustrator<br />

and performer Ed<br />

Boxall will perform his<br />

book High In the Old<br />

Oak Tree about a boy<br />

who decides to spend<br />

his life getting to know the strange unseen<br />

creatures in the high branches, together with<br />

other poems and songs. Giant books, projections<br />

and more. Skylark (Needlemakers), 11am &<br />

2pm, free. See pg 69.<br />

SATURDAY 31<br />

Springtime Studio. Celebrate the new season<br />

with an assortment of family-friendly creative<br />

activities. De La Warr, 11am-3pm, £1.<br />


Parham Easter family weekend. Garden trail,<br />

face painting, craft activities, storytelling and the<br />

opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny. Parham<br />

House and Gardens, see parhaminsussex.co.uk.<br />

BEATRIX POTTER TM © Frederick<br />

Warne & Co., <strong>2018</strong><br />

MONDAY 12<br />

Tales for Toddlers. Stories, songs and<br />

imagination-inspiring activities. De La Warr,<br />

10.15am & 11.15am, £1.<br />


April Lambing<br />

at MIDDLE FARM<br />

Witness lambs being born, and<br />

even help bottle feed some of them

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This month’s top photo was sent<br />

in by Sophie Bannister, aged just<br />

eight. “When I was walking home<br />

from school with my mum and<br />

brother I saw the starlings flocking<br />

near my house,” she tells us. “The<br />

flock was making lots of different<br />

shapes and it looked beautiful.”<br />

Indeed it did, Sophie, as did the<br />

wintry trees silhouetted by the<br />

clear blue sky. Looks cold, though!<br />

The picture wins Sophie a £10 book token kindly offered, as ever, by Bags of Books in Cliffe. Just go along<br />

with an adult, Sophie, and they’ll give it to you.<br />

Under 16? For your chance to win a token and see your picture in this slot send your pics, along with a note of<br />

where, when and why you took it, to photos@vivamagazines.com. Happy snapping!<br />

With its excellent and<br />

imaginative approach, the<br />

Steiner Waldorf curriculum<br />

has gained ever-widening<br />

recognition as a creative and<br />

compassionate alternative to<br />

traditional avenues of education.<br />

But just how does it feel to be<br />

a child in this environment,<br />

soaking up this stimulating and<br />

rewarding teaching?<br />

Find out more...<br />

Open Morning<br />

8th <strong>March</strong><br />

08:30 - 13:00<br />

Please register online<br />

A Day in the<br />

Classroom<br />

Saturday 24th <strong>March</strong><br />

08:15 - 13:00<br />

Please book:<br />

contact@michaelhall.co.uk<br />

www.michaelhall.co.uk/school-open-days<br />

Kidbrooke Park, Priory Road, Forest Row. East Sussex, RH18 5JA<br />

Tel: 01342 822275 - Registered Charity Number 307006<br />

Alternatively, book in<br />

for a Private Tour<br />

contact@michaelhall.co.uk<br />

or call 01342 822275<br />


GET BACK<br />


Visit your local pool at<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Leisure Centre<br />

For more details contact: 01273 486000<br />

or email: info@waveleisure.co.uk<br />

www.waveleisure.co.uk<br />

@waveleisure<br />


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When you are a kid you don’t have<br />

much economic power, do you?<br />

Maybe your parents give you some<br />

pocket money, but £2 or £3 will<br />

barely buy you a magazine nowadays.<br />

However, there’s one place<br />

in <strong>Lewes</strong> where you can feel rich,<br />

even without very much money -<br />

the car boot sale.<br />

It’s recently been upgraded to a<br />

rather fancier Vintage Market, but<br />

the old stalwarts are still there in<br />

attendance. So, one cold February<br />

Sunday morning, I take two of my boys down to the<br />

back of Waitrose to see what bargains are to be had.<br />

My middle child is a natural haggler. His technique<br />

is to offer a pound less than the asking price then to<br />

gradually increase his offer in ten pences until the<br />

stall holder either gets exhausted<br />

or until his younger brother gets<br />

impatient and starts begging,<br />

‘Please, please, please.’<br />

The sale gives the boys the<br />

opportunity to negotiate in a<br />

safe environment and to have a<br />

bit of fun doing it. We’ve often<br />

got into lengthy conversations<br />

with the stall holders and most<br />

of them have a tale or two to tell.<br />

And somehow, we feel as if we<br />

are supporting a more independent<br />

way of buying and selling. There’s an array of<br />

goods: from large plastic dinosaurs, to old Beano<br />

albums and even a giant exercise ball. Sure, there’s<br />

some tat but part of the fun is sorting through to<br />

find affordable treasure. Jacky Adams<br />


High in the Old Oak Tree tells the<br />

story of a little boy who climbs up<br />

an oak tree and never comes down.<br />

He climbs so high that he can’t see<br />

the ground, and the higher he gets,<br />

the stranger things get. He meets<br />

bears and wolves hiding amongst its<br />

leaves, and when he reaches the top<br />

he can touch the moon with a stick.<br />

The book was written as a poem by<br />

local author and illustrator Ed Boxall,<br />

who will be performing High in<br />

the Old Oak Tree, along with some<br />

other poems and music, at Skylark<br />

in the Needlemakers on the 10th of <strong>March</strong>. “It’s a<br />

very magical, kind of surreal poem,” says Ed, “quite<br />

in the tradition of Edward Lear – sort of nonsense,<br />

but quite melancholy and serious<br />

at the same time.”<br />

“It was inspired by something<br />

quite specific: over near Hastings<br />

there’s a Woodcraft Folk camp<br />

that I took my kids to every year,<br />

and there are these two enormous<br />

oak trees there. I made up a<br />

version of the story while I was<br />

camping there one summer, and<br />

over a couple of years, it slowly<br />

turned into the poem that appears<br />

in the book.”<br />

There will be two performances<br />

on the day: one at 11am and one at 2pm. These are<br />

aimed at children aged five and up.<br />

edboxall.com<br />


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The Patch<br />

Pintxos? In <strong>Lewes</strong>?<br />

My best friend lived<br />

for many years in San<br />

Sebastian, in the Basque<br />

Country in Northern<br />

Spain. I became a<br />

regular visitor to that<br />

wonderful city, which<br />

is celebrated, among<br />

other things, for its fantastic<br />

food. One of the<br />

highlights of the trip<br />

was dining out in the<br />

old part of town, going<br />

from bar to bar trying<br />

out different pintxos.<br />

These are a kind of<br />

Basque tapas, where<br />

wildly different food combinations are stuck onto<br />

a slice of baguette with a cocktail stick.<br />

And now – on weekend evenings at least – <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

has a dedicated 'pintxos' bar. The Patch, which<br />

has opened up where Fillers used to be, on the<br />

corner of Market Street and School Hill, is a<br />

regular sandwich shop in the daytime, and sells<br />

a variety of craft ales at night. But, from 5.30 on<br />

Friday and Saturday, they will be serving these<br />

little Basque delicacies. "You'd better be quick<br />

though," says Patch, the guy who runs the place,<br />

(you might remember him from the Snowdrop).<br />

"We only make so many, and when they're gone,<br />

they're gone."<br />

We arrive at 5.30.<br />

Patch hasn't been able to perform miracles of the<br />

TARDIS variety to make the place bigger inside,<br />

so I'd suggest that it's not the sort of place for a<br />

football team to drop into after a game, but we<br />

find ourselves a little table by the window, just in<br />

time to witness the unveiling of tonight's pintxos,<br />

laid out on the bar surface – which they fill – on<br />

a black slate. We immediately<br />

fill a plate<br />

with one of each, and<br />

ask for a knife, so we<br />

can share them.<br />

For the record this is<br />

what we got. One had<br />

little pieces of steak<br />

in a gravy with a tiny<br />

dollop of mustard on<br />

top. Another had some<br />

Thai-spiced fish with<br />

diced pepper, onion<br />

and coriander. A third<br />

had a generous slice<br />

of goats cheese on<br />

top of some gherkins,<br />

with a roasted red pepper on top. And finally a<br />

bit of courgette on a bed of mayonnaise with<br />

some chopped up tomato and pomegranate<br />

seeds. They cost £1.50 a shot, which seems very<br />

reasonable.<br />

To wash these down I choose a large glass of Billingshurst<br />

English red wine, at £6, and Rowena<br />

goes for a pint of Vermont Pale APA from Gun<br />

Brewery... Patch specialises in keg ales, and you<br />

can expect him to try out a whole variety of these<br />

– another reason to pay a visit.<br />

Back to the pintxos: it's a mistake to try to cut<br />

them up, we realise: they are best enjoyed one<br />

to a person, so after a bit of a messy disaster<br />

first time round we chomp away happy in the<br />

decision that we're going to buy another plateful<br />

afterwards. Which we do, eliminating the courgette<br />

mixture, and going for two Thai fish ones.<br />

Verdict? A big thumbs up for another <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

first, and we'll certainly be back; I can't think of<br />

a better way to start off a weekend evening (aka<br />

line the stomach). Topa! Alex Leith<br />

Photo by Chloë King<br />


72<br />

Photo by Rebecca Cunningham

RECIPE<br />

Groundnut stew<br />

By The Feature Kitchen’s Jacob Fodio Todd<br />

I grew up in Mozambique, then Swaziland, then<br />

Tanzania; my family moved around quite a bit<br />

until I was 13, when we came to <strong>Lewes</strong>. I went to<br />

school here, to Priory. When I left <strong>Lewes</strong> the first<br />

time, I went to Paris for two years and worked in<br />

the Rose Bakery there. Then I moved to London,<br />

where I started a food enterprise with some friends<br />

called The Groundnut, a project looking at African<br />

food. We did a lot of pop-up restaurants and we<br />

published a cookbook.<br />

When I moved back to <strong>Lewes</strong>, I really noticed<br />

that there wasn’t much diversity of takeaway<br />

food available. There are a lot of takeaways, but<br />

they tend to be the traditional Indian, Chinese,<br />

Thai places. It’s really hard for new independent<br />

businesses to open in <strong>Lewes</strong> because property<br />

prices are very high, which is a shame because<br />

we can’t have more speculative businesses, or<br />

opportunities for people to try out their idea and<br />

see how it works.<br />

The idea of The Feature Kitchen is to create a<br />

platform for chefs and food enthusiasts to come<br />

in and cook. They don’t have to worry about<br />

anything except the food; the packaging is taken<br />

care of, the marketing, the logistics. We work on<br />

a menu together, talk about it, cook it, taste it,<br />

and once that works well they just pitch up in the<br />

kitchen and start cooking. I often kitchen assist,<br />

but otherwise it’s up to them. We work from the<br />

Community Kitchen, so I hire that for a day,<br />

pay the chefs a fee and get some drivers to come<br />

and distribute the food. We don’t have our own<br />

permanent space, so the business is kind of fluid.<br />

The menu changes each month. The first was<br />

Ethiopian, the second was Caribbean, then<br />

Trinidad and Tobago, Thai… all over the world.<br />

And the experience of the chefs really varies.<br />

Genet, who did the first month, used to cook back<br />

in Ethiopia so she's very experienced, just not so<br />

much in the UK market. Omolola is a doctor and<br />

she was taking a sabbatical, so she wanted to take<br />

some time to explore her passion for African and<br />

Caribbean food.<br />

This recipe is actually from a friend, who’s from<br />

Sierra Leone. It’s a peanut-based dish which is<br />

common across West Africa, with similar variations<br />

throughout Africa. Serves four.<br />

Ingredients: 2 tins of black-eyed beans, 2<br />

onions (finely chopped), 2 cloves of garlic (finely<br />

chopped), fresh chilli (finely chopped), 2 heaped<br />

tablespoons of tomato purée, 2 tomatoes (finely<br />

chopped), vegetable stock, 2 heaped tablespoons of<br />

peanut butter, ½ teaspoon of white pepper, salt and<br />

pepper to taste<br />

Method: Heat a little oil in a pot. Add the onions,<br />

one of the cloves of garlic and the chilli (I used a<br />

quarter of a Scotch Bonnet, but adjust according<br />

to taste). Cook that all down until the onions turn<br />

golden brown. Add the white pepper and tomato<br />

purée and cook until it starts to burn slightly.<br />

Put the fresh tomatoes and the rest of the garlic<br />

into the pot with the black eyed beans and add<br />

stock to just cover. Stir in the peanut butter and<br />

leave to simmer for 30 minutes. Season with salt<br />

and pepper. This goes really well with rice, bread –<br />

any staple really – and then a nice salad.<br />

As told to Rebecca Cunningham<br />

This month Chloe Edwards from Seven Sisters<br />

Spices will be taking over the kitchen. Her menu<br />

will be available (Fridays and Saturdays only) on the<br />

weekends of the 9th, 16th and 23rd of <strong>March</strong>. See<br />

thefeaturekitchen.co.uk<br />


FOOD<br />

Riverside Café<br />

Fresh-water croque<br />

Apart from Tesco, I can’t really think of a company<br />

that makes the most of its Ouse-side location. Unless<br />

you count the aptly-named Riverside, of course.<br />

There are a few tables inside the building in both<br />

the Brasserie upstairs, and the Riverside Café<br />

downstairs, which offer a river view out the window.<br />

Outside the latter, if you sit with your back to Cliffe<br />

High Street on the wooden bench at the furthest<br />

table, you get an al fresco perspective of the water.<br />

It’s barely mid-February so despite the sunniness<br />

of the day I’m grateful for the blankets they’ve left<br />

out there, and the outdoor heater. I order some hot<br />

food – an arancini [sic] and a croque monsieur, and<br />

wait with a flat white, wondering if using a knife<br />

and fork with gloves on will be a first.<br />

The food arrives on two separate wooden boards,<br />

each with a little pile of dressed salad, so I eat it like<br />

two courses, thinking what a wasted opportunity<br />

the Argos car-park is (can we have a John Harvey<br />

Tavern beer garden, please!).<br />

The arancino serves to fill me up enough so I don’t<br />

dispose of the main act in two bites. Croque monsieurs<br />

are the most devilish French invention since<br />

the guillotine: this one is nicely browned on the top,<br />

and is in turns crunchy, chewy and soft.<br />

Am I transported momentarily to a bistro on the<br />

Rive Gauche? Well, not really, but it’s the nearest<br />

we have to it: when spring hits you may have to<br />

fight for the spot. Alex Leith<br />

Photo by Alex Leith<br />


The bakery in your home<br />

From a business started by a Brighton<br />

University graduate and launched via the<br />

crowdfunding platform Kickstarter; The Spring<br />

Oven is a unique ovenware vessel for bread<br />

baking. It has a channel to fill with water, which<br />

generates steam in your oven to help you bake<br />

exceptional bread at home.<br />

Read the full story at www.thespringoven.com<br />


Pop down to Riverside for seasonal farm shop<br />

goodies from May’s Farm Cart, chocolate delights<br />

from Poppy’s and a wealth of art and craft kit from<br />

the-stitchery. If you have more time, linger in<br />

The Brasserie for lunch with a view.

FOOD<br />

Illustration by Chloë King<br />

Edible Updates<br />

A couple of promising<br />

changes to the food<br />

landscape: a new Turkish<br />

coffee shop is opening<br />

on Station Street, and<br />

Trading Post Coffee<br />

are opening in what<br />

was the Real Eating Co<br />

premises. Word is the Brighton<br />

branch serves good vegan options and their onsite<br />

roaster will add to their appeal.<br />

Back Yard Coffee at the Needlemakers<br />

convert their operation into a cocktail bar on<br />

Friday and Saturday evenings, serving drinks<br />

with ‘foraged ingredients’ to live jazz and DJs.<br />

Excitingly, Pestle & Mortar are growing their<br />

Asian whole-foods grocery offering with a<br />

noodle bar and cafe in what was Laporte’s on<br />

Friars Walk.<br />

The <strong>Lewes</strong> Arms has had a thorough kitchen<br />

refresh and now offers ‘small plates’ and mains<br />

including a signature pulled pork burger. Mitch<br />

from the John Harvey Tavern has taken over<br />

the Royal Oak and revamped the interior and<br />

drinks list to include Ground coffee.<br />

As the weather warms, look out for a new<br />

horsebox café at <strong>Lewes</strong> Vintage Market on<br />

Sundays. It could be a good year for mobile<br />

grocers with Charlotte’s Cupboard (see pg<br />

83) pitching at Harvey’s Yard on Fridays and<br />

The Sussex Peasant up for a BBC Food &<br />

Farming Award.<br />

In other news, Cashew Catering host a<br />

‘Spring Feast’ workshop on 10th; Kabak,<br />

a Middle Eastern Supper Club on the 24th<br />

(kabakfood.wixsite.com) and The Feature<br />

Kitchen are collaborating with Chloe Edwards<br />

(thefeaturekitchen.co.uk, see pg 72).<br />

Bonus: Proud Country House in Falmer now<br />

have a supervised ‘Kids Table’ on Saturdays, offering<br />

parents the possibility of an uninterrupted<br />

lunch; and Limetree Kitchen are offering<br />

bottomless prosecco on Sunday lunchtimes and<br />

Wednesday evenings. Hic! Chloë King<br />

The Pelham arms<br />



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Great Venue for<br />

Celebrations<br />

Children and<br />

Dog Friendly<br />


MONDAY BAR 4-11PM<br />


BAR 12 NOON TO 11PM<br />

FOOD 12 NOON TO 2.30PM & 6 TO 9.30PM<br />


BAR 12 NOON TO 11PM<br />

FOOD 12 NOON TO 2.30PM & 6 TO 9.30PM<br />

SUNDAY<br />

BAR 12 NOON TO 10.30PM<br />

FOOD 12 NOON TO 8PM<br />




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With over 6,000 independent businesses in the <strong>Lewes</strong> District, how to choose<br />

four without offending all the others? We decided to highlight recently started<br />

concerns, which ply an innovative trade. Rebecca King did the honours<br />

with the camera, asking our four entrepreneurial spirits<br />

‘what do you most like about working for yourself?’<br />

millsandkingphotography.com<br />

Anna Lane & Nicola Wright, Treatment Tents (treatment-tents.com)<br />

“It creates an equilibrium between family life and career, giving us wonderful<br />

freedom to make our own decisions and choices.’’


Nancy Meiland, Nancy Meiland Parfums (nancymeiland.com)<br />

“Listening and acting on my instincts, shaping my own path<br />

and learning all aspects of my business from scratch.”


Tracey Horan, Dolly Fixtures (dollyfixtures.co.uk)<br />

“The flexibility means I can usually be there for my family,<br />

even if that means working into the wee hours, catching up!’’


Thalassa de Burgh-Milne and Charlotte Cross, Charlotte's Cupboard<br />

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“We don't have to compromise on our values, we now use<br />

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Slugs<br />

The slimes they are a-changin’<br />

I’ve had a strange fascination with slugs since I was<br />

a little boy. Back then I believed that they were<br />

homeless snails that had lost their shells. It turns<br />

out I was right. Sort of. The whole eviction process<br />

had started as far back as the murky Mesozoic when<br />

some land snails cast off the shackles of a shell<br />

and evolved into slugs for some truly independent<br />

living. Sure, shells are great for protection and will<br />

help you to avoid drying out but they’re clunky and<br />

require calcium to construct. Without them you<br />

can roam anywhere and (to namecheck another<br />

mollusc) the world’s your oyster. The slug’s shell<br />

has never completely been lost – a fragment still<br />

remains hidden under their skin, a tiny, shrunken<br />

souvenir of their snail ancestry. You can take the<br />

slug out of the shell but you can’t take the shell out<br />

of the slug.<br />

Another link to their slimy dynasty is that slugs, like<br />

snails, are both hes and shes and, as hermaphrodites,<br />

possess both sets of sexual organs. This means<br />

that, if the situation dictates, they can go it alone<br />

and simply self-fertilise to produce their offspring.<br />

A true state of independence. Imagine if our<br />

reproduction process was so simple: no awkward<br />

first dates, no wedding cake decisions – just DIY<br />

duplication. And for narcissists there’s another bonus<br />

– self-fertilisation creates a clone – or in a slug’s<br />

case hundreds of clones. Imagine the possibilities<br />

– an army of Blencowes churning out wildlife<br />

articles for magazines up and down the country.<br />

But the problem with inbreeding (and you can’t get<br />

more inbred than having sex with yourself) is a lack<br />

of genetic variability. Clones all possess the same<br />

weaknesses. An entire slug population can be wiped<br />

out by the same parasites and pathogens. An entire<br />

Blencowe army could be distracted and defeated by<br />

a few crates of Ferrero Rochers.<br />

To produce varied and resilient offspring most<br />

slugs go in for the more old-fashioned approach of<br />

finding a partner for a quick rustle in the undergrowth.<br />

But one garden slug species has turned this<br />

chore into art – a flamboyant celebration of a lack<br />

of independence. The spotted and striped leopard<br />

slugs start their performance with a fair bit of slap<br />

and tickle. The pair chase each other around a tree<br />

giving each other some sensuous strokes and cheeky<br />

nibbles. Then they climb, shimmy along a branch<br />

and descend on a rope made of their own mucous.<br />

Here, hanging in mid-air, the slugs evert their<br />

sexual organs, entwining them to create a moonlit<br />

globe. This graceful, balletic trapeze performance<br />

has to be one of the most mesmerising sights on<br />

our planet. If you search hard enough you can find<br />

beauty in the strangest places. Still, if I was strolling<br />

through the woods at night, I’d hate to walk into it<br />

face-first. Michael Blencowe, Sussex Wildlife Trust<br />


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Walkies<br />

#13 Berwick Circular<br />

Sarah is ‘faffing’. I think faffing is one of those<br />

Mars and Venus things. I’m not saying there aren’t<br />

men who faff but I do reckon that women tend to<br />

faff more than men.<br />

My confidence in this controversial assertion is<br />

boosted by the fact that Todd obviously agrees<br />

with me. He’s pulling on his lead and has let out<br />

a whine and a bark. Quite why there’s this delay<br />

in starting our walk, he can’t quite fathom. And<br />

neither can I.<br />

Not for the first time (or the second for that matter),<br />

Sarah has decided to replace one article of<br />

clothing with another and is now staring up at the<br />

sky which, it has to be said, is giving few indications<br />

of its ultimate intention.<br />

Finally, an alternative anorak, an umbrella, a<br />

woolly hat and a scarf are dragged out of the boot,<br />

stuffed in a backpack, and handed to me. Despite<br />

some dark mutterings from yours truly, it’s clearly<br />

the price that must be paid if we are ever to leave<br />

the car park.<br />

This particular walk from the Cricketers Arms<br />

near Berwick, up onto the Downs, west towards<br />

Firle and then back through Alciston to the pub<br />

is a summer favourite ending in the Cricketers’<br />

delightful garden. In winter, the allure of a roaring<br />

log fire is even more appealing.<br />

When we reach the top of the Downs, the weather<br />

gods are in a particularly fickle mood putting on a<br />

son et lumière worthy of a scene from King Lear.<br />

Within the space of a few minutes we are battered<br />

by high winds, drenched by a cloud-burst, and<br />

then blinded by bright sunshine.<br />

Todd may be in seventh heaven – and would probably<br />

remain so even if the sky fell in and we were<br />

abducted by aliens – but I feel like a man more<br />

sinned against than sinning. If I have to open this<br />

wretched backpack one more time I shall pull my<br />

own eyes out.<br />

On the way back down to Alciston we shelter in<br />

some trees to find some respite from the wind and<br />

rain before making our way along the footpath<br />

towards Berwick. Here we decide to take a look at<br />

the famous WW2 murals in the church painted by<br />

Duncan Grant and Vanessa and Quentin Bell.<br />

I am immersed in an admiring reverie when I hear<br />

a bark from the porch and Sarah’s voice echoes<br />

down the nave. “Come on,” she says. “What on<br />

earth are you doing? Todd’s getting impatient. We<br />

can’t stay here all day.” Faffing, you see. Depends<br />

how you define it. Richard Madden<br />

Map: OS Explorer OL25. Distance: 4 miles. Terrain:<br />

Steep climb onto Downs, views over the Cuckmere<br />

Haven to the sea. Directions: From Berwick follow the<br />

footpath up onto the Downs and then west along the<br />

South Downs Way. At Bostal Hill, follow the sunken<br />

path to Alciston and then the footpath east back to the<br />

pub. Start/finish: Cricketer’s Arms, Berwick<br />


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HEALTH<br />

Period drama<br />

Time for a change…<br />

What affects half the<br />

population, yet is one<br />

of the most misunderstood<br />

– and least<br />

discussed – of all conditions?<br />

The answer<br />

is the menopause.<br />

It’s a term we’re all<br />

familiar with, but<br />

what exactly do we<br />

mean by it? Technically,<br />

menopause<br />

occurs when a woman<br />

has her last period.<br />

More usually, though, we use the word to cover the<br />

time during which declining levels of the hormone<br />

oestrogen cause periods to dwindle, and trigger<br />

other changes and symptoms.<br />

According to campaign group Menopause UK, 13<br />

million women in the UK fall into this category,<br />

with an average age of 45 to 55. And of those<br />

women, a quarter claim their symptoms adversely<br />

affect them.<br />

Symptoms range from hot flushes and night<br />

sweats, to vaginal dryness, insomnia, reduced libido,<br />

aching joints, and problems with memory and<br />

concentration. No wonder the British Menopause<br />

Society reported last year that over half of women<br />

surveyed said the menopause had negatively<br />

impacted their lives.<br />

But while some women clearly experience difficulties<br />

as they go through ‘the change’, problems<br />

aren’t inevitable, and there is plenty we can do to<br />

ease the transition.<br />

So says Lynne Russell, a natural health practitioner<br />

with a special interest in the menopause, who is<br />

keen to challenge assumptions. “So much media<br />

coverage of the menopause is negative, and often<br />

Hormone Replacement Therapy or antidepressants<br />

are the only options discussed, but there is<br />

a lot a woman can<br />

do to help herself<br />

naturally.”<br />

She uses a combination<br />

of different remedies<br />

and approaches<br />

to help her clients<br />

at The Cliffe Clinic,<br />

tailoring treatment to<br />

each individual. “Everyone<br />

is different.<br />

The key is to become<br />

better informed. People<br />

can be desperate<br />

to feel better, but it’s important to gather all the<br />

information, so you can work out what is going to<br />

support your system best.”<br />

To that end, Lynne believes that menopause can be<br />

the perfect opportunity for a ‘life audit’. “Menopause<br />

acts like a magnifier, so anything else going<br />

on at the time will be intensified, whether it’s a<br />

health issue or something emotional,” she explains.<br />

“We tend to wait until we hit difficulties before we<br />

act, but the more you can do to prepare yourself<br />

for menopause, the better, whether that’s in terms<br />

of tackling existing problems or generally improving<br />

your diet and fitness. It’s a good opportunity to<br />

take stock, then act pre-emptively. If you’re in the<br />

best possible mental and physical place, you’re less<br />

likely to experience problems.”<br />

Above all, though, she says, try to stay positive.<br />

“It’s about asking yourself what you can do to have<br />

a better time of it. Menopause can be okay, and<br />

moving onto the next stage of life can be positive<br />

and empowering. You don’t have to be a ‘menopause<br />

goddess’, but it doesn’t have to be a horror<br />

story either.” Anita Hall<br />

Natural Alternatives at the Menopause Workshop<br />

takes place on the 3rd of <strong>March</strong>. For details or to<br />

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HEALTH<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> 'Super-surgery'<br />

A riverside health campus by 2020<br />

By the early 2020s,<br />

all going to plan,<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> will have a<br />

new ‘Super-surgery’,<br />

which promises to<br />

offer more wideranging<br />

services and<br />

improved efficiencies,<br />

and will replace the<br />

three existing surgeries,<br />

whilst Ringmer<br />

surgery remains.<br />

I'm invited to St<br />

Andrew's Surgery to talk to Dr Jason Heath, a<br />

partner and GP there, who is one of the movers<br />

behind the new plans. St Andrew's is one of the<br />

three practices involved in what is much more<br />

than just a merger, along with School Hill Medical<br />

Practice and River Lodge Surgery.<br />

The site proposed is directly opposite the river<br />

from Tesco, where a number of warehouses from<br />

the old Phoenix industrial site currently stand,<br />

awaiting demolition before the Santon and <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

District Council development – of which this will<br />

be part – is constructed. The plan includes underground<br />

parking. The practice itself along with<br />

other new buildings will be built from first-floor<br />

height up, making it safe from flooding. The surrounding<br />

transport infrastructure will be improved<br />

to ease access to and from the site for both car and<br />

public transport users.<br />

More than just a merger? "We hope this will be a<br />

state-of-the-art centre," says Dr Heath, "providing<br />

a much wider access to health and social care<br />

than the existing surgeries can. It’ll offer a broad<br />

spectrum of services to cater for both physical and<br />

mental health problems, and enable other key services<br />

such as district nursing, midwifery, counselling,<br />

audiology, physiotherapy etc to be located on<br />

the same campus. Being in one place will improve<br />

delivery of care and<br />

serve what is a growing<br />

population into<br />

the next generation."<br />

The 'hub' is also keen<br />

to maintain links with<br />

the Victoria Hospital,<br />

with plans to open<br />

a GP-staffed urgent<br />

treatment unit.<br />

One reason for the<br />

modernisation is to<br />

alleviate what Dr<br />

Heath calls the 'GP bottleneck' whereby patients<br />

see the GP first, even if there is someone else<br />

better placed to help them: to this end <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

receptionists are already being trained to become<br />

‘patient navigators’, to signpost patients to the<br />

most appropriate care options, such as open access<br />

support to children or young people with mental<br />

health worries, benefits advice, or direct access<br />

physiotherapy.<br />

I ask the obvious question: "is this a cost-cutting<br />

measure in disguise?" Dr Heath, who speaks of the<br />

project with great commitment, is quick to dismiss<br />

such a thought. "Not at all. In fact the overall cost<br />

to the NHS for the surgery will be slightly higher<br />

than the current facilities – which are no longer fit<br />

for purpose – are costing."<br />

"The three current practices are stretched beyond<br />

capacity, and the population of the town is growing,”<br />

he concludes. “We are planning something<br />

which is quite pioneering: I believe we will be the<br />

envy, for example, of anyone living in Brighton. A<br />

similar project at Bromley-By-Bow has been very<br />

successful, creating a space where people come for<br />

much more than just to see their doctor, and we<br />

are hoping to create something of real value to the<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> community."<br />

Alex Leith<br />

Courtesy of Axis Architects<br />

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Pretty vacant<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong>’ ‘buildings at risk’<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> has many<br />

buildings of historic or<br />

architectural importance,<br />

hundreds of them<br />

having the protective<br />

status of being ‘listed’.<br />

The town is inevitably<br />

subject to change<br />

- changes of use and<br />

new developments. For<br />

a number of reasons<br />

buildings may become<br />

‘at risk’, often for a<br />

short time, occasionally<br />

for very long periods.<br />

Being at risk may<br />

come about because<br />

of vacancy, changes<br />

of ownership or while<br />

redevelopment opportunities are explored and<br />

planning permission sought.<br />

A good example of the latter category is Canon<br />

O’Donnell Hall on Western Road. Many of<br />

us will have a memory of this place, be it associated<br />

with scouts, Western Road School, the Catholic<br />

Church or drama classes… and that is by no means<br />

an exhaustive list! After being empty for years, at<br />

last this building with its Arts & Crafts touches<br />

and in a prominent position, is being converted,<br />

albeit very slowly, into four town houses. Earlier<br />

plans by the owner to knock it down and build<br />

a block of flats were opposed by the Friends of<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> and others on more than one occasion in<br />

an attempt to save it from demolition and preserve<br />

its exterior.<br />

More recently, Lloyds Bank on the upper High<br />

Street – a Grade II Georgian listed building - was<br />

empty for some years, with obvious neglect and<br />

deterioration, whilst development ideas were<br />

pursued. The eventual conversion to a Côte<br />

restaurant, with accommodation<br />

above,<br />

has preserved its fine<br />

interior and put it back<br />

into use.<br />

Fisherman’s Cottages<br />

off Foundry Lane were<br />

in a ruinous state for<br />

years before a radical<br />

conversion brought<br />

them back to a habitable<br />

state, albeit with<br />

the loss of some historic<br />

internal features.<br />

Castle Cottage, tucked<br />

away in Castle Ditch<br />

Lane, appears to be in<br />

a perilous condition:<br />

I believe uncertain<br />

ownership and squatters have been the causes of<br />

protracted delay in its redevelopment.<br />

Sometimes the vacancy is measured only in<br />

months, as with the old Turkish Baths in Friars<br />

Walk, soon to be returned to yet another period of<br />

use in its long history, but St Anne’s Special School<br />

has been empty and deteriorating for a decade<br />

now, with competing ideas for its future being<br />

aired, but the County Council as owners have been<br />

unable to resolve the complex issues involved: a<br />

dreadful waste of a large site with much potential.<br />

Buildings do not have to be historic to be at risk:<br />

Springman House at the top of North Street is a<br />

relatively modern office building which has been<br />

derelict for years, having become surplus to the<br />

needs of its previous Health Service owners. It is<br />

due to be demolished and redeveloped this year<br />

as part of the plan to relocate the fire station from<br />

the North Street Quarter. Marcus Taylor<br />

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I began making kitchens over<br />

35 years ago. Starting out as a<br />

one-man band, with no formal<br />

training beyond an interest in<br />

design and making, I had a lot to<br />

learn. I set up my first workshop<br />

in my late twenties in a barn<br />

in Hadlow Down. I had very<br />

supportive landlords who didn’t<br />

charge me much rent while I<br />

got the business established. Jon,<br />

who has worked with me since<br />

those days, still manages the<br />

workshop now. It’s a far cry from<br />

where we started. There are ten<br />

of us now, designers, cabinetmakers<br />

and fitters. Mark and<br />

Jack started with us as apprentices<br />

and we’re about to take on<br />

another one. We’ve gained a lot<br />

of expertise along the way and<br />

we’re growing!<br />

We had the opportunity to<br />

move to our current workshop,<br />

in Plumpton Green,<br />

back in 2000. It had been an<br />

open cow byre and we got planning<br />

permission to enclose one<br />

side of it and convert it into a<br />

purpose-built workshop. We’ve<br />

recently updated our heating<br />

system, with the help of Bhesco<br />

(Brighton & Hove Energy<br />

Services Co-op) who help to<br />

fund green energy initiatives<br />

for business. Next week we’re<br />

installing solar panels which will<br />

cover our whole roof and help<br />

offset some of our electricity<br />

usage. We try to be as green as<br />

we can and continue to explore<br />

ways to minimise our waste.<br />

Although everything is made<br />

in the workshop, the design<br />

team are based in our <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

showroom and I spend most of<br />

my time either here or visiting<br />

on site. At any one time we<br />

might have 20 clients on the<br />

board, ranging from initial<br />

inquiries, projects in the design<br />

stage, kitchens being made in<br />

the workshop, to final installation<br />

and project completion.<br />


MY SPACE<br />

I still love the feeling that we see the whole<br />

creative process through. If we were buying in<br />

cabinets from China I wouldn’t be interested!<br />

The showroom is our initial point of contact,<br />

where people come in to see what we do and<br />

discuss their projects. As designers, we start with<br />

the dimensions of the space and see what’s going<br />

to work. A design is always the result of a dialogue<br />

between us and the clients. How do they want<br />

to use their space? Is it just a kitchen, a kitchen<br />

dining area, or a general living space? Once we<br />

know a project is going forward we will dedicate<br />

time and consideration to get all the detail right.<br />

Designs are drawn in 3D and give a really clear<br />

picture of what the finished kitchen will look like.<br />

Although we’re best known for our shaker<br />

kitchens, we also do a range of more contemporary<br />

and modern designs, often using innovative<br />

new materials that extend the possibilities<br />

of what is practical to make. Using high quality<br />

board materials (as opposed to MDF or chipboard),<br />

it’s feasible to stretch the practical boundaries<br />

which are a restriction with more traditional<br />

cabinet-making techniques. We enjoy this creative<br />

tension - we’re experimenting all the time!<br />

As told to Rebecca Cunningham<br />

alistairflemingdesign.co.uk<br />

Photos by Rebecca Cunningham<br />


COLUMN<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Out Loud<br />

Plenty more Henty<br />

These days I seem<br />

to do a lot of it.<br />

Shopping. Mostly<br />

in <strong>Lewes</strong>, of course,<br />

with the occasional<br />

sortie into Brighton<br />

or by train to Eastbourne.<br />

Walk out of<br />

Eastbourne Station<br />

currently and you<br />

are confronted by<br />

the vast Arndale<br />

Centre which has<br />

grown alarmingly<br />

in the past year.<br />

Where retail business is concerned, I happily<br />

confess to being small-minded. I like small shops<br />

– even ran one myself once – and here in eccentric<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong>, we do have our fair share of such enterprising<br />

endeavours.<br />

However, from recent evidence on these very<br />

pages, it is clear that some shops are struggling,<br />

with murmurs of unreasonable parking charges,<br />

rocketing rates and more and more competition<br />

from nationwide chains.<br />

Yet they survive. Thank goodness then for Si of<br />

the records on Station Street, Rick and his Ground<br />

coffee team in Lansdown Place and my favourite,<br />

Bonne Bouche, in St Martin’s Lane. Owner Gilda<br />

Frost (above) could argue that she’s literally ‘in<br />

the pink’ having taken over the tiny shop from<br />

Elizabeth Syrett who first opened it in 1987.<br />

“Friends advised me not to buy the shop” Gilda<br />

told me, “It’s down a side street and so small – how<br />

can you possibly make any money?” She ignored<br />

the friendly advice. “It’s true the shop didn’t make<br />

a huge profit but it has outstayed many other<br />

chocolate shops in the town so Elizabeth must have<br />

done something right.” The doubting friends are<br />

now some of Gilda’s best customers.<br />

I note the<br />

former Brats<br />

premises on<br />

School Hill has<br />

been re-opened<br />

as ‘Charlotte’s<br />

Dragon’ by a car<br />

boot friend of<br />

mine, Carol and<br />

her husband,<br />

Gordon. They<br />

are raising funds<br />

for the Teenage<br />

Cancer Trust, in<br />

memory of their<br />

daughter who, sadly, died from the disease.<br />

Moving from small shops to small talk. One or two<br />

brief encounters now, and where better to start<br />

than the Tuesday market in the Town Hall. Here I<br />

spotted Jean who once sold a gnome to me in the<br />

St Peter and St James Hospice shop. She reminds<br />

me of this whenever we meet. Jolly Jean was trying<br />

on what appeared to be a leopard skin skirt to<br />

match her snazzy cap and boots. I approved. She<br />

bought it.<br />

On the terraces at the Dripping Pan stood June,<br />

on her own. She travels to watch the Rooks from<br />

her home in Polegate. Sometimes with her son,<br />

John. They normally stand on the open banking,<br />

facing the main stand, but not on this occasion. I<br />

can rarely remember a worse afternoon for weather<br />

and I congratulated her on making the journey.<br />

Jean also travels to some away games she told me.<br />

Heading towards Station Street from a cinema<br />

visit in the early evening, I was approached by two<br />

young South London guys who were clearly lost.<br />

“Where is <strong>Lewes</strong> football club?” one of them asked<br />

hesitantly, “We’re down here for training.” “Follow<br />

me” I instructed. “You’re joining a great club. I’m<br />

one of the owners!” Joint disbelief! John Henty<br />


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On Mountfield<br />

Road, opposite<br />

Priory School,<br />

Flint Barn Fitness<br />

have opened up a<br />

new gym in the<br />

pretty building<br />

pictured right.<br />

We’ll be taking<br />

up their offer of<br />

trying the facilities<br />

out - including obstacle<br />

training - so<br />

expect more soon<br />

on this one.<br />

There are two more empty spaces to rent in the<br />

basement of the Needlemakers. Perrymans are<br />

‘closing their shopfront to focus on design shows<br />

and online sales’ (plus they’re having a baby);<br />

you’ll still be able to get hold of their furniture at<br />

From Victoria, in the same building, and online<br />

(perrymandesign.com). Next door’s Modal are<br />

going too – a sign in the window says they’re<br />

changing their business plan so as to sell party<br />

accessories.<br />

Round the corner in Castle Ditch Lane, in that<br />

pretty little square/car-park outside Martyrs’<br />

Gallery, Louis Browne has set up a <strong>Lewes</strong> office<br />

as a notary public, specialising in helping customers<br />

sell property, do business or get married<br />

abroad. We’ve also learnt that Sarah O’Kane<br />

will be exhibiting her circle of artists in Fisher<br />

Street Frames from <strong>March</strong> 1st.<br />

Fiona Abbott tells us that she’s starting up a<br />

dedicated yoga and personal training studio<br />

on Western Road as a permanent base for her<br />

Soulfit concern. And a big welcome to Clarriots<br />

Care, a branch of the nationwide homecare<br />

service, who’ve set up a new office in town.<br />

It’s all go on Station Street, with rumours of<br />

a Turkish café in what was Tash Tori, and the<br />

Royal Oak looking splendid after an expensive<br />

refurb. Anyone remember those saloon-style<br />

yee-hah swinging<br />

doors?<br />

It’s a long cry<br />

from those<br />

days. While<br />

we’re on pubs<br />

we understand<br />

that the Dorset<br />

is changing<br />

hands, and the<br />

latest managers<br />

of the Rainbow<br />

in Cooksbridge<br />

have called it a<br />

day, after just<br />

three months. We don’t want to double up too<br />

much on what Chloë King has written in Edible<br />

Updates (see pg 77) but it’s worth repeating that<br />

Pestle and Mortar are moving their Asian food<br />

operation into what was Laporte’s, and cooking<br />

hot noodles, too, making us a four-Thai town;<br />

and what was the Real Eating Company (and The<br />

Long Room, and Elphicks) is becoming Trading<br />

Post Coffee Roasters (there’s another branch in<br />

Ship Street, Brighton) run by the people behind<br />

Ooh Ah Café on the seafront.<br />

A few months back we took a visit on this page to<br />

the building works of The Spithurst Hub, outside<br />

Barcombe. This is a state-of-the-art business<br />

centre which will be the HQ of So Sussex, the<br />

company behind the Elderflower Fields Festival,<br />

and much more besides. They offer private<br />

offices, workshop spaces and hot desks to other<br />

businesses, and a conference and meeting space,<br />

too. And there’s a cookery school! It’s all very<br />

swish, for its rural setting.<br />

Finally a mention for the <strong>Lewes</strong> District<br />

Business Awards, set to launch on <strong>March</strong> 13th,<br />

with the winners announced in July. Last year<br />

Wave Leisure won the blue-riband ‘Business<br />

of the Year’: start thinking of who you’d like to<br />

nominate in <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

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JENKINS & STRIPP, 1953<br />

It’s easy to work out when pictures of newsagents<br />

were taken: just take a magnifying glass to the<br />

publications in the shop window, or in this case of<br />

Jenkins and Stripp at 30 Station Street in <strong>Lewes</strong>,<br />

hanging off the wall.<br />

At first we spotted the Christmas 1953 edition<br />

of Tatler, which came out on November 19th of<br />

that year, then we noticed a copy of the (weekly)<br />

Picture Post, with Queen Elizabeth on the front,<br />

which hit the streets on November 30th. There’s<br />

an ad for Triumph and Tragedy, the last volume<br />

of Winston Churchill’s war memoirs, published<br />

that month: Churchill’s face also fills a November<br />

edition of Life magazine.<br />

The façade has changed significantly, but this is<br />

the building, opposite the Royal Oak, which until<br />

recently housed a café, first the Snack Bar, then<br />

the short-lived PJ’s@30. The building had previously<br />

been used as a newsagent for many decades.<br />

A search through Kelly’s Directory suggests that<br />

F Jenkins and R Stripp took over an existing<br />

newsagent, called ‘HG Hirons’ in 1938; before<br />

that, from at least 1909, Albert Banks had sold<br />

newspapers from the building.<br />

Mr Jenkins seems to have moved to New Zealand,<br />

leaving Mr Stripp (first name Roy, born 1912)<br />

running the shop, and another he later opened in<br />

Malling Street. Before long he was called up and<br />

saw active service in the Royal Navy until 1945.<br />

This photograph, Tom Reeves surmises from the<br />

archive notes, was taken by his father Edward for<br />

‘Newspaper and Stationer’, presumably a trade<br />

magazine. We’re told (by Peter Fellows, on Facebook)<br />

that the well-groomed man is owner Roy<br />

Stripp, the woman his assistant Sheila Cornford.<br />

The Stripps moved to Australia in 1962, running<br />

a shop in the outskirts of Perth. The newsagent<br />

kept its old name until it became ‘JW & JS Stock’<br />

in 1974, known locally as ‘Stocks’, which is how<br />

many will remember it.<br />

In 1953 there were no fewer than ten independent<br />

newsagents in town, and no chains (though WH<br />

Smiths was soon to arrive); we are sad to note that<br />

before our next edition <strong>Lewes</strong>’ last dedicated indie<br />

newsagent – John and Liz Aitken’s – will close,<br />

though they will still continue their delivery<br />

service. Will we ever see another open up?<br />

Alex Leith<br />


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