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If only, I’ve often thought, the Argos carpark could be
turned into a pub garden for the John Harvey Tavern,
then Lewes would have the chance to make something of
its riverside location.
But when you think of it, we’ve pretty much done our
best to turn our back on the Ouse, in recent times. If you
get the right seats at either of the cafés in the Riverside, you can see a stretch of water, and the
Harvey’s ‘cathedral’ is in a fine location, but beyond that, the only business that really makes
the most of the river running past it is Tesco.
Which is one of the reasons why the redevelopment of the Phoenix Industrial Estate is such a
hot topic. Whatever you think should happen there, you’ve got to agree that increasing public
access to the river must be one of the developers’ priorities.
We’ve made ‘water’ the theme of this issue, and it’s been a blast researching it, especially since
our succession of mini heatwaves has made splashing around in the wet stuff such an attractive
proposition. We join some all-weather swimmers in Seaford, we go out to sea with the RNLI,
we mull over the benefits of wild swimming, and we go back in time to the Pells Pool, fed by a
supply of fresh spring water from the aquifer below.
Will the summer of 2018 be a hot one? The Express promises a ‘SCORCHER’ (as they always
do): whatever the weather, we hope you get the chance to spend some of it by the water’s edge.
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THE ‘WATER’ ISSUE
Bits and bobs.
Mary Fellows on the making of this
month’s colourful cover (8-9); Chris
Oakley’s Lewes (11); into the brine with
the Seaford Mermaids (19), and various
other clocks and snaps and plaques and
books and pubs and bobs.
Our columnists go to the pictures…
Chloë King is left holding the baby
(27), while David Jarman gets zero for
On this month.
mr jukes dismounts his Bombay bike at
Love Supreme (31); William Andrews
gets us in the mood for Edinburgh
Festival (33); it’s Dallowday at Monk’s
House (35); we look forward to the
South of England Show at Ardingly
(37); we talk to Richard Power Sayeed
about the false promise(s) of 1997 (39);
one-offs and festivals at the Depot
(41); Annika Brown sympathises with
the devil… and John Agard (43), and
there’s plenty of classical music, from
New Sussex Opera (45) to the Lewes
Chamber Music Festival (47).
Patricia Thornton is on the move at
Martyrs’ Gallery (49), and there’s plenty
more on our gallery walls, in Lewes and
beyond, from Jason Tremlett to Alison
Listings and Free Time.
If it’s on, it’s in, basically. We bring
you a smorgasbord of economists and
comedians, shows and booze-ups,
quizzes and festivals, gardens and gin,
plays and walks (57-63).
Photo by Alison Buchanan
THE ‘WATER’ ISSUE
Plus a super-full classical round-up
(64-65) and a fine array of live bands,
including old punks Spear of Destiny
and, excitingly, The Members (67-69).
Then there’s sick stuff from legends
catering for the town’s U16s (71-73).
Vegan pulled pork and legendary
banana bread at Trading Post (75);
barbecued mackerel, Mamoosh-style
(76-77); falafels at the Friday Market
(79), and all the other food news (81).
The way we work.
Alison Buchanan gets taken out to sea
by the brave chaps (and chapesses) of
the Newhaven RNLI, asking them:
what do you do on dry land? (82-85).
Ryan Kearley, Barcombe boat-builder
(86-87); Michael Blencowe suggests
wariness towards water shrews (89);
Todd by the lake (91); the health
benefits of wild swimming (92), and
Mark Bridge on stoolball, a game he
liked so much he was almost tempted to
play it (95). Plus John Henty out loud
(97), and Business News (99).
Photo by Alison Buchanan
Photo by Chloë King
A trip back in time to the Pells Pool,
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THIS MONTH’S COVER ARTIST
“It’s a very visual theme, water,” says Mary Fellows,
this month’s cover artist. “I thought about it in
my head for quite a long time, and then when I
sat down to work on it, it was that unexpectedly
hot weekend in May, so I wanted to do something
summery and pretty.”
We love the way Mary layers bold graphics and fonts
with more intricate patterns and details to create the
attention-grabbing designs that many people in
Lewes will be so familiar with. “I’m used to screen
printing,” she says. “With screen printing you can
create lovely big solid chunks of colour, but when
you use other types of print, especially digital, sometimes
those areas of colour just don’t work as well.
By putting those layers and textures in, I’ve found a
better way of working within the restrictions of the
process.” Over time she’s built up a library of patterns,
drawn by hand and digitised, which she can
draw from when she’s working on a design. “I have
my favourites,” she says, pointing out the matchboxstrike
honeycomb pattern layered across the Viva
masthead, which she’s borrowed from her illustration
Waste Not Want Not.
This is Mary’s fourth Viva cover; it follows her Rodin’s
The Kiss in a snow globe in February 2010,
her festive Babycham reindeer design for Christmas
2013 and her retro soapbox-style cover for our
‘Keep it Clean’ May 2015 issue. Since we last spoke
to her, Mary made the big decision to shut up shop
at the Needlemakers and relocate her business to a
new premises, Sun Studios, tucked away on Mount
Place. “I loved the shop,” she says, “and I still love
the shop, but there was just never enough time to get
everything done. Now I don’t have so many people
coming in, I’ve got a bit more time to be creative and
make things. I’ve been able to get my hands on some
One of her new ventures now that she’s moved into
Sun Studios is designing and producing promotional
mugs for local businesses. “I get asked to do commissions
a lot, but because I’ve always screen printed my
designs onto transfers, I’ve had to do them in batches
of 100. Now I’ve started working with a digital
printer, which means that I can print just a couple of
sheets at a time, so I’m able to offer people small runs
of mugs.” Mary designs the artwork herself, at no
charge, and the company simply pays for the mugs.
“I like that challenge of creating something that is
essentially a promotional product, but that someone
actually wants,” she says. If you’re interested in
commissioning a design for your business, or to see
Mary’s other products, go to maryfellows.co.uk. RC
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MY LEWES: CHRIS OAKLEY, CHARTERED SURVEYOR
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Are you local? Brighton born and bred. My wife
Helen always says ‘you can take the boy out of
Brighton, but you can’t take Brighton out of the
boy’. I started my estate agent business there 25
years ago – we’re celebrating our anniversary in
Shoreham, as we have just opened there. I moved to
Lewes in 2000, and set up a branch here in 2007. So,
yes, I guess I’m local.
What did you think of Lewes as a Brighton kid?
My first memory is that we used to go to Piltdown
in the car at the weekend to mess about on boats
my dad made for us, and I always remember driving
through Lewes past what was the YMCA in the
bottleneck singing Onward Christian Soldiers with
my four brothers. It’s funny, that, because Helen and
I ended up buying the building to renovate and live
in, when we first came to Lewes!
What do you do for exercise? Lewes is a
wonderful place to be a runner. I’m getting more
into cycling, as well. Myself and some colleagues
are just back from a charity run from Brussels to
Brighton, which included an attempt to get in the
Guinness Book of Records for cycling for a mile round
the i360 pod, while in the air, the most people to
do a mile in the sky on a bike! We’ve raised over
£50,000 so far for the Brighton Mayor’s charity.
I’ve also recently got into paddle boarding on the
Ouse, which I love.
Does Lewes turn its back on the river? It has
done in modern times, but things are changing,
and we’re starting to realise that it’s the life blood
that runs through our town. That’s why we’re the
main sponsors of Ouse Day, which is a fantastic
annual event, taking place this year on July 1st.
I went to the first one two years ago and it was
great to see the whole community together on
the riverbanks – and in the river! We decided it
would be good to sponsor it, which we did last year
and are doing again this year. It’s a way of saying
thank you to the town for all the support it’s given
Oakley over the years.
Tell us about your favourite pub, and restaurant,
and building. My local is the Pelham Arms, who
do great food and are within convenient stumbling
distance. My favourite restaurant is Lemongrass,
lovely atmosphere. My favourite building is Pelham
House. I sold it for the County Council when they
finished with it, and I really got into the history of it.
If you were an all-powerful mayor, what would
you do? Make the Phoenix development happen,
and quickly. The development will focus the town
onto the river and help support local businesses with
the extra chimney pots.
Where would you live, if not here? In New
Zealand. I toured around there for my 40th, and was
really blown away by the beauty. It’s like going back
into England of the 1950s, and the landscapes are
spectacular. Interview by Alex Leith
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
June’s winning entry, from Sam Crawley, comes
with a heart-warming story attached. ‘I’ve been
recuperating after a period of serious ill health,’
says Sam, who is 43 but ‘I’ve been feeling more
like I’m 100’. She’d been on crutches since
Christmas, but by mid-April was starting to feel
a lot better, and so took her first trip for a month
without their help on the 19th (‘the first of our
‘I was walking up the hill from town via the
Lewes Arms on my way home to Keere Street,’
she adds. ‘As I was walking home I was filled with
great optimism and confidence, thinking how
good it was to be living in Lewes and to have such
great neighbours and generally feeling that life
was going to get better and better - which I am
happy to report it has! As I was thinking and feeling
so happy walking up the hill, this scene came
alive in front of me - the sight of the sun setting
through the trees and the shadow of an unknown
other human walking towards me. I whipped out
my phone and caught it - just like that! It was
a magical moment I will never forget because I
had been struggling for so long and then BAM!
that beautiful scene was there to lift me. I was
It sounds like a magical moment, which we hope
will be made more magical when Sam opens the
magazine, and sees the fruit of her efforts printed
on the page: her quotes come from an accompanying
email and that will be the first she knows
of winning the prize. In the meantime we’ll leave
you with the send-off of her message: ‘There really
is startling hope and beauty… even if we have
to wait a while to see it.’
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Lewes, to email@example.com, or tweet
@VivaLewes, with comments on why and where
you took them, and your phone number. We’ll
choose our favourite for this page, which wins the
photographer £20, to be picked up from our office
after publication. Unless previously arranged, we
reserve the right to use all pictures in future issues
of Viva magazines or online.
BITS AND BOBS
OPEN GARDEN FOR SATURDAY CIRCLES
There are plenty of local open gardens in June,
which we round up on pg 63. There’s one in
particular that we recommend making a trip out
of town for on the 24th, in aid of Saturday Circles
(Lewes) Club, a social club for adults with learning
difficulties. It’s a cottage garden with densely
planted borders: roses, honeysuckles and clematis.
Plus a wide range of perennials are on view as you
walk along meandering paths, some ending with
secluded seating. Colour-themed borders have
been planted for year-round interest. There’s a
fruitcage, large productive greenhouse, and raised
vegetable beds, including two trial ‘no dig’ beds.
Pots of tea and home-made cakes will be served on
pretty china, with delightful table cloths.
Sunday 24th June (11am-5pm) 1 Rose Cottage,
Chalvington Road, Golden Cross near Hailsham,
BN27 35S. Admission £4, children free. No wheelchair
CHARITY BOX: CHAILEY HERITAGE FOCUS RUN
Chailey Heritage Foundation
was established in
1903 by Dame Grace Kimmins,
who took over a former
parish workhouse in rural
East Sussex and created the
first purpose-built school for
children with disabilities. Today
we have an international
reputation for our work and
support hundreds of children, young people and
families by providing a range of services, especially
for those with a neurological motor impairment
such as cerebral palsy. Our aim is to provide an
environment where young people develop life
skills in preparation for adulthood.
The off-road Focus Run is the first of its
kind to take place in the beautiful grounds of
Borde Hill Garden. We are raising funds for the
DREAM Centre Appeal. We want to build a stateof-the-art
environment where our community can
come together to take part
in sports such as wheelchair
drama and dance. The
activities in the DREAM
Centre will enable young
people to gain confidence
by being able to express
themselves and develop
relationships with their
peers. If we raise the funding, we’d like it to open
by spring/summer 2019.
The Focus Run will be chip-timed, and there’s
a 10k and 5k option, or a mini-mile for children.
If you want to help but aren’t keen on running, we
do need volunteer marshals. And donations via our
website are very welcome too!
As told to Emma Chaplin by Simon Everest
3rd June, 10am-2pm, Borde Hill Garden, Haywards
Heath, RH16 1XP. For entry fees and to sign up,
BITS AND BOBS
CLOCKS OF LEWES #19: LEWES PRIORY SCHOOL
In keeping with the ‘water’ theme
this issue, Priory School is not
only adjacent to the Wave Leisure
Centre swimming pool and
built on flood plain, it also has a
splendid green clock tower – the
colour a copper patina, the result
of exposure to the elements. It’s
one of Lewes’s finest horological
landmarks, from when the building
was constructed in 1937. It’s
just a shame it’s dead.
Indeed, it’s not worked for
decades. One former student recalls it working in
1987 or 88, when they “climbed up the internal
ladder and into the loft space to have a poke about
with the clock.” School bursar Ian Fine says he’s
“been here over 20 years and it’s
never worked during that time”.
The clock is in a sorry state, its
classic faces, white with black
numerals, even missing hands.
Still, the school roof has another
great feature now: a 35kW array
of solar panels, installed by
energy group OVESCO in
2012. Images of investors on
the roof, with the panels and
clock tower in the background,
became somewhat iconic.
Given the state of public finances, the clock is
unlikely to be repaired. Still, the solar panels have
given the roof new import. Daniel Etherington
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SPREAD THE WORD
Lewes residents Norman and Fiona Moles took us along
on their week-long trip to Rome. Here’s Fiona spreading
the word with our ‘word’-themed April issue at the
Colosseum. ‘We love Viva Lewes’ they tell us, ‘keep up
the good work!’ We’ll do our best.
Here we are with
Martyn and Terry
into the Panama
Canal to see the
new locks that
have been added
to those constructed over 100 years ago.
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THE SEAFORD MERMAIDS
Meet ‘The Seaford Mermaids’, a group of intrepid
all-year swimmers who take a dip off Tide Mills or
Buckle Beach in Seaford – depending on how calm
the sea is – every single morning of the year (unless
it’s really rough). Carlotta Luke joined them, for
a special swim celebrating organiser Ruth’s 85th
birthday: “There was a visceral feeling of joy and
love of life for the people swimming,” she reports.
If you are interested in joining the group – and
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TOWN PLAQUE #39: PINWELL FOUNTAIN
In her 2012 book The Twittens of Lewes, Kim Clark
notes that ‘the wellhead of the ancient Pinwell Spring,
a powerful source of fresh water’ was first recorded in
1280. In A Day’s Ramble in and about the Ancient Town
of Lewes (1846) Gideon Mantell wrote: ‘Across the
way from the Friends’ Meeting House… is a perennial
spring that bursts forth from the chalk ridge and
rushes into the neighbouring brooks’.
Subsequently it appears to have been channelled to a pump and in 1874 this was moved to the opposite side
of the road and a drinking fountain was erected by subscription. It stands at the eastern end of All Saints’
churchyard, beside a fifteenth-century archway, once part of Greyfriars, situated further along Friars Walk,
which was reconstructed here in the nineteenth century. The fountain was restored by the Friends of Lewes
in 1981. Marcus Taylor
THE OUSE IN NUMBERS
The heyday of river navigation upstream of Lewes was in the early 19th century, when 19 locks were built
over 22 miles to enable boats to reach Upper Ryelands Bridge at Balcombe by 1812. This was used for the
construction of the Ouse Valley viaduct at Balcombe, which carries the railway across 37 arches and is now
designated a Grade II* listed building. Completed in 1841, the viaduct required 11 million bricks from the
Netherlands, which were brought up the river from Newhaven to Balcombe. The coming of the railways,
however, caused river traffic to cease by 1868 and the locks fell into disrepair. Sarah Boughton
GHOST PUB #44: THE WHITE HART TAP, HIGH STREET
In keeping with this month’s theme of ‘water’, I bring you the
White Hart Tap. Many hotels had a tap ‘out the back’. The Star,
Crown, and Bear Hotels in Lewes all had one, and the White
Hart’s was by the stables at the rear of the hotel. These taps had
their own landlords, who often doubled up as the stable keeper. Sarah
Miles ran the White Hart Tap with her sister Caroline during
the 1850s. In 1862 she married her assistant James Rusbridge, and
they ran the pub together until James retired due to ill health in
1878. The couple were well respected in the town. However, in 1868 Sarah was caught illegally selling beer on
a Sunday morning. PC Higginson had dressed in plain clothes and entered the pub with ‘a local celebrity called
‘Shalligo’ and a youth’, and caught her out by ordering a beer. The Gardner family then ran the Tap and the
stables, remaining for over thirty years. Around 1903 the White Hart Tap became known as the ‘White Hart
Shades’. Frank and Rosina Holford took over in 1926. During the war Rosina donated her Christmas money
to help those affected by the Blitz in Coventry, Portsmouth, and other towns. This small gesture inspired many
people, and soon Rosina was collecting donations from people all over the town. This photograph shows Frank
and Rosina serving the last beer at the White Hart Shades on 31st August 1954. Mat Homewood
BITS AND BOBS
RESCUE PETS OF LEWES #1
Name(s): (left to right) Jade, Jesy, Perrie
and Leigh Anne. This gang of adorable
miniature ladies have been named after the
members of girl band Little Mix.
Background: Adopted from Raystede as
a foursome, they’re now living out their
golden years in a luxuriant open-topped
run watching Flashdance on repeat and enjoying
unfettered access to alfalfa sprouts.
Likes: Brian Blessed, Pak Choi, triangles.
Dislikes: Hard house, namedropping,
ironic cross stitching, the male gaze and
nail clippings in the bath.
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LEWES DOORTRAITS #1
Steve Ankers is a
serious writer with a
comic touch: think
Chris Stewart with
a social conscience.
Northern Soles is his
fourth book: he’s
penned two satires
on the world of
planning (!) and a
memoir about being married to a vet. This
one is about a coast-to-coast walk he did
from the Irish Sea to the North Sea – a total
of 200 miles. He chose the route (through
the industrial heartland of Northern England)
so as not to make his wife, staying at
home, too jealous. By the end, his feet were
killing him. Alex Leith
Jo Jackson, from the blog theleweshome.com, snaps a
front door in Lewes, and asks the owner a nosy question.
If you could give your door a characteristic what
would it be? Secretive: it’s hiding the clutter within.
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offce base in Pipe Passage where they started 12 years ago, to
move into bigger premises in central Lewes.
We will have office space to rent in the centre of Lewes.
The floor which Viva Lewes currently occupies is in a
lovely wooden beamed room in an old building just off
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WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE
Refill Lewes – part of the nationwide Refill campaign –
launched on Saturday 26th of May at Pell’s Pool, and to mark
the occasion, they set themselves a challenge: to get together
the largest number of Phils at any one time in history. We’re
interested to know how many Phils turned up!
That idea was a bit of fun, but the campaign behind it is
deadly serious. The idea of Refill is to wipe out the need for
single-use plastic bottles by creating a network of refill stations
– bars, cafés and other businesses – where passers-by
can drop in and fill up their reusable water bottles. Participating
venues pop a sticker in their window to let you know
that they’re part of the scheme, and will appear on the Refill
app, so when you’re out and about you can easily locate your
nearest one. The Brighton scheme launched in autumn last
year and there are already more than 200 businesses signed up. To download the app – or to sign your business
up to become a refill station – visit refill.org.uk.
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It’s lovely having a small
baby, and even more
precious when there’s a
long-enough gap between
your first and second that
you had almost entirely
forgotten how crap people
Like when you’re walking
your dog and buggy and
you tuck in to let another
person hurry past, and
then you turn to hear
them mumble loudly,
plugged into headphones,
that you’re using too much
Or when a man pauses to watch you struggling
to get your buggy over a 30-degree curb at the
brow of a hill, only to offer bits of advice like: “it’s
because it’s all weighed down with shopping Luv.”
And when you’ve nipped into the library for
some respite on a rainy day, to read a board book,
change a nappy and give baby a feed, happy as
Larry. And you put babe in the buggy and buckle
her in, and she squeals for maybe 20 seconds, and
when you stand up to leave you meet a face peering
at you over a bookcase.
“Excuse me,” the face says. “Some of us are trying
If you are ever in doubt as to where society’s most
insidious priorities lie, try being out with a pram
or, better, a wheelchair. Only then can you assume
the position of being simultaneously invisible and
taking up too much space.
Bearing in mind how burdensome us carers of
small children can be, it’s pleasing to find dark
places in public buildings in which we cannot
pose too much of a menace.
With my first, I pilgrimaged
every week to the Big
Scream parent and baby
screening at the Duke of
York’s. I’d never been so
up-to-date with the latest
releases, which has plenty
of benefits. You can still
appear cultured, for one,
and if you have the pleasure
of watching a psychological
thriller like Beast, which I
highly recommend, tense
moments are elevated by
the appearance of someone
offspring appearing from behind a seat.
Now the Depot has one, at noon on Tuesdays,
and I needn’t even bother getting the bus.
The thing about the Depot, however, is they
seem to think that all parents of under-ones
have a predilection for second-pop rom coms,
end-of-life dramas, and documentaries. This isn’t
always an issue. I really enjoyed Even When I Fall,
a documentary about a Nepalese circus troupe
comprised of victims of child trafficking.
The dilemma is, of course, that most daytime
cinema audiences are composed of people of
retirement age. It’s hard enough trying to tell
them that carers of under-ones have priority on
Tuesday lunchtimes. I’ve heard it myself – groans
of “ugh, will we even be able to hear it?” in the
It just so happened, however, that the same person
left the film that day, loudly praising the gaggle
of snoozy babies for being the most pleasant
audience they had ever shared a cinema with.
But shhh, don’t spread the word, or I’ll have
nowhere left to hide.
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In July 1990 the film director Lindsay
Anderson wrote an article in the
Independent on Sunday entitled L’Atalante,
the Forgotten Masterpiece. Jean Vigo’s
film had been ‘devotedly restored’.
Anderson’s tribute began in
characteristically caustic style: ‘I
was talking the other day to a
young film-maker, a graduate
of our National Film School
and already the author of two
reputable features. I mentioned
the name of John Garfield.
“Who’s John Garfield?” He
had never heard of Jean Arthur
either and had no idea what films
Capra had made. I was startled.
I began to wonder how many
distinguished names, knowledge
of whom we would assume to be an essential
for cinematic literacy, were unknown to the
talented young of today. “Have you ever”, I
asked, “heard of Jean Vigo?” “Jean who?” he
Anderson concluded: ‘I know we have to accept
that today nobody knows anything, and is quite
happy that way’.
Doubtless things have only got worse since
then, so it was encouraging that someone
at the Brighton Festival had the wit to show
Anderson’s best known film, If…., released fifty
years ago, in an intelligent double bill with
Vigo’s Zéro de conduite. Intelligent, not only
because both films are set in rather anarchic
boarding schools, but because Anderson
acknowledged the debt that If…. owed to
Vigo’s film. Seeing them together enabled
me to appreciate the many correspondences
between the two.
When my friend John Cartwright was
running the British Council’s film
department he had many
dealings with Lindsay Anderson.
Listening to John’s anecdotes
over the years, I have concluded
that the thing you were most likely to
hear Lindsay Anderson say was “well, it’s
not very good, is it?”. John once showed me
a postcard from Anderson that was typically
brief and dismissive: ‘John –
Did I tell you I went to Turin?
Nice city – quite silly Festival
as usual. Greetings. Best for
1992. As always – Lindsay’.
Alan Bennett published his Memories
of Lindsay Anderson in July 2000. In it he
recalls acting in a 1964 revival of a Ben Travers
farce with, among others, Arthur Lowe,
Nicol Williamson and John Osborne. It was ‘a
disaster’. Bennett continues: ‘I suppose Lindsay
must have seen it (Arthur Lowe was one of his
favourite actors) but it would have been with
a good deal of heavy sighs, looks of despair to
his neighbours and even groans, a visit to the
theatre with Lindsay was generally something
of a pantomime.’
My one experience of Lindsay Anderson at the
theatre (actually there were two though there’s
no reason to mention that) was at Notting Hill’s
Gate Theatre Club in 1989; the occasion the
world premiere of Bulgakov’s Adam and Eve.
Written in 1931, it had been banned by Stalin.
Anderson was sitting in front of me. The play
wasn’t very good. As he got up to leave, after
two long hours, Anderson muttered to his
companion: “Stalin was right”.
ON THIS MONTH: MUSIC
“I made the decision to end it,” says Jack Steadman,
erstwhile front man of Bombay Bicycle Club, now
the inspiration behind the much funkier mr jukes.
“It was a terribly difficult decision,” he continues,
down the phone from his North London home.
“We’d been together since school. We’d grown
up together in the band. But both musically and
personally I couldn’t have done anything else. I had
to listen to what my heart was saying. Otherwise
we would have made a really mediocre Bombay
Jack was the creative one of the group, the one
whose ideas they all worked on and fashioned into
guitar-rich indie-soaked pop songs. So you get the
feeling the decision has been a good one for him,
but not necessarily the others: their last album So
Long, See You Tomorrow was UK no 1, and their
previous two had made the top ten.
“A lot of bands lose touch with the fact that they
haven’t got anything to say, and I could feel that
creeping up,” he continues. He talks about the
loss of the sort of “burning desire” that fuelled the
making of their first two albums.
It was while on a cargo ship sailing from Shanghai
to Alaska that he came up with the name for his new
project. He was reading Joseph Conrad’s Typhoon. “I
liked the sound of the name of the First Mate,” he
says. “I thought an album by ‘Jack Steadman’ would
have sounded like a folk album.”
“Also having another name gives you an alter ego
that affects the way you perform… as mr jukes I
become very energetic; it’s a weird contrast when
I go backstage afterwards and resume my normal
personality, sitting in the corner being quiet.”
One limitation Jack wanted to overcome in the old
band was his own voice. “I was singing all the songs,
and I’d listen back and wish someone else was able
to take them off into a different direction.” As mr
jukes he’s forged collaborations with the likes of
Horace Andy, BJ the Chicago Kid, and De La Soul.
“Suddenly I had the freedom to choose anyone in
the world… I was like a kid in a candy shop.”
The band he’s touring with are a nine-piece, with
a brass section, and three other singers. “But not
backing singers,” he says, “if anything I’m the
backing singer”. And who goes to the gigs? “Some
people like the style of music we’re doing: jazz, funk,
hip-hop. Others are Bombay Bicycle fans who have
heard a thread from before that’s been continued.”
So could a reconciliation with his old band
members ever be on the cards? “It’s healthy in some
relationships to spend time apart and to come back
stronger having got that ‘grass is greener’ thing out
of the way. So I’m not ruling it out… we just have to
wait until that burning desire is there again.”
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ON THIS MONTH: COMEDY
Stand up… and be counted
I’m madly excited to be putting on two days of
live comedy this summer (one in June and one in
July) and as I’ve gone around bangin’ my drum
I’ve been struck by people’s idea of what the live
comedy scene is like. It’s often way broader than
folk realise. It’s rich with fruitcakes doing the most
amazingly inventive, creative and theatrical things.
I truly love it.
I did my first stand-up gig in a dingy basement
at the top of the Grassmarket in Edinburgh,
something like 20 years ago. I go back to it in fits
and starts, a part-timer I suppose. The rewards
when you get it right, well, it’s like flying. When it
goes badly it’s also like flying, but into the side of
Full-time professionals are a different breed: up
and down the country they go, into clubs, festivals,
corners of bars, night after night after night. Those
folks have something genuinely wrong with them,
I think, and thank God they do, because the UK
comedy scene is insanely good, and broad.
‘Alternative’ doesn’t quite do justice to the scope
of what’s on offer now. The term comes with baggage
of its own, rooted as it is in images of Alexei
Sayle, French and Saunders et al. As a side note, it
might interest you to know that one of the founders
of that scene lives here in Lewes, the inimitable
Kit Hollerbach, who, along with Mike Myers,
brought and taught an American style of improvisation
to the Comedy Store players including Paul
Merton and Jeremy Hardy. The Chicago Method
is what formed the basis of Whose Line Is It Anyway
and its off-shoots.
But maybe the left field is not your thing, and why
should it be? The best comedians on the more
traditional circuit are a true joy to watch: it’s a real
skill, and it can be tough. You try making a crowd
of 300 people – made up of office parties, stags and
hens – laugh. Big stars have come out of that scene.
Michael McIntyre was a club comic, and a good
one. Dave Johns too, actually – and if you don’t
know Dave from gigs, you might know him as having
the starring role in Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake.
Funny old world.
In reality the lines are blurred and continue to be.
At David Mounfield’s superb Comedy at the Con
Club (this month on the 7th) you will see masters
of the club circuit alongside acts who would challenge
most people’s expectations of what a comedian
should be like - well, apart from the obvious
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ON THIS MONTH: LITERATURE
Celebrating Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf’s modernist novel
Mrs Dalloway details a day in
the life of Clarissa Dalloway, a
high-society woman in post–
First World War England. It
follows her as she takes a walk
through London to prepare for
a party that she will host that
evening, and begins: ‘Mrs Dalloway
said she would buy the
flowers herself’. We speak to Alli
Pritchard, operations manager of
Monk’s House in Rodmell, once
Woolf’s home, about her drive
to establish an annual ‘Dallowday’
to celebrate Woolf, in the
way that ‘Bloomsday’ celebrates
You’re a big fan of Virginia
Woolf? I really am. I’m a
Woolfie. Age 13, I saw the film of
Mrs Dalloway, bought the book,
then started reading everything
else she’d written.
Tell us about Dallowday.
The aim is to celebrate and raise the profile of
Virginia Woolf. Over the last couple of years,
some celebrations have taken place in America
and London, but there wasn’t one agreed date, or
indeed name. Woolf’s novel takes place in mid-
June 1923, but not on a specified date. We’ve now
agreed that, henceforth, Dallowday will be on the
third Wednesday of June.
What will be happening at Monk’s House?
We are essentially holding our own garden party.
We’ll decorate the house with extra flowers and
bunting with Woolf quotations. We will be offering
refreshments in the garden, something we don’t
normally do. We will have readings from the novel
in the garden. We’ve also got Ink
Spot Press printers coming, so
visitors can make book marks and
greetings cards with a selection
of quotations. Although it can be
hard to find short ones.
So she wouldn’t have been on
Twitter? Well, I don’t know.
She and Leonard loved the latest
technology. She’d definitely have
You clearly remain a fan. I do.
Many people visit who know very
little about Virginia or Leonard
Woolf. Most people seem only
to know the salacious elements
of her life. They think of her
as a gay icon. They know that
she committed suicide and was
depressive. That’s far from the
whole truth and part of the joy
of the job is filling in the gaps for
them. She was formidable and
complicated, but also incredible
fun, and vivacious. Above all, she
was a supreme talent whose work is thoroughly
deserving of this annual celebration each June. We
often hear people say that they’ve attempted but
failed to finish her novels. But even if people don’t
like those, her diaries demonstrate how funny and
wicked she could be. I defy anyone not to love
them. Interview by Emma Chaplin
Dallowday, Wednesday 20th, 12.30-5pm, at Monk’s
House, Rodmell. Free, but normal admission charges
apply. Also at Monk’s House in June, Sunday 17th,
book signing and talk with Nino Strachey, author of
Rooms of their Own, which explores the homes of
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ON THIS MONTH: COUNTRY SHOW
Atkinson Action Horses
At the South of England Show
We speak to Mark Atkinson
of Atkinson Action
Horses, whose live show
will be the new main
arena highlight of the
South of England Show.
You’re horse master
for a lot of TV shows,
such as Poldark, Peaky
Blinders and Victoria.
What’s a horse master?
Someone who’s in charge
of all the horses on set,
making sure everyone is safe. I assess the abilities
of the actors and decide what they are capable of,
and which of our horses would be most appropriate
for them and the scene. We can train actors to ride,
and we also have stunt doubles. The hero horses
have their own identical stunt doubles, sometimes
two. Seamus our Irish draught hero horse for Poldark
(‘Darkie’ in the show) is very famous. We get
journalists coming to Cornwall to spend the day
with him. Both leads, Aidan Turner and Eleanor
Tomlinson are very able riders. Victoria is filmed
near where we’re based in East Yorkshire which is
great for us.
What do you enjoy most about your job? I enjoy
teaching the actors, and the challenge of delivering
on set what the director wants. When the production
stretches over a few months, there’s such a
What is most challenging? Teaching the horses to
stand still. Filming involves a lot of waiting around.
What makes for a good action horse? Patience,
bravery, charisma and personality. We’ve got some
beautiful horses, and some common-bred ones.
They all have their place.
Where do your riders come from? All over
the place. Most start as ground crew and can ride
already. We teach them
gymnastics, but occasionally
we’ve recruited gymnasts
and taught them to ride.
All must be incredibly fit.
How did you get into
this line of work? My
dad was a farmer, and I
carried on the business
when he retired. My
hobby was show jumping,
and 28 years ago, my wife
Jill suggested we diversify
into more horse-orientated work. We started offering
livery services, opened a riding school, then
began doing re-enactment and Sealed Knot work,
went onto jousting with English Heritage, and it’s
snowballed since then. It’s a family business. Jill
does the logistics. My son Ben trains the horses and
choreographs the live shows. He’s just come back
from training horses for a Bollywood film. His wife
Katharine is heavily involved, and our daughter
Lucy works with us part of the time too.
What can people expect from the live show?
Thirty minutes of extremely exciting, entertaining
live action by our team of eight male and female
riders, and our fantastic horses. Expect trick riding,
airs above the ground and liberty, which is when
the horse has no tack.
Which horses are you bringing? A mixture, including
Spanish stallions, famous for their skills in
Spanish High School, and some of our film horses,
all of whom have a huge following on Instagram.
Atkinson Action Horses will be performing two live
shows per day at the South of England Show 7/8/9th
June, 9am-6.30pm, Ardingly. Under 16s enter for
free and free parking. Visit seas.org.uk/summershow
for online ticket discounts.
ON THIS MONTH: TALK
1997, and all that
‘The future that never happened’
What have New Labour, The
Spice Girls, the Young British
Artists and Britpop got in common?
And where do the Stephen
Lawrence enquiry and the Royal
Family’s reaction to Diana’s
death come into the equation?
In his book 1997 – The Future
That Never Happened, journalist
and broadcaster Richard Power
Sayeed argues that the year in
question was one in which “a
series of huge characters had
an enormous impact on our
culture.” Unfortunately, these
‘characters’ were not all they
seemed, he tells me down the phone: a lot of
powerful people were using seemingly subversive
messages as a smokescreen to make money, or to
promote reactionary or power-boosting agendas.
This was the year, of course, when ‘New Labour’
were overwhelmingly voted into power, and, if
the book were to have an index, the ‘Tony Blair’
entries would take up a couple of pages or more.
And Sayeed doesn’t give him an easy ride: he sees
the Brexit fiasco and the post-2007 austerity drive
as direct results of the failures of Blair’s tenure in
office. There was enormous hope surrounding his
project, but its seeming subversion of the status
quo proved to be illusory, and its many failures
have “led to huge social, political and cultural
There was something in the air, obviously. The
Spice Girls’ watered-down feminist message was a
positive one, but it was used as a vehicle enabling
them and their management to get enormously
rich. The Royal Family were forced into acting
more ‘humanly’ after public reaction to how they
dealt with Diana’s death, but the PR machine
they built around them has since
enabled them to consolidate their
power and wealth. The YBAs
were not really rebels: in causing
a massively inflated art market,
they merely helped “make reaction
seem subversive”. And then
there was Oasis.
But it was New Labour who
were the biggest exponents of the
faux-subversive trend. “I would
absolutely acknowledge what a
political operator [Blair] was and
the fact that in many ways he had
a positive impact, it’s just that he
never used his enormous political
capital to fundamentally change the free market
system that had been left behind by Thatcher.
Neither did he use it to challenge the creeping
nationalism in British politics.”
“When you disappoint people so severely, and
when supposedly liberal ideas are used to justify
an exploitative economic system, it’s not surprising
that there’s a backlash not only against the establishment
and the political elite but also against
the marginalised groups and the ethnic minority
But there’s an upside to all the shattered hope, in
Sayeed’s opinion. “There was nonetheless something
very valuable about having aggressive radical
ideas brought so centrally into the mainstream,
even if [they] got watered down... When you look
at ‘woke’ culture - pervasive liberal progressivism
in terms of young people’s attitudes in the UK - I
think what you are seeing there is the impact of
progressive ideas being fashionable a couple of
decades ago.” Alex Leith
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ON THIS MONTH: CINEMA
Left-right: London to Brighton, The Bromley
Boys and She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry
Dexter Lee’s June round-up
If you’re reading this mag in time and you are a
Depot fan, you’ll want to know that they’re having
a first birthday show on May 31st: they’re showing
the Charlie Chaplin classic City Lights, with a
buffet and a DJ-fuelled party afterwards.
Followers of Lewes FC will be interested in the
film The Bromley Boys, a coming-of-age movie
about a gawky teenager who finds acceptance on
the terraces of his local non-league team. The film
is on for a week from May 30th; the first screening
includes a Q&A with local (Seaford) screenwriter
This month’s dementia-friendly screening is the
Elvis Presley film Blue Hawaii (Tues 5th), in
which our Elv swaps his sarge stripes for a lei. Another
one-off on the same day is the documentary
A Cambodian Spring, charting the wave of land
rights protests in the South-east Asian country,
and their tragic consequences. Afterwards there’s a
Q&A with the director and ‘Media Monk’ Venerable
The Education Course this month features films
set in Sussex: the first, on May 29th, was Wish
You Were Here; it continues with Paul Andrew
Williams’ brutal drama London to Brighton
(June 5th), and Philip Trevelyan’s brilliant cult
documentary The Moon & the Sledgehammer
(9th, highly recommended).
Another three-film series is the latest from the
U3A lot: this time the theme is ‘music’ and the
movies are Louis Malle’s jazz-rich debut Lift to
the Scaffold (10th), Chico & Rita (17th) and
Whiplash (24th). More music from the Lewes
Chamber Music Festival, who are holding an
open rehearsal in the studio on the 13th, and
screening the noir classic, starring Orson Welles,
The Third Man, on the 15th, presumably chosen
for Anton Karas’ mesmeric zither score. On the
same day, aptly enough, The Piano, directed
by Jane Campion, starts a week of screenings to
celebrate the 25th anniversary of its release (that’ll
make a few of us realise our age!).
Meanwhile June sees four of the six films in
Depot’s Queer Film Course: it kicks off with the
documentary My Genderation (7th), followed by
Beginners (with Christopher Plummer and Ewan
McGregor, 14th) Female Trouble (a John Waters
film starring Divine, 21st) and Desert Hearts
(directed by Donna Deitch, 28th).
June sees the 20th celebration of Refugee Week
and Depot are marking this with two films, The
Idol (15th-21st), about the Palestinian version of
Pop Idol, and Those Who Jump (18th), a rather
more hard-hitting documentary about refugees
who attempt to get into the Spanish city of Melilla
(an enclave on the north coast of Africa) by scaling
the wall which divides it from Morocco.
On the 25th, in conjunction with Ditchling
Museum of Art + Craft, there’s a two-film series
connected to their exciting exhibition about the
graphic designer/nun Corina Kent, She’s Beautiful
When She’s Angry (25th) and Citizen Jane
(26th). And finally, on the 26th, the pod doors
open on another anniversary: this time a 50th,
with a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece
2001: A Space Odyssey.
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ON THIS MONTH: PERFORMANCE ART
Sympathy for the devil
Cabaret singer and
Brown joins local
legend John Agard
on a double bill at
the All Saints Centre
Tell us about the
show… John’s play,
Pushkin’s Half Hour is
a satirical homage to
novel Eugene Onegin,
whereas mine is a
homage to the devil archetype. The connection is
that between my songs I’m performing a selection
of poems from John’s From The Devil’s Pulpit.
Doing so takes the audience on a journey, much
like a play.
What is The Devil’s Storybook? It’s the name
of the album I released last November, which
includes predominantly what I’d call ‘story songs’.
After having recorded it, I decided to develop
a show, performed in the character of the devil,
singing songs from the album, framed by John’s
poems, which creates a narrator – and a narration.
What made you decide to use his poems in
your show? I stumbled upon them by accident.
I had wanted to turn my set into a cabaret-esque
show, but at that time I had no clue how to do it.
The moment I read the poems I knew they were
the missing piece of the puzzle. They just seemed
to fit in perfectly.
What’s John Agard like when he’s not stage?
I’ve mostly been living in and around Lewes over
the last 12 years, but I didn’t actually know John
before I contacted him about performing his work.
What’s he like off stage? Is one ever off stage? As
captivating and mischievous as on stage, I’d say.
Can you explain what you mean by the ‘devil
from being considered
the root of
all evil, the devil
archetype is mostly
known for hedonism,
and excess. On a
deeper level it’s
also the force that
questions the status
quo and instigates
rebellions and revolutions,
Photo by Xavier Clarke
be preferable to accepting an insufferable state of
affairs. You could see the devil as the voice of the
people, if you will… showing solidarity by marching
through paradise holding up signs saying:
‘Rights for Mankind’ and ‘Knowledge for All’.
How did this project start? Music’s always
been my passion, along with words, and I’ve been
engaging in both from a very young age. I spent
about ten years performing as a singer/songwriter
until I felt something was missing, and in this
project I found the change I was looking for – to
start charting new, unexplored territory.
Are you playing the devil’s advocate? Satan is a
mythological construct. I don’t believe in a devil.
It’s important not to project our own shadow
onto something or someone else, and to own it.
‘This thing of darkness I acknowledge mine,’ as
Shakespeare wrote. In other cultures that force
isn’t banished into the underworld; it’s considered
necessary to maintain balance in the world. Dark
gods and trickster gods are worshipped alongside
the ones we’d consider more acceptable. You can’t
have light without shadow.
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ON THIS MONTH: MUSIC
New Sussex Opera
Forty years young
‘How refreshing, how delightful, to be resting by
the ocean, factor twenty five sun lotion and a glass
Not only has New Sussex Opera director David
Foster transformed the setting of Donizetti’s The
Elixir of Love from an 18th century Italian village
to a contemporary Sussex beach, he’s also made a
few lyrical changes to suit the new seaside location.
“The story is a timeless theme of love, jealousy and
greed”, David explains. “This was an opportunity
to make it a bit fresher for people who might not
normally go and see what they might consider to
be a stuffy old opera from the 1800s. It’s also quite
good because it’s funny and it doesn’t end up with
The tour starts at the All Saints centre in Lewes,
where NSO’s first-ever performance happened 40
years ago. The group previously existed as Breaky
Bottom Opera, performing at the local vineyard,
before moving and changing its name. If you’ve
missed the opening night in Lewes on 26th May,
you can still catch the show when it moves along
the coast to venues including Brighton (Saturday
2nd June) and Eastbourne (Sunday 3rd June).
Next on the agenda is a special invite-only anniversary
celebration, again at the All Saints centre,
on 1st July. This will include songs from previous
shows as well as an auction of NSO memorabilia. In
addition, there’ll be more details of the company’s
forthcoming autumn show: The Travelling Companion
by Charles Villiers Stanford. “It’s an opera that
hasn’t been put on since the 60s”, says David. “It
was his last opera – he’s mainly known for choral
music – and he never saw it performed. So it’s quite
an exciting adventure from our point of view.”
Whilst The Travelling Companion will be a major
production with a full orchestra, professional soloists
and a professional director, The Elixir of Love is
described as a New Sussex Opera Chorus production.
It’s an opportunity for the whole chorus to
perform and lets other company members develop
their talents. “Our soloists are professionals but
they’re all very young; a couple are still at college
and a couple have just left college.” David honed
his own skills on these in-house shows. “I hadn’t
directed anything since I was at school”, he says.
“There was always that nagging thing of ‘nah, I’ve
left it too late’”. However, the chance to be an assistant
director on NSO’s production of King Arthur
in 2016 led to him directing Trial by Jury later that
year, followed by Orfeo ed Euridice in 2017 and now
the current production.
Current opportunities with NSO include the chorus
– “particularly tenors”, says David – as well as
backstage help and people with a passion for stage
direction or design. “We’ve been around for forty
years but obviously we still need to attract more
people to come and see us – and to come and join
us. It’s always that challenge ahead of us.”
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Lewes Chamber Music Festival
Bengt into shape
A conversation on the other side of the world
first brought Swedish pianist Bengt Forsberg to
the Lewes Chamber Music Festival. Although
he’d visited the area previously – “I was here with
my family many years ago for a performance of
Carmen at Glyndebourne and we fell in love with
your town”, he tells me – it was a chat in Australia
that led to him returning as a performer. Viola
player James Boyd mentioned “this festival of
interesting, not always well known music” run by
violinist Beatrice Philips; Bengt was convinced
and made his festival debut in 2015.
This year, Bengt, Beatrice and James are all
back in town as part of a three-day festival that’s
now a well-established part of the classical
music calendar. Over twenty artists – a blend of
internationally-acclaimed professional musicians
and some of today’s top young performers – will
be presenting seven concerts in historic buildings.
“Chamber music is in no way less intense in
emotional impact or passion than music written
for larger forces, such as a symphony orchestra”,
Bengt explains. “The only actual difference is the
number of players involved; and you can really
come close to the audience in a smaller room.”
Playing with a group of other musicians is “very
much a shared venture”, he says. “You always have
to find a mutual understanding of the music.”
Last year, some of Bengt’s rehearsals were open to
visitors. For 2018, there’s a formal open rehearsal
ahead of the opening night. I wondered how
comfortable he was with an audience hearing what
could be thought of as an imperfect performance.
He tells me the process is inspiring: “There is no
such thing as a ‘perfect performance’; interpreting
music is an ongoing process of finding hidden secrets
and revealing possible truths in it.” His definition
of a good pianist is similarly broad and relaxed.
“Someone who can think ‘outside the box’, so to
speak; who enjoys discovering also the established
masters... and, above all, feels great joy in music
making; but that goes for all musicians, I believe.”
The musical theme for this year’s festival is
‘Exploring Vienna’, which Bengt describes as
“a subject very dear to me”. It’s Beatrice who’s
chosen most of the music “but I might have come
with some suggestions”, Bengt adds. He’s become
known as someone who enjoys uncovering and
playing lesser-known works: does he have any interest
in composing for himself? “No, not at all –
there is too much music composed today. I prefer
to discover exciting but dead composers who can’t
defend themselves; there’s so much fantastic music
out there waiting to be played!” Mark Bridge
Lewes Chamber Music Festival runs from 14th to
16th June. leweschambermusicfestival.com
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ON THIS MONTH: ART
Focus on: ‘On Foot’
By Patricia Thornton. Oil on primed paper, 20x16cms
What’s the subject of this picture? I did
a residency with Rachael Adams and Robert
Littleford at Martyrs’ two years ago, about
‘periphery’ and ‘journeys’ and I’m still working
on those themes. I’ve been preoccupied with the
theme of refugees – of people on the move – since
the upheaval in the Middle East started. I’m always
interested in narrative – in open-ended stories.
Did the image come out of your head? No. I
like to work from images I find on the internet, or
photos taken on my mobile, however badly, and
go from there. This came from a series of pictures
I found of a group of refugees walking on the side
of the autobahn from Hungary to Austria. I was
moved by the desperation that must have driven
them to leave their homes, and the hope they must
have carried in their hearts about a new future.
Does it have any personal relevance to your
family history? Perhaps, indirectly. As a child, I
never knew where half of my family came from,
and I recently did a DNA test, with fascinating
results. It seems that some of my ancestry is from
Turkey, Yugoslavia and the South Mediterranean,
so my relatives might well have been displaced.
Do you always work in oils? Along with other
materials: there is often an element of collage to my
work. I like the way I can move oils around, it gives
me time to change my mind, and acrylics dry too fast.
Has anyone directly influenced your work?
Peter Doig comes to mind, among many others.
Tell us about your working practice… I work
in a converted garage in the summer, and in a
spare room in the winter. I usually start with some
music on, and I get so absorbed that often the
cd’s been finished an hour before I notice. I don’t
wear special clothes, with unfortunate results, but I
always turn my jumper inside out.
Take us to a gallery… We’re spoilt for choice
around here, even if Brighton should up its game.
The Towner has a wonderful collection, as does
Pallant House. But, because of its rural setting,
let’s go to Farleys Farm to see some Lee Miller. I
particularly admire her war photographs. AL
Patricia Thornton, Maps and Dreams, Martyrs’
Gallery, June 2nd – 22nd, Thur-Sun, 12-5pm (PV
June 1st, 6pm)
ART & ABOUT
In town this month
Street, an exhibition of photographs by Vic Hind, is at
21 Priory Street on the 2nd and 3rd. Always a keen
photographer, Vic has recently turned her camera – and
her voyeuristic eye – on those around her. “This exhibition
is about what we see when we’re out and about;
what people are doing, wearing, how they move, how
From the 1st until the 3rd you can
catch the open studio of classically
trained painter Jason Tremlett, who
teaches a traditional approach to
drawing and painting from life from
his Fisher Street atelier. This informal
exhibition will showcase the
best of the twelve students’ work, as
well as pieces by Jason himself.
Maps and Dreams, an
exhibition of paintings
about great journeys by
Patricia Thornton, is at
Martyrs’ Gallery from
the 2nd until the 22nd.
More on pg 49.
is the featured
artist at Chalk
the 11th, exhibiting
some of the
decamp to the seaside, exhibiting their work at Grey Walls Gallery,
in The Laughing Dog at Brighton Marina. Janice Thurston,
Leila Godden, Lyndsey Smith, Nadia Chalk, Sue Collins
and Susan Lynch are amongst the artists who feature in the fourweek
exhibition opening on the 2nd.
Out of town
Newhaven Open Call is an artist-led initiative inviting local
people and visitors to the area to make a new piece of art, in
any medium, about Newhaven. Works should be based on
a personal experience of being in the town, responding to
locations, artefacts, nature, or social and political agendas. One
piece by each artist will be exhibited at UTC Harbourside,
as part of Artwave in August. Workshops for would-be but
inexperienced artists will be held during July. Find more
details at the Newhaven Town Council office in Fort Road, the
Newhaven Museum at Paradise Park or at newhavenprojects.co.uk from the 1st of June.
And there are more opportunities to get making. Monk’s House has a
programme of events that includes twilight tours, a bookbinding workshop
and a wood engraving weekend with Keith Pettit [nationaltrust.org.uk/
monks-house]. Over at Charleston, meanwhile, there’s an Introduction
to Basketry coming up, where you can create your own ‘Sciathog’ basket,
with Annemarie O’Sullivan. And now is the time to book places on the
Young Bohemians Summer School in July, with drawing, painting,
collage, printing and sculpture courses for 8-17 year olds [charleston.org.uk].
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Out of town (cont)
Anita Chester has been
collecting plastic rubbish
from the beach since 2011.
She uses it to create textile
hangings, printed designs
works, with the underlying
and timely message that
we should be very worried
about our throwaway
culture. Fretting, an
exhibition of her work, is at Devonshire Collective
Café and Gallery in Eastbourne from the 5th-9th.
Worthing Artists Open
Houses takes place on weekends
from the 16th of June until
the 1st of July, with over 325
participating artists presenting
their work in 57 different
venues throughout the town
com]. Further west, Virginia
Woolf: an exhibition inspired by
her writings continues at Pallant House. Featuring 80
female artists working from 1854 to the present day,
the selected work ‘seeks to show how her perspectives
on feminism and creativity have remained relevant to a
community of creative women across time’.
If you’re heading
east, visit three
galleries in one
day on the Coastal
Culture Trail. The
in Eastbourne, the
De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill and the Jerwood
Gallery in Hastings are all within 17 miles of each
other and an easy cycle or train ride (or an intrepid
weekend’s walk!). Visit coastalculturetrail.com to
explore the options. There’s much to see.
Anna Vartiainen, Venue 11
Assembly by Alison Wilding
Mishka Henner, Unknown Site, Noordwijk aan Zee,
South Holland, 2011 Arts Council Collection,
Southbank Centre, London, courtesy of the artist
At Altitude is at Towner Gallery from
the 2nd. A book illustration from 1786,
A Circular View from the Balloon at its
greatest Elevation, is considered to be
one of the first ever ‘real’ aerial views and
sets the context for this exhibition, which
explores ‘how our experience of landscape,
space and territory has been transformed
through new aerial perspectives of the
world’. Once again working in partnership
with the Arts Council, the exhibition brings
together painting, sculpture, photography
and film around the theme.
on down to
De La Warr
of new and
existing works by leading UK sculptor and
Royal Academician, Alison Wilding. From
the 23rd, Right Here and Out There unfolds
both inside and outside of the gallery, with
works selected in response to the landscape
and the light. In her own words, ‘The sharp
lines of the building reflect the sharp lines
of the sculptures, and the flatness of the
horizon… the sculptures seem to hold the
same weight as those ships’. The exhibition
continues until the 16th of September.
Sussex Community Festival
Join us for a day of free
entertainment, fun and discovery
SUNDAY 24 JUNE 2018, 11AM–3PM
UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX CAMPUS, FALMER, BRIGHTON
Our beautiful campus is nestled in the South Downs countryside right next to Falmer Station.
We invite you to a fun-filled day of free activities and entertainment for all ages.
COME ALONG TO ENJOY:
bands and music research demos treasure trail workshops children’s activities
sports tasters bouncy castle face painting fun experiments aerial circus skills
storytelling food stalls World Cup football shown in our campus bar
FIND OUT MORE AND BOOK YOUR FREE TICKETS:
SATURDAY 2 & SUNDAY 3
Comedy at the Con. With
Pierre Hollins (right), Paddy
Lennox, Dave Fensome and
Andrea Hubert. Con Club,
THURSDAY 7 – SATURDAY 9
Living History Festival. Weald & Downland
Living Museum, Chichester, 10.30am-5pm,
£6.50-£14 (family ticket offers available).
Chailey Heritage Focus Run. Raising funds for
the DREAM Centre Appeal (see pg 14). Borde
Hill Garden, £5-£20. runchaileyheritage.org.uk.
Greening Tomorrow. Alan Simpson, adviser on
sustainable economics to the Shadow Chancellor
John McDonnell, opens a Lewes Labour discussion.
Phoenix Centre, 7.30pm, free.
Attempting Green Living in a Sussex Wood.
Chris Yarrow provides a brief résumé of British
forestry. Council Chamber, Lewes Town Hall,
Headstrong Club talk and discussion. Guy
Standing speaks on ‘Basic income and how we
can make it happen’. Elly, 8pm, £3.
Gardening with the Best Beloved. Talk with
Val Bourne, writer for The Telegraph and author
of books including The Living Jigsaw. St Thomas
Church Hall, 7.30pm for 7.45pm, £3.
South of England Show. The best of British
countryside living: the biggest such jamboree in
the South East, in Ardingly. See page 37.
Gin tasting and book reading. An evening
of botanical gins, readings and lists inspired by
Lewesian Lulah Ellender’s book Elisabeth’s Lists.
AS Apothecary, 7.30pm, £25 (tickets limited).
Lewes Barbican Rotary Annual Quiz. General
knowledge quiz, teams of up to six. Bring a picnic,
bar available. Kingston Village Hall, 7.30pm, £5.
Never in a Million Years. Astronomy presentation
with Jane Green FRAS. Willingdon Community
School, Eastbourne, 7.30pm, £5-£12.
Corbynism. Lewes Labour meeting with Guardian
writer Zoe Williams, Momentum’s Laura
Parker and author Richard Power Sayeed (see pg
39). Town Hall, 10.30am, £5.
SATURDAY 9 – SUNDAY 15 JULY
Enjoy the waterlilies
on the lakes at
Sheffield Park and
a variety of tours,
events and workshops.
& Anne of Cleves
Anne of Cleves House
Princess & the Pea
29 th May, 1pm -4pm
Drop in for storytelling,
dressing up & craft activities.
14 th & 15 th July
Discover how the Tudors lived;
dance classes, cooking demos,
textile making & much more!
Digging for Treasure - 31 st May
Dig, sort, draw & make your
own treasure to take home.
Ages 4-8. Adult to stay.
*Tickets £5 per child
*Booking required for
Lewes Castle activities
WEALD & DOWNLAND LIVING MUSEUM
2-3 June 2018 10.30am-5.00pm
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JUNE listings (cont)
Image courtesy of
Dave & Albert ‘Les’ Scott
History of the
Homewood tells the
story of the Lewes
and its various uses from construction in 1868 to
demolition in the 1950s. King’s Church, 7pm for
The Life and
Work of Puccini.
fracturing of European culture at that time.
Uckfield Civic Centre, 2pm, £7 (members free).
Lewes Needlewriters/South Downs Poetry
Festival Special. Poetry surgeries, open mics
and readings. See needlewriters.co.uk.
The Brighton of Aubrey Beardsley. Illustrated
talk with Alexia Lazou. The Keep, 5.30pm, £5.
The Tempest. Shakespeare’s play performed in
the open air by The Lord Chamberlain’s Men.
Charleston, 7.30pm, £20/£18.
THURS 14 – SUN 17
Brewers Arms Inaugural Cider and
Perry Festival. ‘Meet the Producer’
talk and tasting with Matt from Ascension
Cider on the 14th at 7.30pm;
the festival runs throughout the weekend. Brewers
Arms, free (£10 from pub for talk, including tastings
and nibbles from Richards Butchers).
Maps and Dreams
2–22 June • 12–5pm • Thu–Sun
Private View • Friday 1 June • 6pm
The Home of
Lewes Theatre Club
The Merchant of Venice
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Shaun Hughes
Friday 29 June - Saturday 7 July 7:45pm excl.
Saturday 1 July and Sunday 2 July evenings.
Matinee Saturday 1 July and 7 July 2:45pm.
Box Office: 01273 474826
La Boheme ′
in association with
Saturday 7 July
Featuring a cast who have
performed at Glyndebourne,
English National Opera and
the Royal Opera House.
A rare opportunity to witness a
professional production of one of
the most popular operas in such
an intimate, atmospheric venue.
Enjoy dinner by candlelight
and then experience the cast
performing around you while
they use our whole restaurant
as their canvas.
For tickets and information
on all upcoming concerts:
BOX OFFICE: 01825 790200
Sheffield Green, Nr Fletching,
East Sussex TN22 3RB
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'Summer is a-coming in'
Mid-Summer Concert on June 23rd
at 7.30pm in Piddinghoe Parish Church
featuring the Ouse Valley Singers
and student band 'Funktionality' from
Southdowns College, Lewes.
A celebration of summer with
a medley of music including
Classical, Folk, Pop and Funk.
children under 12 free.
Tickets on the door or from
Vanessa Giles 01273 965663.
G A R D E N
There’s something for everyone
A Summer of Music
Operatic High Tea
Sun 1st July, 3-5pm
An elegant High Tea, glass
of fizz and operatic
highlights *BE Sponsored by
A Boundless Summer
Sat 7th – Sun 8th July
UB40 and The Gipsy
Kings headline this music
festival in the parkland.
Purchase a ticket at the
Open Air Opera
La Bohème Fri 27th July
The Marriage of Figaro
Sat 28th July
Two evenings of
Opera Brava. *BE
Sundays in August,
plus 2nd Sept
Bring a picnic and enjoy
live music in the Garden.
Free (normal admission
*BE – Booking essential at
Tel: 01444 450326 www.bordehill.co.uk
JUNE listings (cont)
Sussex Gin & Fizz
Festival. Supplier stalls,
talks by industry experts,
free samples, food and
live music. Southover
Grange Gardens, 11am-
Lewes Castle Rotary’s sponsored walk. Raising
funds for Chestnut Tree House. Registration opens
8.30am at Southover Church Hall. Contact Lewes
Castle Rotary for more details: 07957829997.
Little Edinburgh. Four comedians prep for Edinburgh
Fringe. All Saints, 4pm-9.30pm, £6.50 per
show or £13 for whole day. See pg 33.
ABCD in Palestine & Palestine Community
Co-operative talk about their work to help women,
families and communities in Palestine. White Hart,
The Turbulent Pub Life of Lewes. A Friends of
Anne of Cleves’ House talk by Viva contributor Mat
Homewood, the authority on the history of Lewes’
boozers. Anne of Cleves, 7.30pm, £8/£5.
FRIDAY 22 & SATURDAY 23
South Downs Beer & Cider Festival. Nearly 90
real ales, plus ciders and perries,
plus hot and cold food.
Lewes Town Hall, 11am-
3pm & 5-10.30pm (Friday)
and 11am-6pm (Saturday),
Table-top book sale. Fundraiser for Freedom from
Torture East Sussex, selling books on the theme of
travelling/walking. Cliffe precinct, 10am-2pm. >>>
S T P E T E R & S T J A M E S H O S P I C E
SATURDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER 7PM
Ardingly, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH17 6TN
Join us beneath the stars as we take a walk to remember this
September. Enjoy a sponsored stroll through Wakehurst’s
beautiful botanic gardens and lay a lantern alongside
hundreds of others to remember and celebrate the people
you love. As your glistening lantern brings light to dark
hours, you’ll help our hospice nurses do the same.
Entry is £15 before 1st June and £18 thereafter.
Under 16s £5.
Family and group discounts available
to be won!
Register at stpjhospice.org
or call us on 01444 471598
Registered charity number: 1056114
Kindly sponsored by
JUNE listings (cont)
SATURDAY 23 (CONT)
Summer is a-coming in. Mid-Summer concert
featuring the Ouse Valley Singers and student
band ‘Funktionality’ from Southdowns College,
Lewes. Piddinghoe Parish Church, 7.30pm, £5
(kids under 12 free).
MONDAY 25 TO FRIDAY 29
Lewes Skittles Tournament. Money raised
provides funds which enable the Rotary Club to
support charities and local people in need. Entry
will be £30 per team (teams of 6), see lewes-rotary.
org/skittles for details.
The Alternative Alice in
Wonderland. Set in the surroundings
of the college grounds.
Eastbourne College, The Dell,
Rodmell Open Gardens. Proceeds to
St Peter’s Church and other village clubs
and societies. 2pm-3pm, £5 (accompanied
SATURDAY 9 & SUNDAY 10
Gardens. Take the
chance to look at
their beautifully restored
Fletching Garden Trail. Funds raised benefit
Fletching Church of England Primary
School. Fletching, 11am-5pm, £6 (kids free).
Southover Open Gardens. Proceeds to
Southover Bonfire Society. 2.30pm-6pm
(some gardens to 6pm), £5 (accompanied
under 16s free).
Lewes Live Lit double bill: John Agard and Annika
Brown. See page 43.
Free NHS Health Checks. For 40-74 year olds
living in East Sussex. Check includes BMI, blood
pressure and cholesterol. Phoenix Centre, call
0300 303 3624 to book an appointment.
FRIDAY 29 – SATURDAY 7 JULY
The Merchant of Venice. Presented by Lewes
Theatre Club and directed by Shaun Hughes. See
Butterfly Walk. A
talk and walk with
Farm, two walks at
12pm and 2.30pm,
£15/£10 (accompanied children free).
Rose Cottage Open Garden. In aid of
Saturday Circles Club Lewes. 1 Rose Cottage,
Chalvington Road, Golden Cross near
Hailsham, 11am-5pm, £4, children free
(see pg 16).
Open Garden in
aid of Alzheimer’s
Research UK. High
Trees, 83 Firle Road,
£6 (kids free).
SATURDAY 2, 7PM
Thibaut Garcia. Evening concert with the Franco-
Spanish guitarist as part of Glynde Place Concert
Series. Programme to include the JS Bach Chaconne
from the solo violin Partita in D minor.
Glynde Place, £30/£15
SATURDAY 9, 7.30PM
Doctors for Nepal Charity Concert. Summer
fundraising concert with proceeds toward improving
healthcare in rural Nepal. Julia Bishop (violin),
Howard Beach (harpsichord), Ana-Maria Rincon
(soprano) and the University of Chichester Baroque
Orchestra. Music will include Handel’s Concerto
Grosso op. 6 no. 6, Bach’s Oboe and violin double concerto
in C minor and Vivaldi’s Cello concerto in C minor.
St Anne’s Church, £15/£8
SUNDAY 10, 4PM
Corelli Ensemble. Features the winner of the
Segovia Competition, Paul Gregory, playing Vivaldi’s
Guitar Concerto and Cavatina from the film The Deer
Hunter. The Corelli Ensemble’s musical director,
Maeve Jenkinson plays the theme from Ladies in
Lavender. Programme will also include Elgar’s
Serenade for Strings, and Holst’s St Paul’s Suite.
St Pancras Church, £12/£10 (children free) >>>
Paul Gregory (Corelli Ensemble)
CONCERT SERIES 2018
BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists
Andrei Ionita (cello)
with Naoko Sonoda (piano)
Saturday 7pm, 7 July 2017
Tickets, info and other events - glyndeplace.co.uk
12 May -Mariam Batsashvili (piano)
2 June - Thibaut Garcia (guitar)
May & June - We, Th, Su & BH Mo
Aug -26&27 Sep - 1 & 2 for Artwave
Bach and beyond
Choral works by
Bach | Bruckner | Duruflé | Copland
Esterházy Chamber Choir
Conductor: Richard Dawson
Saturday 23 June 2018 7.30pm
St Anne’s Church, Lewes
Tickets £10 in advance from Lewes Tourist
Information Centre or from our website.
£12 on the door (under 16s free)
See www.esterhazychoir.org for more details
SUNDAY 10, 6PM
Musicians of All Saints. Candlelit concert with
Anne Hodgson (Flute) Clare Worth (Oboe)
and Russ Robinson (Viola). Including works by
Holst, Hinchcliffe, Graebner and Telemann.
Hamsey Old Church, £12/£9 (under 18s free)
THURS 14 – SAT 16
Lewes Chamber Music Festival. Three days
of chamber music in Lewes, featuring works of
Schonberg, Korngold, Beethoven, Mozart and
Schubert (see pg 47). Various venues, see leweschambermusicfestival.com
for full programme
SUNDAY 17, 6PM
Musicians of All Saints. A quartet from MAS
plus two soloists perform Haydn’s String Quartet
in B minor, Op.33 no.1; Holst’s Four Songs for
Voice and Violin; Peter Warlock’s Complete Songs
with String Quartet, and Beethoven’s String
Quartet in F major.
Hamsey Old Church, £12/£9 (under 18s free)
SAT 23 – SUN 1 JULY
Villages Music Festival. Celebration of live
music in the villages of Ripe, Chalvington and
Laughton. Highlights include masterclass with
Dame Felicity Lott, Brighton Film Quartet,
Baroque flute with Neil Maclaren and the Magnard
Ensemble’s Revolting Rhymes and Marvellous
Music, based on the work of Roald Dahl.
SATURDAY 23, 7.30PM
Esterházy Chamber Choir. Performing
motets by Bach, Bruckner, Duruflé and Copland
with conductor Richard Dawson.
St Anne’s Church, £10
Magnard (Villages Music Festival)
6-8 TH JULY
St. Anne’s Church, Lewes
Friday 6th at 7.30pm
YOUTH AND DREAMS
Mahler, Berg, Caplet and English songs
Saturday 7th at 1pm
NOCTURNE: CELESTIAL MUSIC
Schubert and Debussy
Saturday 7th at 7pm
A battle of the sexes in forty-six
Sunday 8th at 1pm
‘IF WORDS BE MADE
songs with guitar
Dowland, Britten, De Falla, Brett Dean
Sunday 8th at 7.30pm
songs and à cappella choir
Barber, Britten, Macmillan, Weir,
Pärt, commission by Orlando Gough
Festival Pass £60
Evening concerts £15, lunchtime £12
Under 16s half-price
or from Lewes Tourist Information
Centre (01273 483448)
Patron: Mark Padmore
SEE IT BY BUS
GIG GUIDE // JUNE
GIG OF THE MONTH: THE MEMBERS
(SUPPORTING JOHNNY MOPED)
We have grown accustomed to the Con Club spoiling us
with at least one legendary punk gig a month, and we are
not disappointed with the line-up for June. The mighty
Members are supporting Johnny Moped on 16th June and
we can’t wait. The spiky-haired foursome were founded
in Surrey 1977 (and reformed in 2007); those who were
around at the time will remember their satirical commentary
on suburban life and true-to-punk maverick style,
encompassed in their 1979 hit The Sound of the Suburbs - a
classic single. For those who weren’t around, if you’ve a
penchant for an ‘eclectic mix of punk, reggae, surf, pop and anthemic songs’ head along and check them out.
As an added bonus, the night of punk nostalgia is headlined by Mr Moped, something of a legend in his own
right. Saturday 16, Con Club, doors 7.30pm, £15 Kelly Hill
Jonathan Toubin Dance Party. Supercharged
RnB. Con Club, 8pm, £12
Bob Kenward. Folk (songs from Kent). Elly,
Love Action. 80s night presented by Fruitful
Soundsystem. Swan, 9pm, free
Spear of Destiny. Post punk. Do you believe in
the West World? Con Club, 7.30pm, £16
Aurora Chanson. Jazz. Snowdrop, 8pm, free
Too Many Crooks. Ska. The Con Club,
Nancy Kerr. Folk (English trad & modern). Elly,
Open Space Open Mic. Music, poetry and
performance. Elly, 7.30pm, free
Robert Fowler. Tenor sax. Snowdrop, 8pm, free
AYU. Eight-piece funk band. The Con Club,
Johnny Moped + The Members. See Gig of
Fourgone Confusion. Folk (contemporary).
Elly, 8pm, £6
The Contenders (in the bar). Rock blues. Con
Club, 3.30pm, free
Gabriel Garrick. Jazz. Snowdrop, 8pm, free
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29 LAZY SUSAN EVENT WITH GUEST DJ
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GIG GUIDE // JUNE
Jack Allsobrook & The Middleways. Performing
debut album. All Saints, 7.30pm, £12
Town Of Cats. Afrobeat/ska/funk. Con Club,
Ramekins. Folk (sea songs). Elly, 8pm, £6
Arcelia (in the bar). Soulful folk. Con Club,
Terry Smith. Jazz guitar. Snowdrop, 8pm, free
Lazy Susan event with guest DJ. Con Club,
7.30pm, £4 (members free)
Loose Caboose Night. Northern soul. Con Club,
The Old Firm. Music hall songs & monologues.
Elly, 8pm, £7
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Alice in Wonderland
25-29 June, Eastbourne College 8.15pm
Eastbourne College presents their annual Summer production in
the grounds of the college and their outdoor theatre The Dell,
a fantastic adaptation of Alice in Wonderland in the promenade.
Eager to help the Rabbit,
Alice dashes to his rescue
and encounters strange
and fascinating characters,
all in the surrounds of
the college’s grounds.
Faithful to the madness
and the lively humour
of the original, this revisitation
of Lewis Carroll’s
classic has unique twists.
The setting is Eastbourne
school, allowing it to be a gateway to the
imagination. Will you follow the Rabbit?
Claudine Sinnett, who is Eastbourne
College’s new Director of Drama,
and Gavin Robertson, their resident
practitioner, have adapted and directed
this great classic and worked closely
with the cast and technical team to
create a magical landscape of characters
and surroundings for the audience to
immerse themselves in in
the final Summer show,
ending the academic year
on a high.
The audience will
encounter a fantastic
set in the beautiful
Dell Theatre which was
originally built in the 70s,
deep in the heart of the
The Drama department
has recently updated
their programme of events and now has
approximately 7 productions per year
including inclusion into the Edinburgh
Festival, Shakespeare Schools Festival
and they readily invite professional
theatre companies in to enrich the
learning of the pupils.
All of our productions are in support of a
registered charity and ‘Alice’ is supporting the
mental health charity MIND.
Starts outside the Nugee building, refreshments available from 7.45pm
Bring a blanket. Tickets £5
SAT 26 MAY – FRI 1 JUNE
Magical Mayhem: Unicorn and Dragon
Week. Meet and groom the magical unicorn,
join in with the unicorn and dragon show, and
unscramble the letters on the trail to win a treat.
Spring Barn Farm, see springbarnfarm.com.
Family Art Activities. Drop-in hosted
by volunteers; from paper lampshades to
clay models, inspired by the art and lives
of the Bloomsbury Group. Charleston,
Look Think Make. Look at the
artworks, think about the ideas
behind them and be inspired to make
creations. De La Warr, 2pm, £1.
work and crafts,
lunches and cream
Hall, Forest Row,
Sussex Community Festival. Fun-filled day of
activities and entertainment for all ages. Sports
tasters, face painting and fun experiments for
kids. Bands, research demos and World Cup
football in the bar. University of Sussex campus,
Falmer, 11am-3pm, free.
Defender of the Realm:
King’s Army. Book
launch and signing with
Nick Ostler and Mark
Huckerby. Bags of Books,
Iford and Kingston
School Summer Fair.
Tackle the inflatable
assault course, get close to a reptile, try for a
prize at the hook-a-duck, and enjoy tea and cake
(or BBQ and beer). Iford & Kingston C of E
School, 12pm-3pm, £1 (kids free).
Isfield Village Fête. Novelty dog show,
‘Mousetown’, Scalextric, stocks, tug-o-war, egg
throwing, ‘traditional’ school sports, stalls, beer
tent, tea & cake, wood-fired pizza, ice cream,
BBQ and more. ICE Field behind Laughing
Fish Pub, Isfield, 12pm, £1.50 (50p kids).
Tales for Toddlers. Stories, songs and
imagination-inspiring activities. De La Warr,
10.15am & 11.15am, £1.
Raystede Summer Fair. Including bar, BBQ,
games and dog show. More details to be
announced, check raystede.org.
THE MULBERRY BEES êêêê
The Mulberry Bees is a children’s picture book
inspired by the view outside author Bethany Moore’s
office window. It’s a nice view, to be sure: a square of
lawn, backed by a steep-roofed flint building, dominated
by a large and obviously ancient mulberry
tree. She’s the Development Officer at Glyndebourne
Every year, Bethany has told us, the tree is visited
by a swarm of bees, who subsequently produce
purple honey. This has inspired a narrative of said
bees infiltrating the concert hall, and disrupting a
performance of Figaro. The singers and orchestra
are forced into the garden and decide to
carry on performing the opera, underneath
the mulberry tree. With,
as it happens, rather disastrous
The book was written
– in rhyme – by
Bethany and her
Joyner, and illustrated,
rather beautifully, by Rich.
Saturday 23 rd June 2018
11:00 - 17:00 - All welcome
Exhibitions of work and crafts from Kindergarten to A-Level
Pageant ~ Sideshows ~ Estate & Garden Walks ~ Alumni Tours
Lunches ~ Cream Teas ~ Strawberries & Ice-Cream
Kidbrooke Park, Priory Road, Forest Row. East Sussex, RH18 5JA
Tel: 01342 822275 - Registered Charity Number 307006
KINGSTON KESTRELS: #SQUADGOALS
Local U14 boys’ football team
the Kingston Kestrels have raised
an incredible £1,000 for Brighton’s
Clock Tower Sanctuary.
Mat Head, who co-manages
the team, says: “As a finale to
a great season, we organised
a trip to play a tournament in Holland over the
Easter weekend. One of the dads, Pete Maguire,
suggested the boys raise some money for the tour
and a local charity at the same time, so the idea
of a sponsored dribble was born.” Between them,
the 14 members of the squad dribbled a football
all the way from the top of Ditchling Beacon into
Lewes, raising the £600 they needed for their trip,
and donating the rest to the charity.
“The trip to Holland was fantastic,” Mat says.
“The boys were unbeaten and had a great time together,
and since then the squad
has visited Clock Tower to
present them with the cheque
and learn about the work they
do with young people in less
“We’ve enjoyed a brilliant season
with the boys and their experiences through
the club this year have been profound. Not only
have they become a great team of footballers
(division champions and cup finalists), but their
esprit de corps has resulted in an incredibly strong
bond amongst them both on and off the pitch.
The sense of achievement and understanding
gained from the connection with Clock Tower has
also had a really positive effect. We’re all looking
forward to many more seasons together.” RC
SHOES ON NOW: TEAM RED VERSUS TEAM BLUE
We were armed. We were dangerous. The artillery
of The Blue Team was impressive: Super
Soaker Blaster guns, 50 water balloons and two
old washing up liquid bottles. The Red Team was
similarly armed, albeit with a slight advantage, as,
somehow, they had managed to acquire almost
double the stash of water balloons, a sprinkler and
a rather ominous bucket full of water. A whistle
was blown, and it was Game On.
The five-year-old became an instant target, his
girth and lack of speed making him an easy hit.
Mum and Dad also got blasted with water several
times for much the same reasons. The older boys
attacked with their superior collection of water
balloons, blasting The Blue Team with a speed
and ferocity they somehow lack when asked to
wash the dishes.
But Team Blue had some
secret water balloons hidden
near the fence at the
end of the garden so just
when Team Red was running
out of water, Team
Blue struck. Oldest child
was pummelled with ten
water balloons one after the other - I may have
been getting carried away - whilst middle child
was negotiating with his dad to show mercy.
Soaked, battered and much in need of a change of
clothes Team Red and Team Blue retreated into
the house with each side declaring victory. Sometimes
in the busy-ness of life, it’s simple pleasures
that remind me why I became a parent in the first
place. Jacky Adams
Vegan pulled pork... and banana bread
“Apparently the banana bread there
is really good,” says Kelly.
“I’ve heard the banana bread is really
good…” I wonder if we’ve got
our facts from the same person.
We’re heading down to Cliffe
to try out the new Trading Post
Coffee Roasters, which has taken
over the old Real Eating Company
premises. The space has been totally
transformed, with a big coffee
bar to the left and an impressive
copper roaster in front.
We go up to order. There are five
different coffee blends to choose
from: “Green Monkey is the one
we roast here,” says the friendly
girl behind the counter, “the others
come from our Brighton roaster.”
We go for two Green Monkey flat
whites (£2.50 each) and sit out in
“I don’t know what to eat…” I say, scanning the
menu. Kelly already knows she wants a Benedict
(there is a whole Benedicts section on their
menu). She goes for the Salmon (£8.75). I like the
sound of the Vegan Pulled Pork Sandwich (£8.25)
but I’m so hungry that I’m worried a sandwich
won’t do it.
“We’ll have cake afterwards,” Kelly reminds me.
Who could forget about the banana bread? I go
back up to the bar to order. Shortly after I get back
to our table, the coffees arrive.
“That’s really rich,” Kelly notes.
“Very smooth,” I add. I never really know how to
describe coffee, but this one is good.
Before long the waitress emerges with our food,
and my anxiety about the sandwich not being
enough diminishes. It’s halved
and stacked on a wooden board,
standing at almost half a foot tall.
Kelly’s Benedict also looks
amazing, generously drenched
in hollandaise sauce and prettily
sprinkled with little red shoots.
But back to my sandwich.
The three layers of sourdough
are stuffed with ‘pulled pork’ (seasoned
jackfruit), freshly made slaw
and slices of avocado. It’s huge and
messy and absolutely delicious.
I’m pretty stuffed, but, I think, imagine
the review if I didn’t actually
end up trying the banana bread.
So I go back to the bar. The same
lovely girl is there.
“We’ll have a slice of carrot cake,
and…” I look back at the menu in
that way that we seem to do, even
when we know exactly what we’re ordering.
“The banana bread?” she offers.
“Yes - I’ve heard it’s really good.”
“It is,” she says. “It’s vegan and gluten free, but
you wouldn’t know. It’s so good, the first time I
had it I almost wept.” Wow. I sit back down and
await its arrival.
A few minutes later the waitress is back. She sets a
board down on our table, with two thick slices of
toasted banana bread and a small dish of espresso
cashew butter. We take a slice each, and… it’s not
like any banana bread I’ve had before. It’s not too
sweet, but sweet enough. It tastes good for you,
but not in a bad way. It is delicious.
So I didn’t quite weep, but it was really good.
Photos by Rebecca Cunningham
Photo by Chloë King
Barbecued mackerel with charmoula
Einat Chalmers from Mamoosh, throws some mackerel
on the barbie – Moroccan style – to eat with her famous pitta bread
I trained at one of the top cookery schools in the
States, The French Culinary Institute in New
York. I was young and restless, but I learnt all the
basics of French cuisine, which you can apply
to anything you do. In my family, everyone has
a business. Everyone is doing their thing, and
we’re all in the catering industry.
I grew up in a kibbutz in Israel where my
dad worked at the fish pond and my mother,
for many years, organised all the catering
events. My dad left the community because
the establishment wasn’t for him, he wanted
to be a free bird, and he went on to have many
restaurants. The last became one of the most
iconic institutions in Tel Aviv, a traditional
Middle Eastern fish restaurant named Barbunia.
When I came to the UK, I worked on and off at
Real Patisserie. I wasn’t doing all the pretty little
things - I was mainly making croissants. I always
wanted to learn how to make proper bread. I was
doing it at home, for myself, and then friends
asked if I could make bread for them as well.
My dad is my biggest supporter; he couldn’t wait
for me to start my own business. Opportunities
came, people asked if I would sell my bread but I
wasn’t ready, and then I watched a documentary
called Six Feet from Stardom and something
clicked, I thought I should just go for it.
I launched Mamoosh nearly three years ago,
and it’s going well. I sell my bread at markets
and wholesale to shops like Hisbe and Sussex
Produce Company. In Lewes, you can find
Mamoosh at May’s Farm Cart and Talicious at
Lewes Food Market.
What my dad is, is very much what I am. We like
simple, fresh food. Generally, I make classical
Israeli salads and pittas, which are my speciality.
I combine my knowledge of French baking with
what I learnt at home.
I took this recipe from a restaurant I worked for
in New York, where we cooked sardines with
Moroccan charmoula. I’m using mackerel instead
because it’s local, sustainable, affordable, and
because June 16th is Newhaven Fish Festival. It’s
a brilliant event, and yes, there’ll be a stall selling
my pittas and salad boxes!
Ingredients: 4 whole mackerel, gutted; 20g
coriander, finely chopped; 10g parsley, finely
chopped; 3 garlic cloves, crushed; grated zest
of one lemon; ½ tsp sweet paprika; ½ tsp hot
paprika (optional); ½ tsp ground cumin; 80ml
extra virgin olive oil; salt and pepper.
Method: Light the BBQ. Mix the chopped
herbs, lemon, spices and olive oil in a bowl. Rinse
the mackerel in cold water and pat dry with
kitchen paper; slice each side diagonally two to
three times, rub with olive oil and season. Place
the mackerel on the barbecue or in a hot, dry
grill pan. Cook one side until the skin separates
easily – don’t be tempted to move the fish before
it is ready. After about ten minutes, turn over and
cook for another five minutes.
Smear the cooked mackerel with charmoula and
serve with tahini dip and warm Mamoosh pitta.
As told to Chloë King
Thank **** it’s Friday
“Have you eaten falafel before?” says the lady who
serves it to me. “Make sure you don’t get any on
your clothes.” I’m first-wearing a white linen shirt,
as it happens, so I make a good note to be careful.
I’m in the Friday Market, and said lady has just
made the falafel roll in front of me. She’s heated the
unleavened bread, smeared on some Harissa, then
a splodge of home-made hummus, then carefully
placed four falafels on top. This is covered in salad,
and a big squirt of tahini, and a couple of bits of
pickled vegetable. Then she carefully folds it up in a
sheet of brown paper.
There’s a guy behind her, frying up the falafels:
as I hand over my money, he puts a fresh batch in
a brightly coloured tajine. This lunch is going to
be fresh. I walk back to our office on Pipe Passage,
holding the wrapped up falafel in front of me, like
an ice cream.
In the office, I’m very careful about how I eat it,
which is difficult, as it is gobble-up delicious. You
have to bend over your plate, for fear of it all coming
down your front. It’s worth all the effort: a mix
of tastes hits all sides of the palate, and there’s an
interesting cross of textures, too. All for £6.
Afterwards I realise that in my eagerness to eat the
thing, I’ve forgotten to take a photo, and I’ll have to
get another one a week later, on deadline day. ‘Oh
dear,’ I think, happily. ‘Never mind’.
Photo by Alex Leith
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We’re sad to say that Panda
Garden has closed
after more than three
decades and it’s true
that Lewes High
Street will simply
not be the same. Lin,
Jason and family will
be sorely missed but
we warmly welcome Castle
Chinese Restaurant, now trading in their place.
Congratuations to Robin Van Creveld who has
done brilliantly to win funding from The People’s
Projects to roll out his Man with a Pan cookery
courses for widowers and male carers. Well
done to Bake Out, as well. Their white seeded
sourdough won best sourdough and best overall
loaf in the Britain’s Best Loaf Awards. And while
we’re talking ovens be aware that Flint Owl are
starting up baking courses.
As summer approaches, so the events diary gets
filled, starting with the South of England Show
in Ardingly from 7th-9th June.
Food Rocks street food will come into its own at
the Precinct on the 10th. Try the Sparkling Wine
Tasting at Harvey’s Unwins Arms on the 15th;
Barcombe Supper Club on the 16th; Kimchimaking
at The Blue Kitchen on the 26th or
Cook the Books at the Lewes Arms on the 27th,
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This month we gave wedding/portrait photographer Alison Buchanan an
exciting brief: take a trip out to sea with the Newhaven RNLI.
She captured four of the team at work, asking them:
‘What’s your day job, and how long does it take you to get
to the boat from there in an emergency?’
Lee Blacknell, 2nd Coxswain
Day job: Port Authority Pilot Coxswain
Response time: 5 minutes
THE WAY WE WORK
Katie Dusart, prospective crew
Day job: Paramedic Practitioner
Response time: 9 minutes
THE WAY WE WORK
James Johnson, crew member and Press Officer
Day job: Video Producer
Response time: 5 minutes
THE WAY WE WORK
Nick Gentry, Navigator and Training Coordinator
Day job: Retired (formerly Finance Director)
Response time: 10 minutes
A message from the RNLI: The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. We rely entirely on
donations from the public and an incredible team of volunteers to keep our 238 lifeboat stations
operational around the coast of the UK and the Republic of Ireland. We are recruiting at our
Sussex stations for volunteers and welcome enquiries from people wanting to join the RNLI.
Wooden boat builder
Sometimes I can’t move
for boats, I just shimmy
in between them. At this
time of year, I get more
and more varnish work. It’s
a bit like dipping boats in
amber, all high-shine, high
I used to build scenery,
but everything used to
go in a skip at the end of
a show. I wanted to do
something that lasted
longer, that involved more
craftsmanship. I walked
past a boatyard in Richmond
upon Thames, and
soon I was working with
the owner, Mark Edwards
MBE. I was one of those
nerdy teenagers... I recognised
the place because I’d
seen a documentary about
Mark building a submarine
out of wood.
There’s magic in boats.
They have spirit to them,
and they’re just immensely
things. If you get books on
woodworking, they describe
what tools you should have
and what woods you should
use… boatbuilding does all
the things you should probably
never do with wood.
I started working on hundred-year-old
skiffs. No-one can build like they did then,
with the speed and the skill. There’s a tradition
of building here which is slightly broken but
there are still old boys you can pick up fragments
of information from.
There’s nothing like someone showing you
something through sleight of hand. You can
show someone with a gesture something that,
if you tried to explain it in words, it might take
hours to figure out. It’s wonderful if you get
the chance to work alongside other people who
know what they’re doing. We’re interested in
preserving objects, but we should also think
about preserving methods.
You never earn a lot of money as a boatbuilder,
so you don’t have impressive tools.
Most of my boatbuilding life I’ve relied on a
decent paring chisel and a block plane. You
often have to modify tools. It’s painstaking,
there’s a lot of carefully prying things apart
so there’s a bit of abuse of chisels, using them
for levers and things, and my best secret is my
bicycle spoke drill bit.
I’ve always worked next to a waterway. I
probably think about water in a different way
to a lot of people. It amazes me that people
don’t think about where their drinking
water comes from, that fresh water is a finite
resource. At the end of the day, when you’re
a child you’re 80% water, when you’re an
old crinkly you’re 60-70% water, so I’m 70%
constituent River Ouse.
I take a walk every morning along the Bevern,
which feeds into the Ouse. There are seals
that come up to the high tide mark… sea trout
travel about 30 miles upriver to spawn. Eels
come here as elvers from the Sargasso Sea. You
have this overlap between the sea and the land
which is just tremendous. You might not see
these things, but they’re there, and the more
you walk around here, the more you’ll spot.
There’ll never be a boat that’s more attractive
than a tree. I do love my work, but
perhaps the natural world is always best.
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Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water
I love Jaws, the 1975 movie which sent three men
out into the Atlantic on a fishing boat in search of
a marauding Great White Shark. There’s another
aquatic monster hunting in the ponds and shallow
streams of Sussex. But to find a water shrew…
you’re gonna need a smaller boat.
Water shrews weigh 15g and measure just 16cm
(and for that you get the head, the tail, the whole
damn thing). Unlike other shrews they have an
amazing ability to swim and hunt underwater.
They’re covered in dense fur – vital insulation
against the cold and wet. This sleek wetsuit also
traps air bubbles, transforming the shrew into a
furry Aero, helping it stay buoyant. Powerful, extra
hairy hind feet propel this tiny torpedo through
Water shrews and great white sharks have a common
feature which sets them apart from their
close relatives. They both have a striking demarcation
between their dark upperparts and their white
underparts. Looking from above their black backs
blend with the pond bottom or seabed. From
below their pale bellies make them invisible in the
sunlit water. It’s a submarine survival strategy that
helps conceal both hunters and hunted. And the
water shrew is both.
With sharp, red-tipped fangs, shrews’ jaws are as
fearsome as any shark’s. But the water shrew has
a trick up its teeth. It’s Britain’s only venomous
mammal. When it bites it injects a stupefying saliva
which subdues its victims. In Jaws the grizzled
skipper Quint (Robert Shaw) relates the chilling
true tale of the torpedoed WWII cruiser Indianapolis
which sank leaving hundreds of sailors adrift
in shark-infested waters. Well, my mate Barry was
once bitten by a water shrew in Newhaven and
his finger went all tingly for about two hours. OK,
it doesn’t exactly compare to Quint’s tale about
being bitten in half by a shark but the fact that a
tiny shrew can make such an impact on a human is
Slice open a dead shrew’s stomach and rummage
inside and you’ll find bits of beetle legs, snail
shells, and fishbones. They are relentless, frenetic
hunters. If the shrew goes without a meal for more
than an hour it will die. What we are dealing with
here is a perfect engine, an eating machine. All
this machine does is swim and eat and make little
shrews. Between April and September the mating
of the shrew can produce 2-3 litters of 3-15 young.
They live a fast, brief life. Few of them will survive
for more than a year.
The best way to see a water shrew is to sit by a
Sussex stream as the sun sets. Bring a couple of
friends and some apricot brandy, share some tall
tales and wait for a shrew to strike.
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I think I’ve discovered what it must be like to be
an A-list celeb meeting the fans. Every time I pick
up Todd from his owner Andy, I am greeted with
squeals and whines of doggy delight, a slobbery
tongue licking every undefended area of bare skin
and a tail that wags with such fury that the whole
woolly mass is soon writhing in pleasure. Quite why
the human species hasn’t seen the light I can’t quite
On my walk today I am joined by my mate, Miguel,
whose two spaniels, Daisy and Ruby, give me an
equally ecstatic reception, this time bringing out
slippers and their dog basket blanket as welcoming
gifts. In line with this month’s watery theme, I’ve
suggested to Miguel that we check out the walks
around Arlington Reservoir. We’ve both driven
past it a thousand times along the A27 but now our
curiosity has finally got the better of us.
It’s strange how easy it is not to see the treasure in
your own backyard. Ahh! those sunlit uplands in the
distance look so tempting. But, hey, what’s this right
here in front of us? A beautiful lake surrounded by
wildflower woodlands and bird-watching hides with
hand-holding couples wandering by as we take in
this unexpected Eden.
An information board tells us that the reservoir was
excavated in 1971 when a dam was built flooding a
meandering section of the Cuckmere River. Later,
30,000 native trees (oak, birch, wild cherry, hazel)
were planted. It’s now a magnet for migrating birds
with up to 10,000 wildfowl spending the winter
here. It’s also home to rare butterflies, weasels and
deer. Hardly surprising then that it’s been designated
a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
The footpaths and bridleways surrounding the lake
link up to a network of connecting footpaths heading
off to nearby villages. The dogs, while we are
on the paths surrounding the lake, have to be kept
on their leads to protect the wildlife but there is an
atmosphere of tranquil calm in the air as they pad
along quietly beside us.
We stop for a bite to eat in the garden of the
welcoming Yew Tree Inn in Arlington. “Apparently
they found the tusk of a woolly mammoth and the
skull of a 250,000 year-old woolly rhinoceros when
they were digging out the reservoir,” I tell Miguel.
“I think I prefer taking these three for a walk,” he
replies. “I’m not sure the welcoming committee
would have been quite so enthusiastic back then.
However woolly they were.” Richard Madden
Map: OS Explorer 123. Distance: 3 miles. Terrain:
Lakeside pathways, woodland trails and meadows.
Directions: From the reservoir car park, take the
lakeside path or bridleway north or south around
the lake before following the footpaths across the
fields to Arlington. Complete the circuit back to the
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dogs must be kept on leads along the lakeside trails.
Wet and wild
Messing around in the water
What increases circulation,
boosts the immune system,
promotes weight loss, alleviates
depression and even
improves your sex life? The
answer, according to its advocates,
is wild swimming.
And they have scientific backing.
Studies carried out by
NASA in the seventies found
that swimming outdoors
causes ‘cold adaptation’, which
lowers blood pressure and
cholesterol, reduces body fat,
inhibits blood clotting, and
increases fertility and libido.
Daniel Start is the author
of Wild Swimming and has
had a passion for freshwater swimming since
childhood. “There are a lot of health benefits,”
he enthuses. “One of the greatest things about
jumping into a river or lake is the endorphin
kick. After you’ve got over your initial fears about
what might be lurking in the water, you feel
enormous exhilaration. It’s the perfect way to reboot,
and you will always feel better afterwards.”
Cold adaptation is triggered by both the water
temperature and the body’s full immersion, he
explains. “Your whole body comes alive, and
it’s really good for the immune system. In fact,
studies show that people who swim outdoors
regularly have much stronger immune systems
and suffer half the amount of colds as others.”
But it’s not just physically advantageous, he continues,
as wild swimming also offers emotional
benefits. “It has a strong effect on mood and
wellbeing and is known to be good for depression.
Beyond that, there’s the impact of getting
out in nature and spending time surrounded by
dragonflies and kingfishers.
Gaining a frog’s eye view of
the world is a wonderful form
of mindfulness meditation.”
Lifelong wild swimmer Beryl
Round agrees. “For me it’s
about having your nose at the
same level as the wildlife and
feeling a part of it,” says the
Lewes grandmother. “I also
love the stillness and silence,
as there’s always noise if you
go to the swimming baths.
Above all, though, there’s a
sense of freedom. I’ve always
loved it. When I was a child,
if it was wet, I’d get in it!”
“The river at Barcombe is a
lovely place to swim,” she adds, “and I sometimes
go there with my daughter and grandchildren, as
it’s great for families. My dog, Fleck, loves it too.
She always comes in with me.”
Beginners tempted to dip a toe may want to enlist
a (non-canine) friend, Daniel suggests. “Take
someone with you and choose a place where
there are others swimming, to inspire confidence.
The easiest places are often rivers, as most lowland
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then gradually go deeper. Smaller rivers often
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Stoolball for all
Turning the joint upside down
I like working as part of a team. I’m less happy
about playing in one. So I’m already feeling uncomfortable
when my editor proposes an article
about stoolball. Things take a turn for the worse
when I receive an email from Ian Goldsmith of
the Lewes Arms stoolball team. “You can take part
in the warm up if you like”, he says. “If you look
promising, you might get a game.”
I’m wearing trainers and an unpromising expression
when I arrive at The Paddock. The team
plays there at 6.30pm on most Wednesdays from
May to early September. Team member Rick
Mason explains the rules. He’s on the management
committee of Stoolball England, the sport’s
national governing body, so he should know.
“The majority of the game is the same as cricket.
The major differences are that we bowl underarm
from ten yards away, the ball doesn’t bounce on the
way to the batsman – and it comes through at about
shoulder height. The idea is to hit the ball away
from the fielders and run to the other end. Our
wicket is a white one-foot square at about shoulder
height and the ball looks like a rounders ball.”
Adam Frost, who’s been with the club since it
was formed, says the simplicity of the game is its
attraction. “Just about anyone can play it. It doesn’t
require a lot of equipment and it’s easy enough to
pick up. I mean, I played cricket and wasn’t particularly
good but I’m quite adequate at stoolball!”
It turns out that the most complicated detail is
the club’s history. The team started at the Black
Horse pub before moving to the Lewes Arms
and changing its name. “About ten years ago we
stopped being associated with the Lewes Arms
pub”, says Rick, “but we’re still called the Lewes
Arms; it’s the arms of the borough – and we’re
now an independent mixed team that plays friendlies.”
Teams usually consist of eleven players but
the Lewes Arms team expands to fit the number
of people that turn up.
The history of stoolball can be traced back to the
fifteenth century, with men and women playing
the game in churchyards. Folklore suggests the
name comes from milkmaids using their milking
stools as a target. Rick says history is clearer from
the late 19th century, when the first stoolball
clubs were formed in Sussex and the rules were
written down by the Reverend William de St
Croix of Glynde.
Here in 2018, I’ve turned down the offer of a
game. Despite this, the Lewes Arms stoolball
players are treating me like an old friend. If I was
looking for a team sport, this is certainly the place
The Lewes Arms team will be in action on
Wednesday evenings in June at the Paddock.
There’s also a stoolball league on Thursday evenings
at the Convent Field. Mark Bridge
Lewes Out Loud
Plenty more Henty
Let’s be clear, when I reach
the Queen’s age, I will not
be inviting Frank Skinner
to play the ukulele at my
92nd birthday bash. No, on
Saturday, March 25, 2028, I
shall hire Lewes Town Hall
and invite my favourite
band from San Francisco,
Fee Waybill and The Tubes,
to perform for me.
Fee will be 77 years of age
himself that year but he
is still touring and, if anything,
age has improved his
Make a note of the date.
For a range of reasons,
tickets will not be on sale
from the Tourist Information Centre but a few may
be available on the door.
Frank, of course, backed by the finger plucking
George Formby Society, was obliged to play the
Formby favourite When I’m Cleaning Windows for
HMTQ. Catchy little number – bit saucy – and I
found myself singing along to it recently when doing
just that – cleaning our windows.
It’s one of my lesser known domestic duties, along
with deadheading, and requires a large amount of
this month’s teasing topic, water – buckets of it.
Andy, my window cleaning pal, need have no fear
of hustling Henty moving in on his precious pitch.
My job is very occasional and smeary windows are a
speciality – ask my wife!
As a kid, I always enjoyed splashing about in
water, whether it was Purley Way swimming pool,
Croydon, or from the beach in Eastbourne. Our
illustration shows a joyous moment when a water
main burst during the long, hot summer of 1976. An
original cartoon, probably
in the Daily Mirror
newspaper, by regular artist
One warm afternoon
towards the end of April, I
decided to attend a cabinet
meeting of Lewes District
Council in Southover
House. As a young reporter
starting out in journalism
over 50 years ago, covering
council meetings was not
one of my favourite assignments.
They were always in
the evenings, long-winded
and seemingly devoid of
In contrast, the Lewes
meeting was over in half an hour. Affordable housing
was the main topic on the 36-page agenda and
business was conducted in a very civilised manner.
My only disappointment – I had expected tea and
biscuits and what, by the way, is a District Pot on
page 13? Pot holes perhaps? Plenty of those around
to discuss I surmised.
As our friend Alice Cyr’s photograph appeared in the
April edition of Viva, I decided to send her a copy
of the relevant magazine and popped into the post
office in WH Smiths with the package. Katy, from
Eastbourne, was on duty and looked at the unusual
address to assess the postage. “Where’s the Yukon?”
she asked her colleague. After consulting his tablet,
he said “Yukon territory, North Western Canada”.
Alice always had a better answer I recall. “North of
ordinary” she would say.
Finally, the British Music Hall Society’s Day by the
Sea is at the Royal Hippodrome, Eastbourne, all day
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The big news is that which we ‘stop pressed’ with
last month: Stevie and Jamie Freeman, who set
up Union Music Store on Friars Walk in November
2010, are moving on… but the shop will
continue, under the same name, with a different
pair of musos at the helm. Said pair are Del Day
and Danny Wilson, who together run the record
label Maiden Voyage: each has enormous experience
in the industry, Del as jazz buyer for HMV
and roots music PR man, and Danny as lead
singer of Danny & the Champions of the World.
I’ve heard it on the grapevine that the shop won’t
be such a niche country/Americana/folk outlet,
and there’ll be a bit more soul and funk on offer.
More ‘get on up’, less ‘yee hah’, in other words.
Stevie and Jamie will continue to run their Union
Music record label, still based in the offices below
In other news it’s all change opposite the station,
which has seen more churn recently than Lurpak.
What used to be the newsagents is being taken
over by the storage space company as their admin
office; their old office is being taken over by Station
Wines, who are expanding into the space,
which should give a welcome bit more elbow
room while you’re queuing for your Tyskie.
The deconsecrated church on Station Street,
meanwhile, is up for sale. Simon, who has run
the antiques business inside for donkeys’ years, is
planning to move to Cliffe, but in the meantime
is fielding a number of interested potential buyers.
Just over the road, what used to be the café
PJ’s@Thirty (and various other incarnations)
is turning into a paint shop, which includes, we
hear, the house variety and the art variety. “Colour
makes people happy,” the new owner told us:
expect a whole lot of hues from some time in July.
Over to School Hill now, and the message on the
window of the SCDA, ‘Lewes’s newest charity
shop’, is no longer true; what was Brats next door
has become Charlotte’s Dragon, run by Carol
Mercer (formerly co-owner of Seasons vegetarian
restaurant) to raise money for the Teenage
Cancer Trust, in memory of her late daughter
Charlotte. Carol informs me that because she
doesn’t actually represent the registered charity,
but is more informally raising cash for them, she
needs to pay normal rates and rent: any contributions
of clothes, books etc are therefore more
than welcome. Brats, meanwhile, continue to sell
off their stock in Lewesiana.
Finally well done to Bake Out: their bakery,
Foodhaven, won the Britain’s Best Loaf award
for their White Seeded Sourdough, which also
won the sourdough category, natch. The annual
award ceremony, organised by British Baker, took
place on April 16th at NEC Birmingham; there
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in the industry, had quite a task choosing!
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Steve Gadd is my favourite drummer. If he
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If you don’t look carefully at this picture, you
might imagine that it was taken during our recent
heatwave, but it’s actually over 50 years old, from
1966, or 67. It was found in the family collection
by Peter Gray, ten years old when it was taken.
There are a few giveaway clues as to the date: the
two sets of changing huts (known originally as
‘boxes’ and constructed in the 20s) have gone, and
– says Pells committee member Rob Read, who
kindly sourced and researched the picture – the
water is a lot murkier than it usually gets nowadays.
The pool then had a springboard at the deep end,
and a fixed 3ft diving platform. The boards were
removed in the late 80s/early 90s, due to (not
unreasonable) safety concerns.
Rob put a post on Lewes Past asking for memories
of the pool in this period, and was inundated
with replies. Many Lewesians learnt to swim
there: primary schools would take pupils down
for lessons, when this was the only swimming
bath in town. The pool also played host to many
Marcus Street – whose father ran the pool for
many years - tells us admission in those days was
4d for a child, 1/3d for an adult. “The pool would
open at 9am, with an ‘adults-only’ at lunchtime
during the week. It closed when everyone left,
when the weather was too wet and windy!”
For a period after this photo was taken there was
a lowered section – the ‘hole in the wall’ which
allowed people to buy ice creams from a van that
would park up outside. There are also memories of
the ‘slabs’ next to the deep end of the pool, where
the cool kids would hang out. And it was common
practice for teenagers to climb over the wall and
use the pool after hours – keeping an eye out for
‘Blondie’, the local bobby – to go skinny dipping.
People recall how cold the water was, with the
temperature, chalked on a board outside, commonly
being as low as 58 degrees Fahrenheit (16
degrees Centigrade). Its leaky pipes and pool tank
(now replaced and repaired) meant it had to be
topped up daily with water from the spring below
the pool, which comes in at around 13°C. The water
is still sourced from the spring, but is nowadays
reliably a much warmer temperature.
The Pells Pool opened on May 5th this year. Open
weekdays 7-9am (adults only), daily 10am-7pm
(from June 2nd, before that 12pm-7pm). £4.50/£2.20
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