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<strong>August</strong>. Blue skies bled white by the sun. Endless days, waking when you<br />

wake, and then doing nothing. The tacky tinkle of the ice cream van: a<br />

tricolour lolly. No school for weeks. Bliss. Totally relaxed. Slightly bored<br />

maybe? Mu-um, can we go to the Pells? I. Need. To. Get. Wet.<br />

Things change when you’re an adult. You’re never completely carefree. You<br />

might be in your workplace, when it’s 90 degrees outside. That’s 32.222 in new<br />

money. And you’re the one doing the organising, you’re in the driving seat. No,<br />

we can’t - we’ve got to go to Granny’s.<br />

Holidays can be stressful. All that organising. All that travelling. All that sun.<br />

You used to be told to ‘get your shirt off’: now you’re reminded to put on the<br />

Factor 50. It’s bloody hard to rub in. And the cost of things. The cost of things.<br />

But… phew what a scorcher! Who needs abroad, when England’s like this? Bloody<br />

marvellous. Just like ’76. Remember it well. I was 12. Hours and hours in the back<br />

garden: ‘get your shirt off’. Bubble-gum ice cream on Seaford beach. My first ever<br />

football match, at the Goldstone. Happy days.<br />

This month’s theme is ‘adventure’. Some of you will be planning mind-blowing trips to<br />

foreign climes. Others will be wondering what’s on at the Depot, which is kept nicely<br />

cool. Whatever level of adventurousness you’re envisaging to indulge in this <strong>August</strong>,<br />

enjoy yourself: it’s September next, and all that that brings. Enjoy the issue…<br />

THE TEAM<br />

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

EDITOR: Alex Leith alex@vivamagazines.com<br />

SUB-EDITOR: David Jarman<br />

DEPUTY EDITOR: Rebecca Cunningham rebecca@vivamagazines.com<br />

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CONTRIBUTORS: Jacky Adams, Michael Blencowe, Sarah Boughton, Emma Chaplin, Daniel Etherington,<br />

Mark Greco, Anita Hall, John Henty, Mat Homewood, Jo Jackson, Chloë King, Dexter Lee, Lizzie Lower,<br />

Carlotta Luke, Galia Pike, and Marcus Taylor<br />

PUBLISHER: Becky Ramsden becky@vivamagazines.com<br />

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18 <strong>August</strong> - 2 September <strong>2018</strong><br />

Artists & Makers Trails across<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong>, Newhaven, Seaford<br />

and the surrounding villages<br />

Celebrating 25 years<br />

artwavefestival.org • @artwavefestival



Bits and bobs.<br />

Sarah Gamble’s lost-and-found cover<br />

art (10-11); Helen Holder’s <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

(13); Carlotta Luke captures the Raft<br />

Race madness (31), and an adventurous<br />

potpourri of pets and books and plaques<br />

and pubs.<br />

10<br />

Columns.<br />

Chloë King is game for a larp (33),<br />

while David Jarman examines the fine<br />

art of consciously overplayed literary<br />

explanation (35).<br />

On this month.<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> FC Women’s team kick off in a<br />

brave new world (37); 80s post-punkers<br />

Modern English come to the Con (39),<br />

and a women’s activism-themed festival<br />

at the Depot (41).<br />

15<br />

Art.<br />

A surrealist picnic at Farleys Garden<br />

(43), and the sculpture of Alison<br />

Wilding (44-45). Plus… it’s Artwave!<br />

We focus on Deborah Manson (47)<br />

and round up our pick of the <strong>Lewes</strong>-<br />

District-wide festival (49-55).<br />

Listings and Free Time.<br />

It’s <strong>August</strong>, but there are still some<br />

fab things going on, including Proms<br />

in the Paddock, Newhaven Festival<br />

and Glynde Flower Show (57-61); a<br />

gaggle of gigs including The Mountain<br />

Firework Company and The Dickies<br />

(63-64); our classical round-up (65), and<br />

our lit anti-FOMO guide to what’s what<br />

for the U16s (67-71).<br />



Food.<br />

A double helping of Castle Chinese<br />

Restaurant (73); wild pigeon breast and<br />

morel, Fire & Wild-style (74-75); ice<br />

cream at Ez Tutty’s (77), plus Chloë King’s<br />

food news (79).<br />

The way we work.<br />

Benjamin Youd follows his lens from one<br />

local campsite to another, taking portraits<br />

of the owners, and asking them the obvious<br />

question (80-83).<br />

74<br />

80<br />

Photo by Benjamin Youd<br />

Features.<br />

Anita Hall on the benefits of cannabis<br />

oil (85); Michael Blencowe bemoans the<br />

loss of the spectacled cormorant (87);<br />

we head for the hills with the Sussex<br />

Wildlife graziers (88-89); John Henty,<br />

loud and proud (91), and this month’s<br />

business news (92).<br />

Photo by Chloë King<br />

Inside Left.<br />

Afraid of heights? Us? Fearless <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

builders in the 1870s (106).<br />


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advertising/copy deadline. Please send details of planned events<br />

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Remember to recycle your <strong>Viva</strong>.<br />

Every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of our content.<br />

<strong>Viva</strong> <strong>Lewes</strong> magazine cannot be held responsible for any omissions, errors<br />

or alterations. The views expressed by columnists do not necessarily<br />

represent the view of <strong>Viva</strong> <strong>Lewes</strong>.<br />

Love me or recycle me. Illustration by Chloë King<br />





11&12 AUGUST<br />



Decorative antiques & vintage finds<br />

Country living & hand painted interiors<br />

Gardenalia & vintage haberdashery<br />

Original vintage fair rides<br />

Jazz bands & charleston dance troupes<br />

Riding stables tea-dance & china tea-room<br />

Fresh flower crown making & greenery workshops<br />

Folk art & designer makers<br />

Talks on bees & artisan food emporium<br />

Horse carriage rides & side-saddle shows<br />

Vintage car display & miniature steam train<br />

For more information and pre-booked tickets visit<br />


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This month’s cover was designed by Sarah Gamble, who uses<br />

vintage objects and materials to create her collage pieces. “I’ve<br />

always been a great collector,” she says, “so my house and<br />

studio are filled with drawer upon drawer of sequentially arranged<br />

objects, colours, papers. I love old toys that people have<br />

discarded and boxed games, things that are a bit torn or distressed,<br />

that have a bit of history to them. As much as I love the<br />

collaging, I love the collecting.”<br />

The compass design is made up of around twelve different<br />

items: “it starts with a beer mat, then a record cover, then two<br />

protractors, then a tiddly wink, then a cocktail stick, then a<br />

cocktail stirrer and an electrical component that I found in<br />

Maplin. I finished by cutting the letters from an arithmetic<br />

book cover…” The objects were layered, glued on top of each<br />

other and then scanned, with minimal digital manipulation:<br />

“When I’m constructing something like this, I try to keep the<br />

pieces as they are. I could have made the electronic piece a<br />

bit bigger to fit, but I didn’t – the<br />

whole thing is just as it is.” The <strong>Viva</strong><br />

masthead is made from a Vitality<br />

lightbulb box from the 1960s, which<br />

Sarah reluctantly ripped up to construct<br />

the lettering. “It was the most<br />

beautiful box!”<br />

“A lot of my work is based on old<br />

technology,” she continues. “Cameras,<br />

radios, record players, computers<br />

and typewriters – those are the<br />

main themes that run through my<br />

work. And I try to base my choice<br />

of materials on the object I’m making.<br />

So I’ve got camera manuals<br />

from the 1950s and I’ve got some<br />

old typewriter books with amazing<br />



photographs in them.” Tying in with<br />

the adventure theme of this design, the<br />

background green is the back cover of a<br />

vintage atlas.<br />

“I like the idea that a compass suggests<br />

travel and adventure, but also there’s<br />

something about the instrument that’s<br />

so beautiful in itself. Some of them are<br />

so simple, and then there are the older<br />

ones that are very ornate. I didn’t want<br />

the design to be too busy; a lot of my<br />

work just features a single item without<br />

any conflicting imagery.”<br />

Sarah will be showing her work during<br />

Artwave, at The Old Forge in South<br />

Heighton (Venue 77). “I’ll have some<br />

originals in box frames, and I’ll have<br />

prints of my originals, and I’ve just<br />

ventured into cards,”<br />

she says. This year’s<br />

festival takes place<br />

from the 18th of<br />

<strong>August</strong> to the 2nd<br />

of September,<br />

with over 150<br />

houses and studios<br />

open to the<br />

public. Pick up a<br />

brochure or plan<br />

your route at<br />

artwavefestival.<br />

org. RC<br />

sarahgamble.<br />

co.uk<br />



Photo by Alex Leith<br />


Helen moved to <strong>Lewes</strong> with her husband 30<br />

years ago, to retire. Before that she lived in a<br />

number of different places. She was brought up<br />

near Slough, was a Wren in Plymouth in the War,<br />

moved out to Berkeley, California, worked in<br />

Turin and Milan, was on the original staff of the<br />

Bell School in Cambridge and had a long career<br />

as an English-as-a-foreign-language teacher and<br />

teacher trainer at The Hammersmith & West<br />

London College, becoming Head of Department.<br />

Why <strong>Lewes</strong>? We wanted somewhere within<br />

an 80-mile radius south or west of London.<br />

We searched areas first; then only the second<br />

property we looked at was a house in Southover<br />

High Street, one of the Edwardian ones at the<br />

end, and we loved it.<br />

What do you like about <strong>Lewes</strong>? My husband<br />

always said he liked it because there was no Lord,<br />

and no Bishop. But what could you not like about<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong>? It’s a place where you are absolutely free<br />

to be who you want to be.<br />

I understand you’re a painter. I believe<br />

everyone should have a passion, and mine is<br />

painting. I took it up after retiring. My teacher<br />

Tom Benjamin, at the Paddock, has been very<br />

kind and encouraging, and is very good at<br />

helping you to develop your own style.<br />

And you’re in Artwave… I am glad to be<br />

exhibiting with other artists, and I would like<br />

to say a big ‘thank you’ to Richard and Kate for<br />

letting us use their house [see below]. These<br />

are probably my last oil paintings, as I now<br />

haven’t the strength to do oils after a bad fall last<br />

November. I have now taken to pastels.<br />

Who has influenced your style? I was interested<br />

in art history long before I ever tried to paint. I am<br />

a great admirer of the old masters, my favourites<br />

being Rembrandt, Titian and Velázquez. What I<br />

now like to paint are ordinary scenes with people<br />

in them, also sometimes myths and illustrations of<br />

lines of poetry.<br />

Do you ever eat out? I love the Limetree<br />

Kitchen. Alex creates delicious dishes, and he is a<br />

friend. The staff gave me a plant for my birthday.<br />

What’s your favourite pub? I have seldom been<br />

to pubs in <strong>Lewes</strong>, but when my husband was alive<br />

we went on lots of long walks and would end up<br />

in lovely country pubs, like the Cricketers.<br />

Where would you live if not in <strong>Lewes</strong>? I’ve<br />

never been as happy anywhere as when we moved<br />

here in 1986/7. A number of my neighbours<br />

retired at the same time or soon after, it was<br />

very much a community and that’s what I missed<br />

when I moved down the road. I’m quite drawn to<br />

Edinburgh: I once applied for a job there and I’ve<br />

often visited, but the climate would be too cold<br />

for me. So <strong>Lewes</strong> it is.<br />

Interview by Alex Leith<br />

Helen’s work will be on sale at 21 Priory Street<br />

(venue 135) during Artwave.<br />



MAKING HAY...<br />

Back in the days of the weekly webmag, in the<br />

heyday of readers emailing in their pics, Sarah<br />

Burlumi was a frequent contributor, sending in<br />

images she’d stylised as an early-user on Instagram.<br />

“I’ve cancelled Instagram now,” she says,<br />

“and I often forget to take pictures entirely. This<br />

hasn’t been touched up at all. When I took it, I<br />

couldn’t see how it would come out, because the<br />

sun was in my eyes, and so I didn’t realise it was<br />

perfectly caught between the two of them.”<br />

Sarah was brought up in Burgess Hill, and for her,<br />

this picture epitomises summer in the countryside.<br />

“Omar and Maira were really enjoying themselves,<br />

lost in the moment, and it was one of the rare<br />

occasions when they weren’t trying to kill each<br />

other,” she says. “They were also so absorbed they<br />

weren’t even trying to look cool for the camera.”<br />

Please send your pictures, taken in and around<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong>, to photos@vivamagazines.com, or tweet<br />

@<strong>Viva</strong><strong>Lewes</strong>, with comments on why and where you<br />

took them, and your phone number. We’ll choose<br />

our favourite for this page, which wins the photographer<br />

£20, to be picked up from our office after<br />

publication. Unless previously arranged, we reserve<br />

the right to use all pictures in future issues of <strong>Viva</strong><br />

magazines or online.<br />




I’m sneaking out of <strong>Lewes</strong> this month, and taking you<br />

off to Ringmer. There is a building on the eastern edge<br />

of the village, at the corner of Laughton Road and<br />

Moor Lane, which takes you to Glynde. This building<br />

was once the Hare & Hounds. Reuben and Lydia<br />

Knight were running this as a beershop in the 1840s,<br />

and in 1845 they successfully applied for a licence to<br />

sell spirits and provide accommodation. They had argued<br />

that with a railway station to be built at Glynde,<br />

the Hare & Hounds was ideally located to accommodate<br />

those travelling there. Accordingly, the name of the<br />

pub was then changed to the ‘Railway Inn’. The various<br />

landlords of this establishment were often subjected to very unpleasant clientele. In 1867 James Barnes was attacked<br />

by two navvies and their wives. One ‘took hold of his nasal organ, and screwing it round said he would pull<br />

it out of his face.’ James’s wife Eliza was quite a feisty character, and ran the Railway Inn on her own for over ten<br />

years after James’s death. When John Kent took over in 1927 the pub was still called the Railway Inn. However,<br />

by the time he left in 1931 it had reverted back to the Hare & Hounds. It stayed with that name until its closure<br />

around 1970. Mat Homewood<br />

TOWN PLAQUE #41<br />

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The remaining parts<br />

of this, the first Cluniac<br />

monastic house<br />

in England, are no<br />

more than a tiny<br />

fraction of what was<br />

once a crowded 39-<br />

acre site, which included fish ponds and a huge dovecote.<br />

The ruins in the Priory Park have been stabilised<br />

and made accessible over recent years, but not much of<br />

the original Caen stone remains, having been stripped<br />

off after the Dissolution. It can be found in several other<br />

buildings in the town. The main gateway stood adjacent<br />

to the eastern end of what was then the priory’s guest<br />

house or hospitium – now Trinity Church, Southover.<br />

It stood out at a right angle to the road, almost blocking<br />

the street. The stonework, partially reconstructed, can<br />

be found behind a tall evergreen oak tree between the<br />

churchyard gate and the fine Georgian houses of Priory<br />

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Angela Morrison<br />

(a ‘very keen <strong>Viva</strong><br />

reader’) took her May<br />

copy on a cruise along<br />

the Norwegian coast.<br />

This pic was taken<br />

whilst docked in Kirkenes, very close to the Russian<br />

and Finnish borders. ‘It made me wonder how far<br />

north <strong>Viva</strong> <strong>Lewes</strong> has travelled,’ she puzzled.<br />

Well, we can answer that. Caroline Pick (pictured<br />

below, left) and Adele Gibson (right), just pipped<br />

Angela at 80.6 degrees north (Kirkenes is at 69.7!),<br />

at the northernmost<br />

island of the<br />

Spitsbergen archipelago,<br />

in the<br />

High Arctic.<br />

The two <strong>Lewes</strong> artists were selected to participate<br />

in an international artist residency, aboard a specially<br />

outfitted sailing vessel, with the aim of bringing<br />

together international artists of all disciplines,<br />

scientists, architects, and educators who collectively<br />

explore the High Arctic and engage with issues relevant<br />

to our time.<br />

From warmer climes, somewhat<br />

further south, here’s a postcard<br />

from Mia Sampietro with her<br />

<strong>Viva</strong> <strong>Lewes</strong>. ‘On the way to Jackie<br />

O beach in Mykonos!’ she writes.<br />

‘On a sweet fishing boat! Home<br />

today!’ Alas, all adventures must come to an end…<br />

Keep taking us with you and keep spreading the word.<br />

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Over the last few years three of the<br />

most important paintings in <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

Town Hall’s collection (of over<br />

30) have been lovingly restored by<br />

specialists in Cambridge, and have<br />

now been rehung, lit up to show off<br />

their newly vibrant hues.<br />

To help celebrate this £61,000<br />

project, the journalist Sarah Bayliss<br />

has written an accompanying book,<br />

The <strong>Lewes</strong> Town Hall Pictures, Stories<br />

behind our paintings.<br />

Of the three paintings, the one that<br />

strikes the eye most is The Visit of<br />

King William IV and Queen Adelaide<br />

to <strong>Lewes</strong>, 22 October 1830, and Bayliss<br />

begins the book with an explanation<br />

of that remarkable piece of work,<br />

which is unsigned, but attributed to<br />

Archibald Archer.<br />

The other two to have been<br />

restored are Protestant Reformer<br />

(unknown artist, 17th century) an<br />

imaginary group shot of the most<br />

important Protestant dissenters,<br />

and The Battle of <strong>Lewes</strong>, May 14th,<br />

1264 (Hardy pinxit, before 1844)<br />

an action-movie of a work showing<br />

the battle in full swing, in front of<br />

the castle. Each gets a no-stoneunturned<br />

description.<br />

All the other pictures are given a<br />

write up: my favourite is <strong>Lewes</strong> Listens, a flight of<br />

Julian Bell’s imagination, depicting an emergency<br />

meeting (of 50-or-so real-life <strong>Lewes</strong>ians) to discuss<br />

a town planner’s proposal to demolish the castle and<br />

build some flats in its place.<br />

Note the ‘our’ in the subtitle: this is a book by a<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong>ian, for <strong>Lewes</strong>ians, and should be owned by<br />

anyone with an interest in the history of the town.<br />

‘Just when you think you’ve reached<br />

the top’, writes Jack Arscott, in his<br />

book about running, Up the Downs,<br />

‘...it turns out you haven’t’.<br />

Jack has made it his mission to run<br />

on different routes all over the South<br />

Downs, across both counties of Sussex,<br />

and record what he sees, and how<br />

he feels.<br />

Some of it’s quite poetic. He describes<br />

the ‘view of Ashcombe Windmill<br />

framed against the great bony whaleback<br />

of Kingston Ridge’.<br />

‘How he feels’ is often pretty bad,<br />

because he makes no bones about<br />

it, running up hills is very hard,<br />

especially when the Beast of the East<br />

is blowing and you’re trying to do<br />

The Moyleman, one of the toughest<br />

marathons in the business.<br />

But you get the feeling that his reward<br />

is the nature around him, and especially<br />

the beautiful views he’s slogged<br />

himself into a position to enjoy.<br />

Another person who appreciates<br />

nature is poet Nana Tomova, who<br />

has just published her Selected Poems.<br />

Bulgarian-born Nana, we read in the<br />

back, was a mental health pharmacist<br />

before becoming a photographer and<br />

artist, so she ‘has experience of inner<br />

and outer wilderness work’.<br />

In Spring she writes: The spring awakens / And<br />

blossoms / What is buried within me.’ In Ode to a<br />

Tree, she writes ‘I feel alone in your roots / The<br />

loneliness is welcome to me / It is like the bitterness<br />

in my mouth / which tastes sweet.’ In between the<br />

poems, there are photographs of natural phenomena.<br />

It’s a slim book, full of depth.<br />

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Carmen Slijpen sent this<br />

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the Word column: she took<br />

her June-issue <strong>Viva</strong> with her<br />

to the Barbican in London<br />

while on a business meeting<br />

for the Depot cinema, of<br />

which she is the creative director. This was at least<br />

a month before she knew she’d won the prestigious<br />

award of Business Person of the Year in the <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

District Business Awards (just as we went to press) for<br />

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Up until the late 19th century national holidays in<br />

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workers’ paid holiday in 1911, and by 1938 the Holidays<br />

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CLOCKS OF LEWES #21:<br />



Jo Jackson, from the blog The <strong>Lewes</strong> Home,<br />

snaps a front door in <strong>Lewes</strong> and asks the owner<br />

a nosy question...<br />

Gorringe is a quintessential Sussex name, and has<br />

a strong presence in <strong>Lewes</strong> with both the auctioneers<br />

and the estate agent. The latter is located at<br />

64 High Street, in a building dating from around<br />

1900, with a fine clock on the façade.<br />

Edward Gorringe, group chairman and the third<br />

generation to run the agency, tells me they moved<br />

there in the mid-80s. At the time, the clock – added<br />

by the previous owners – was working. Sadly these<br />

days it’s looking rather tired, its decorative black<br />

hands stuck at half-past four.<br />

Mr Gorringe says that over the years he’s “made<br />

several attempts to get it working”, and it was<br />

running as recently as “about five years ago”. The<br />

problem is, the clock is mechanical, and accessed<br />

via the first floor offices, which Rowland Gorringe<br />

rents out - so it’s hard to establish the required<br />

regular winding.<br />

We may see it restored soon though. Mr Gorringe<br />

says, “we’re getting the front refurbished”. It’ll be<br />

washed and redecorated, and they’ll also investigate<br />

the options for adding an electric motor to the<br />

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second wildest annual event, the Raft Race. Carlotta<br />

Luke was there, capturing the doughty rafters in<br />

their knocked-together craft, racing from <strong>Lewes</strong> to<br />

Newhaven, dodging various edible missiles. It got<br />

particularly tough-going under Southease Bridge,<br />

where a congregation of ne’er-do-wells collected, as<br />

ever, with all manner of horrible stuff to throw down<br />

on the rafts. This year they had been asked to ‘think<br />

before they throw’, and advised that jelly bombs<br />

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COLUMN<br />

Chloë King<br />

The last larp?<br />

It’s a blisteringly hot Sunday<br />

afternoon and I’m in the car<br />

with the family and a giant<br />

chocolate cake.<br />

The cake is four times the<br />

size of a regular cake. It contains<br />

three jars of blackcurrant<br />

jam, 1200g of sugar, and<br />

mercifully, you might say, is<br />

entirely vegan. The lack of<br />

dairy and eggs, however, is,<br />

to my disappointment, doing<br />

nothing to prevent my infant<br />

daughter from becoming<br />

increasingly fractious in the back seat.<br />

I’m on my way to Linda’s Birthday Party, a larp<br />

event hosted by artist Adam James at Liddicoat &<br />

Goldhill Project Space in Margate. Larp stands<br />

for Live Action Role Play, and Mr, as a more<br />

experienced larper, informs me it’s akin to ‘taking<br />

play very seriously’.<br />

The medium spans medieval and Harry Potterinspired<br />

fantasy re-enactments to obscure Nordic-style<br />

games that evoke life dramas, immersive<br />

dance, Lars von Trier and the abyss. It’s becoming<br />

an increasingly popular pastime for many reasons.<br />

Essentially, larp is enjoyed for its ability to transport<br />

you out of your everyday routine, giving the<br />

chance to meet new people, and unknown parts<br />

of yourself, through playing the role of another in<br />

an organised scenario.<br />

Linda’s Birthday Party is a short chamber larp for<br />

which a group of adults become guests at a sixyear-old’s<br />

birthday party. For two hours, I will play<br />

parent to a collection of rowdy, sugared-up adultkids,<br />

hence why my cake is designed to Alice-in-<br />

Wonderland proportions. As parent to an actual<br />

six-year-old this borders on meta. What might I<br />

learn by acting myself in a twisted re-enactment<br />

of my average weekend’s<br />

entertainment?<br />

The event starts with my<br />

arriving late. I’m rarely<br />

early to children’s birthday<br />

parties and so I blunder<br />

into the room, sweating<br />

profusely, waving a hasty<br />

goodbye to my two mildlytroubled<br />

genuine children.<br />

After a hasty warm-up of<br />

Grandma’s Footsteps and<br />

Simon Says, we start with<br />

my opening the door.<br />

I instinctively adopt a sickening tone of voice<br />

somewhere between Hyacinth Bucket and Mr<br />

Tumble, and then the game promptly continues<br />

with lunch. This, I find difficult. You would never,<br />

never, start a child’s party with lunch and, true to<br />

my fears, the meal quickly descends into a war<br />

that lasts the rest of the game. There follow tears,<br />

avoidance, theft, shouting, gorging, dancing, cuddling,<br />

crying, disobedience, recklessness, bubble<br />

bursting, impersonation, defecation and exclusion.<br />

It’s frankly all I can do to hover, administering<br />

shoulder hugs and bubbles and sweeping up<br />

around them.<br />

At the debrief, a player remarks how exhausting it<br />

is to be children, how much we wrongfully lionize<br />

this time that is so inherently fraught. I’m not<br />

sure. I’m not sure I have ever witnessed six-yearolds<br />

fighting to the degree exhibited today. Then<br />

my four-year-old ‘son’ remarks with genuine<br />

sadness that he felt overlooked all afternoon. I<br />

think of my own children having been dragged<br />

to Margate on a sweltering Sunday and the mask<br />

slips. I’m no longer Linda’s Mother, but I’m still<br />

wearing the stuck-on smile that says: us adults,<br />

we’re all living in fear of being found out.<br />

Illustration by Chloë King<br />



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David Jarman<br />

Information overload<br />

Not many days go by without my<br />

cutting something interesting<br />

out of the newspapers and filing<br />

it away, for future reference,<br />

between the leaves of a relevant<br />

book. That, at least, is the idea.<br />

All too often however, it’s a matter<br />

of out of sight, out of mind. And<br />

even when I do remember the<br />

item in question, tracking it down<br />

can prove exasperating.<br />

So I was pleased recently to come<br />

across an article about a radio play satirising overexplanatory<br />

wireless dialogue, which I thought<br />

lost. This Gun that I Have in my Right Hand is<br />

Loaded was written by Timothy West. It contains<br />

many priceless lines such as: ‘A whisky, eh? That’s<br />

a strange drink for an attractive auburn-haired<br />

girl of 29’.<br />

Tom Stoppard did something similar in his<br />

spoof country-house whodunnit The Real<br />

Inspector Hound. Early on, the char, Mrs Drudge,<br />

answers the telephone and announces: “Hello,<br />

the drawing-room of Lady Muldoon’s country<br />

residence one morning in early spring”. Later<br />

in the same conversation she gives voice to her<br />

fears: “I hope nothing is amiss for we, that is<br />

Lady Muldoon and her houseguests, are here<br />

cut off from the world, including Magnus, the<br />

wheelchair-ridden half-brother of her ladyship’s<br />

husband Lord Albert Muldoon who ten years ago<br />

went out for a walk on the cliffs and was never<br />

seen again”.<br />

In Sheridan’s The Critic, first performed at Drury<br />

Lane Theatre in 1779, it’s a play within a play. Mr<br />

Puff has written a tragedy entitled The Spanish<br />

Armada. He takes Mr Dangle and Mr Sneer to see<br />

a rehearsal at… Drury Lane Theatre.<br />

Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Christopher Hatton<br />

enter, deep in conversation. What<br />

is the meaning of ‘these mighty<br />

armaments? This general muster?<br />

And this throng of chiefs?’ that<br />

Sir Christopher has noticed.<br />

Observant chap that he is, he<br />

concludes: “I cannot but surmise<br />

– Forgive, my friend, if the<br />

conjecture’s rash – I cannot but<br />

surmise – the State some danger<br />

apprehends!”<br />

Sir Walter embarks on his<br />

exposition: “You know, my friend, scarce two<br />

revolving suns and three revolving moons have<br />

closed their course, since haughty Philip, in<br />

despite of peace, with hostile hand hath struck at<br />

England’s trade”. Sir Christopher does. In fact: “I<br />

know it well”.<br />

Sir Walter: “Philip, you know is proud Iberia’s<br />

king”.<br />

Sir Christopher: “He is”.<br />

Raleigh provides a bit of context: “His subjects in<br />

base bigotry and Catholic oppression held, - while<br />

we, you know, the Protestant persuasion hold”. Sir<br />

Christopher: “We do”.<br />

Furthermore, Sir Christopher’s intelligence<br />

extends to knowing that: “the famed Armada, by<br />

the Pope baptised, with purpose to invade these<br />

realms”, has already set sail. Undeterred, Sir<br />

Walter continues: “You also know…”<br />

At this point, Mr Dangle gives vent to his<br />

exasperation: “Mr Puff, as he knows all this, why<br />

does Sir Walter go on telling him?”<br />

Puff explains: “But the audience are not supposed<br />

to know anything of the matter, are they?” Alas,<br />

Sir Christopher’s feigned ignorance, assumed to<br />

enlighten the audience, fails to convince. As Mr<br />

Sneer says: “there certainly appears no reason why<br />

Sir Walter should be so communicative”.<br />

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For the first time in<br />

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his thoughts on the challenges ahead.<br />

“All the players have had off-season plans, which<br />

should kick them on in terms of match fitness. I’m<br />

a big believer that what happens outside matches<br />

really matters.<br />

Joining the FA Women’s Championship took a<br />

lot of work. We went to Wembley a few times.<br />

Lots of people had different roles, and application<br />

coordinator Glenda Thomas pulled it together.<br />

Our success wasn’t just about what’s happening on<br />

the pitch, it’s about the support around it. <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

has excellent, accessible facilities and there is so<br />

much back-up from the board for Equality FC.<br />

They looked at our financial status. And Unlock<br />

the Gate, our campaign to increase attendance,<br />

worked really well in our favour.<br />

In terms of facilities, we’ve had to make some<br />

changes. For example: separate changing for<br />

women refs; a separate space for drug testing;<br />

somewhere for filming to take place by the pitch.<br />

We’ll have an indoor strength and development<br />

unit (Portakabin!). And this year there will be<br />

definite fixtures, which means we will have access<br />

to another 3G pitch (in Lancing) as back-up, when<br />

weather has previously meant cancelling games.<br />

Photo by Katie Vandyck<br />

In terms of the<br />

team, so far, we’re<br />

reregistering players<br />

from last season<br />

and beyond. We’ve<br />

announced Charley<br />

Boswell and Lucy<br />

Somes as new signings,<br />

and there will be<br />

more players who add<br />

value to an already<br />

good squad. Some are<br />

joining us pre-season<br />

on a trial basis.<br />

I’m most looking forward to the fact that <strong>Lewes</strong> will<br />

be playing the top-name teams in the country, like<br />

Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.<br />

The greatest challenges are that the Championship<br />

players are stronger and are used to playing at a<br />

higher level every week. We’ll be playing against<br />

professional and international players. But we go<br />

as a collective. Those who haven’t experienced it<br />

will get support from those who have.<br />

I’m really optimistic about attendances. If we<br />

can get 450 to a Cardiff game at the end of last<br />

season, it will be even better when we’re playing<br />

Manchester United at home. And we’ve got Jack<br />

Heaselden starting as our General Manager, and<br />

Rosy Matheson as Development Manager. Both<br />

roles focus on crucial aspects of developing the<br />

team and the club.<br />

In terms of kit, we’ve got fantastic new sponsors,<br />

Kappa, who are thinking creatively about their logo<br />

and how we might use that for Equality FC.” EC<br />

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When Robbie<br />

Grey was a<br />

teenager he used<br />

to listen to “the<br />

likes of Bowie,<br />

and Roxy Music,<br />

and I would<br />

have never have<br />

dreamed of trying<br />

to emulate<br />

anything like<br />

that.” Then punk<br />

rock “blew the<br />

doors down,” and<br />

pretty soon he found himself “shouting into a microphone”<br />

in front of a band which was first called<br />

The Lepers, and subsequently, having developed a<br />

post-punk “experimental” sound, Modern English.<br />

“Wire and the Gang of Four were doing similar<br />

things, we were part of that movement,” he says.<br />

They got a deal with the indie label 4AD (who also<br />

managed such acts as The Birthday Party and The<br />

Cocteau Twins), did a Peel session, and recorded an<br />

album that was very 1981, called Mesh & Lace, “all<br />

me shouting and lots of feedback, and a guy from<br />

Throbbing Gristle on it. It’s still very popular, actually,<br />

we were asked to play the whole thing from<br />

start to finish in America recently.”<br />

Howard Jones, who had recently produced<br />

LPs by Echo & the Bunnymen and Teardrop<br />

Explodes, was charged with overseeing their<br />

second album. “He taught us a lot,” says Robbie.<br />

“We used to call our songs ‘pieces’ and now they<br />

became ‘songs’. Verse, chorus, verse, he got me to<br />

talk into the microphone instead of shout. It was<br />

all about studio craft. We developed as musicians,<br />

and songwriters.”<br />

They also became a lot more poppy, and a golden<br />

period followed,<br />

especially after<br />

their single I<br />

Melt for You<br />

started getting<br />

airplay on the big<br />

radio stations in<br />

the States. “It was<br />

crazy, it hadn’t<br />

even been released<br />

there, they<br />

had somehow<br />

picked up on the<br />

12” import,” he<br />

says. The song was subsequently used in the Nicholas<br />

Cage breakout movie Valley Girls. “We’re still<br />

popular in the States,” says Robbie. “We’re doing a<br />

month-long tour there in the autumn.”<br />

The current incarnation of the band includes four<br />

original members, all delighted with their latest<br />

album, Take Me to the Trees, made a full twenty years<br />

after their last. And they’re touring, too. “Before<br />

we go to America we’re playing a Goth festival<br />

in Leipzig with the Jesus & Mary Chain, as well<br />

as gigs at the 100 Club in London, and in Paris.”<br />

Plus the Con Club, of course, once again punching<br />

above its weight.<br />

Looking back to the early eighties seems “like<br />

a dream, like it never happened,” he says. “We<br />

worked so hard, doing, like, 80 gigs in 100 days,<br />

living on a big bus with a bar and beds, at that stage<br />

we were the same level as U2 in the States. The<br />

proceeds from I Melt with You have paid the bills<br />

ever since, I can’t complain, if we don’t play it out<br />

there we’ll be lynched”. But they won’t be playing<br />

it in Leipzig: “those crazy Goth kids still want to<br />

hear the first album.” Alex Leith<br />

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Left to right: The Producers; The Collector; Daisies<br />

Film ’18<br />

Dexter Lee’s cinema round-up<br />

<strong>August</strong>, of course, means blockbuster season in the<br />

cinemas, but there are a number of one-offs and a<br />

fine festival at the Depot to break up all that Hollywood<br />

fare. On Sunday 5th, for example, there’s<br />

a screening of Mel Brooks’ fabulous 1967 musical<br />

comedy The Producers, starring Gene Wilder<br />

and Zero Mostel as two theatre producers trying<br />

(for complicated reasons) to make a flop – Springtime<br />

for Hitler – which turns out to be a resounding<br />

success. It’s a hoot.<br />

There are two adaptations of John Fowles novels<br />

scheduled, Karel Reisz’s 1981 romantic drama The<br />

French Lieutenant’s Woman (8th) and William<br />

Wyler’s 1965 thriller The Collector, originally set<br />

near <strong>Lewes</strong> but eventually shot in Kent (22nd).<br />

Glyndebourne’s Pulitzer-prize winning opera<br />

Vanessa – written by Samuel Barber, directed by<br />

Keith Warner – is being simultaneously screened<br />

live all over the country on the 14th, including<br />

at the opera-house’s local cinema just three miles<br />

down the road.<br />

And, talking roads, Krzysztof Kieslowski fans<br />

should be prepared to do a bit of travelling this<br />

month: the late Polish director’s fine trilogy<br />

Three Colours is being shown over three weeks on<br />

screens in three different East Sussex locations,<br />

as part of Artwave. The three colours represent<br />

those of the French flag, and Kieslowski’s trilogy,<br />

made in the 90s, examine its ideals of liberty,<br />

fraternity and equality.<br />

We start off at the Depot with Three Colours:<br />

Blue (Aug 18th), a moving drama in which Juliette<br />

Binoche plays a distraught widow who has to<br />

finish off her composer husband’s last work after<br />

his death in a car crash. The screening will be<br />

preceded by a talk by colour expert Alexandra<br />

Loske; there will be an exhibition of blue-coloured<br />

artworks throughout the festival in the studio.<br />

For those who want to complete the set, White<br />

will be shown at Newhaven’s Hillcrest Centre on<br />

the 25th, Red at Towner’s fine new cinema on<br />

September 2nd.<br />

<strong>August</strong> will end with a Women and Activism<br />

Festival at the Depot, with a theme-related film on<br />

every day from the 25th, each film followed by a<br />

talk from an invited guest. This starts on the 25th<br />

with the 1966 film Daisies, by Czech director<br />

Vera Chytilová, banned in its time for being<br />

subversive. The other movies are Agnès Varda’s<br />

1977 feature One Sings, the Other Doesn’t<br />

(26th); the experimental take on the Irish Troubles<br />

Maeve (27th); Swedish director Mai Zetterling’s<br />

1968 oddity Flickorna (aka The Girls, 28th);<br />

Mary Dore’s 2014 piece about the US women’s<br />

liberation movement She’s Beautiful When She’s<br />

Angry (29th), and Matt Tyrnauer’s documentary<br />

about New York feminist campaigner Jane Jacobs<br />

Citizen Jane, Battle for the City (30th).<br />

Finally it’s worth mentioning Cold War, the moving<br />

black and white feature, largely set in post-war<br />

Poland, that won director Paweł Pawlikowski Best<br />

Director prize at the <strong>2018</strong> Cannes festival.<br />

Please check the Depot listings for times and dates<br />

of films. lewesdepot.org<br />



18th Aug - 2nd Sept<br />

Jackie Fretten<br />

A unique selection of contemporary<br />

work by local artists, including<br />

paintings, drawings, sculpture<br />

and ceramics.<br />

Open daily throughout Artwave.<br />

Alison Rankin<br />

Kate Osborne<br />

Charlotte Strong<br />

Louise Chavannes<br />

Alice Carter<br />

P A U L I N E D E V A N E Y<br />



The Surrealist Picnic<br />

‘I’ve heard rumours of lobsters on dog leads’<br />

‘Picnic, Île Sainte-Marguerite, Cannes, France 1937’ by Lee Miller (P0146) © Courtesy Lee Miller Archives, England <strong>2018</strong>. All rights reserved. leemiller.co.uk<br />

This will be our second<br />

annual Surrealist Picnic;<br />

an idea inspired by a<br />

photograph that Lee<br />

Miller took at a picnic<br />

with friends on Île Sainte-<br />

Marguerite, near Cannes,<br />

in 1937. Lee, who was an<br />

American model, photographer<br />

and, later, a celebrated<br />

war correspondent,<br />

had in 1937 only<br />

recently met Roland Penrose at a surrealist fancy<br />

dress party in Paris. The couple were in France<br />

that summer to visit Picasso. The friends with<br />

them at the picnic were Paul and Nusch Éluard,<br />

Man Ray and his new girlfriend Ady Fidelin. It’s a<br />

fine image of summer in the South of France, of<br />

friends in a rural location. We have a wonderful<br />

sculpture garden here at Farleys, so we thought it<br />

made perfect sense to have our own picnic.<br />

We’ll have live jazz, music that Lee and Roland<br />

very much enjoyed. Lee photographed Django<br />

Reinhardt in Paris, so this year we have a band -<br />

the Hot Club of Jevington - who pay homage to<br />

Reinhardt, and later the Jonathan Bailey quartet.<br />

There will also be performance art inspired by<br />

Jean Cocteau’s film, The Blood of a Poet.<br />

We encourage picnickers to dress up. Last<br />

year people came in Magritte-style hats, with apples<br />

hanging from the brim and I made a rather<br />

silly hat inspired by Eileen Agar’s Ceremonial Hat<br />

for Eating Bouillabaisse, with various bits from<br />

the beach (I had to boil the crab’s leg because<br />

it was rather smelly). Someone came dressed<br />

as a mystical character from a Leonora Carrington<br />

painting, someone else was inspired<br />

by Roland Penrose’s painting of his first wife,<br />

Valentine Boué, called<br />

Winged Domino, which<br />

depicts her with a blue<br />

face and butterflies on her<br />

eyes and lips. One of the<br />

performance artists at the<br />

picnic was dressed as the<br />

Surrealist performance<br />

artist Sheila Legge, who<br />

in 1936, for the International<br />

Surrealist Exhibition,<br />

stood in Trafalgar<br />

Square with a mask made entirely of red roses,<br />

in a beautiful white silk dress, with gloved arms<br />

outstretched for pigeons to land on. People have<br />

already been coming into the gallery pondering<br />

their costumes. I’ve heard rumours of lobsters on<br />

dog leads…<br />

Attendees get creative with their picnics<br />

too. Last year there were light-up cockroaches<br />

in blue jelly. And, of course, Lee Miller created<br />

things like Muddles Green Green Chicken and<br />

Pink Cauliflower Breasts… It’s bring your own<br />

picnic but Chloe (from Seven Sisters’ Spices) is<br />

having lots of fun with Ami Bouhassane’s book,<br />

Lee Miller: A Life with Food, Friends & Recipes<br />

making some of Lee Miller’s gourmet surrealist<br />

recipes. There will be parsley ice-cream,<br />

summer pudding breasts, and gin &<br />

grapefruit sorbets. It’s lots of fun.<br />

As told to Lizzie Lower by<br />

Elaine Wardekker O’Brien<br />

Farleys House and Gallery,<br />

Muddles Green,<br />

Sunday 26th of <strong>August</strong>,<br />

4-8pm. £15 per person.<br />

farleyshouseandgallery.<br />

co.uk<br />


ART<br />

Cuckoo 2, 2015, Galvanised steel, cast fibreglass balloon and sand. Courtesy of the Artist and Karsten Schubert Gallery, London.<br />

Alison Wilding<br />

‘I’m an unashamed elitist’<br />

44<br />

Bexhill’s De La Warr Pavilion has put on some<br />

tremendous art exhibitions over the years, but<br />

compared with, say, the Jerwood, Pallant House<br />

or Towner it always seems to me to be operating<br />

slightly under the radar. Perhaps it’s an unlooked<br />

for consequence of the sheer, dazzling diversity<br />

of cultural and not-so-cultural entertainment<br />

that is constantly on-tap at the Mendelsohn and<br />

Chermayeff 1930s modernist masterpiece. (‘Est.<br />

1935, Modern ever since’, as the latest jaunty De<br />

La Warr publicity has it).<br />

I’ll always remember my first visit to Bexhill after<br />

moving down from London at the end of 1983.<br />

Posters on the Pavilion promised the eclectic<br />

mix, inter alia, of a Victor Pasmore exhibition<br />

and… Val Doonican. Here’s just a few of my<br />

personal artistic highlights over the last two<br />

decades. 1999: British linocuts of the 1920s and<br />

1930s – this showcased the exuberant work of the<br />

Grosvenor School, especially Cyril Power, Sybil<br />

Andrews and Claude Flight. 2008: an exemplary<br />

exhibition devoted to the work of Ben Nicholson.<br />

Dark Horse 1, 1983, Portland roach & neoprene.<br />

Courtesy of the Artist and Karsten Schubert Gallery, London.

Floodlight, 2001, cast acrylic. Courtesy of the Artist and Karsten Schubert Gallery, London.<br />

ART<br />

2015: The Curve Paintings of Bridget Riley.<br />

<strong>2018</strong>, and it’s the turn of Alison Wilding. The<br />

sculptor was born in Blackburn in 1948, but<br />

judging from the interview she gave to the<br />

Guardian five years ago I imagine that she would<br />

give pretty short shrift to the idea that this show<br />

was anything to do with her seventieth birthday<br />

in July. Here are some of the questions and her<br />

splendid answers:<br />

Who or what have you sacrificed for your art?<br />

Absolutely nothing.<br />

Why do public sculptures often attract such controversy?<br />

Because most of them are rubbish.<br />

What’s the greatest threat to art? Popularity! I’m<br />

an unashamed elitist.<br />

But her answer to that last question does not mean<br />

that her abstract sculptures are not accessible. As<br />

she says, there’s nothing you need to know about<br />

it beforehand, nothing you need to research. So,<br />

the earliest work on display dates from 1983 (it<br />

was only in the 1980s that she thought she had<br />

discovered a voice of her own) and is called Locust.<br />

You absolutely do not need to know that the title<br />

derives from an account of a plague of locusts in<br />

Milton’s Paradise Lost.<br />

The latest work on show dates from last year. It’s<br />

called Riptide and is installed on the De La Warr’s<br />

roof. Alas, I couldn’t see it as the staircase to the<br />

roof was cordoned off on the day of my visit.<br />

If you don’t know her work, or even her name, this<br />

show is the perfect time to be introduced. As Alison<br />

Wilding says: “You do need an encounter with<br />

it. It doesn’t matter how you come to it, which way<br />

you come to it”. And she’s keen to stress that she<br />

uses basic, everyday materials. The “context may<br />

be unfamiliar, the materials not”.<br />

Displayed in a long room with the longest of the<br />

Pavilion’s windows, the sculptures interact with the<br />

horizon to the sea, hence the title Right Here and<br />

Out There. I didn’t ‘get’ all the individual works,<br />

certainly, but as an overall experience, it’s pretty<br />

marvellous. David Jarman<br />


martyrs’<br />

gallery<br />

summer<br />

salon<br />

Anouk Emanuel Cat’s Cradle<br />

18 <strong>August</strong> – 2 September, 12 noon – 5pm<br />

(Thu–Sun, plus Bank Holiday Monday)<br />

Private View: Friday 17 <strong>August</strong>, 6pm<br />


ART<br />

Deborah Manson<br />

Collage quilter<br />

Artwave, the annual artists and makers festival, is in<br />

its 25th year. Opening her house for the first time<br />

as part of this year’s festival is textile artist Deborah<br />

Manson, whose work combines collage with quiltmaking,<br />

bringing in elements of fabric printing and<br />

hand-dying techniques.<br />

Deborah says: “I’ve always made things from<br />

textiles. My early career was in illustration, mainly<br />

doing commercial work like greetings cards and<br />

wrapping paper, and even then, I would create a lot<br />

of my designs using textiles.” Some of the key pieces<br />

that will be on display are her handmade quilts and<br />

cushions, which she creates with ‘found’ fabrics:<br />

“I prefer to re-use things, both from a sustainable<br />

point of view and because I find used fabrics more<br />

interesting. I use vintage linens – I once found a<br />

sheet from the 1800s at a market that I go to just<br />

outside London – or things I’ve found in charity<br />

shops, or my own clothes. They have a past and<br />

a history. Repurposing things and giving them a<br />

new life, or a new meaning, is something I’m really<br />

interested in.”<br />

Deborah’s designs usually begin through drawing<br />

and collage. “I’m stimulated by composition and<br />

colour and the relationships between colours and<br />

shapes,” she says. “I often look at abstract painting<br />

for inspiration; I’ve been looking at the work<br />

of Agnes Martin quite a lot recently, and Patrick<br />

Heron’s show at the Tate in St Ives was amazing, so<br />

inspiring.” A selection of Deborah’s collage works,<br />

composed of layers of papers dyed with fabric pigments,<br />

will be exhibited alongside her textile pieces.<br />

“Something I’ve been experimenting with recently<br />

is using natural dyes rather than acid or chemical<br />

dyes,” she explains. “I’ve been working with<br />

brazilwood, indigo, madder root – using them<br />

traditionally as dyes, but I’d like to be able to screen<br />

print using them. There’s the environmental aspect,<br />

of course, but you can also get much more subtle<br />

colours using natural dyes. It’s the same process,<br />

it’s just working out how to get them to the right<br />

consistency. I’m in quite an experimental phase at<br />

the moment…” Rebecca Cunningham<br />

Deborah’s house (40 Hamsey Crescent, venue 89)<br />

will be open on the 25th & 26th <strong>August</strong> and on the<br />

1st & 2nd September and she’ll be running drop-in<br />

screen printing taster workshops on both weekends.<br />

deborahmanson.co.uk<br />

Photos by Rebecca Cunningham<br />


ART<br />

ART & ABOUT<br />

In town this month<br />

Olivia Waller (venue 140)<br />

It’s <strong>August</strong>, so it’s all about Artwave, which has been celebrating<br />

the artists and makers across the district for the last 25 years.<br />

They’ve dubbed this special anniversary year their Colour Edition<br />

and there are a huge number of events taking place over the<br />

weekends from the 18th of <strong>August</strong> until the 2nd of September. As well<br />

as the opportunity to visit upwards of 150 venues and meet artists and makers of<br />

every stripe, there are free participatory workshops, colour-themed events, guided<br />

walks, and a district-wide screening of the Three Colours Trilogy (see pg 41). We’ve<br />

picked out just a few things which caught our eye; pick up a brochure or visit the<br />

website to see all that’s going on [artwavefestival.org].<br />

Rachel Clark<br />

There are more than 50 venues on the <strong>Lewes</strong> trail<br />

alone. Tanya Gomez, she of the epic pots, opens<br />

her doors for her annual studio sale (venue 92);<br />

Rachel Clark exhibits a new limited edition of<br />

etchings and linocut prints inspired by her travels<br />

(venue 93); Pauline Devaney exhibits her latest<br />

paintings of imagined subjects (venue 96), and Ms<br />

Kitka’s Revolutionary Beadwork is ‘sewing the<br />

beads of dissent’ with her Bolshevik Collection<br />

(venue 144).<br />

Ms Kitka<br />

On the Waterfront is the title of the Sussex<br />

Watercolour Society’s annual exhibition, open<br />

daily at the Linklater Pavilion from the 25th of<br />

<strong>August</strong> until the 2nd of September (venue 147).<br />

Chalk Gallery are celebrating the beginning<br />

of Artwave with the launch of their Summer<br />

Exhibition. Join the artists at their preview party<br />

on Saturday the 18th from 5 until 8pm for a<br />

summer celebration of paintings, sculptures,<br />

glass art, printmaking, cards and more (venue<br />

123)... Martyrs’ Gallery also open their juried<br />

Summer Salon on the 18th, presenting a<br />

cross-section of contemporary two and threedimensional<br />

art (venue 115). Artists wishing to<br />

submit work should ask in the gallery or visit<br />

martyrs.gallery/summersalon.<br />

Venus by Simone Riley<br />


ART<br />

In town this month (cont)<br />

Keizer Frames is open daily<br />

throughout Artwave with a selection<br />

of contemporary work by local artists<br />

including Alice Carter, Janine Shute,<br />

Alison Rankin, Kate Osborne and<br />

Louise Chavannes (venue 150).<br />

Rebecca Motley<br />

The pop-up gallery at No 2 Fisher Street returns with<br />

a selection of artists, all inspired by the natural world.<br />

Sussex printmaker Keith Pettit is joined by <strong>Lewes</strong> jeweller<br />

Phoebe Sherwood, Suzanne Breakwell - who creates<br />

exquisite sculptural birds and creatures using the pages<br />

of books - Brighton-based ceramicist Holly Bell, and<br />

printmaker Rebecca Motley (venue 117).<br />

Kate Osborne<br />

studio workshops<br />

Dyed + Printed Textiles<br />

Open studio / taster sessions<br />

25 + 26 <strong>August</strong> / 1 + 2 September<br />

11am - 5pm / tea + cake<br />

Garden studio exhibition. Quilts, textiles and<br />

paper collages. Taster sessions - have a go<br />

at screen printing on fabric bags!<br />

Textile workshops<br />

Deborah runs silk screen printing and other<br />

textile workshops from her studio throughout<br />

the year.<br />

For information / bookings contact:<br />

deborahmanson.co.uk<br />

info@deborahmanson.co.uk<br />

Arts festival and Artwave<br />

Free entry to Gardens<br />

and Art & Sculpture Trail<br />

4-19 AUGUST<br />

Workshops, Events<br />

and Live Music<br />

11 AUGUST<br />

Art & Craft Show (11 AUG)<br />

18/19, 25/26, 27 AUGUST<br />

Artwave Art Exhibition<br />

pickhAms<br />

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26 MAY – 16 SEPTEMBER<br />

Tickets £5 / £4 concessions<br />

Free for Towner Members & under 18s<br />

townereastbourne.org.uk<br />

Edward Stott, Washing Day, 1899, Oil on canvas. Watts Gallery Trust

LOGO<br />

Out of town<br />

ART<br />

Everyone welcome!<br />

South Heighton & Denton<br />

18/19, 25/26/27, 01/02, 11am-5pm<br />

The trails continue throughout the district<br />

with plenty of opportunities to explore. Here<br />

are just a few suggestions to get you started.<br />

Get inspired by the kick-ass activist nun,<br />

Corita Kent, and join Badge Up! a free<br />

badge-making workshop with artist, Ruby<br />

Smith at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft<br />

on Saturday the 18th from 11-5 (venue 1).<br />

Corita Kent, Get With The Action (damn everything but the circus alphabet,<br />

1968) at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, <strong>2018</strong> (photo by Sam Moore)<br />

Lupin Cottage Workshops<br />

Denton, BN9 0QB<br />

www.emmataylorprint.co.uk<br />

A diverse show of six artists, in the secluded<br />

home and studio of printmaker Emma Taylor in<br />

the heart of Denton Village.<br />

Try your hand at stone carving at Artists and<br />

an Orchard in Ringmer (venue 32). See work<br />

by nine local artists at Glynde Place and<br />

book your place on a walking installation by<br />

artist-in-residence, Jackie Misson (venue 40).<br />

We Are Mountain and Friends, an exhibition of<br />

printmaking, photography, needle felting and<br />

more is at the iconic coastguard cottages at<br />

Cuckmere Haven (venue 61). On the way back<br />

treat yourself to a visit to South Heighton<br />

Pottery, home to acclaimed potter Chris<br />

Lewis and a<br />

garden of earthly<br />

delights (venue<br />

76). Just up the<br />

road, The Old<br />

Forge Open<br />

House hosts 16<br />

professional artists<br />

and makers with<br />

Sussex cream teas<br />

and light lunches<br />

by Mamoosh<br />

(venue 77).<br />

Chris Lewis<br />


Open every Sunday from April - October <strong>2018</strong><br />

Experience the extraordinary atmosphere of the Sussex<br />

home of the Surrealists Lee Miller and Roland Penrose<br />

whose friends and guests included Picasso, Carrington,<br />

Man Ray and Miró. We open to visitors on Sundays from<br />

10am, offering 50 minute guided tours, exhibitions in our<br />

gallery and a sculpture garden to explore.<br />

Muddles Green, Chiddingly<br />

East Sussex, BN8 6HW<br />

Tel: 01825 872856<br />

www.farleyshouseandgallery.co.uk<br />

@ FarleysHG<br />

3 Portraits - 3 Exhibitions, 15th - 31st <strong>August</strong><br />

A chance to see International Award winning work by local artist<br />

Jean-Paul Tibbles

ART<br />

Out of town (cont)<br />

Morag Myerscough, We Make Belonging<br />

Newhaven is really<br />

entering in to the<br />

spirit of things, with<br />

the first Newhaven<br />

Festival, featuring a<br />

wide variety of events.<br />

There’s Bird Bath, a<br />

sound installation in<br />

St Michael’s Church;<br />

Waterborne, the first<br />

regatta of the Newhaven<br />

Gig Club; Salon 69,<br />

a supper club with six<br />

speakers each giving<br />

a nine-minute mini<br />

talk; Open Call, an art<br />

exhibition about the<br />

community, by the community; an exploration of the town’s<br />

secret ‘edgelands’, and much more besides [newhavenfestival.<br />

co.uk]. Morag Myerscough’s Belonging Bandstand arrives<br />

at Newhaven Fort on the 22nd and stays until the 27th.<br />

Admission fees to the Fort apply but it’s free on the 27th<br />

for the Festival of Belonging: a day of live music, DJs,<br />

local food, films, dance, local creativity, craft workshops and<br />

storytelling. Free fun for all the family from 12-6pm (venue<br />

87) [festivalofbelonging.co.uk].<br />

Andy Smith<br />

A Sense of Place, at the Hillcrest<br />

Community Centre, is an<br />

exhibition of works by 17 Sussex<br />

designers in response to the<br />

rising political tide of restricted<br />

movement and border closures.<br />

All profits from the sale of<br />

prints will go to local charities,<br />

Refugee Action and The Clock<br />

Tower Sanctuary (venue 82).<br />

Further afield<br />

If you’re in the<br />

mood to venture<br />

further east, there’s<br />

lots to see at<br />

Towner Gallery,<br />

where the Sussex<br />

Open, Edward Stott:<br />

A Master of Colour<br />

and Atmosphere<br />

and At Altitude all<br />

continue. And Right Here and Out There, a major<br />

exhibition of work by British sculptor Alison<br />

Wilding, continues at the De La Warr Pavilion<br />

(see pg 44).<br />

Edward Stott, the Fold, c. 1895, oil on canvas. ©Touchstones Rochdale,<br />

Rochdale Arts & Heritage Service<br />

Jerwood Gallery<br />

exhibit a series of<br />

playful, thoughtprovoking<br />

and<br />

previously unseen<br />

works by Turner<br />

Prize-winning<br />

artist Mark<br />

Wallinger. The Human Figure in Space draws<br />

inspiration from sources as diverse as Wallinger’s<br />

childhood visits to see his Auntie Marjory in<br />

Hastings during the Sixties, to the pioneering<br />

work of 19th century photographer Eadweard<br />

Muybridge. (Until the 7th of October.)<br />

Birdman (detail), <strong>2018</strong>. Archival Digital Prints on Dibond. Dimensions<br />

variable. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth © Mark Wallinger<br />


S T P E T E R & S T J A M E S H O S P I C E<br />


Wakehurst<br />

Ardingly, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH17 6TN<br />

Join us beneath the stars as we take a walk to remember this<br />

September. Enjoy a sponsored stroll through Wakehurst’s<br />

beautiful botanic gardens and lay a lantern alongside<br />

hundreds of others to remember and celebrate the people<br />

you love. As your glistening lantern brings light to dark<br />

hours, you’ll help our hospice nurses do the same.<br />

Entry is £15 before 1st June and £18 thereafter.<br />

Under 16s £5.<br />

Family and group discounts available<br />

Kids’ activities,<br />

photobooth &<br />

fantastic prizes<br />

to be won!<br />

Register at stpjhospice.org<br />

or call us on 01444 471598<br />

Registered charity number: 1056114<br />

Kindly sponsored by

AUG listings<br />


The Wonder Project.<br />

Interactive arts<br />

experience. A twomile<br />

journey through<br />

Wakehurst’s gardens<br />

and woodlands, with<br />

soundscapes, sculptures<br />

and art installations inspired by the centre’s plants<br />

and the work of Kew’s scientists on the site of the<br />

Millennium Seed Bank. Gates open 6.30pm (last<br />

entry 7.30pm), gates close 10pm, £15/£6 (under<br />

4s free).<br />

FRIDAY 3 – SUNDAY 5<br />

The Sussex Guild Contemporary<br />

Craft Show.<br />

Showing examples of<br />

ceramics, textiles, jewellery,<br />

leatherwork, stone carving,<br />

wood, glass and furniture.<br />

Meet the designer-makers<br />

and see their work on show, in the Elizabethan<br />

barn and in marquees on the lawns. Michelham<br />

Priory, 10.30am-5pm, see thesussexguild.co.uk.<br />

SATURDAY 4<br />

Book Fair. Dealers offering an astounding variety<br />

of second-hand, rare and collectable books.<br />

Raising funds for Paws & Claws Animal Rescue.<br />

Town Hall, 10am-4pm, 50p.<br />

Glynde & Beddingham<br />

Flower<br />

Show & Fête. Bar,<br />

BBQ, bouncy castle,<br />

children’s fancy dress,<br />

Punch & Judy,<br />

tombola, bric-a-brac,<br />

coconut shy and more.<br />

The Flower Show tent shows entries for local<br />

produce, handicrafts and children’s classes. Live<br />

band and auction and Glynde Lido pool open<br />

(weather permitting). The Recreation Ground,<br />

Glynde, 12pm-5pm, free.<br />

Proms in the Paddock.<br />

Live music, bar, BBQ, stalls<br />

and fireworks to finish.<br />

The Paddock, gates 3pm,<br />

£8/£10 (kids 5-16 £3 and<br />

under 5s free).<br />

SATURDAY 4 – SUNDAY 19<br />

Summer Trifle. Art, craft and creative workshops,<br />

exhibition and live music. Pickhams,<br />

Wilmington, see summertrifle.co.uk.<br />

MONDAY 6<br />

FRIDAY 10<br />

Herb of the Day. Walk &<br />

Talk with medical herbalist<br />

and storyteller Kym Murden,<br />

exploring the world of<br />

herbs, and identifying various<br />

remedies. 6pm – 9pm,<br />

£8, kymmurden.com.<br />

Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen. A Friends<br />

of Anne of Cleves House talk by Alison Weir.<br />

Anne of Cleves, 7.30pm, £8 non-members (£5<br />

members), contact annacrabtree1@hotmail.com.<br />

SATURDAY 11<br />

Britain on Film:<br />

Coast and Sea. Special<br />

screening of the<br />

British Film Institute’s<br />

nostalgic journey<br />

around the British<br />

coast. The Keep, 10.30am-12.15pm, £3.<br />

SATURDAY 11 & SUNDAY 12<br />

Firle Vintage Fair.<br />

Fashion, antiques and<br />

decorative interiors, swing<br />

bands, vintage fair rides,<br />

champagne bar and much<br />

more. firlevintagefair.co.uk.<br />


AUG listings (cont)<br />

Steam through the Ages. New Bluebell Railway<br />

event bringing 100 years of history to life<br />

with a different decade recreated at each station<br />

(Sheffield Park, Horsted Keynes, Kingscote, and<br />

East Grinstead). See bluebell-railway.com.<br />

WEDNESDAY 15<br />

Sussex Military Society. Hastings in Wartime<br />

with speaker Ken Brooks. White Hart, 7.30pm<br />

for 8pm, £3 for non-members.<br />

THURSDAY 16 – SUNDAY 19<br />

The Great <strong>Lewes</strong> Tap<br />

Takeover. Four <strong>Lewes</strong> bars<br />

invite six of the country’s<br />

best breweries to take over<br />

their cask and keg lines: The<br />

Elephant & Castle, The Patch,<br />

The Brewers Arms and The<br />

Black Horse.<br />

SATURDAY 18<br />

Alexandra Loske<br />

talk. Part of<br />

Artwave Festival, a<br />

talk on the history<br />

of colour, preceding<br />

a screening of Krzysztof<br />

Kieslowski’s<br />

film, Three Colours:<br />

Blue. Depot,<br />

4pm (film starts 6pm), lewesdepot.org.<br />


Newhaven Festival.<br />

Various community and<br />

arts events happening<br />

throughout the town,<br />

including a parade, beach<br />

party, speakeasy and a<br />

festival at the Fort. See newhavenfestival.co.uk.<br />


28th, 29th, 30th Sept <strong>2018</strong>

AUG listings (cont)<br />

Pippingford Park<br />

Nutley. East Sussex<br />

SATURDAY 25<br />

Cliffe Summer Fair. Wide range of stalls, cakes,<br />

teas and coffees. With a grand raffle, tombola and<br />

tin mine. Money raised will go towards repairs at the<br />

Cliffe Parish Church of St Thomas. In and around<br />

Cliffe Hall, 10am-12.30pm, free.<br />

SATURDAY 25 – MONDAY 27<br />

SUNDAY 26<br />

Marvellous Mechanicals.<br />

Exhibition of<br />

automata made by Ivan<br />

Morgan, hands-on fun<br />

for children and adults.<br />

Tea and cake available<br />

in the garden. 21 Gundreda<br />

Road, <strong>Lewes</strong>,<br />

2pm to 5pm, free.<br />

Surrealist picnic. Live jazz and surreal performance,<br />

dressing up encouraged (see pg 43). Farleys House<br />

and Gallery, 4pm-8pm, £15.<br />


Ouse Valley Quilters’ Biennial Exhibition.<br />

Display of work, refreshments, traders, tombola,<br />

sales tables and raffle in aid of Kangaroos (a charity<br />

enriching young disabled people’s lives) and Kent,<br />

Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance. King’s Academy<br />

(formerly Ringmer Community College), 10am-<br />

4pm, £4 (accompanied children free).<br />


Herstmonceux Astronomy<br />

Festival. Familyfriendly<br />

event for both<br />

amateur astronomers and<br />

beginners, giving people<br />

the option to visit for a<br />

day or register for the whole weekend. Programme<br />

includes the screening of a sci-fi classic, lectures, talks<br />

about the telescopes, viewing (weather permitting),<br />

trade stalls, and more. Beer tent and refreshments<br />

available. the-observatory.org.<br />

A fascinating journey for parents,<br />

grandparents and kids of all ages into the<br />

amazing world of trees. Discover the wonders<br />

of nature and a day of adventure that will open<br />

your eyes to the ways in which we can play,<br />

work, learn and explore in the woods.<br />

Plus, enjoy delicious local and drink in<br />

the stunning Sussex location.<br />

www.sussexpast.co.uk<br />

www.into-the-trees.co.uk<br />

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Tuesdays 1-4pm<br />

Summer Flowers 31 st July<br />

Kitchen Tales 7 th <strong>August</strong><br />

Spinning Yarns 14 th <strong>August</strong><br />

The Princess & The Pea 21 st <strong>August</strong><br />

Tudor Crafts 28 th <strong>August</strong><br />

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Digging for Treasure 16 th <strong>August</strong><br />

Archaeologist for an Afternoon 16 th Aug<br />

Knights & Dragons 23 rd <strong>August</strong><br />

Dinosaurs & Dragons 30 th <strong>August</strong><br />

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OXFEST<br />

It’s back for a fourth year! The Sussex Ox in Milton<br />

Street, near Alfriston, presents Oxfest, a weekend<br />

festival of beer, local music, dancing and all-round<br />

merriment. The gardens are a beautiful setting to<br />

enjoy over 20 different real ales and ciders, and<br />

there’s a cocktail tent and a gourmet BBQ (à la carte<br />

menu available too). Headliners include acoustic fivepiece<br />

The Mountain Firework Company (‘alternative<br />

bluegrass with a dark treacle folk centre’, right),<br />

indie-pop trio Me and the Moon and party band The<br />

Blackjacks. Count us in… Kelly Hill<br />

Friday 3 – Sunday 5, The Sussex Ox, Milton Street,<br />

free admission, see oxfest18.co.uk<br />

Photo by Simon Diamond<br />

THURSDAY 2<br />

Steve Parsons. Entertainment from Snips (lead<br />

singer of Sharks) and friends. The Lansdown,<br />

7.30pm, free<br />

The Hot Club of Belleville. Vintage hot swing.<br />

Pelham Arms, 8.30pm, free<br />

FRIDAY 3<br />

Phil Mills. Solo Blues and Jazz in the bar. Con<br />

Club, 8.30pm, free<br />

FRIDAY 3 – SUNDAY 5<br />

Oxfest. See Gig of the Month<br />

SATURDAY 4<br />

The Dickies. Daft punk rockers from the USA.<br />

Con Club, 7.30pm, £18 + bf<br />

Open night: ‘Far From Home’. Folk. Elephant<br />

& Castle, 8pm, £3<br />

SUNDAY 5<br />

English dance tunes session - bring instruments.<br />

Folk (English trad). Lamb, 12pm, free<br />

MONDAY 6<br />

Andy Panayi (sax and flute) & the Terry Seabrook<br />

Trio. Jazz. Snowdrop, 8pm, free<br />

TUESDAY 7<br />

English dance tunes session - bring instruments.<br />

Folk (English trad). JHT, 8pm, free<br />

THURSDAY 9<br />

The Rumjacks. Punk rock Celtic folk. Con<br />

Club, 7.30pm, £13<br />

SATURDAY 11<br />

Open night: ‘Alternative Versions’. Folk. Elly,<br />

8pm, £3<br />

SUNDAY 12<br />

Slaughter & The Dogs. Original punk legends.<br />

Con Club, 7.30pm, £18<br />

MONDAY 13<br />

Martin Shaw (trumpet) & the Terry Seabrook<br />

Trio. Jazz. Snowdrop, 8pm, free<br />



TUESDAY 14<br />

Open night: Concertinas Anonymous practice<br />

session. Folk & misc. Elly, 8pm, free<br />

THURSDAY 16<br />

The Drew Simon Trio. Cajun. Con Club<br />

7.30pm, £tba<br />

SATURDAY 18<br />

Open night: ‘Dark & Light’. Folk. Elly, 8pm, £3<br />

MONDAY 20<br />

Lawrence Jones (sax and flute) & the Terry<br />

Seabrook Trio. Jazz. Snowdrop, 8pm, free<br />

TUESDAY 21<br />

English tunes practice session – bring instruments.<br />

Folk. Elly, 8pm, free<br />

SATURDAY 25<br />

Open night: ‘Silver Linings’. Folk. Elly, 8pm, £3<br />

MONDAY 27<br />

Will Gardner (sax) & the Terry Seabrook Trio.<br />

Jazz. Snowdrop, 8pm, free<br />

THURSDAY 30<br />

Modern English. New wave/post-punk (see pg<br />

39). Con Club, 7.30pm, £15<br />

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Classical round-up<br />

SUNDAY 5, 3PM<br />

Siân Griffiths (mezzo<br />

soprano, left) & Phoebe<br />

Yu (piano) perform<br />

music by Fauré, de Falla,<br />

Rossini & Poulenc. Full<br />

programme is: Fauré -<br />

Cinq Mélodies de Venise;<br />

Falla - Siete Canciones<br />

Populares españolas;<br />

Rossini - Nacqui<br />

all’affanno... Non più<br />

mesta from La Cenerentola; Poulenc - Nous voulons une<br />

petite Sœur from Quatre Chansons Pour Enfants cycle.<br />

St Michael’s Church, High Street, <strong>Lewes</strong>, free entry<br />

with a retiring collection in aid of the Church Organ<br />

Restoration Fund<br />


TUESDAY 21, 7.30PM<br />

Schubert’s Octet on a Summer’s Evening. The<br />

Hanover Band Chamber Ensemble and the Consone<br />

Quartet perform Schubert’s sublime Octet.<br />

St Margaret’s Church, Rottingdean, £22-£33<br />

FRI 31 – SAT 2 SEPTEMBER<br />

Lapwing Music Festival.<br />

Intimate recitals at the beautiful<br />

Coastguard Cottages,<br />

Cuckmere Haven. Featuring<br />

Maya Youssef (left) - qanun<br />

(Friday), Manu Delago - hang<br />

drums (Saturday), Lea Desandre<br />

– mezzo soprano (Sunday)<br />

Thomas Dunford - lute (Sunday).<br />

See lapwingfestival.com for times and more details

Firle Church of England Primary<br />

Our Forest<br />

School<br />

We have spaces for September<br />

<strong>2018</strong>.Please email the school office<br />

to make an appointment<br />

office@firle-school.e-sussex.sch.uk<br />

or call 01273 858260<br />

Our Field<br />

Our Walks<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> 11 mins<br />

Glynde 5 mins<br />

Seaford 20 mins<br />

Let your child breathe....


UNDER 16<br />

êêêê<br />


TUESDAY 7<br />

Kaleidoscope Summer School. For ages 5-16<br />

years, participants will explore new skills and<br />

develop their talents in a selection of: acting;<br />

dance/movement; musical theatre; stage fighting;<br />

devised theatre; make-up; puppet making;<br />

improvisation; circus skills; mask making;<br />

exploring Shakespeare, and more. Priory School,<br />

10am-4pm, see kaleidoscopedrama.uk.<br />

THURSDAY 2<br />

Heroes and Dragons. Listen<br />

to the story of Beowulf<br />

and the dragon. Create<br />

a dragon in clay or<br />

make a mask, draw<br />

your own hero. <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

Castle, 10.30am, £5<br />

(booking essential).<br />

SUNDAY 5<br />

Look Think Make.<br />

Drop-in familyfriendly<br />

creative<br />

activities responding<br />

to ideas and materials<br />

found within the<br />

exhibitions, with support from gallery staff and<br />

volunteers. De La Warr, Bexhill, 2pm-4pm, £1.<br />

MONDAY 6 - THURSDAY 9 &<br />

MONDAY 13 - THURSDAY 16<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Theatre Youth Group Summer<br />

School. Ideal for budding performers age 8 to<br />

20 years old who wish to develop their acting<br />

skills through a variety of fun-filled team and<br />

individual games and activities. <strong>Lewes</strong> Little<br />

Theatre, 10am-12pm, £60 per person per week,<br />

email leweslittletheatreyouthgroup@gmail.com.<br />

Kitchen Tales. Drop in to hear some kitchen<br />

stories, tell your own, handle kitchen artefacts<br />

and explore the herbs in the garden. All ages<br />

welcome. Anne of Cleves, 1pm-4pm, price<br />

included in admission.<br />

THURSDAY 9<br />

Dinosaurs and Dragons. Creative holiday<br />

workshop for children aged four to eight. <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

Castle, 10.30am & 2pm, £5 per child.<br />

MONDAY 13 – THURSDAY 16<br />

Intrepid Summer Camp. A range of<br />

performing and creative arts, ideal for children<br />

aged five to ten years. Southover School, see<br />

intrepidtheatre.org.uk.<br />

TUESDAY 14<br />

Water safety for kids.<br />

Fun and interactive session<br />

aiming to educate children<br />

on how to be safe in the<br />

water. Seahaven Swim &<br />

Fitness Centre, Newhaven, 10am-11am, £4 per<br />

child (open to 8-14 year olds).<br />

Spinning Yarns. Drop in and listen to the tale<br />

of Rumpelstiltskin, tell your own fairy tales and<br />

have a go at spinning wool. All ages welcome.<br />

Anne of Cleves, 1pm-4pm, price included in<br />

admission.<br />

THURSDAY 16<br />

Digging for Treasure. Have a go at being an<br />

archaeologist. Holiday workshop for children<br />

aged between four and eight. <strong>Lewes</strong> Castle,<br />

10.30am, £5 per child, booking essential.<br />


FREETIME (cont)<br />

êêêê<br />

TUESDAY 21<br />

The Princess and the Pea. Drop in to hear<br />

the tale, brought to life with tactile objects. Plus<br />

dressing up and hands-on craft activities, all<br />

ages welcome. Anne of Cleves, 1pm-4pm, price<br />

included in admission.<br />

TUESDAY 28<br />

Tudor Crafts. Try some of the crafts that<br />

would have taken place in the parlour. Includes<br />

sewing, spinning and weaving and learning about<br />

Tudor plant dyes. Anne of Cleves, 1.30pm, price<br />

included in admission.<br />

Woodland site near Laughton, 10am-2pm, see<br />

circleofliferediscovery.com.<br />

FRIDAY 31 – SUNDAY 2<br />

Alice in Wonderland at Wakehurst. Familyfriendly<br />

outdoor theatre production of the Lewis<br />

Carroll classic, brought to life in Glenn Elston’s<br />

production, performed by The Australian<br />

Shakespeare Company. See kew.org/wakehurst<br />

for times and tickets.<br />

THURSDAY 30<br />

Wild Family Day Out. Activity-packed day for<br />

all the family, run by Circle of Life Rediscovery.<br />

Open Morning<br />

With its excellent and imaginative<br />

approach, the Steiner Waldorf<br />

curriculum has gained ever-widening<br />

recognition as a creative and<br />

compassionate alternative to<br />

traditional avenues of education.<br />

But just how does it feel to be a child<br />

in this environment, soaking up this<br />

stimulating and rewarding teaching?<br />

Wednesday 10th October<br />

from 08:30 - 13:00<br />

Alternatively, book in for a Private Tour<br />

email: contact@michaelhall.co.uk<br />

www.michaelhall.co.uk/school-open-days<br />

Kidbrooke Park, Priory Road, Forest Row. East Sussex, RH18 5JA<br />

Tel: 01342 822275 - Registered Charity Number 307006<br />



êêêê<br />

This weekend my 12-year-old and I headed off<br />

to Branching Out Adventures at Bentley. Nestled<br />

within a woodland setting, Branching Out is an<br />

outdoor adventure site featuring tree top walks,<br />

zip wires and a huge swing that catapults you to<br />

a nose-bleeding height above the ground. Being<br />

a tree-top adventure novice, and not so fond of<br />

heights, my son opted for the low ropes situated<br />

3-4 metres above the ground. After a thorough<br />

safety demonstration carried out by a very friendly<br />

instructor, we were ready to begin. He confidently<br />

made his way around the course whilst I looked on<br />

from below, relieved that I didn’t have to join him.<br />

His low-ropes adventure was topped off by a nifty<br />

descent, courtesy of a zip wire.<br />

With hindsight, the low ropes didn’t offer him<br />

enough of a challenge, but rest assured we will be<br />

back to tackle the high ropes, the climbing wall,<br />

and the rather terrifying looking giant swing before<br />

the end of the<br />

school holidays.<br />

If you want an<br />

hour or so out in<br />

nature, cheering<br />

your child on<br />

as they balance<br />

above your head,<br />

or fancy having<br />

a go yourself,<br />

ensconced in natural surroundings, we would recommend<br />

Branching Out. And if you want to make<br />

a day of it, afterwards you could always pop along<br />

to Bentley Wildfowl and Motor museum which is<br />

only a stone’s throw away.<br />

Jacky Adams<br />

Please note height and age restrictions apply and it’s<br />

best to book ahead. More details can be found at:<br />

branchingoutadventures.co.uk<br />

With over 100 interactive exhibits<br />

set among the domes of a former<br />

world famous observatory, we have<br />

something to offer for all ages.<br />

Open daily during the school<br />

summer holidays. Please visit the<br />

website for full details of all our<br />

summer events and activities<br />

including daily science shows and<br />

telescope tours, plus a fun and<br />

inspiring range of children’s workshops *<br />

for everyone<br />

*<br />


01323 832731 www.the-observatory.org<br />


Welcome to CHAILEY SCHOOL<br />

‘Everyone the best they can be’<br />

Chailey School is a thriving<br />

secondary school of<br />

approximately 750<br />

students from 11 to 16<br />

years of age. Our vision<br />

is ‘everyone in our school<br />

achieving more than they<br />

ever thought possible’.<br />

We believe in traditional<br />

values - and these<br />

underpin life in our<br />

school. We have high<br />

expectations of students in<br />

both their work and<br />

behaviour. We know our<br />

students as individuals,<br />

their characters and<br />

personalities.<br />

‘Pupils are encouraged to have<br />

high expectations’– Ofsted 2017<br />

If you would like to see the school in action,<br />

please do call to arrange a visit:<br />

01273 890407.<br />

www.chaileyschool.org<br />

Open Evening<br />

6.30pm Tuesday 18th September <strong>2018</strong><br />

Open Mornings<br />

9.00-11.00am<br />

Monday 24th to Thursday 27th September <strong>2018</strong><br />

We are passionate about the<br />

whole child and the progress they<br />

make in all aspects of their school<br />

life, regardless of their academic<br />

ability. Whatever a student’s<br />

talents or abilities, our reputation<br />

as an inclusive school ensures<br />

that all needs are met – for those<br />

who are gifted and talented and<br />

for those who need additional<br />

support.<br />

A rounded school life is not just<br />

about the classroom and students<br />

benefit hugely from a wide range<br />

of extra-curricular activities.<br />

Our pastoral care for<br />

students is widely<br />

recognised as outstanding<br />

from transition and<br />

throughout their time at<br />

Chailey.<br />

No appointment is necessary. The students,<br />

staff and governors look forward to<br />

welcoming you.<br />

Results are how we tend to be measured – and<br />

our record over many years for the attainment and<br />

progress of our students is excellent. Regardless<br />

of their ability, students all leave Chailey School<br />

having achieved the level of results which allow<br />

them to move on to a wide range of post-16<br />

courses and apprenticeships. The standards<br />

achieved in English and Mathematics are high and<br />

form the bedrock for all other learning.<br />

In Science, Technology, Foreign Languages, the<br />

Arts and Humanities, our students excel as a result<br />

of high quality teaching and students’ own<br />

commitment to their learning.<br />

Whilst we are naturally proud of<br />

our achievements, the true<br />

measure of our success is seeing<br />

a school full of happy, confident,<br />

independent young people, fully<br />

engaged in their education. Our<br />

students are proud of their school<br />

and enjoy telling people about life<br />

at Chailey.


During WW2 Sheffield Park was requisitioned<br />

by the War Office and became an extensive camp<br />

for several Canadian regiments. This summer,<br />

the National Trust property will host a series of<br />

events exploring what life would have been like<br />

for the soldiers who were based there…<br />

We don’t know exactly how many soldiers<br />

were sent here – only that there were thousands.<br />

We know they were here from 1941 to<br />

1945, passing through on their way to Europe.<br />

We also have a first-hand account from the father<br />

of one of our gardeners, who was a paper boy and<br />

used to cycle through Sheffield Park and would<br />

meet the soldiers.<br />

They did live on site in Nissen huts: temporary<br />

curved-roof structures made from wood and<br />

corrugated iron. There is one original one left in<br />

the gardener’s compound, which is used as a tool<br />

êêêê<br />

shed, and we’ve built<br />

a replica hut in the<br />

garden for visitors<br />

to explore. Accommodation<br />

was basic<br />

– a metal bed frame,<br />

mattress, blankets –<br />

dormitory style!<br />

They left behind a lot of the debris of everyday<br />

life, which our gardeners still uncover<br />

now while they’re working: glass bottles, gun<br />

cartridges, small parts of machinery. We will be<br />

holding an archaeological dig until the 29th of<br />

July in East Park, where the majority of the huts<br />

were based, to see what we can uncover.<br />

As told to Rebecca Cunningham by Jo Grange<br />

Find out more about the ‘Canadians in the Park’ at<br />

nationaltrust.org.uk/sheffield-park-and-garden<br />

SUMMER<br />


We asked Anna from Bags of Books to choose her<br />

top five summer reads for kids. Here’s what she<br />

came up with.<br />

The Boy Who Grew Dragons. Imagine if you had your<br />

own dragons! Tomas discovers a strange old tree at<br />

the bottom of his grandad’s garden and soon he is<br />

officially growing dragons... A funny and heartwarming<br />

tale for 7+<br />

Ariki and the Giant Shark. Meet Ariki, a wonderfully<br />

headstrong, brave, cheeky new heroine. The vivid<br />

descriptions of island and marine life will transport<br />

readers of 7+ straight to the sea!<br />

The Secret of the Night Train. When Max finds out<br />

that the Heartbreak Diamond is on the train that<br />

she is travelling on, she must find her feet in a world<br />

of diamond smugglers, thieves and undercover<br />

detectives! Perfect for 9+.<br />

How to Bee. Set in a future Australia where there<br />

are no bees, and children are employed to scramble<br />

through the fruit trees with feather wands. This<br />

unique book has an important environmental message<br />

for readers of 9+.<br />

The 1,000-year-old Boy. Alfie Monk is like any other<br />

nearly-teenage boy – except he’s 1,000 years old.<br />

This is the story of his mission to find friendship, acceptance,<br />

and a way to make sure he will eventually<br />

die. Great for 10+.<br />

These and lots more are part of Bags of Books’<br />

Summer Reading offer. Find out more in the shop,<br />

or online at bags-of-books.co.uk.<br />




Our semolina & white flour flat bread pizza is<br />

delicious and light – you will love it<br />

Choose from four scrummy fresh baked varieties:<br />

Smoked Pancetta & Asparagus with Pecorino cheese<br />

Spicy sausage, jalapenos & Mozzarella<br />

Smoked Garlic, Roasted Tomatoes, & pecorino (V)<br />

Ham, Mushroom & Olives with Mozzarella (V)<br />

Try our flat bread pizzas for only £2 in <strong>August</strong> after 2pm<br />

Smoked Pancetta<br />

£2<br />

Spicy Sausage<br />

£2<br />

Smoked Garlic<br />

£2<br />

Ham & Mushroom<br />

£2<br />

Regular price £4.50. Promotion valid in our <strong>Lewes</strong> store only, during <strong>August</strong> after 2pm.<br />

Subject to availability. No other discounts or promotions apply. Bring voucher.<br />



Castle Chinese Restaurant<br />

Well worth remembering<br />

It’s 9pm Sunday night,<br />

five hours after the<br />

start of our goodbyeto-Pipe-Passage<br />

drinks<br />

party, and four of us<br />

are left standing… or<br />

at least still in search of<br />

food. And so we decide<br />

to head to the Castle –<br />

the new Chinese which<br />

has replaced The Panda<br />

Garden on the High<br />

Street. It needs a review in these pages, anyway.<br />

Sober enough to realise my recall faculties might<br />

be impaired, I delegate reviewing responsibility<br />

to Rebecca. We order starters and mains from<br />

the à la carte menu, and listen to American David’s<br />

idiosyncratic take on this and that.<br />

My memories of the experience are now hazy:<br />

I had some stupendous dim sum, some chicken<br />

in a sauce that was ‘Malaysian’. Rebecca really<br />

raved about her vegetarian chicken satay. I mean<br />

really raved.<br />

She’s a bit sheepish when I see her in the office<br />

the next day. It appears her recall faculties were<br />

somewhat impaired, too. So on the day before<br />

deadline day, I opt to go for a solo lunch, to top<br />

up the memory bank.<br />

I’m the only one there, so the music gets turned<br />

on for me. Chinese pop, I guess, the sort of thing<br />

that might do well if there were an Asiavision<br />

Song Contest. I ask the waitress where she’s<br />

from: Mauritius. I order a Tsing Tao Chinese<br />

beer, and two things from the £9.95 lunch menu:<br />

Satay chicken on skewers, and Honey chilli pork,<br />

with egg fried rice. I’m a sucker for dim sum,<br />

so I also order some Siu Mai steamed pork and<br />

prawn dumplings (£6),<br />

which she tells me will<br />

take ten minutes to<br />

prepare. I take this as a<br />

good sign.<br />

Eating on your own is<br />

a much easier experience<br />

now mobile<br />

phones are what they<br />

are. I’ve always found a<br />

newspaper – or a book –<br />

too big for a restaurant<br />

table. You’re less alone, somehow, with a phone.<br />

I decide to see what’s going on in real-life China.<br />

A vaping co-pilot, it seems, caused an Air China<br />

flight to plummet 6,500 feet, but no one was<br />

hurt. Back in the Castle, the dim sum are excellent,<br />

the satay chicken is tasty, with the meat<br />

cooked just right.<br />

I ask for chopsticks. The waitress lets out an<br />

embarrassed giggle when I take a picture of my<br />

neatly presented main course. The rice comes in<br />

a bowl-sized dome. The sticky sauce takes up its<br />

own half of the plate without encroaching on the<br />

other. You can taste it’s been made with honey,<br />

rather than sugar. I enjoy every mouthful.<br />

And so the Panda Garden is gone. The panda<br />

is no more. But I’ve already eaten in the Castle<br />

more times in the last week than I went to its<br />

predecessor in the last ten years. And I can recommend<br />

it as a place to eat off the à la carte in<br />

a rowdy group (I checked the menu, what I had<br />

first time round was a Malaysian chicken curry),<br />

or go for a quiet lunch: you could even just get a<br />

bowl of noodles, from £6. Alex Leith<br />

Take-away available, too. 01273 473 235<br />

castlechinese.co.uk<br />


74<br />

Photo by Chloë King

RECIPE<br />

Wood pigeon breast and morels<br />

Fire & Wild forager Mark Andrews<br />

I grew up in the countryside in the north<br />

of England, as wild as it gets, where I spent<br />

long days outdoors building dens, exploring.<br />

I became obsessed with Ray Mears, Native<br />

American culture and living off the land.<br />

In my early twenties, I moved to London<br />

where I joined a band, ran club nights and a<br />

music venue. It was the whole other extreme of<br />

what I do now - not a sustainable lifestyle, and<br />

so I built a campervan, travelled around and<br />

tried to find myself again.<br />

I met a girl whose father lived in the<br />

mountains in France and he introduced me<br />

to mushroom foraging. When I came home, I<br />

set up a really nice life, sourcing mushrooms,<br />

going to restaurants and trading what I found<br />

in exchange for exquisite meals. It was a<br />

wonderful, nomadic, food and drink based life<br />

which I loved.<br />

I spent three successive autumns travelling<br />

alone like this through the Scottish<br />

Cairngorms and Northern Europe. I saw<br />

inside some nice restaurants and gradually<br />

got more into cooking. The concept for Fire<br />

& Wild evolved as I went along. I now host<br />

outdoor dining experiences for which guests<br />

are picked up and taken to a secret wild<br />

location, each event taking place in a different<br />

setting. I intend to take these further afield, to<br />

journey to properly wild spaces in Northern<br />

Europe for wilderness dining and camping<br />

trips. I spend a lot of time travelling around,<br />

researching.<br />

I have a crew of friends to help. I wouldn’t<br />

be able to serve five-course tasting menus<br />

in the woods by myself, and that’s the idea,<br />

really. The vision is to tell a little story of<br />

the landscape with food, creating dishes that<br />

feature native creatures and plants found<br />

where we are dining.<br />

I’m really into Nordic food and a lot of that<br />

is about the preservation of ingredients. This<br />

dish combines things from different seasons<br />

- hazelnuts from last autumn, this season’s<br />

cherries and wood pigeons I shot this morning.<br />

The other important ingredient is morels -<br />

the holy grail of fungi foraging. Morels are a<br />

spring mushroom but their flavour intensifies<br />

when dried. The jus is a concentrated game<br />

stock with red wine, homemade elderberry<br />

vinegar, thyme, cherries and garlic, all reduced<br />

to a moreish, sticky syrup.<br />

Ingredients: 4 wood pigeon breasts; 10-15<br />

dried morels; 4tbsp hazelnuts, chopped; 2tbsp<br />

chives, snipped; watercress; cherries. For<br />

the jus: 100ml red wine; 150ml dark stock;<br />

50ml fruit vinegar; 100g butter; large sprig of<br />

thyme leaves; 2 handfuls of cherries, chopped;<br />

2 cloves of garlic, crushed; 2 shallots, finely<br />

chopped; butter.<br />

Method: Cover the pigeon breasts with oil,<br />

season and leave to marinate in the fridge<br />

for a couple of hours. Sauté the shallot and<br />

garlic in butter and then add the rest of the jus<br />

ingredients and simmer for 10 mins. Strain and<br />

reduce further until thick and glossy, season<br />

to taste. Rehydrate the morels in boiling<br />

water for 20 mins then transfer to a pan and<br />

cook until reduced. Add butter and sauté<br />

until crispy. Toast hazelnuts and then sear the<br />

pigeon in a hot pan, 2-3 minutes each side and<br />

leave to rest. Assemble and serve immediately<br />

with a nice red. As told to Chloë King<br />

fireandwild.co.uk<br />


J M Furniture Ltd<br />


Bespoke custom made furniture and kitchens.<br />

We welcome commissions of all sizes and budgets.<br />

01273 472924 | sales@jmfurniture.co.uk<br />

www.jmfurniture.co.uk<br />


Eastgate <strong>Lewes</strong> BN7 2LP<br />

(Old bus station)<br />

busclubpizza.co.uk<br />

01273 470755<br />

Monday to Saturday<br />

1200 to 2200

FOOD<br />

Ez Tutty’s<br />

High Street ice cream<br />

I’m on my walk back<br />

from lunch, in the<br />

middle of a gloriously<br />

sunny week, and<br />

it feels like a perfect<br />

day to stop for an ice<br />

cream. I wander into<br />

Ez Tutty’s, the new<br />

place that opened<br />

up in the old Hugh<br />

Rae shopfront. They<br />

have all the classic<br />

flavours – vanilla, strawberry, mint choc chip – with<br />

a shelf-full of toppings and sauces to jazz them up.<br />

As I’m browsing, a boy of about eleven appears from<br />

the back of the shop, wearing an apron. “Hello,” he<br />

says politely.<br />

“Uh… hi,” I reply, half waiting for somebody bigger<br />

to appear beside him.<br />

“What would you like?” He seems to be running<br />

the place.<br />

“Umm…” I’m trying to make up my mind, when<br />

I picture the faces of the rest of the <strong>Viva</strong> team as I<br />

stroll in, cone in hand, and I decide to do the noble<br />

thing. “I’ll be back in a second,” I say, and dash back<br />

to the office.<br />

“I was just going to get an ice cream,” I announce.<br />

“Does anyone else want one?” Only one taker.<br />

Back with my order – one salted caramel for me,<br />

one mint choc chip for Sarah – I’m surprised to find<br />

the boy has been replaced by another boy, maybe six<br />

years older.<br />

He hands over the ice creams, £2.50 each for a<br />

generous scoop in a waffle cone, and I make one<br />

final dash back to the office, before the ice cream<br />

starts to drip.<br />

“That’s delicious…”<br />

“So creamy…”<br />

“Oh, wait…”<br />

“What?”<br />

“I forgot to take a picture.”<br />

I guess I’ll be going back soon. RC<br />

Photo (of subsequent ice cream) by Rebecca Cunningham<br />

enjoy a<br />

complimentary<br />

bottle of wine<br />

La Place Sauvignon<br />

Blanc 2016<br />

or<br />

Chemin De<br />

Marquiere Merlot<br />

2016<br />

82 HIGH STREET,<br />


Castle<br />

Chinese Restaurant<br />

Come and visit our new family-run business.<br />

We aim to serve exquisite dishes, using the freshest produce, and<br />

presented with style, in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.<br />

Come and try our new vegetarian takes on classic Chinese dishes.<br />

We look forward to seeing you soon.<br />

Home delivery available for orders over £15 (£1 charge within 3 miles)<br />

Special Lunch: 2 course lunch for £9.95 / 3 courses for £12.95<br />

£5 off<br />


When you dine in and spend a minimum of<br />

£40 until the end of <strong>August</strong>. Offer valid<br />

Sunday to Thursday only. Cannot be used<br />

in conjunction with any other offers.

FOOD<br />

Illustration by Chloë King<br />

Edible updates<br />

Last month I mistakenly<br />

reported that<br />

The Dorset were<br />

holding an ‘end of<br />

season barbecue’ and<br />

wondered why they<br />

were marking the end<br />

of summer so early.<br />

I completely got the<br />

wrong end of the stick: turns<br />

out that the barbecue was a private affair for the<br />

fencing club, to wind up their 2017/18 season. Sorry<br />

for any confusion this might have caused: I can note<br />

with some certainty that on <strong>August</strong> 19th acoustic<br />

guitarist Stuart Bligh will be performing from 1pm<br />

at the pub.<br />

Delighted to say that Caccia & Tails is taking up<br />

residence in the former Delish premises on Station<br />

Street. This brand-new venture from Elisa Furci<br />

will be serving up delicious cocktails and original<br />

Italian fare to eat on-the-go.<br />

With the heat wave continuing, it’s worth bearing<br />

in mind that Castle Sandwich Shop are serving<br />

a great range of iced drinks; Offham Farm have a<br />

BBQ box offer; Sussex Tom Cat Gin have a new<br />

blueberry flavour, and refreshing Silly Moo Cowfold<br />

Cider is on tap at the Abergavenny in Rodmell.<br />

Good Things Brewing Co are producing some<br />

delicious pale ale, IPA and lager beers as well as<br />

their own ‘spent grain’ flour to tackle food waste.<br />

Some events to look out for include Diverse Sussex<br />

at the Elephant and Castle (4th, 1-3pm, free);<br />

the exciting Festival of Belonging at Newhaven<br />

Fort (27th, 10am-6pm, free); Firle Vintage Fair<br />

(11th-12th, 10am-5.30pm, £5-7), and Ridgeview<br />

Vineyard’s Ridgefest on Ditchling Common (25th,<br />

12-8pm, £16.76).<br />

Finally, do remember that plenty of Artwave participants<br />

will be sweetening visitors by dint of their<br />

baking skills. I’m off to peruse the brochure now to<br />

compile a personal ‘cake lovers’ art trail’… CK<br />

The Pelham arms<br />



Best Burgers<br />

for Miles<br />

Home of<br />

ABYSS Brewing<br />

Award Winning<br />

Sunday Roasts<br />



Great Venue for<br />

Celebrations<br />

Children and<br />

Dog Friendly<br />


MONDAY BAR 4-11PM<br />


BAR 12 NOON TO 11PM<br />

FOOD 12 NOON TO 2.30PM & 6 TO 9.30PM<br />


BAR 12 NOON TO 11PM<br />

FOOD 12 NOON TO 2.30PM & 6 TO 9.30PM<br />

SUNDAY<br />

BAR 12 NOON TO 10.30PM<br />

FOOD 12 NOON TO 8PM<br />






This month we asked photographer Benjamin Youd to capture four<br />

adventurous types who run local campsites. And, practically enough, he<br />

asked them: what’s your most important bit of equipment?<br />

benjaminyoud.com<br />

Julie Dunstall, YHA South Downs Hostel<br />

“Something to stop spiders from coming into the tent!”


Eva Olsson, Blackberry Wood<br />

“A tarpaulin is essential so that you can cover you and your things<br />

while you set up – just in case it rains!”


Tim Bullen, The Secret Campsite<br />

“The most essential item for a camping trip would be a flint and steel<br />

so that you can light a fire for eating and relaxing by.”


Nick Taylor, Housedean Farm<br />

“An inflatable mattress to keep you comfortable when you go to sleep.”

HEALTH<br />

Power Plant<br />

Going to pot...<br />

Google CBD (or cannabidiol,<br />

to give it its<br />

full name) and you’re<br />

presented with a staggering<br />

112,000,000<br />

results. As the debate<br />

over the legalisation of<br />

cannabis for medical<br />

usage rages, its alreadylegal<br />

derivative has<br />

been attracting a lot of<br />

fresh interest.<br />

Glowing reports link CBD with relief from conditions<br />

as diverse as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s,<br />

depression and MS. So what exactly is it? And is it<br />

really such a panacea?<br />

Jamie Moore is the man to ask. Consultant to<br />

the Californian cannabis industry, he has worked<br />

with the State Department there to set up a<br />

medical cannabis network for veterans, and has<br />

advised government departments in this country<br />

on the subject.<br />

“Cannabis is currently thought to contain between<br />

115 and 120 active cannabinoid compounds,” he<br />

says, “and CBD is just one of them. Each strain<br />

of the plant expresses different concentrations of<br />

the various cannabinoids, but CBD and delta 9<br />

tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC) are present in the<br />

largest quantities.”<br />

Because we produce our own endocannabinoids,<br />

nature’s cannabis versions can attach to the same<br />

receptors in the body and brain, affecting pain,<br />

emotions, movement, co-ordination and mood.<br />

THC, Moore continues, is known for producing a<br />

‘high’, while CBD has no psychoactive properties,<br />

but causes positive physical changes. “In general<br />

terms, it’s anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, and<br />

anti-emetic, so it can be good for epilepsy, mild to<br />

moderate anxiety, and inflammatory issues such<br />

as ulcers. There are hundreds<br />

of different strains,<br />

and each confers different<br />

effects, all medically beneficial,<br />

so what we need<br />

to do is to understand<br />

their profiles, and also<br />

look at the quantity and<br />

frequency needed, and<br />

the type of treatment.”<br />

While CBD is now<br />

available on the high<br />

street, Moore advises doing your research. “Most<br />

commercially available CBD is from hemp,” he<br />

explains, “which doesn’t tend to be as effective as<br />

the mother plant cannabis strains. For a stronger<br />

medicinal effect, look for a proper, organic, non-<br />

GMO farmed source, and a quality strain such<br />

as ACDC, Harle-Tsu or Charlotte’s Web. Then<br />

experiment. It’s perfectly safe in all forms, with<br />

no adverse side effects.”<br />

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As a boy I often dreamt of escape, adventure and<br />

discovery. I fantasised about unexplored islands<br />

where creatures never seen by mankind still<br />

waited to be discovered and described. Due to<br />

my bad timing I arrived on this planet too late,<br />

but one of my heroes was in the right place at the<br />

right time.<br />

Georg Wilhelm Steller was born on 10th March<br />

1709 and he died on the 10th March 1709. While<br />

the midwife packed her bags his auntie persevered<br />

and he was revived on 10th March 1709. Steller<br />

loved nature and his childhood was spent in the<br />

woods and fields around his home in Windsheim,<br />

Germany where, like me, he dreamt of exploration<br />

and discovery. At the age of 31 his golden ticket<br />

arrived. He was to be the scientist on an expedition<br />

led by the indomitable Commander Vitus Bering.<br />

Steller’s journals are one of the greatest adventure<br />

stories ever told. After the St Peter sets sail from<br />

Siberia Steller spends time with the sexually liberated<br />

native people – the Itelmen – and learns how<br />

to cure scurvy from their female shamans. But after<br />

reaching Alaska things go wrong. Horribly wrong.<br />

Despite Steller’s medical advice the entire crew is<br />

struck with scurvy. A relentless violent storm tears<br />

the St Peter apart and Steller, the only healthy man<br />

on board, reluctantly takes the helm. Eventually<br />

what’s left of the crew find themselves shipwrecked<br />

on an undiscovered island. Scurvy, starvation and<br />

Arctic foxes claim more lives, including that of<br />

Bering himself but, despite this hell, Steller nips off<br />

to do some birdwatching. On the newly christened<br />

Bering Island he finds new species of eider duck,<br />

sea eagle and sea lion and discovers some actual sea<br />

monsters: colossal 10-tonne sea cows swimming<br />

offshore. On the rocky shores Steller is the first<br />

man to encounter a giant ‘quite ludicrous’ seabird<br />

– the Spectacled Cormorant. After 10 months<br />

stranded the expedition finally made it home. Steller<br />

died in 1746. Steller’s Sea Cow was hunted to<br />

extinction just 27 years after being discovered. The<br />

Spectacled Cormorant hid from the hunters for<br />

another 80 years until it too was lost forever.<br />

A few years ago Mark Greco and I undertook<br />

our own expedition to Tring in Hertfordshire<br />

to examine one of only seven stuffed specimens<br />

of Spectacled Cormorant left on this planet.<br />

We didn’t suffer the same hardships as Steller<br />

(although we almost missed our connecting train at<br />

Milton Keynes). Awestruck, I carefully cradled the<br />

cormorant. Its green iridescent feathers shimmered<br />

under the museum lights and brought the bird’s<br />

plumage back to life. For a moment I imagined<br />

these cormorants swimming amongst the sea cows<br />

as Steller stood watching from the shore, and I<br />

dreamt again of an undiscovered island somewhere<br />

out there. Considering the fate of the Spectacled<br />

Cormorant and Steller’s Sea Cow, perhaps it’s best<br />

it stays that way. Michael Blencowe, Senior Learning<br />

& Engagement Officer, Sussex Wildlife Trust<br />


Gary Baldock<br />

Grazing officer<br />

I’m the grazing officer for the Sussex Wildlife<br />

Trust. Along with my colleague Andy Scudder<br />

(left in pic) I look after the livestock that graze 14<br />

of the reserves owned or managed by the Trust,<br />

two of which are in <strong>Lewes</strong> – Southerham Farm<br />

and Malling Down.<br />

Usually when you keep livestock, the land is<br />

there for their benefit. But in our case – though<br />

their wellbeing is of great importance to us – it’s<br />

the other way round. The animals are there to<br />

benefit the land: if they didn’t graze it, it would be<br />

overrun with gorse, brambles, ash and hawthorn.<br />

The 14 sites are spread across both West Sussex<br />

and East Sussex, from Chichester to Rye.<br />

In total we have about 500 sheep, 120 cattle and<br />

13 ponies. It’s our job to move them from site to<br />

site, wherever they’re needed, as well as to collect<br />

them if they escape, or get them treated if they’re<br />

injured. We spend a lot of time in the car! We’re<br />

based at Southerham Farm, just outside <strong>Lewes</strong>,<br />

but we don’t spend much time in the office.<br />

The cattle are British White, Sussex and<br />

Longhorn; the sheep are Herdwick, Hebridean<br />

and Shetland. These hardy breeds are chosen because<br />

they browse the scrub rather than graze the<br />

grass. Because they’re not for the food market,<br />

they don’t need to fatten up quickly.<br />

The ponies are Koniks and Exmoors. They are<br />

much more difficult to deal with than the other<br />

animals, because they’re smarter! It’s easy to get<br />

a cow in a pen: you just put their food in there. A<br />

pony thinks: “if I go in there, you’re only going<br />

to shut the gate, mate.” One went lame earlier<br />

this year, and it took me two weeks before I could<br />


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catch him to give him treatment.<br />

The sheepdogs are an essential part of our<br />

team. Andy’s dog is called Tess, and I have Mac,<br />

Chase, and Sky, though Mac has virtually retired<br />

himself now, as he’s 16. He still helps when he<br />

can: usually by sitting by the gate to make sure the<br />

sheep go into the pen.<br />

Another member of the team is our Ford<br />

Ranger vehicle. We don’t mind if it gets dirty<br />

outside (there’s a lot of driving through mud) or<br />

inside (sometimes we have to carry injured sheep<br />

in the cab). The car can drive over rough, hilly<br />

terrain and is strong enough to pull a trailer with<br />

six cows in it. We’ve had it nearly two years, and<br />

it’s done almost 80,000 miles.<br />

The public are a great help, at spotting injured<br />

sheep and rogue dogs. Most dog owners are<br />

sensible, but last year we lost six sheep in a night,<br />

killed after receiving terrible injuries. If I had to<br />

give three bits of advice to people who use the reserves,<br />

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Trust. As told to Alex Leith<br />

Photos by Alex Leith<br />


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Our illustration this month shows the brightly<br />

coloured dust jacket for the 1936 edition of Chums<br />

Annual for Boys. I bought it locally, over ten years<br />

ago, from Bow Windows Bookshop in the High<br />

Street. The hefty volume is full of thrilling adventure<br />

stories like Red Falcon – The Pirate Hunter<br />

and Sheba – The Magnificent by a certain Captain<br />

Oswald Dallas.<br />

Vividly illustrated in black and white, with four<br />

coloured plates, the 400-page publication promised<br />

‘innumerable articles and pictures on adventure<br />

and sport’, all for a modest eight shillings and<br />

sixpence. Four years later, of course, many of the<br />

schoolboys who would avidly read these tales<br />

of swashbuckling heroism would themselves be<br />

involved in real life and death dramas in the early<br />

stages of the Second World War.<br />

For me, 1936 was the year my adventures began<br />

for, let’s face it, life itself is an adventure into the<br />

unknown and only the final phase is predictable<br />

for all of us. As a schoolboy, for example, my first<br />

trip abroad was to Holland just after the war. For a<br />

fifteen year old, that was an adventure.<br />

Sailing from Harwich into ‘the unknown’ – well<br />

Zandvoort actually – a different language, food and<br />

girls, one of whom, Inie, became my pen pal for<br />

several years. Remember pen friends?<br />

National Service was a two-year adventure in the<br />

mid-1950s when, for a good part of the time, I<br />

defended the people of Leighton Buzzard from<br />

nuclear annihilation with my Olivetti typewriter.<br />

Emigrating to the West Coast of America in 1960<br />

was exciting enough and the journey across from<br />

New York in a Greyhound bus pre-Palin and<br />

Portillo was almost life enhancing.<br />

Inevitably, on retirement to laid-back <strong>Lewes</strong>,<br />

things have quietened down somewhat and what<br />

counts as an adventure these days is trying to get to<br />

St Leonards by train without incident. “Trespassers<br />

on the line at Collington” most recently. Back to<br />

Eastbourne everyone!<br />

Or how about boarding a number 124 bus at the<br />

bus station, as my wife and I did early one Saturday<br />

morning in June, for a magical mystery tour through<br />

the joys of East Sussex? An adventure because we<br />

soon discovered that Vernon, our driver, (we were<br />

alone apart from one gentleman who was reading a<br />

newspaper) had recently moved down to the south<br />

coast from South London and was driving the picturesque<br />

route to Eastbourne, through Glynde, Polegate<br />

and Pevensey for the first time, with passengers.<br />

“Makes a change from Lewisham” he chuckled, “Bus<br />

replacement tomorrow at Three Bridges!”<br />

One or two brief encounters to end with. I enjoyed<br />

a decent scoop of locally produced ice cream from<br />

‘Ez Tutty’ on the High Street, served by Sam, who<br />

agreed that the ice cream parlour should surely offer<br />

a ‘Tutti-Frutti’ speciality. And in Eastport Lane,<br />

I checked out the well-being of a woman who was<br />

crouched at the foot of the flint wall to Grange<br />

Gardens. Chirpy local resident Ali reassured me<br />

that she was only sowing wild poppy seeds. Silly<br />

me! John Henty<br />



“We stock music right<br />

across the board, from<br />

Minor Threat to Gil<br />

Scott Heron,” says Del<br />

Day, one of the new<br />

owners of Union Music<br />

Store. “If it’s good, it’s<br />

in.” And… “If you can’t<br />

find anything, we can get<br />

you whatever you want.<br />

Well, unless it’s rubbish,<br />

then I’ll tell you to get<br />

something else. I call<br />

it retail with attitude.”<br />

Sounds like this is going<br />

to be fun.<br />

By the time this mag<br />

comes up, the new owner<br />

of Woodruff’s Yard (Matt<br />

is off to Holland) will have taken over both<br />

sides of North Court, turning what was ‘Oyster’<br />

into a houseplant shop. Michela, the Bolognese<br />

woman who ran the underwear shop, is off to<br />

pastures new herself – the Scottish Highlands,<br />

we hear – and left an amusing ‘arrivederci’ note<br />

in the window: ‘gone fishing’.<br />

We got an e-mail from Chris Ettridge, who<br />

tells us that the Dr Bike service – where he and<br />

colleagues repair <strong>Lewes</strong>ians’ bikes for free (plus<br />

price of parts) – has been moved, thanks to the<br />

generosity of Head Brewer Miles Jenner, from<br />

outside the Nutty Wizard to outside Harvey’s<br />

Yard. Every Saturday, 9.30am-12.30pm.<br />

Meanwhile, if you’re a freelancer looking for<br />

desk space, on a regular or ad hoc basis, North<br />

Street Co-working have desks for freelancers<br />

sick of using the kitchen table or lingering for<br />

hours over a tepid coffee in one of <strong>Lewes</strong>’ many<br />

cafés. They are licensing the Labour Party<br />

offices in North Street: you don’t have to be a<br />

Labour voter to join.<br />

A quick mention for Unity Centre for Yoga,<br />

Well-being and the Arts, who have been<br />

awarded the tenancy of the former Turkish<br />

Baths on Friars Walk<br />

by the <strong>Lewes</strong> District<br />

Council. Unity – who also<br />

offer training for health<br />

and well-being practitioners<br />

– are currently<br />

running a crowdfunding<br />

campaign on Chuffed: if<br />

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Hot off the press! Just as<br />

we went to print we learnt<br />

this year’s winners of the<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> District Business<br />

Awards, announced<br />

at a glittering ceremony<br />

at the Amex Stadium<br />

on July 19th. The blue<br />

riband Company of the Year trophy was won<br />

by Tomsetts Distribution from Newhaven,<br />

so huge congratulations to them. The Depot<br />

cinema, after its first full year of trading, came<br />

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the Year and – for Creative Director Carmen<br />

Slijpen – Businessperson of the Year (the first<br />

time this award has been won by a woman).<br />

Other winners included Richard Soan Roofing<br />

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Cat (LEAP Entrepreneur of the Year) and<br />

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Well done to all of them, then, and well done<br />

too to David Sheppard, of the Sussex Chamber<br />

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Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist<br />

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Edward Reeves would have been commissioned<br />

to take this picture to celebrate the completion<br />

of the construction of a new steam tower, in what<br />

we now call the Phoenix Industrial Estate. We<br />

don’t know the exact date, but assume it to be<br />

some time in the 1870s.<br />

Reeves archivist Dave Broom believes the mill<br />

might well be that of Edward Chatfield, quite a<br />

figure in Victorian <strong>Lewes</strong>. Chatfield employed 35<br />

men and seven boys, and as well as running the<br />

saw mill, he was a ship and barge builder, and a<br />

merchant of timber, slate and coal. He owned a<br />

99-ton ship – the SS Wallands – which employed<br />

nine crew members, and as well as bringing coal<br />

down from Newcastle, he sent Sussex timber up to<br />

the north-east. Chatfield was living in Wallands in<br />

the 1861 census, but he moved to a grand house he<br />

had built, called Belle Vue, on St Anne’s Crescent,<br />

now known as Southdown House.<br />

In the background of the picture you can see the<br />

embankment of the old railway line that ran to<br />

Uckfield. On the right of the picture – taken from<br />

the other side of the river where there is now the<br />

walkway that runs past Tesco – you can see the<br />

entrance to the Phoenix Iron Works.<br />

We’ve inserted a close-up showing how nonchalantly<br />

the builders are perching on the scaffolding.<br />

The picture was especially posed for Reeves’ camera,<br />

and the men seem to be involved in a show of<br />

bravado as they balance, apparently fearlessly, on<br />

narrow iron rods at least 60 feet from the ground.<br />

We are, needless to say, in the very early days of<br />

government health and safety regulations. AL<br />

Thanks as ever to Edward Reeves, 01273 473274<br />


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