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August. Blue skies bled white by the sun. Endless days, waking when you
wake, and then doing nothing. The tacky tinkle of the ice cream van: a
tricolour lolly. No school for weeks. Bliss. Totally relaxed. Slightly bored
maybe? Mu-um, can we go to the Pells? I. Need. To. Get. Wet.
Things change when you’re an adult. You’re never completely carefree. You
might be in your workplace, when it’s 90 degrees outside. That’s 32.222 in new
money. And you’re the one doing the organising, you’re in the driving seat. No,
we can’t - we’ve got to go to Granny’s.
Holidays can be stressful. All that organising. All that travelling. All that sun.
You used to be told to ‘get your shirt off’: now you’re reminded to put on the
Factor 50. It’s bloody hard to rub in. And the cost of things. The cost of things.
But… phew what a scorcher! Who needs abroad, when England’s like this? Bloody
marvellous. Just like ’76. Remember it well. I was 12. Hours and hours in the back
garden: ‘get your shirt off’. Bubble-gum ice cream on Seaford beach. My first ever
football match, at the Goldstone. Happy days.
This month’s theme is ‘adventure’. Some of you will be planning mind-blowing trips to
foreign climes. Others will be wondering what’s on at the Depot, which is kept nicely
cool. Whatever level of adventurousness you’re envisaging to indulge in this August,
enjoy yourself: it’s September next, and all that that brings. Enjoy the issue…
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18 August - 2 September 2018
Artists & Makers Trails across
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and the surrounding villages
Celebrating 25 years
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THE ‘ADVENTURE’ ISSUE
Bits and bobs.
Sarah Gamble’s lost-and-found cover
art (10-11); Helen Holder’s Lewes
(13); Carlotta Luke captures the Raft
Race madness (31), and an adventurous
potpourri of pets and books and plaques
Chloë King is game for a larp (33),
while David Jarman examines the fine
art of consciously overplayed literary
On this month.
Lewes FC Women’s team kick off in a
brave new world (37); 80s post-punkers
Modern English come to the Con (39),
and a women’s activism-themed festival
at the Depot (41).
A surrealist picnic at Farleys Garden
(43), and the sculpture of Alison
Wilding (44-45). Plus… it’s Artwave!
We focus on Deborah Manson (47)
and round up our pick of the Lewes-
District-wide festival (49-55).
Listings and Free Time.
It’s August, but there are still some
fab things going on, including Proms
in the Paddock, Newhaven Festival
and Glynde Flower Show (57-61); a
gaggle of gigs including The Mountain
Firework Company and The Dickies
(63-64); our classical round-up (65), and
our lit anti-FOMO guide to what’s what
for the U16s (67-71).
THE ‘ADVENTURE’ ISSUE
A double helping of Castle Chinese
Restaurant (73); wild pigeon breast and
morel, Fire & Wild-style (74-75); ice
cream at Ez Tutty’s (77), plus Chloë King’s
food news (79).
The way we work.
Benjamin Youd follows his lens from one
local campsite to another, taking portraits
of the owners, and asking them the obvious
Photo by Benjamin Youd
Anita Hall on the benefits of cannabis
oil (85); Michael Blencowe bemoans the
loss of the spectacled cormorant (87);
we head for the hills with the Sussex
Wildlife graziers (88-89); John Henty,
loud and proud (91), and this month’s
business news (92).
Photo by Chloë King
Afraid of heights? Us? Fearless Lewes
builders in the 1870s (106).
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THIS MONTH’S COVER ARTIST
This month’s cover was designed by Sarah Gamble, who uses
vintage objects and materials to create her collage pieces. “I’ve
always been a great collector,” she says, “so my house and
studio are filled with drawer upon drawer of sequentially arranged
objects, colours, papers. I love old toys that people have
discarded and boxed games, things that are a bit torn or distressed,
that have a bit of history to them. As much as I love the
collaging, I love the collecting.”
The compass design is made up of around twelve different
items: “it starts with a beer mat, then a record cover, then two
protractors, then a tiddly wink, then a cocktail stick, then a
cocktail stirrer and an electrical component that I found in
Maplin. I finished by cutting the letters from an arithmetic
book cover…” The objects were layered, glued on top of each
other and then scanned, with minimal digital manipulation:
“When I’m constructing something like this, I try to keep the
pieces as they are. I could have made the electronic piece a
bit bigger to fit, but I didn’t – the
whole thing is just as it is.” The Viva
masthead is made from a Vitality
lightbulb box from the 1960s, which
Sarah reluctantly ripped up to construct
the lettering. “It was the most
“A lot of my work is based on old
technology,” she continues. “Cameras,
radios, record players, computers
and typewriters – those are the
main themes that run through my
work. And I try to base my choice
of materials on the object I’m making.
So I’ve got camera manuals
from the 1950s and I’ve got some
old typewriter books with amazing
photographs in them.” Tying in with
the adventure theme of this design, the
background green is the back cover of a
“I like the idea that a compass suggests
travel and adventure, but also there’s
something about the instrument that’s
so beautiful in itself. Some of them are
so simple, and then there are the older
ones that are very ornate. I didn’t want
the design to be too busy; a lot of my
work just features a single item without
any conflicting imagery.”
Sarah will be showing her work during
Artwave, at The Old Forge in South
Heighton (Venue 77). “I’ll have some
originals in box frames, and I’ll have
prints of my originals, and I’ve just
ventured into cards,”
she says. This year’s
festival takes place
from the 18th of
August to the 2nd
with over 150
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MY LEWES: HELEN HOLDER
Helen moved to Lewes with her husband 30
years ago, to retire. Before that she lived in a
number of different places. She was brought up
near Slough, was a Wren in Plymouth in the War,
moved out to Berkeley, California, worked in
Turin and Milan, was on the original staff of the
Bell School in Cambridge and had a long career
as an English-as-a-foreign-language teacher and
teacher trainer at The Hammersmith & West
London College, becoming Head of Department.
Why Lewes? We wanted somewhere within
an 80-mile radius south or west of London.
We searched areas first; then only the second
property we looked at was a house in Southover
High Street, one of the Edwardian ones at the
end, and we loved it.
What do you like about Lewes? My husband
always said he liked it because there was no Lord,
and no Bishop. But what could you not like about
Lewes? It’s a place where you are absolutely free
to be who you want to be.
I understand you’re a painter. I believe
everyone should have a passion, and mine is
painting. I took it up after retiring. My teacher
Tom Benjamin, at the Paddock, has been very
kind and encouraging, and is very good at
helping you to develop your own style.
And you’re in Artwave… I am glad to be
exhibiting with other artists, and I would like
to say a big ‘thank you’ to Richard and Kate for
letting us use their house [see below]. These
are probably my last oil paintings, as I now
haven’t the strength to do oils after a bad fall last
November. I have now taken to pastels.
Who has influenced your style? I was interested
in art history long before I ever tried to paint. I am
a great admirer of the old masters, my favourites
being Rembrandt, Titian and Velázquez. What I
now like to paint are ordinary scenes with people
in them, also sometimes myths and illustrations of
lines of poetry.
Do you ever eat out? I love the Limetree
Kitchen. Alex creates delicious dishes, and he is a
friend. The staff gave me a plant for my birthday.
What’s your favourite pub? I have seldom been
to pubs in Lewes, but when my husband was alive
we went on lots of long walks and would end up
in lovely country pubs, like the Cricketers.
Where would you live if not in Lewes? I’ve
never been as happy anywhere as when we moved
here in 1986/7. A number of my neighbours
retired at the same time or soon after, it was
very much a community and that’s what I missed
when I moved down the road. I’m quite drawn to
Edinburgh: I once applied for a job there and I’ve
often visited, but the climate would be too cold
for me. So Lewes it is.
Interview by Alex Leith
Helen’s work will be on sale at 21 Priory Street
(venue 135) during Artwave.
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
Back in the days of the weekly webmag, in the
heyday of readers emailing in their pics, Sarah
Burlumi was a frequent contributor, sending in
images she’d stylised as an early-user on Instagram.
“I’ve cancelled Instagram now,” she says,
“and I often forget to take pictures entirely. This
hasn’t been touched up at all. When I took it, I
couldn’t see how it would come out, because the
sun was in my eyes, and so I didn’t realise it was
perfectly caught between the two of them.”
Sarah was brought up in Burgess Hill, and for her,
this picture epitomises summer in the countryside.
“Omar and Maira were really enjoying themselves,
lost in the moment, and it was one of the rare
occasions when they weren’t trying to kill each
other,” she says. “They were also so absorbed they
weren’t even trying to look cool for the camera.”
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BITS AND BOBS
GHOST PUB #46: THE HARE & HOUNDS, RINGMER
I’m sneaking out of Lewes this month, and taking you
off to Ringmer. There is a building on the eastern edge
of the village, at the corner of Laughton Road and
Moor Lane, which takes you to Glynde. This building
was once the Hare & Hounds. Reuben and Lydia
Knight were running this as a beershop in the 1840s,
and in 1845 they successfully applied for a licence to
sell spirits and provide accommodation. They had argued
that with a railway station to be built at Glynde,
the Hare & Hounds was ideally located to accommodate
those travelling there. Accordingly, the name of the
pub was then changed to the ‘Railway Inn’. The various
landlords of this establishment were often subjected to very unpleasant clientele. In 1867 James Barnes was attacked
by two navvies and their wives. One ‘took hold of his nasal organ, and screwing it round said he would pull
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
years after James’s death. When John Kent took over in 1927 the pub was still called the Railway Inn. However,
by the time he left in 1931 it had reverted back to the Hare & Hounds. It stayed with that name until its closure
around 1970. Mat Homewood
TOWN PLAQUE #41
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Mayor of Lewes
The remaining parts
of this, the first Cluniac
in England, are no
more than a tiny
fraction of what was
once a crowded 39-
acre site, which included fish ponds and a huge dovecote.
The ruins in the Priory Park have been stabilised
and made accessible over recent years, but not much of
the original Caen stone remains, having been stripped
off after the Dissolution. It can be found in several other
buildings in the town. The main gateway stood adjacent
to the eastern end of what was then the priory’s guest
house or hospitium – now Trinity Church, Southover.
It stood out at a right angle to the road, almost blocking
the street. The stonework, partially reconstructed, can
be found behind a tall evergreen oak tree between the
churchyard gate and the fine Georgian houses of Priory
Crescent. Marcus Taylor
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BITS AND BOBS
SPREAD THE WORD
(a ‘very keen Viva
reader’) took her May
copy on a cruise along
the Norwegian coast.
This pic was taken
whilst docked in Kirkenes, very close to the Russian
and Finnish borders. ‘It made me wonder how far
north Viva Lewes has travelled,’ she puzzled.
Well, we can answer that. Caroline Pick (pictured
below, left) and Adele Gibson (right), just pipped
Angela at 80.6 degrees north (Kirkenes is at 69.7!),
at the northernmost
island of the
The two Lewes artists were selected to participate
in an international artist residency, aboard a specially
outfitted sailing vessel, with the aim of bringing
together international artists of all disciplines,
scientists, architects, and educators who collectively
explore the High Arctic and engage with issues relevant
to our time.
From warmer climes, somewhat
further south, here’s a postcard
from Mia Sampietro with her
Viva Lewes. ‘On the way to Jackie
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‘On a sweet fishing boat! Home
today!’ Alas, all adventures must come to an end…
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Hates: Moral ambiguity, WhatsApp groups, the paranormal.
Boycie was recently rescued from Raystede. Picked up as a
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he suffered has left him clumsy, and terrified of being left alone.
Dog fact: The loyal Staffie, despite bad press, is actually one
of the few dog breeds that The Kennel Club recommend as a
family dog. They account for up to 80% of the dogs in rescue
centres requiring rehoming, but if you’re looking for your
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BITS AND BOOKS
Over the last few years three of the
most important paintings in Lewes
Town Hall’s collection (of over
30) have been lovingly restored by
specialists in Cambridge, and have
now been rehung, lit up to show off
their newly vibrant hues.
To help celebrate this £61,000
project, the journalist Sarah Bayliss
has written an accompanying book,
The Lewes Town Hall Pictures, Stories
behind our paintings.
Of the three paintings, the one that
strikes the eye most is The Visit of
King William IV and Queen Adelaide
to Lewes, 22 October 1830, and Bayliss
begins the book with an explanation
of that remarkable piece of work,
which is unsigned, but attributed to
The other two to have been
restored are Protestant Reformer
(unknown artist, 17th century) an
imaginary group shot of the most
important Protestant dissenters,
and The Battle of Lewes, May 14th,
1264 (Hardy pinxit, before 1844)
an action-movie of a work showing
the battle in full swing, in front of
the castle. Each gets a no-stoneunturned
All the other pictures are given a
write up: my favourite is Lewes Listens, a flight of
Julian Bell’s imagination, depicting an emergency
meeting (of 50-or-so real-life Lewesians) to discuss
a town planner’s proposal to demolish the castle and
build some flats in its place.
Note the ‘our’ in the subtitle: this is a book by a
Lewesian, for Lewesians, and should be owned by
anyone with an interest in the history of the town.
‘Just when you think you’ve reached
the top’, writes Jack Arscott, in his
book about running, Up the Downs,
‘...it turns out you haven’t’.
Jack has made it his mission to run
on different routes all over the South
Downs, across both counties of Sussex,
and record what he sees, and how
Some of it’s quite poetic. He describes
the ‘view of Ashcombe Windmill
framed against the great bony whaleback
of Kingston Ridge’.
‘How he feels’ is often pretty bad,
because he makes no bones about
it, running up hills is very hard,
especially when the Beast of the East
is blowing and you’re trying to do
The Moyleman, one of the toughest
marathons in the business.
But you get the feeling that his reward
is the nature around him, and especially
the beautiful views he’s slogged
himself into a position to enjoy.
Another person who appreciates
nature is poet Nana Tomova, who
has just published her Selected Poems.
Bulgarian-born Nana, we read in the
back, was a mental health pharmacist
before becoming a photographer and
artist, so she ‘has experience of inner
and outer wilderness work’.
In Spring she writes: The spring awakens / And
blossoms / What is buried within me.’ In Ode to a
Tree, she writes ‘I feel alone in your roots / The
loneliness is welcome to me / It is like the bitterness
in my mouth / which tastes sweet.’ In between the
poems, there are photographs of natural phenomena.
It’s a slim book, full of depth.
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Hop aboard the
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trip back in time, to
Firle Vintage Fair.
Taking place on the
11th and 12th of
August in the beautiful
Firle Place, the fair will host a carefully curated
selection of stalls selling vintage clothing, homeware
and antiques. Enjoy an iced sloe gin on the
lawn or take a spin on the carousel, sample street
food made by artisanal producers or catch the
Brighton Lindyhoppers on the Pavilion Stage.
We’re giving one lucky winner the chance to
win four tickets to the fair, including entry
(adults or children), the return bus ride to
Lewes, a welcome drink each from the Harvey’s
bar (soft options available) and a go on the
vintage fair rides.
To enter, simply answer the following question:
Where did the Lindy Hop get its name from?
Send your answer, plus your name and contact
number, to email@example.com by Tuesday
7th August. The winner will be chosen at random
from the correct entries. (Ts and Cs can be found
at vivamagazines.com/competitions.) Good luck!
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LEWES IN NUMBERS
Carmen Slijpen sent this
picture in for our Spread
the Word column: she took
her June-issue Viva with her
to the Barbican in London
while on a business meeting
for the Depot cinema, of
which she is the creative director. This was at least
a month before she knew she’d won the prestigious
award of Business Person of the Year in the Lewes
District Business Awards (just as we went to press) for
her sterling work in the cinema’s first year of existence.
What’s more, she becomes the first woman to
have won the award. Congratulations, Carmen, you
deserve it, and you and your team have made a positive
difference to the town. For all the other award
winners see pg 92.
Up until the late 19th century national holidays in
England were limited to the 2 religious festivals of
Christmas and Good Friday. Bank holidays were first
created by statute in 1871, when 4 new public holidays
The Trades Union Congress began to campaign for
workers’ paid holiday in 1911, and by 1938 the Holidays
with Pay Act gave trade union members one
week’s paid holiday a year. Following that, holiday
entitlement was negotiated by individual or collective
bargaining through the latter part of the 20th
century. In 1993, the EU Working Time Directive
recommended 4 weeks’ annual paid leave and this
was finally implemented in the UK in 1998.
Now the statutory minimum annual leave for fulltime
workers in the UK is 20 days plus 8 national
holidays, totalling 28 days a year. Sarah Boughton
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We are based in The Hyde, Bevendean.
We’re a charity that runs a
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We have a recording studio
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CLOCKS OF LEWES #21:
LEWES DOORTRAITS #3
Jo Jackson, from the blog The Lewes Home,
snaps a front door in Lewes and asks the owner
a nosy question...
Gorringe is a quintessential Sussex name, and has
a strong presence in Lewes with both the auctioneers
and the estate agent. The latter is located at
64 High Street, in a building dating from around
1900, with a fine clock on the façade.
Edward Gorringe, group chairman and the third
generation to run the agency, tells me they moved
there in the mid-80s. At the time, the clock – added
by the previous owners – was working. Sadly these
days it’s looking rather tired, its decorative black
hands stuck at half-past four.
Mr Gorringe says that over the years he’s “made
several attempts to get it working”, and it was
running as recently as “about five years ago”. The
problem is, the clock is mechanical, and accessed
via the first floor offices, which Rowland Gorringe
rents out - so it’s hard to establish the required
We may see it restored soon though. Mr Gorringe
says, “we’re getting the front refurbished”. It’ll be
washed and redecorated, and they’ll also investigate
the options for adding an electric motor to the
clock – so no winding required. Daniel Etherington
Thanks to Edward Gorringe
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colour myself - so it’s the only one of its kind!
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July 1st saw Ouseday, which incorporates Lewes’
second wildest annual event, the Raft Race. Carlotta
Luke was there, capturing the doughty rafters in
their knocked-together craft, racing from Lewes to
Newhaven, dodging various edible missiles. It got
particularly tough-going under Southease Bridge,
where a congregation of ne’er-do-wells collected, as
ever, with all manner of horrible stuff to throw down
on the rafts. This year they had been asked to ‘think
before they throw’, and advised that jelly bombs
were the 2018 missile de rigueur, though slimy
seaweed was easier to hand. An adventure indeed,
and all for charity. carlottaluke.com
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The last larp?
It’s a blisteringly hot Sunday
afternoon and I’m in the car
with the family and a giant
The cake is four times the
size of a regular cake. It contains
three jars of blackcurrant
jam, 1200g of sugar, and
mercifully, you might say, is
entirely vegan. The lack of
dairy and eggs, however, is,
to my disappointment, doing
nothing to prevent my infant
daughter from becoming
increasingly fractious in the back seat.
I’m on my way to Linda’s Birthday Party, a larp
event hosted by artist Adam James at Liddicoat &
Goldhill Project Space in Margate. Larp stands
for Live Action Role Play, and Mr, as a more
experienced larper, informs me it’s akin to ‘taking
play very seriously’.
The medium spans medieval and Harry Potterinspired
fantasy re-enactments to obscure Nordic-style
games that evoke life dramas, immersive
dance, Lars von Trier and the abyss. It’s becoming
an increasingly popular pastime for many reasons.
Essentially, larp is enjoyed for its ability to transport
you out of your everyday routine, giving the
chance to meet new people, and unknown parts
of yourself, through playing the role of another in
an organised scenario.
Linda’s Birthday Party is a short chamber larp for
which a group of adults become guests at a sixyear-old’s
birthday party. For two hours, I will play
parent to a collection of rowdy, sugared-up adultkids,
hence why my cake is designed to Alice-in-
Wonderland proportions. As parent to an actual
six-year-old this borders on meta. What might I
learn by acting myself in a twisted re-enactment
of my average weekend’s
The event starts with my
arriving late. I’m rarely
early to children’s birthday
parties and so I blunder
into the room, sweating
profusely, waving a hasty
goodbye to my two mildlytroubled
After a hasty warm-up of
Grandma’s Footsteps and
Simon Says, we start with
my opening the door.
I instinctively adopt a sickening tone of voice
somewhere between Hyacinth Bucket and Mr
Tumble, and then the game promptly continues
with lunch. This, I find difficult. You would never,
never, start a child’s party with lunch and, true to
my fears, the meal quickly descends into a war
that lasts the rest of the game. There follow tears,
avoidance, theft, shouting, gorging, dancing, cuddling,
crying, disobedience, recklessness, bubble
bursting, impersonation, defecation and exclusion.
It’s frankly all I can do to hover, administering
shoulder hugs and bubbles and sweeping up
At the debrief, a player remarks how exhausting it
is to be children, how much we wrongfully lionize
this time that is so inherently fraught. I’m not
sure. I’m not sure I have ever witnessed six-yearolds
fighting to the degree exhibited today. Then
my four-year-old ‘son’ remarks with genuine
sadness that he felt overlooked all afternoon. I
think of my own children having been dragged
to Margate on a sweltering Sunday and the mask
slips. I’m no longer Linda’s Mother, but I’m still
wearing the stuck-on smile that says: us adults,
we’re all living in fear of being found out.
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Not many days go by without my
cutting something interesting
out of the newspapers and filing
it away, for future reference,
between the leaves of a relevant
book. That, at least, is the idea.
All too often however, it’s a matter
of out of sight, out of mind. And
even when I do remember the
item in question, tracking it down
can prove exasperating.
So I was pleased recently to come
across an article about a radio play satirising overexplanatory
wireless dialogue, which I thought
lost. This Gun that I Have in my Right Hand is
Loaded was written by Timothy West. It contains
many priceless lines such as: ‘A whisky, eh? That’s
a strange drink for an attractive auburn-haired
girl of 29’.
Tom Stoppard did something similar in his
spoof country-house whodunnit The Real
Inspector Hound. Early on, the char, Mrs Drudge,
answers the telephone and announces: “Hello,
the drawing-room of Lady Muldoon’s country
residence one morning in early spring”. Later
in the same conversation she gives voice to her
fears: “I hope nothing is amiss for we, that is
Lady Muldoon and her houseguests, are here
cut off from the world, including Magnus, the
wheelchair-ridden half-brother of her ladyship’s
husband Lord Albert Muldoon who ten years ago
went out for a walk on the cliffs and was never
In Sheridan’s The Critic, first performed at Drury
Lane Theatre in 1779, it’s a play within a play. Mr
Puff has written a tragedy entitled The Spanish
Armada. He takes Mr Dangle and Mr Sneer to see
a rehearsal at… Drury Lane Theatre.
Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Christopher Hatton
enter, deep in conversation. What
is the meaning of ‘these mighty
armaments? This general muster?
And this throng of chiefs?’ that
Sir Christopher has noticed.
Observant chap that he is, he
concludes: “I cannot but surmise
– Forgive, my friend, if the
conjecture’s rash – I cannot but
surmise – the State some danger
Sir Walter embarks on his
exposition: “You know, my friend, scarce two
revolving suns and three revolving moons have
closed their course, since haughty Philip, in
despite of peace, with hostile hand hath struck at
England’s trade”. Sir Christopher does. In fact: “I
know it well”.
Sir Walter: “Philip, you know is proud Iberia’s
Sir Christopher: “He is”.
Raleigh provides a bit of context: “His subjects in
base bigotry and Catholic oppression held, - while
we, you know, the Protestant persuasion hold”. Sir
Christopher: “We do”.
Furthermore, Sir Christopher’s intelligence
extends to knowing that: “the famed Armada, by
the Pope baptised, with purpose to invade these
realms”, has already set sail. Undeterred, Sir
Walter continues: “You also know…”
At this point, Mr Dangle gives vent to his
exasperation: “Mr Puff, as he knows all this, why
does Sir Walter go on telling him?”
Puff explains: “But the audience are not supposed
to know anything of the matter, are they?” Alas,
Sir Christopher’s feigned ignorance, assumed to
enlighten the audience, fails to convince. As Mr
Sneer says: “there certainly appears no reason why
Sir Walter should be so communicative”.
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ON THIS MONTH: FOOTBALL
The rise of the Rookettes
Bring on Man United
For the first time in
its history, Lewes
FC is celebrating a
season, as the men’s
team move up to the
Bostik Premier and
the women’s team have
been selected to join
the new FA Women’s
At the beginning of
July, as pre-season
training is about to
start, women’s manager John Donoghue tells us
his thoughts on the challenges ahead.
“All the players have had off-season plans, which
should kick them on in terms of match fitness. I’m
a big believer that what happens outside matches
Joining the FA Women’s Championship took a
lot of work. We went to Wembley a few times.
Lots of people had different roles, and application
coordinator Glenda Thomas pulled it together.
Our success wasn’t just about what’s happening on
the pitch, it’s about the support around it. Lewes
has excellent, accessible facilities and there is so
much back-up from the board for Equality FC.
They looked at our financial status. And Unlock
the Gate, our campaign to increase attendance,
worked really well in our favour.
In terms of facilities, we’ve had to make some
changes. For example: separate changing for
women refs; a separate space for drug testing;
somewhere for filming to take place by the pitch.
We’ll have an indoor strength and development
unit (Portakabin!). And this year there will be
definite fixtures, which means we will have access
to another 3G pitch (in Lancing) as back-up, when
weather has previously meant cancelling games.
Photo by Katie Vandyck
In terms of the
team, so far, we’re
from last season
and beyond. We’ve
Boswell and Lucy
Somes as new signings,
and there will be
more players who add
value to an already
good squad. Some are
joining us pre-season
on a trial basis.
I’m most looking forward to the fact that Lewes will
be playing the top-name teams in the country, like
Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
The greatest challenges are that the Championship
players are stronger and are used to playing at a
higher level every week. We’ll be playing against
professional and international players. But we go
as a collective. Those who haven’t experienced it
will get support from those who have.
I’m really optimistic about attendances. If we
can get 450 to a Cardiff game at the end of last
season, it will be even better when we’re playing
Manchester United at home. And we’ve got Jack
Heaselden starting as our General Manager, and
Rosy Matheson as Development Manager. Both
roles focus on crucial aspects of developing the
team and the club.
In terms of kit, we’ve got fantastic new sponsors,
Kappa, who are thinking creatively about their logo
and how we might use that for Equality FC.” EC
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ON THIS MONTH: MUSIC
Big in America
Grey was a
teenager he used
to listen to “the
likes of Bowie,
and Roxy Music,
and I would
have never have
dreamed of trying
that.” Then punk
rock “blew the
doors down,” and
pretty soon he found himself “shouting into a microphone”
in front of a band which was first called
The Lepers, and subsequently, having developed a
post-punk “experimental” sound, Modern English.
“Wire and the Gang of Four were doing similar
things, we were part of that movement,” he says.
They got a deal with the indie label 4AD (who also
managed such acts as The Birthday Party and The
Cocteau Twins), did a Peel session, and recorded an
album that was very 1981, called Mesh & Lace, “all
me shouting and lots of feedback, and a guy from
Throbbing Gristle on it. It’s still very popular, actually,
we were asked to play the whole thing from
start to finish in America recently.”
Howard Jones, who had recently produced
LPs by Echo & the Bunnymen and Teardrop
Explodes, was charged with overseeing their
second album. “He taught us a lot,” says Robbie.
“We used to call our songs ‘pieces’ and now they
became ‘songs’. Verse, chorus, verse, he got me to
talk into the microphone instead of shout. It was
all about studio craft. We developed as musicians,
They also became a lot more poppy, and a golden
their single I
Melt for You
airplay on the big
radio stations in
the States. “It was
crazy, it hadn’t
even been released
picked up on the
12” import,” he
says. The song was subsequently used in the Nicholas
Cage breakout movie Valley Girls. “We’re still
popular in the States,” says Robbie. “We’re doing a
month-long tour there in the autumn.”
The current incarnation of the band includes four
original members, all delighted with their latest
album, Take Me to the Trees, made a full twenty years
after their last. And they’re touring, too. “Before
we go to America we’re playing a Goth festival
in Leipzig with the Jesus & Mary Chain, as well
as gigs at the 100 Club in London, and in Paris.”
Plus the Con Club, of course, once again punching
above its weight.
Looking back to the early eighties seems “like
a dream, like it never happened,” he says. “We
worked so hard, doing, like, 80 gigs in 100 days,
living on a big bus with a bar and beds, at that stage
we were the same level as U2 in the States. The
proceeds from I Melt with You have paid the bills
ever since, I can’t complain, if we don’t play it out
there we’ll be lynched”. But they won’t be playing
it in Leipzig: “those crazy Goth kids still want to
hear the first album.” Alex Leith
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ON THIS MONTH: CINEMA
Left to right: The Producers; The Collector; Daisies
Dexter Lee’s cinema round-up
August, of course, means blockbuster season in the
cinemas, but there are a number of one-offs and a
fine festival at the Depot to break up all that Hollywood
fare. On Sunday 5th, for example, there’s
a screening of Mel Brooks’ fabulous 1967 musical
comedy The Producers, starring Gene Wilder
and Zero Mostel as two theatre producers trying
(for complicated reasons) to make a flop – Springtime
for Hitler – which turns out to be a resounding
success. It’s a hoot.
There are two adaptations of John Fowles novels
scheduled, Karel Reisz’s 1981 romantic drama The
French Lieutenant’s Woman (8th) and William
Wyler’s 1965 thriller The Collector, originally set
near Lewes but eventually shot in Kent (22nd).
Glyndebourne’s Pulitzer-prize winning opera
Vanessa – written by Samuel Barber, directed by
Keith Warner – is being simultaneously screened
live all over the country on the 14th, including
at the opera-house’s local cinema just three miles
down the road.
And, talking roads, Krzysztof Kieslowski fans
should be prepared to do a bit of travelling this
month: the late Polish director’s fine trilogy
Three Colours is being shown over three weeks on
screens in three different East Sussex locations,
as part of Artwave. The three colours represent
those of the French flag, and Kieslowski’s trilogy,
made in the 90s, examine its ideals of liberty,
fraternity and equality.
We start off at the Depot with Three Colours:
Blue (Aug 18th), a moving drama in which Juliette
Binoche plays a distraught widow who has to
finish off her composer husband’s last work after
his death in a car crash. The screening will be
preceded by a talk by colour expert Alexandra
Loske; there will be an exhibition of blue-coloured
artworks throughout the festival in the studio.
For those who want to complete the set, White
will be shown at Newhaven’s Hillcrest Centre on
the 25th, Red at Towner’s fine new cinema on
August will end with a Women and Activism
Festival at the Depot, with a theme-related film on
every day from the 25th, each film followed by a
talk from an invited guest. This starts on the 25th
with the 1966 film Daisies, by Czech director
Vera Chytilová, banned in its time for being
subversive. The other movies are Agnès Varda’s
1977 feature One Sings, the Other Doesn’t
(26th); the experimental take on the Irish Troubles
Maeve (27th); Swedish director Mai Zetterling’s
1968 oddity Flickorna (aka The Girls, 28th);
Mary Dore’s 2014 piece about the US women’s
liberation movement She’s Beautiful When She’s
Angry (29th), and Matt Tyrnauer’s documentary
about New York feminist campaigner Jane Jacobs
Citizen Jane, Battle for the City (30th).
Finally it’s worth mentioning Cold War, the moving
black and white feature, largely set in post-war
Poland, that won director Paweł Pawlikowski Best
Director prize at the 2018 Cannes festival.
Please check the Depot listings for times and dates
of films. lewesdepot.org
18th Aug - 2nd Sept
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P A U L I N E D E V A N E Y
ON THIS MONTH: ART + FOOD
The Surrealist Picnic
‘I’ve heard rumours of lobsters on dog leads’
‘Picnic, Île Sainte-Marguerite, Cannes, France 1937’ by Lee Miller (P0146) © Courtesy Lee Miller Archives, England 2018. All rights reserved. leemiller.co.uk
This will be our second
annual Surrealist Picnic;
an idea inspired by a
photograph that Lee
Miller took at a picnic
with friends on Île Sainte-
Marguerite, near Cannes,
in 1937. Lee, who was an
American model, photographer
and, later, a celebrated
had in 1937 only
recently met Roland Penrose at a surrealist fancy
dress party in Paris. The couple were in France
that summer to visit Picasso. The friends with
them at the picnic were Paul and Nusch Éluard,
Man Ray and his new girlfriend Ady Fidelin. It’s a
fine image of summer in the South of France, of
friends in a rural location. We have a wonderful
sculpture garden here at Farleys, so we thought it
made perfect sense to have our own picnic.
We’ll have live jazz, music that Lee and Roland
very much enjoyed. Lee photographed Django
Reinhardt in Paris, so this year we have a band -
the Hot Club of Jevington - who pay homage to
Reinhardt, and later the Jonathan Bailey quartet.
There will also be performance art inspired by
Jean Cocteau’s film, The Blood of a Poet.
We encourage picnickers to dress up. Last
year people came in Magritte-style hats, with apples
hanging from the brim and I made a rather
silly hat inspired by Eileen Agar’s Ceremonial Hat
for Eating Bouillabaisse, with various bits from
the beach (I had to boil the crab’s leg because
it was rather smelly). Someone came dressed
as a mystical character from a Leonora Carrington
painting, someone else was inspired
by Roland Penrose’s painting of his first wife,
Valentine Boué, called
Winged Domino, which
depicts her with a blue
face and butterflies on her
eyes and lips. One of the
performance artists at the
picnic was dressed as the
artist Sheila Legge, who
in 1936, for the International
stood in Trafalgar
Square with a mask made entirely of red roses,
in a beautiful white silk dress, with gloved arms
outstretched for pigeons to land on. People have
already been coming into the gallery pondering
their costumes. I’ve heard rumours of lobsters on
Attendees get creative with their picnics
too. Last year there were light-up cockroaches
in blue jelly. And, of course, Lee Miller created
things like Muddles Green Green Chicken and
Pink Cauliflower Breasts… It’s bring your own
picnic but Chloe (from Seven Sisters’ Spices) is
having lots of fun with Ami Bouhassane’s book,
Lee Miller: A Life with Food, Friends & Recipes
making some of Lee Miller’s gourmet surrealist
recipes. There will be parsley ice-cream,
summer pudding breasts, and gin &
grapefruit sorbets. It’s lots of fun.
As told to Lizzie Lower by
Elaine Wardekker O’Brien
Farleys House and Gallery,
Sunday 26th of August,
4-8pm. £15 per person.
Cuckoo 2, 2015, Galvanised steel, cast fibreglass balloon and sand. Courtesy of the Artist and Karsten Schubert Gallery, London.
‘I’m an unashamed elitist’
Bexhill’s De La Warr Pavilion has put on some
tremendous art exhibitions over the years, but
compared with, say, the Jerwood, Pallant House
or Towner it always seems to me to be operating
slightly under the radar. Perhaps it’s an unlooked
for consequence of the sheer, dazzling diversity
of cultural and not-so-cultural entertainment
that is constantly on-tap at the Mendelsohn and
Chermayeff 1930s modernist masterpiece. (‘Est.
1935, Modern ever since’, as the latest jaunty De
La Warr publicity has it).
I’ll always remember my first visit to Bexhill after
moving down from London at the end of 1983.
Posters on the Pavilion promised the eclectic
mix, inter alia, of a Victor Pasmore exhibition
and… Val Doonican. Here’s just a few of my
personal artistic highlights over the last two
decades. 1999: British linocuts of the 1920s and
1930s – this showcased the exuberant work of the
Grosvenor School, especially Cyril Power, Sybil
Andrews and Claude Flight. 2008: an exemplary
exhibition devoted to the work of Ben Nicholson.
Dark Horse 1, 1983, Portland roach & neoprene.
Courtesy of the Artist and Karsten Schubert Gallery, London.
Floodlight, 2001, cast acrylic. Courtesy of the Artist and Karsten Schubert Gallery, London.
2015: The Curve Paintings of Bridget Riley.
2018, and it’s the turn of Alison Wilding. The
sculptor was born in Blackburn in 1948, but
judging from the interview she gave to the
Guardian five years ago I imagine that she would
give pretty short shrift to the idea that this show
was anything to do with her seventieth birthday
in July. Here are some of the questions and her
Who or what have you sacrificed for your art?
Why do public sculptures often attract such controversy?
Because most of them are rubbish.
What’s the greatest threat to art? Popularity! I’m
an unashamed elitist.
But her answer to that last question does not mean
that her abstract sculptures are not accessible. As
she says, there’s nothing you need to know about
it beforehand, nothing you need to research. So,
the earliest work on display dates from 1983 (it
was only in the 1980s that she thought she had
discovered a voice of her own) and is called Locust.
You absolutely do not need to know that the title
derives from an account of a plague of locusts in
Milton’s Paradise Lost.
The latest work on show dates from last year. It’s
called Riptide and is installed on the De La Warr’s
roof. Alas, I couldn’t see it as the staircase to the
roof was cordoned off on the day of my visit.
If you don’t know her work, or even her name, this
show is the perfect time to be introduced. As Alison
Wilding says: “You do need an encounter with
it. It doesn’t matter how you come to it, which way
you come to it”. And she’s keen to stress that she
uses basic, everyday materials. The “context may
be unfamiliar, the materials not”.
Displayed in a long room with the longest of the
Pavilion’s windows, the sculptures interact with the
horizon to the sea, hence the title Right Here and
Out There. I didn’t ‘get’ all the individual works,
certainly, but as an overall experience, it’s pretty
marvellous. David Jarman
Anouk Emanuel Cat’s Cradle
18 August – 2 September, 12 noon – 5pm
(Thu–Sun, plus Bank Holiday Monday)
Private View: Friday 17 August, 6pm
Artwave, the annual artists and makers festival, is in
its 25th year. Opening her house for the first time
as part of this year’s festival is textile artist Deborah
Manson, whose work combines collage with quiltmaking,
bringing in elements of fabric printing and
Deborah says: “I’ve always made things from
textiles. My early career was in illustration, mainly
doing commercial work like greetings cards and
wrapping paper, and even then, I would create a lot
of my designs using textiles.” Some of the key pieces
that will be on display are her handmade quilts and
cushions, which she creates with ‘found’ fabrics:
“I prefer to re-use things, both from a sustainable
point of view and because I find used fabrics more
interesting. I use vintage linens – I once found a
sheet from the 1800s at a market that I go to just
outside London – or things I’ve found in charity
shops, or my own clothes. They have a past and
a history. Repurposing things and giving them a
new life, or a new meaning, is something I’m really
Deborah’s designs usually begin through drawing
and collage. “I’m stimulated by composition and
colour and the relationships between colours and
shapes,” she says. “I often look at abstract painting
for inspiration; I’ve been looking at the work
of Agnes Martin quite a lot recently, and Patrick
Heron’s show at the Tate in St Ives was amazing, so
inspiring.” A selection of Deborah’s collage works,
composed of layers of papers dyed with fabric pigments,
will be exhibited alongside her textile pieces.
“Something I’ve been experimenting with recently
is using natural dyes rather than acid or chemical
dyes,” she explains. “I’ve been working with
brazilwood, indigo, madder root – using them
traditionally as dyes, but I’d like to be able to screen
print using them. There’s the environmental aspect,
of course, but you can also get much more subtle
colours using natural dyes. It’s the same process,
it’s just working out how to get them to the right
consistency. I’m in quite an experimental phase at
the moment…” Rebecca Cunningham
Deborah’s house (40 Hamsey Crescent, venue 89)
will be open on the 25th & 26th August and on the
1st & 2nd September and she’ll be running drop-in
screen printing taster workshops on both weekends.
Photos by Rebecca Cunningham
ART & ABOUT
In town this month
Olivia Waller (venue 140)
It’s August, so it’s all about Artwave, which has been celebrating
the artists and makers across the district for the last 25 years.
They’ve dubbed this special anniversary year their Colour Edition
and there are a huge number of events taking place over the
weekends from the 18th of August until the 2nd of September. As well
as the opportunity to visit upwards of 150 venues and meet artists and makers of
every stripe, there are free participatory workshops, colour-themed events, guided
walks, and a district-wide screening of the Three Colours Trilogy (see pg 41). We’ve
picked out just a few things which caught our eye; pick up a brochure or visit the
website to see all that’s going on [artwavefestival.org].
There are more than 50 venues on the Lewes trail
alone. Tanya Gomez, she of the epic pots, opens
her doors for her annual studio sale (venue 92);
Rachel Clark exhibits a new limited edition of
etchings and linocut prints inspired by her travels
(venue 93); Pauline Devaney exhibits her latest
paintings of imagined subjects (venue 96), and Ms
Kitka’s Revolutionary Beadwork is ‘sewing the
beads of dissent’ with her Bolshevik Collection
On the Waterfront is the title of the Sussex
Watercolour Society’s annual exhibition, open
daily at the Linklater Pavilion from the 25th of
August until the 2nd of September (venue 147).
Chalk Gallery are celebrating the beginning
of Artwave with the launch of their Summer
Exhibition. Join the artists at their preview party
on Saturday the 18th from 5 until 8pm for a
summer celebration of paintings, sculptures,
glass art, printmaking, cards and more (venue
123)... Martyrs’ Gallery also open their juried
Summer Salon on the 18th, presenting a
cross-section of contemporary two and threedimensional
art (venue 115). Artists wishing to
submit work should ask in the gallery or visit
Venus by Simone Riley
In town this month (cont)
Keizer Frames is open daily
throughout Artwave with a selection
of contemporary work by local artists
including Alice Carter, Janine Shute,
Alison Rankin, Kate Osborne and
Louise Chavannes (venue 150).
The pop-up gallery at No 2 Fisher Street returns with
a selection of artists, all inspired by the natural world.
Sussex printmaker Keith Pettit is joined by Lewes jeweller
Phoebe Sherwood, Suzanne Breakwell - who creates
exquisite sculptural birds and creatures using the pages
of books - Brighton-based ceramicist Holly Bell, and
printmaker Rebecca Motley (venue 117).
Dyed + Printed Textiles
Open studio / taster sessions
25 + 26 August / 1 + 2 September
11am - 5pm / tea + cake
Garden studio exhibition. Quilts, textiles and
paper collages. Taster sessions - have a go
at screen printing on fabric bags!
Deborah runs silk screen printing and other
textile workshops from her studio throughout
For information / bookings contact:
Arts festival and Artwave
Free entry to Gardens
and Art & Sculpture Trail
and Live Music
Art & Craft Show (11 AUG)
18/19, 25/26, 27 AUGUST
Artwave Art Exhibition
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A MASTER OF COLOUR AND ATMOSPHERE
AN ARTS COUNCIL COLLECTION NATIONAL PARTNER EXHIBITION
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26 MAY – 16 SEPTEMBER
Tickets £5 / £4 concessions
Free for Towner Members & under 18s
Edward Stott, Washing Day, 1899, Oil on canvas. Watts Gallery Trust
Out of town
South Heighton & Denton
18/19, 25/26/27, 01/02, 11am-5pm
The trails continue throughout the district
with plenty of opportunities to explore. Here
are just a few suggestions to get you started.
Get inspired by the kick-ass activist nun,
Corita Kent, and join Badge Up! a free
badge-making workshop with artist, Ruby
Smith at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft
on Saturday the 18th from 11-5 (venue 1).
Corita Kent, Get With The Action (damn everything but the circus alphabet,
1968) at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, 2018 (photo by Sam Moore)
Lupin Cottage Workshops
Denton, BN9 0QB
A diverse show of six artists, in the secluded
home and studio of printmaker Emma Taylor in
the heart of Denton Village.
Try your hand at stone carving at Artists and
an Orchard in Ringmer (venue 32). See work
by nine local artists at Glynde Place and
book your place on a walking installation by
artist-in-residence, Jackie Misson (venue 40).
We Are Mountain and Friends, an exhibition of
printmaking, photography, needle felting and
more is at the iconic coastguard cottages at
Cuckmere Haven (venue 61). On the way back
treat yourself to a visit to South Heighton
Pottery, home to acclaimed potter Chris
Lewis and a
garden of earthly
76). Just up the
road, The Old
House hosts 16
and makers with
Sussex cream teas
and light lunches
Open every Sunday from April - October 2018
Experience the extraordinary atmosphere of the Sussex
home of the Surrealists Lee Miller and Roland Penrose
whose friends and guests included Picasso, Carrington,
Man Ray and Miró. We open to visitors on Sundays from
10am, offering 50 minute guided tours, exhibitions in our
gallery and a sculpture garden to explore.
Muddles Green, Chiddingly
East Sussex, BN8 6HW
Tel: 01825 872856
3 Portraits - 3 Exhibitions, 15th - 31st August
A chance to see International Award winning work by local artist
Out of town (cont)
Morag Myerscough, We Make Belonging
Newhaven is really
entering in to the
spirit of things, with
the first Newhaven
Festival, featuring a
wide variety of events.
There’s Bird Bath, a
sound installation in
St Michael’s Church;
Waterborne, the first
regatta of the Newhaven
Gig Club; Salon 69,
a supper club with six
speakers each giving
a nine-minute mini
talk; Open Call, an art
exhibition about the
community, by the community; an exploration of the town’s
secret ‘edgelands’, and much more besides [newhavenfestival.
co.uk]. Morag Myerscough’s Belonging Bandstand arrives
at Newhaven Fort on the 22nd and stays until the 27th.
Admission fees to the Fort apply but it’s free on the 27th
for the Festival of Belonging: a day of live music, DJs,
local food, films, dance, local creativity, craft workshops and
storytelling. Free fun for all the family from 12-6pm (venue
A Sense of Place, at the Hillcrest
Community Centre, is an
exhibition of works by 17 Sussex
designers in response to the
rising political tide of restricted
movement and border closures.
All profits from the sale of
prints will go to local charities,
Refugee Action and The Clock
Tower Sanctuary (venue 82).
If you’re in the
mood to venture
further east, there’s
lots to see at
where the Sussex
Open, Edward Stott:
A Master of Colour
and At Altitude all
continue. And Right Here and Out There, a major
exhibition of work by British sculptor Alison
Wilding, continues at the De La Warr Pavilion
(see pg 44).
Edward Stott, the Fold, c. 1895, oil on canvas. ©Touchstones Rochdale,
Rochdale Arts & Heritage Service
exhibit a series of
works by Turner
Wallinger. The Human Figure in Space draws
inspiration from sources as diverse as Wallinger’s
childhood visits to see his Auntie Marjory in
Hastings during the Sixties, to the pioneering
work of 19th century photographer Eadweard
Muybridge. (Until the 7th of October.)
Birdman (detail), 2018. Archival Digital Prints on Dibond. Dimensions
variable. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth © Mark Wallinger
S T P E T E R & S T J A M E S H O S P I C E
SATURDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER 7PM
Ardingly, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH17 6TN
Join us beneath the stars as we take a walk to remember this
September. Enjoy a sponsored stroll through Wakehurst’s
beautiful botanic gardens and lay a lantern alongside
hundreds of others to remember and celebrate the people
you love. As your glistening lantern brings light to dark
hours, you’ll help our hospice nurses do the same.
Entry is £15 before 1st June and £18 thereafter.
Under 16s £5.
Family and group discounts available
to be won!
Register at stpjhospice.org
or call us on 01444 471598
Registered charity number: 1056114
Kindly sponsored by
THURSDAY 2 – SUNDAY 5
The Wonder Project.
experience. A twomile
and woodlands, with
and art installations inspired by the centre’s plants
and the work of Kew’s scientists on the site of the
Millennium Seed Bank. Gates open 6.30pm (last
entry 7.30pm), gates close 10pm, £15/£6 (under
FRIDAY 3 – SUNDAY 5
The Sussex Guild Contemporary
Showing examples of
ceramics, textiles, jewellery,
leatherwork, stone carving,
wood, glass and furniture.
Meet the designer-makers
and see their work on show, in the Elizabethan
barn and in marquees on the lawns. Michelham
Priory, 10.30am-5pm, see thesussexguild.co.uk.
Book Fair. Dealers offering an astounding variety
of second-hand, rare and collectable books.
Raising funds for Paws & Claws Animal Rescue.
Town Hall, 10am-4pm, 50p.
Glynde & Beddingham
Show & Fête. Bar,
BBQ, bouncy castle,
children’s fancy dress,
Punch & Judy,
coconut shy and more.
The Flower Show tent shows entries for local
produce, handicrafts and children’s classes. Live
band and auction and Glynde Lido pool open
(weather permitting). The Recreation Ground,
Glynde, 12pm-5pm, free.
Proms in the Paddock.
Live music, bar, BBQ, stalls
and fireworks to finish.
The Paddock, gates 3pm,
£8/£10 (kids 5-16 £3 and
under 5s free).
SATURDAY 4 – SUNDAY 19
Summer Trifle. Art, craft and creative workshops,
exhibition and live music. Pickhams,
Wilmington, see summertrifle.co.uk.
Herb of the Day. Walk &
Talk with medical herbalist
and storyteller Kym Murden,
exploring the world of
herbs, and identifying various
remedies. 6pm – 9pm,
Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen. A Friends
of Anne of Cleves House talk by Alison Weir.
Anne of Cleves, 7.30pm, £8 non-members (£5
members), contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Britain on Film:
Coast and Sea. Special
screening of the
British Film Institute’s
around the British
coast. The Keep, 10.30am-12.15pm, £3.
SATURDAY 11 & SUNDAY 12
Firle Vintage Fair.
Fashion, antiques and
decorative interiors, swing
bands, vintage fair rides,
champagne bar and much
AUG listings (cont)
Steam through the Ages. New Bluebell Railway
event bringing 100 years of history to life
with a different decade recreated at each station
(Sheffield Park, Horsted Keynes, Kingscote, and
East Grinstead). See bluebell-railway.com.
Sussex Military Society. Hastings in Wartime
with speaker Ken Brooks. White Hart, 7.30pm
for 8pm, £3 for non-members.
THURSDAY 16 – SUNDAY 19
The Great Lewes Tap
Takeover. Four Lewes bars
invite six of the country’s
best breweries to take over
their cask and keg lines: The
Elephant & Castle, The Patch,
The Brewers Arms and The
talk. Part of
Artwave Festival, a
talk on the history
of colour, preceding
a screening of Krzysztof
film, Three Colours:
4pm (film starts 6pm), lewesdepot.org.
SATURDAY 18 – SUNDAY 2 SEPT
Various community and
arts events happening
throughout the town,
including a parade, beach
party, speakeasy and a
festival at the Fort. See newhavenfestival.co.uk.
28th, 29th, 30th Sept 2018
AUG listings (cont)
Nutley. East Sussex
Cliffe Summer Fair. Wide range of stalls, cakes,
teas and coffees. With a grand raffle, tombola and
tin mine. Money raised will go towards repairs at the
Cliffe Parish Church of St Thomas. In and around
Cliffe Hall, 10am-12.30pm, free.
SATURDAY 25 – MONDAY 27
automata made by Ivan
Morgan, hands-on fun
for children and adults.
Tea and cake available
in the garden. 21 Gundreda
2pm to 5pm, free.
Surrealist picnic. Live jazz and surreal performance,
dressing up encouraged (see pg 43). Farleys House
and Gallery, 4pm-8pm, £15.
FRIDAY 31 – SATURDAY 1 SEPT
Ouse Valley Quilters’ Biennial Exhibition.
Display of work, refreshments, traders, tombola,
sales tables and raffle in aid of Kangaroos (a charity
enriching young disabled people’s lives) and Kent,
Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance. King’s Academy
(formerly Ringmer Community College), 10am-
4pm, £4 (accompanied children free).
FRIDAY 31 – SUNDAY 2 SEPT
event for both
amateur astronomers and
beginners, giving people
the option to visit for a
day or register for the whole weekend. Programme
includes the screening of a sci-fi classic, lectures, talks
about the telescopes, viewing (weather permitting),
trade stalls, and more. Beer tent and refreshments
A fascinating journey for parents,
grandparents and kids of all ages into the
amazing world of trees. Discover the wonders
of nature and a day of adventure that will open
your eyes to the ways in which we can play,
work, learn and explore in the woods.
Plus, enjoy delicious local and drink in
the stunning Sussex location.
Lewes Castle &
Anne of Cleves House
Anne of Cleves House
Summer Flowers 31 st July
Kitchen Tales 7 th August
Spinning Yarns 14 th August
The Princess & The Pea 21 st August
Tudor Crafts 28 th August
Included in standard admission
Thurs days 10.30-12pm/2-3.30pm
*Booking required for activities
Heroes & Dragons 2 nd August
Digging for Treasure 16 th August
Archaeologist for an Afternoon 16 th Aug
Knights & Dragons 23 rd August
Dinosaurs & Dragons 30 th August
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GIG GUIDE // AUGUST
GIG OF THE MONTH:
It’s back for a fourth year! The Sussex Ox in Milton
Street, near Alfriston, presents Oxfest, a weekend
festival of beer, local music, dancing and all-round
merriment. The gardens are a beautiful setting to
enjoy over 20 different real ales and ciders, and
there’s a cocktail tent and a gourmet BBQ (à la carte
menu available too). Headliners include acoustic fivepiece
The Mountain Firework Company (‘alternative
bluegrass with a dark treacle folk centre’, right),
indie-pop trio Me and the Moon and party band The
Blackjacks. Count us in… Kelly Hill
Friday 3 – Sunday 5, The Sussex Ox, Milton Street,
free admission, see oxfest18.co.uk
Photo by Simon Diamond
Steve Parsons. Entertainment from Snips (lead
singer of Sharks) and friends. The Lansdown,
The Hot Club of Belleville. Vintage hot swing.
Pelham Arms, 8.30pm, free
Phil Mills. Solo Blues and Jazz in the bar. Con
Club, 8.30pm, free
FRIDAY 3 – SUNDAY 5
Oxfest. See Gig of the Month
The Dickies. Daft punk rockers from the USA.
Con Club, 7.30pm, £18 + bf
Open night: ‘Far From Home’. Folk. Elephant
& Castle, 8pm, £3
English dance tunes session - bring instruments.
Folk (English trad). Lamb, 12pm, free
Andy Panayi (sax and flute) & the Terry Seabrook
Trio. Jazz. Snowdrop, 8pm, free
English dance tunes session - bring instruments.
Folk (English trad). JHT, 8pm, free
The Rumjacks. Punk rock Celtic folk. Con
Club, 7.30pm, £13
Open night: ‘Alternative Versions’. Folk. Elly,
Slaughter & The Dogs. Original punk legends.
Con Club, 7.30pm, £18
Martin Shaw (trumpet) & the Terry Seabrook
Trio. Jazz. Snowdrop, 8pm, free
GIG GUIDE // AUGUST
Open night: Concertinas Anonymous practice
session. Folk & misc. Elly, 8pm, free
The Drew Simon Trio. Cajun. Con Club
Open night: ‘Dark & Light’. Folk. Elly, 8pm, £3
Lawrence Jones (sax and flute) & the Terry
Seabrook Trio. Jazz. Snowdrop, 8pm, free
English tunes practice session – bring instruments.
Folk. Elly, 8pm, free
Open night: ‘Silver Linings’. Folk. Elly, 8pm, £3
Will Gardner (sax) & the Terry Seabrook Trio.
Jazz. Snowdrop, 8pm, free
Modern English. New wave/post-punk (see pg
39). Con Club, 7.30pm, £15
The Rumjacks, Thurs 9th , Con Club
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SUNDAY 5, 3PM
Siân Griffiths (mezzo
soprano, left) & Phoebe
Yu (piano) perform
music by Fauré, de Falla,
Rossini & Poulenc. Full
programme is: Fauré -
Cinq Mélodies de Venise;
Falla - Siete Canciones
Rossini - Nacqui
all’affanno... Non più
mesta from La Cenerentola; Poulenc - Nous voulons une
petite Sœur from Quatre Chansons Pour Enfants cycle.
St Michael’s Church, High Street, Lewes, free entry
with a retiring collection in aid of the Church Organ
TUESDAY 21, 7.30PM
Schubert’s Octet on a Summer’s Evening. The
Hanover Band Chamber Ensemble and the Consone
Quartet perform Schubert’s sublime Octet.
St Margaret’s Church, Rottingdean, £22-£33
FRI 31 – SAT 2 SEPTEMBER
Lapwing Music Festival.
Intimate recitals at the beautiful
Cuckmere Haven. Featuring
Maya Youssef (left) - qanun
(Friday), Manu Delago - hang
drums (Saturday), Lea Desandre
– mezzo soprano (Sunday)
Thomas Dunford - lute (Sunday).
See lapwingfestival.com for times and more details
Firle Church of England Primary
We have spaces for September
2018.Please email the school office
to make an appointment
or call 01273 858260
Lewes 11 mins
Glynde 5 mins
Seaford 20 mins
Let your child breathe....
MONDAY 30 JULY – FRIDAY 3
Kaleidoscope Summer School. For ages 5-16
years, participants will explore new skills and
develop their talents in a selection of: acting;
dance/movement; musical theatre; stage fighting;
devised theatre; make-up; puppet making;
improvisation; circus skills; mask making;
exploring Shakespeare, and more. Priory School,
10am-4pm, see kaleidoscopedrama.uk.
Heroes and Dragons. Listen
to the story of Beowulf
and the dragon. Create
a dragon in clay or
make a mask, draw
your own hero. Lewes
Castle, 10.30am, £5
Look Think Make.
to ideas and materials
found within the
exhibitions, with support from gallery staff and
volunteers. De La Warr, Bexhill, 2pm-4pm, £1.
MONDAY 6 - THURSDAY 9 &
MONDAY 13 - THURSDAY 16
Lewes Theatre Youth Group Summer
School. Ideal for budding performers age 8 to
20 years old who wish to develop their acting
skills through a variety of fun-filled team and
individual games and activities. Lewes Little
Theatre, 10am-12pm, £60 per person per week,
Kitchen Tales. Drop in to hear some kitchen
stories, tell your own, handle kitchen artefacts
and explore the herbs in the garden. All ages
welcome. Anne of Cleves, 1pm-4pm, price
included in admission.
Dinosaurs and Dragons. Creative holiday
workshop for children aged four to eight. Lewes
Castle, 10.30am & 2pm, £5 per child.
MONDAY 13 – THURSDAY 16
Intrepid Summer Camp. A range of
performing and creative arts, ideal for children
aged five to ten years. Southover School, see
Water safety for kids.
Fun and interactive session
aiming to educate children
on how to be safe in the
water. Seahaven Swim &
Fitness Centre, Newhaven, 10am-11am, £4 per
child (open to 8-14 year olds).
Spinning Yarns. Drop in and listen to the tale
of Rumpelstiltskin, tell your own fairy tales and
have a go at spinning wool. All ages welcome.
Anne of Cleves, 1pm-4pm, price included in
Digging for Treasure. Have a go at being an
archaeologist. Holiday workshop for children
aged between four and eight. Lewes Castle,
10.30am, £5 per child, booking essential.
The Princess and the Pea. Drop in to hear
the tale, brought to life with tactile objects. Plus
dressing up and hands-on craft activities, all
ages welcome. Anne of Cleves, 1pm-4pm, price
included in admission.
Tudor Crafts. Try some of the crafts that
would have taken place in the parlour. Includes
sewing, spinning and weaving and learning about
Tudor plant dyes. Anne of Cleves, 1.30pm, price
included in admission.
Woodland site near Laughton, 10am-2pm, see
FRIDAY 31 – SUNDAY 2
Alice in Wonderland at Wakehurst. Familyfriendly
outdoor theatre production of the Lewis
Carroll classic, brought to life in Glenn Elston’s
production, performed by The Australian
Shakespeare Company. See kew.org/wakehurst
for times and tickets.
Wild Family Day Out. Activity-packed day for
all the family, run by Circle of Life Rediscovery.
With its excellent and imaginative
approach, the Steiner Waldorf
curriculum has gained ever-widening
recognition as a creative and
compassionate alternative to
traditional avenues of education.
But just how does it feel to be a child
in this environment, soaking up this
stimulating and rewarding teaching?
Wednesday 10th October
from 08:30 - 13:00
Alternatively, book in for a Private Tour
Kidbrooke Park, Priory Road, Forest Row. East Sussex, RH18 5JA
Tel: 01342 822275 - Registered Charity Number 307006
SHOES ON NOW: BRANCHING OUT
This weekend my 12-year-old and I headed off
to Branching Out Adventures at Bentley. Nestled
within a woodland setting, Branching Out is an
outdoor adventure site featuring tree top walks,
zip wires and a huge swing that catapults you to
a nose-bleeding height above the ground. Being
a tree-top adventure novice, and not so fond of
heights, my son opted for the low ropes situated
3-4 metres above the ground. After a thorough
safety demonstration carried out by a very friendly
instructor, we were ready to begin. He confidently
made his way around the course whilst I looked on
from below, relieved that I didn’t have to join him.
His low-ropes adventure was topped off by a nifty
descent, courtesy of a zip wire.
With hindsight, the low ropes didn’t offer him
enough of a challenge, but rest assured we will be
back to tackle the high ropes, the climbing wall,
and the rather terrifying looking giant swing before
the end of the
If you want an
hour or so out in
your child on
as they balance
above your head,
or fancy having
a go yourself,
ensconced in natural surroundings, we would recommend
Branching Out. And if you want to make
a day of it, afterwards you could always pop along
to Bentley Wildfowl and Motor museum which is
only a stone’s throw away.
Please note height and age restrictions apply and it’s
best to book ahead. More details can be found at:
With over 100 interactive exhibits
set among the domes of a former
world famous observatory, we have
something to offer for all ages.
Open daily during the school
summer holidays. Please visit the
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summer events and activities
including daily science shows and
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Welcome to CHAILEY SCHOOL
‘Everyone the best they can be’
Chailey School is a thriving
secondary school of
students from 11 to 16
years of age. Our vision
is ‘everyone in our school
achieving more than they
ever thought possible’.
We believe in traditional
values - and these
underpin life in our
school. We have high
expectations of students in
both their work and
behaviour. We know our
students as individuals,
their characters and
‘Pupils are encouraged to have
high expectations’– Ofsted 2017
If you would like to see the school in action,
please do call to arrange a visit:
6.30pm Tuesday 18th September 2018
Monday 24th to Thursday 27th September 2018
We are passionate about the
whole child and the progress they
make in all aspects of their school
life, regardless of their academic
ability. Whatever a student’s
talents or abilities, our reputation
as an inclusive school ensures
that all needs are met – for those
who are gifted and talented and
for those who need additional
A rounded school life is not just
about the classroom and students
benefit hugely from a wide range
of extra-curricular activities.
Our pastoral care for
students is widely
recognised as outstanding
from transition and
throughout their time at
No appointment is necessary. The students,
staff and governors look forward to
Results are how we tend to be measured – and
our record over many years for the attainment and
progress of our students is excellent. Regardless
of their ability, students all leave Chailey School
having achieved the level of results which allow
them to move on to a wide range of post-16
courses and apprenticeships. The standards
achieved in English and Mathematics are high and
form the bedrock for all other learning.
In Science, Technology, Foreign Languages, the
Arts and Humanities, our students excel as a result
of high quality teaching and students’ own
commitment to their learning.
Whilst we are naturally proud of
our achievements, the true
measure of our success is seeing
a school full of happy, confident,
independent young people, fully
engaged in their education. Our
students are proud of their school
and enjoy telling people about life
CANADIANS IN THE PARK
During WW2 Sheffield Park was requisitioned
by the War Office and became an extensive camp
for several Canadian regiments. This summer,
the National Trust property will host a series of
events exploring what life would have been like
for the soldiers who were based there…
We don’t know exactly how many soldiers
were sent here – only that there were thousands.
We know they were here from 1941 to
1945, passing through on their way to Europe.
We also have a first-hand account from the father
of one of our gardeners, who was a paper boy and
used to cycle through Sheffield Park and would
meet the soldiers.
They did live on site in Nissen huts: temporary
curved-roof structures made from wood and
corrugated iron. There is one original one left in
the gardener’s compound, which is used as a tool
shed, and we’ve built
a replica hut in the
garden for visitors
to explore. Accommodation
– a metal bed frame,
mattress, blankets –
They left behind a lot of the debris of everyday
life, which our gardeners still uncover
now while they’re working: glass bottles, gun
cartridges, small parts of machinery. We will be
holding an archaeological dig until the 29th of
July in East Park, where the majority of the huts
were based, to see what we can uncover.
As told to Rebecca Cunningham by Jo Grange
Find out more about the ‘Canadians in the Park’ at
We asked Anna from Bags of Books to choose her
top five summer reads for kids. Here’s what she
came up with.
The Boy Who Grew Dragons. Imagine if you had your
own dragons! Tomas discovers a strange old tree at
the bottom of his grandad’s garden and soon he is
officially growing dragons... A funny and heartwarming
tale for 7+
Ariki and the Giant Shark. Meet Ariki, a wonderfully
headstrong, brave, cheeky new heroine. The vivid
descriptions of island and marine life will transport
readers of 7+ straight to the sea!
The Secret of the Night Train. When Max finds out
that the Heartbreak Diamond is on the train that
she is travelling on, she must find her feet in a world
of diamond smugglers, thieves and undercover
detectives! Perfect for 9+.
How to Bee. Set in a future Australia where there
are no bees, and children are employed to scramble
through the fruit trees with feather wands. This
unique book has an important environmental message
for readers of 9+.
The 1,000-year-old Boy. Alfie Monk is like any other
nearly-teenage boy – except he’s 1,000 years old.
This is the story of his mission to find friendship, acceptance,
and a way to make sure he will eventually
die. Great for 10+.
These and lots more are part of Bags of Books’
Summer Reading offer. Find out more in the shop,
or online at bags-of-books.co.uk.
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Castle Chinese Restaurant
Well worth remembering
It’s 9pm Sunday night,
five hours after the
start of our goodbyeto-Pipe-Passage
party, and four of us
are left standing… or
at least still in search of
food. And so we decide
to head to the Castle –
the new Chinese which
has replaced The Panda
Garden on the High
Street. It needs a review in these pages, anyway.
Sober enough to realise my recall faculties might
be impaired, I delegate reviewing responsibility
to Rebecca. We order starters and mains from
the à la carte menu, and listen to American David’s
idiosyncratic take on this and that.
My memories of the experience are now hazy:
I had some stupendous dim sum, some chicken
in a sauce that was ‘Malaysian’. Rebecca really
raved about her vegetarian chicken satay. I mean
She’s a bit sheepish when I see her in the office
the next day. It appears her recall faculties were
somewhat impaired, too. So on the day before
deadline day, I opt to go for a solo lunch, to top
up the memory bank.
I’m the only one there, so the music gets turned
on for me. Chinese pop, I guess, the sort of thing
that might do well if there were an Asiavision
Song Contest. I ask the waitress where she’s
from: Mauritius. I order a Tsing Tao Chinese
beer, and two things from the £9.95 lunch menu:
Satay chicken on skewers, and Honey chilli pork,
with egg fried rice. I’m a sucker for dim sum,
so I also order some Siu Mai steamed pork and
prawn dumplings (£6),
which she tells me will
take ten minutes to
prepare. I take this as a
Eating on your own is
a much easier experience
phones are what they
are. I’ve always found a
newspaper – or a book –
too big for a restaurant
table. You’re less alone, somehow, with a phone.
I decide to see what’s going on in real-life China.
A vaping co-pilot, it seems, caused an Air China
flight to plummet 6,500 feet, but no one was
hurt. Back in the Castle, the dim sum are excellent,
the satay chicken is tasty, with the meat
cooked just right.
I ask for chopsticks. The waitress lets out an
embarrassed giggle when I take a picture of my
neatly presented main course. The rice comes in
a bowl-sized dome. The sticky sauce takes up its
own half of the plate without encroaching on the
other. You can taste it’s been made with honey,
rather than sugar. I enjoy every mouthful.
And so the Panda Garden is gone. The panda
is no more. But I’ve already eaten in the Castle
more times in the last week than I went to its
predecessor in the last ten years. And I can recommend
it as a place to eat off the à la carte in
a rowdy group (I checked the menu, what I had
first time round was a Malaysian chicken curry),
or go for a quiet lunch: you could even just get a
bowl of noodles, from £6. Alex Leith
Take-away available, too. 01273 473 235
Photo by Chloë King
Wood pigeon breast and morels
Fire & Wild forager Mark Andrews
I grew up in the countryside in the north
of England, as wild as it gets, where I spent
long days outdoors building dens, exploring.
I became obsessed with Ray Mears, Native
American culture and living off the land.
In my early twenties, I moved to London
where I joined a band, ran club nights and a
music venue. It was the whole other extreme of
what I do now - not a sustainable lifestyle, and
so I built a campervan, travelled around and
tried to find myself again.
I met a girl whose father lived in the
mountains in France and he introduced me
to mushroom foraging. When I came home, I
set up a really nice life, sourcing mushrooms,
going to restaurants and trading what I found
in exchange for exquisite meals. It was a
wonderful, nomadic, food and drink based life
which I loved.
I spent three successive autumns travelling
alone like this through the Scottish
Cairngorms and Northern Europe. I saw
inside some nice restaurants and gradually
got more into cooking. The concept for Fire
& Wild evolved as I went along. I now host
outdoor dining experiences for which guests
are picked up and taken to a secret wild
location, each event taking place in a different
setting. I intend to take these further afield, to
journey to properly wild spaces in Northern
Europe for wilderness dining and camping
trips. I spend a lot of time travelling around,
I have a crew of friends to help. I wouldn’t
be able to serve five-course tasting menus
in the woods by myself, and that’s the idea,
really. The vision is to tell a little story of
the landscape with food, creating dishes that
feature native creatures and plants found
where we are dining.
I’m really into Nordic food and a lot of that
is about the preservation of ingredients. This
dish combines things from different seasons
- hazelnuts from last autumn, this season’s
cherries and wood pigeons I shot this morning.
The other important ingredient is morels -
the holy grail of fungi foraging. Morels are a
spring mushroom but their flavour intensifies
when dried. The jus is a concentrated game
stock with red wine, homemade elderberry
vinegar, thyme, cherries and garlic, all reduced
to a moreish, sticky syrup.
Ingredients: 4 wood pigeon breasts; 10-15
dried morels; 4tbsp hazelnuts, chopped; 2tbsp
chives, snipped; watercress; cherries. For
the jus: 100ml red wine; 150ml dark stock;
50ml fruit vinegar; 100g butter; large sprig of
thyme leaves; 2 handfuls of cherries, chopped;
2 cloves of garlic, crushed; 2 shallots, finely
Method: Cover the pigeon breasts with oil,
season and leave to marinate in the fridge
for a couple of hours. Sauté the shallot and
garlic in butter and then add the rest of the jus
ingredients and simmer for 10 mins. Strain and
reduce further until thick and glossy, season
to taste. Rehydrate the morels in boiling
water for 20 mins then transfer to a pan and
cook until reduced. Add butter and sauté
until crispy. Toast hazelnuts and then sear the
pigeon in a hot pan, 2-3 minutes each side and
leave to rest. Assemble and serve immediately
with a nice red. As told to Chloë King
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High Street ice cream
I’m on my walk back
from lunch, in the
middle of a gloriously
sunny week, and
it feels like a perfect
day to stop for an ice
cream. I wander into
Ez Tutty’s, the new
place that opened
up in the old Hugh
Rae shopfront. They
have all the classic
flavours – vanilla, strawberry, mint choc chip – with
a shelf-full of toppings and sauces to jazz them up.
As I’m browsing, a boy of about eleven appears from
the back of the shop, wearing an apron. “Hello,” he
“Uh… hi,” I reply, half waiting for somebody bigger
to appear beside him.
“What would you like?” He seems to be running
“Umm…” I’m trying to make up my mind, when
I picture the faces of the rest of the Viva team as I
stroll in, cone in hand, and I decide to do the noble
thing. “I’ll be back in a second,” I say, and dash back
to the office.
“I was just going to get an ice cream,” I announce.
“Does anyone else want one?” Only one taker.
Back with my order – one salted caramel for me,
one mint choc chip for Sarah – I’m surprised to find
the boy has been replaced by another boy, maybe six
He hands over the ice creams, £2.50 each for a
generous scoop in a waffle cone, and I make one
final dash back to the office, before the ice cream
starts to drip.
“I forgot to take a picture.”
I guess I’ll be going back soon. RC
Photo (of subsequent ice cream) by Rebecca Cunningham
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We aim to serve exquisite dishes, using the freshest produce, and
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Last month I mistakenly
The Dorset were
holding an ‘end of
season barbecue’ and
wondered why they
were marking the end
of summer so early.
I completely got the
wrong end of the stick: turns
out that the barbecue was a private affair for the
fencing club, to wind up their 2017/18 season. Sorry
for any confusion this might have caused: I can note
with some certainty that on August 19th acoustic
guitarist Stuart Bligh will be performing from 1pm
at the pub.
Delighted to say that Caccia & Tails is taking up
residence in the former Delish premises on Station
Street. This brand-new venture from Elisa Furci
will be serving up delicious cocktails and original
Italian fare to eat on-the-go.
With the heat wave continuing, it’s worth bearing
in mind that Castle Sandwich Shop are serving
a great range of iced drinks; Offham Farm have a
BBQ box offer; Sussex Tom Cat Gin have a new
blueberry flavour, and refreshing Silly Moo Cowfold
Cider is on tap at the Abergavenny in Rodmell.
Good Things Brewing Co are producing some
delicious pale ale, IPA and lager beers as well as
their own ‘spent grain’ flour to tackle food waste.
Some events to look out for include Diverse Sussex
at the Elephant and Castle (4th, 1-3pm, free);
the exciting Festival of Belonging at Newhaven
Fort (27th, 10am-6pm, free); Firle Vintage Fair
(11th-12th, 10am-5.30pm, £5-7), and Ridgeview
Vineyard’s Ridgefest on Ditchling Common (25th,
Finally, do remember that plenty of Artwave participants
will be sweetening visitors by dint of their
baking skills. I’m off to peruse the brochure now to
compile a personal ‘cake lovers’ art trail’… CK
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This month we asked photographer Benjamin Youd to capture four
adventurous types who run local campsites. And, practically enough, he
asked them: what’s your most important bit of equipment?
Julie Dunstall, YHA South Downs Hostel
“Something to stop spiders from coming into the tent!”
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Eva Olsson, Blackberry Wood
“A tarpaulin is essential so that you can cover you and your things
while you set up – just in case it rains!”
THE WAY WE WORK
Tim Bullen, The Secret Campsite
“The most essential item for a camping trip would be a flint and steel
so that you can light a fire for eating and relaxing by.”
THE WAY WE WORK
Nick Taylor, Housedean Farm
“An inflatable mattress to keep you comfortable when you go to sleep.”
Going to pot...
Google CBD (or cannabidiol,
to give it its
full name) and you’re
presented with a staggering
results. As the debate
over the legalisation of
cannabis for medical
usage rages, its alreadylegal
been attracting a lot of
Glowing reports link CBD with relief from conditions
as diverse as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s,
depression and MS. So what exactly is it? And is it
really such a panacea?
Jamie Moore is the man to ask. Consultant to
the Californian cannabis industry, he has worked
with the State Department there to set up a
medical cannabis network for veterans, and has
advised government departments in this country
on the subject.
“Cannabis is currently thought to contain between
115 and 120 active cannabinoid compounds,” he
says, “and CBD is just one of them. Each strain
of the plant expresses different concentrations of
the various cannabinoids, but CBD and delta 9
tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC) are present in the
Because we produce our own endocannabinoids,
nature’s cannabis versions can attach to the same
receptors in the body and brain, affecting pain,
emotions, movement, co-ordination and mood.
THC, Moore continues, is known for producing a
‘high’, while CBD has no psychoactive properties,
but causes positive physical changes. “In general
terms, it’s anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, and
anti-emetic, so it can be good for epilepsy, mild to
moderate anxiety, and inflammatory issues such
as ulcers. There are hundreds
of different strains,
and each confers different
effects, all medically beneficial,
so what we need
to do is to understand
their profiles, and also
look at the quantity and
frequency needed, and
the type of treatment.”
While CBD is now
available on the high
street, Moore advises doing your research. “Most
commercially available CBD is from hemp,” he
explains, “which doesn’t tend to be as effective as
the mother plant cannabis strains. For a stronger
medicinal effect, look for a proper, organic, non-
GMO farmed source, and a quality strain such
as ACDC, Harle-Tsu or Charlotte’s Web. Then
experiment. It’s perfectly safe in all forms, with
no adverse side effects.”
Someone who has benefitted from CBD is Lewes
mum Lucinda Wilde. “After years of panic attacks
and anxiety, I was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic
Stress Disorder in 2010,” she recalls. “I was prescribed
everything from Valium to Prozac, but it
only made me worse. Then one day at work I was
feeling really anxious and tearful, and a friend gave
me a few drops of CBD oil. I was instantly able to
calm down and breathe properly again, so I started
using it daily.
“I put two to four squirts on my tongue every
evening, and I feel wonderfully calm and able
to function normally. And there isn’t any of the
bloating, nausea, itchy skin rashes, confusion
or weight gain you can get from mental health
medication - just instant relief. CBD has enabled
me to shift gears. I’d recommend it to anyone. It’s
transformed my life.” Anita Hall
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A tale of sea monsters, shipwrecks and Steller
Illustration by Mark Greco
As a boy I often dreamt of escape, adventure and
discovery. I fantasised about unexplored islands
where creatures never seen by mankind still
waited to be discovered and described. Due to
my bad timing I arrived on this planet too late,
but one of my heroes was in the right place at the
Georg Wilhelm Steller was born on 10th March
1709 and he died on the 10th March 1709. While
the midwife packed her bags his auntie persevered
and he was revived on 10th March 1709. Steller
loved nature and his childhood was spent in the
woods and fields around his home in Windsheim,
Germany where, like me, he dreamt of exploration
and discovery. At the age of 31 his golden ticket
arrived. He was to be the scientist on an expedition
led by the indomitable Commander Vitus Bering.
Steller’s journals are one of the greatest adventure
stories ever told. After the St Peter sets sail from
Siberia Steller spends time with the sexually liberated
native people – the Itelmen – and learns how
to cure scurvy from their female shamans. But after
reaching Alaska things go wrong. Horribly wrong.
Despite Steller’s medical advice the entire crew is
struck with scurvy. A relentless violent storm tears
the St Peter apart and Steller, the only healthy man
on board, reluctantly takes the helm. Eventually
what’s left of the crew find themselves shipwrecked
on an undiscovered island. Scurvy, starvation and
Arctic foxes claim more lives, including that of
Bering himself but, despite this hell, Steller nips off
to do some birdwatching. On the newly christened
Bering Island he finds new species of eider duck,
sea eagle and sea lion and discovers some actual sea
monsters: colossal 10-tonne sea cows swimming
offshore. On the rocky shores Steller is the first
man to encounter a giant ‘quite ludicrous’ seabird
– the Spectacled Cormorant. After 10 months
stranded the expedition finally made it home. Steller
died in 1746. Steller’s Sea Cow was hunted to
extinction just 27 years after being discovered. The
Spectacled Cormorant hid from the hunters for
another 80 years until it too was lost forever.
A few years ago Mark Greco and I undertook
our own expedition to Tring in Hertfordshire
to examine one of only seven stuffed specimens
of Spectacled Cormorant left on this planet.
We didn’t suffer the same hardships as Steller
(although we almost missed our connecting train at
Milton Keynes). Awestruck, I carefully cradled the
cormorant. Its green iridescent feathers shimmered
under the museum lights and brought the bird’s
plumage back to life. For a moment I imagined
these cormorants swimming amongst the sea cows
as Steller stood watching from the shore, and I
dreamt again of an undiscovered island somewhere
out there. Considering the fate of the Spectacled
Cormorant and Steller’s Sea Cow, perhaps it’s best
it stays that way. Michael Blencowe, Senior Learning
& Engagement Officer, Sussex Wildlife Trust
I’m the grazing officer for the Sussex Wildlife
Trust. Along with my colleague Andy Scudder
(left in pic) I look after the livestock that graze 14
of the reserves owned or managed by the Trust,
two of which are in Lewes – Southerham Farm
and Malling Down.
Usually when you keep livestock, the land is
there for their benefit. But in our case – though
their wellbeing is of great importance to us – it’s
the other way round. The animals are there to
benefit the land: if they didn’t graze it, it would be
overrun with gorse, brambles, ash and hawthorn.
The 14 sites are spread across both West Sussex
and East Sussex, from Chichester to Rye.
In total we have about 500 sheep, 120 cattle and
13 ponies. It’s our job to move them from site to
site, wherever they’re needed, as well as to collect
them if they escape, or get them treated if they’re
injured. We spend a lot of time in the car! We’re
based at Southerham Farm, just outside Lewes,
but we don’t spend much time in the office.
The cattle are British White, Sussex and
Longhorn; the sheep are Herdwick, Hebridean
and Shetland. These hardy breeds are chosen because
they browse the scrub rather than graze the
grass. Because they’re not for the food market,
they don’t need to fatten up quickly.
The ponies are Koniks and Exmoors. They are
much more difficult to deal with than the other
animals, because they’re smarter! It’s easy to get
a cow in a pen: you just put their food in there. A
pony thinks: “if I go in there, you’re only going
to shut the gate, mate.” One went lame earlier
this year, and it took me two weeks before I could
catch him to give him treatment.
The sheepdogs are an essential part of our
team. Andy’s dog is called Tess, and I have Mac,
Chase, and Sky, though Mac has virtually retired
himself now, as he’s 16. He still helps when he
can: usually by sitting by the gate to make sure the
sheep go into the pen.
Another member of the team is our Ford
Ranger vehicle. We don’t mind if it gets dirty
outside (there’s a lot of driving through mud) or
inside (sometimes we have to carry injured sheep
in the cab). The car can drive over rough, hilly
terrain and is strong enough to pull a trailer with
six cows in it. We’ve had it nearly two years, and
it’s done almost 80,000 miles.
The public are a great help, at spotting injured
sheep and rogue dogs. Most dog owners are
sensible, but last year we lost six sheep in a night,
killed after receiving terrible injuries. If I had to
give three bits of advice to people who use the reserves,
they’d be: close the gate; keep your dog on
a lead around sheep... and join the Sussex Wildlife
Trust. As told to Alex Leith
Photos by Alex Leith
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Our illustration this month shows the brightly
coloured dust jacket for the 1936 edition of Chums
Annual for Boys. I bought it locally, over ten years
ago, from Bow Windows Bookshop in the High
Street. The hefty volume is full of thrilling adventure
stories like Red Falcon – The Pirate Hunter
and Sheba – The Magnificent by a certain Captain
Vividly illustrated in black and white, with four
coloured plates, the 400-page publication promised
‘innumerable articles and pictures on adventure
and sport’, all for a modest eight shillings and
sixpence. Four years later, of course, many of the
schoolboys who would avidly read these tales
of swashbuckling heroism would themselves be
involved in real life and death dramas in the early
stages of the Second World War.
For me, 1936 was the year my adventures began
for, let’s face it, life itself is an adventure into the
unknown and only the final phase is predictable
for all of us. As a schoolboy, for example, my first
trip abroad was to Holland just after the war. For a
fifteen year old, that was an adventure.
Sailing from Harwich into ‘the unknown’ – well
Zandvoort actually – a different language, food and
girls, one of whom, Inie, became my pen pal for
several years. Remember pen friends?
National Service was a two-year adventure in the
mid-1950s when, for a good part of the time, I
defended the people of Leighton Buzzard from
nuclear annihilation with my Olivetti typewriter.
Emigrating to the West Coast of America in 1960
was exciting enough and the journey across from
New York in a Greyhound bus pre-Palin and
Portillo was almost life enhancing.
Inevitably, on retirement to laid-back Lewes,
things have quietened down somewhat and what
counts as an adventure these days is trying to get to
St Leonards by train without incident. “Trespassers
on the line at Collington” most recently. Back to
Or how about boarding a number 124 bus at the
bus station, as my wife and I did early one Saturday
morning in June, for a magical mystery tour through
the joys of East Sussex? An adventure because we
soon discovered that Vernon, our driver, (we were
alone apart from one gentleman who was reading a
newspaper) had recently moved down to the south
coast from South London and was driving the picturesque
route to Eastbourne, through Glynde, Polegate
and Pevensey for the first time, with passengers.
“Makes a change from Lewisham” he chuckled, “Bus
replacement tomorrow at Three Bridges!”
One or two brief encounters to end with. I enjoyed
a decent scoop of locally produced ice cream from
‘Ez Tutty’ on the High Street, served by Sam, who
agreed that the ice cream parlour should surely offer
a ‘Tutti-Frutti’ speciality. And in Eastport Lane,
I checked out the well-being of a woman who was
crouched at the foot of the flint wall to Grange
Gardens. Chirpy local resident Ali reassured me
that she was only sowing wild poppy seeds. Silly
me! John Henty
“We stock music right
across the board, from
Minor Threat to Gil
Scott Heron,” says Del
Day, one of the new
owners of Union Music
Store. “If it’s good, it’s
in.” And… “If you can’t
find anything, we can get
you whatever you want.
Well, unless it’s rubbish,
then I’ll tell you to get
something else. I call
it retail with attitude.”
Sounds like this is going
to be fun.
By the time this mag
comes up, the new owner
of Woodruff’s Yard (Matt
is off to Holland) will have taken over both
sides of North Court, turning what was ‘Oyster’
into a houseplant shop. Michela, the Bolognese
woman who ran the underwear shop, is off to
pastures new herself – the Scottish Highlands,
we hear – and left an amusing ‘arrivederci’ note
in the window: ‘gone fishing’.
We got an e-mail from Chris Ettridge, who
tells us that the Dr Bike service – where he and
colleagues repair Lewesians’ bikes for free (plus
price of parts) – has been moved, thanks to the
generosity of Head Brewer Miles Jenner, from
outside the Nutty Wizard to outside Harvey’s
Yard. Every Saturday, 9.30am-12.30pm.
Meanwhile, if you’re a freelancer looking for
desk space, on a regular or ad hoc basis, North
Street Co-working have desks for freelancers
sick of using the kitchen table or lingering for
hours over a tepid coffee in one of Lewes’ many
cafés. They are licensing the Labour Party
offices in North Street: you don’t have to be a
Labour voter to join.
A quick mention for Unity Centre for Yoga,
Well-being and the Arts, who have been
awarded the tenancy of the former Turkish
Baths on Friars Walk
by the Lewes District
Council. Unity – who also
offer training for health
and well-being practitioners
– are currently
running a crowdfunding
campaign on Chuffed: if
you’re interested check
Hot off the press! Just as
we went to print we learnt
this year’s winners of the
Lewes District Business
at a glittering ceremony
at the Amex Stadium
on July 19th. The blue
riband Company of the Year trophy was won
by Tomsetts Distribution from Newhaven,
so huge congratulations to them. The Depot
cinema, after its first full year of trading, came
away with two awards, Tourist Destination of
the Year and – for Creative Director Carmen
Slijpen – Businessperson of the Year (the first
time this award has been won by a woman).
Other winners included Richard Soan Roofing
(Best Customer Service), Tiny Box Company
(Best Green Business), So Sussex (Business in
the Community), Fundraising Auctions (Best
Employer), Sarah Williams from The Patchwork
Cat (LEAP Entrepreneur of the Year) and
Front Room (Small Business of the Year).
Well done to all of them, then, and well done
too to David Sheppard, of the Sussex Chamber
of Commerce, who was tasked with choosing
the winners, with the help of a panel comprising
various local businesspeople, including
representatives from Allied Irish Bank, Cheesmuir
Building Contractors, Basepoint, Veolia,
Whitespace, Platinum Business Magazine,
Wave Leisure Trust, RSE Group, Uniglobe
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Alan Peters, locksmith
Carpentry has been my
profession for the past 46
In 2003 I trained and qualified
as a locksmith. I didn’t
know it at the time, but the
two trades really do go hand
in hand. In the past six years
of being a locksmith, my love
for carpentry has been able to
stay with me due to my customers requiring skilled
carpentry jobs, mainly door replacement.
As most of my customers know, until recently
I had the shop opposite the station. We were
there for six years, we thank all our customers for
their support. I am now totally mobile, meaning I
will come to you in my well-equipped van for all
your lock problems, right down to cutting a key. I
don’t have a call out charge.
I carry out free lock surveys
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giving you peace of mind
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I’m very organised. You
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everything in the van is in
the right place. I make sure
I’m fully stocked, so I can
complete the job on my first visit.
It pays to do that, because as well as covering
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HEADS FOR HEIGHTS
Edward Reeves would have been commissioned
to take this picture to celebrate the completion
of the construction of a new steam tower, in what
we now call the Phoenix Industrial Estate. We
don’t know the exact date, but assume it to be
some time in the 1870s.
Reeves archivist Dave Broom believes the mill
might well be that of Edward Chatfield, quite a
figure in Victorian Lewes. Chatfield employed 35
men and seven boys, and as well as running the
saw mill, he was a ship and barge builder, and a
merchant of timber, slate and coal. He owned a
99-ton ship – the SS Wallands – which employed
nine crew members, and as well as bringing coal
down from Newcastle, he sent Sussex timber up to
the north-east. Chatfield was living in Wallands in
the 1861 census, but he moved to a grand house he
had built, called Belle Vue, on St Anne’s Crescent,
now known as Southdown House.
In the background of the picture you can see the
embankment of the old railway line that ran to
Uckfield. On the right of the picture – taken from
the other side of the river where there is now the
walkway that runs past Tesco – you can see the
entrance to the Phoenix Iron Works.
We’ve inserted a close-up showing how nonchalantly
the builders are perching on the scaffolding.
The picture was especially posed for Reeves’ camera,
and the men seem to be involved in a show of
bravado as they balance, apparently fearlessly, on
narrow iron rods at least 60 feet from the ground.
We are, needless to say, in the very early days of
government health and safety regulations. AL
Thanks as ever to Edward Reeves, 01273 473274
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