This month we’ve been thinking myth and folklore – i.e. stories. Stories
bound up with magic and tradition – as personified by Olivia Bullock’s fab
Nutcracker of a cover.
People need stories. We know children do – and any who stumble on Myth
Atlas are in for a treat, promises Bags of Books’ Anna. But adults, too – Umi
Sinha from The Guesthouse Storytellers is convincing. Even naming things can,
of course, be a kind of shorthand storytelling. Take the sixty-strong Brighton choir
who’ll swell the Con Club this month: the Jam Tarts, they’re called. Oddly brilliant.
Stories can help keep us sane – even as they’re filled with magic. They offer an alternative
to the rational, every-day paradigm. So, Mt Caburn can be construed as a clod of earth
hurled by the Devil. Or Tchaikovsky’s family home at Christmas transformed – thanks
to magician Drosselmeyer – into a winter battleground.
Marc Chagall was, of course, a master of magical storytelling. Or what about American
city boy turned folk-music maestro, Bruce Molsky (who’ll perform this month at the
Elephant and Castle): what did those old-time, mountain songs say to him?
Meanwhile, of course, here comes Christmas. A magical time, at least for the littluns.
Might the adults be soothed, too – by a festive pizza from the Bus Club, or a bottle of
wine hand-picked by Harveys? We hope our guide to local gifts also HELPS. And,
when it all gets too much, why not slip out onto a chill night? Catch a glimpse of those
flitting, urban foxes.
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THE ‘FOLK & MYTH’ ISSUE
Bits and bobs.
8-29 Magic cover art by Olivia Bullock;
Gabriel Josipovici on a writing life in
Lewes; Bonfire Photo of the month;
Chalk Circle micro-fiction; Charity box,
the Cleft Lip and Palate Association;
Magic Circle to Peace Garden; book
reviews; pets, bikes and Doortrait;
Josephine Watson spreads the word while
cycling from Lewes to New Zealand;
plus, Carlotta Luke photographs Seven
31-35 Chloë King glides with the white
stork; John Henty finally sees The
Snowman; and David Jarman mourns the
reading of poetry.
On this month.
36-49 Stories Through a Glass Plate –
Lewes and the suffragettes; myth in the
making via the Treason Show; winter
tales by The Guesthouse Storytellers;
The Nutcracker streams into the
Depot; Film ’18; treat yourself to The
Jam Tarts; or visiting fiddle legend,
Illustration by Robin Shaw from The Snowman by Michael Morpurgo
Popsicle Bear by Lisa Jones
Listings and free time.
51-75 This month’s Gig of the
month, The Vapors, plus gig guide;
Christmas special classical roundup.
Diary dates, including the Christmas
Post, Glyndebourne backstage tours;
Peter Pan panto; Boogie Wonderland,
and many others. Free time including
Santa on the Bluebell Railway, Merry
Mayhem puppets; climbing Mt Caburn;
Myth Atlas; and Christmas
at Blackberry Park Farm.
THE ‘FOLK & MYTH’ ISSUE
77-89 Forty years of The Snowman; The
Quick and the Dead at the Jerwood, how
artists see one another; art and about from
Charlotte Snook, Peter and the Wolf, Artists
& Makers, plus; further afield, Burning the
Clocks, Artists Open Houses; and never
forgetting Quentin Blake. Also, Chagall,
Piper and Sutherland at Martyrs’.
91-97 Something wild at the Jolly
Sportsman; Sussex Sausage and Sage pizza,
courtesy of Bus Club recipe; test your palate
at Harveys wine tasting; and Chloë King
updates food news.
The way we work.
99-103 Local choir leaders let photographer
Rachael Edwards in on the music, plus each
shares their favourite Christmas carol.
104-132 Linklater’s Helen Meade shows
us why the space is so special; the mythical
bricks that are Lewes’s mathematical tiles;
Sussex folklore – why we can’t be too
careful; debunking health myths; Jonte
Smith, star of Lewes FC; why foxes aren’t
really wily; our local Christmas gifts guide,
and Late Night Shopping; plus, Alex Leith
goes business news walkabout.
146 Meet the Newhaven Seaplane Station
ladies’ football team, 1917.
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THIS MONTH’S COVER ARTIST
This month’s glorious cover
is the work of artist Olivia
Bullock. It was a lovely surprise
– when I went along
to visit, and Olivia unveiled
her plan – that she too had
arrived at thoughts of The
Nutcracker (seeing as we’ve
also interviewed dancer
Gary Avis, this issue, who’s
performing in the ballet –
see pg 43).
So, “Why The Nutcracker?”
“I’ve got an old Nutcracker”,
Olivia says. “Every year
out he comes. I’ve always
been fascinated by him –
and have been to the ballet
quite a few times with my
mum. I love the way this
thing can be transformed
into a human and fall in
love. There’s something
sinister as well as magical
Olivia agrees she’s drawn to
that sinister edge that’s vital
to fairytale. “I’ve always
loved stories, myths, tales.
Strange things. These are
recurrent themes in my
work. I like the idiosyncratic,
and the traditional
– masks, costumes, animal
personas and so on. There’s
a reason for everything,
every detail: though we
may no longer know those
reasons. Still, they communicate.”
her time, working
she spends it
commissions – with
clients like Random
House and Burberry.
“I recently did a huge
collage for Bombay
she says. “The
at an event in Shoreditch.
It was fun producing a 4 by
4 metre piece.” But she also
produces her own work.
She originally studied at
Kingston University, before
working for some years at St
Martin’s. “After I had children,
I couldn’t face the commute.”
Since then, she’s freelanced
from Lewes, and says she loves
coming into the studio: “it’s
very quiet here. Peaceful.”
She had a solo exhibition
locally a couple of years ago
called Superscience. “I’m aiming
for another one next year,
hopefully”, she says. “Have a
few ideas but can’t quite say
what its theme will be yet. I do
choose one theme, and explore
it. Music, for instance. Did you
know, there’s one polyphonic
scale that was banned as being
deemed too demonic? The way
certain notes can affect you.
Why? How? That’s the kind of
story that draws me in.”
She paints every element in
her work – the faces, hands
etc – then, usually, collages
them together. “I paint all
the detailed parts as well as
the looser washes; every element
is my own work. It’s the
juxtaposition of textures I find
effective”, she says.
“I always use gouache paint
because it dries quickly
leaving a powdery texture to
its surface. It’s often those
things – the way paint spills,
and bleeds, for instance – that
can add a real layer to the
work. The stuff that’s less
conscious. And yes, there’s
often a dark edge. But it’s the
combination – some of which
happens by chance – that most
interests me. How I balance
the idea I start out with, with
what occurs during the actual
process.” Charlotte Gann
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MY LEWES: GABRIEL JOSIPOVICI
How long have you lived here, and what
originally brought you to the town? I’ve
been living here for over fifty years, in the same
house. I came as a young lecturer in English
to the then newly-formed University of Sussex
in the days when one got a job for life at 22.
Because my early years were so unsettled, I
think, once I had found a job and place I liked I
didn’t want to move ever again.
Your parents were Jewish, and you were
born during the Second World War. How
concerned are you about the world today?
I was born in Nice in 1940. Not a good time
and place for Jews. By a mixture of luck and
my mother’s resourcefulness we survived. So of
course I’m hugely concerned. Far more than I
want to be, since I’m not naturally a political
animal. But it seems as if in the past decade
both politicians and the general public have
begun to forget the horrors and the lessons of
the first half of the twentieth century, and views
and attitudes we thought had been stamped out
for good appear instead to have been merely
biding their time. Everywhere one looks, from
Trump to Brexit to Putin to Egypt to Turkey,
Saudi Arabia, China and Brazil, the unthinkable
is happening. It’s desperately depressing.
You’ve written twenty novels, ten books
of non-fiction and numerous stage and
radio plays, and you review regularly for
the Times Literary Supplement. What is it
about writing that matters so much to you?
I have always written and I hope to go on
writing till I die. I can’t conceive of life
otherwise. To have spent the morning writing
makes the rest of the day a gift to be relished;
when I don’t or can’t the whole day seems grey.
Your latest novel, The Cemetery in
Barnes, which has been shortlisted for the
prestigious Goldsmiths Prize, struck me as a
tightly-woven web: the same scenes, slightly
altered, recurring – just as they might in life,
or mind, or memory? I’m glad you felt that. I
had written a story back in 1981, called ‘Steps’,
very compressed, which gave me a good feeling
– the sense of really having got somewhere.
But when it was published in a collection what
people said to me about it made me realise they
hadn’t really ‘got it’. So over the years I played
around with ways of expanding it, opening it up.
A few years ago, after the publication of my last
novel, Hotel Andromeda, I thought the time had
come to get down to it. The Cemetery in Barnes
is the result.
What do you enjoy most, today, about living
in Lewes? I now live partly in Lewes and partly
in London and I love them both. I love walking
on the Downs and about the town. I know just
enough people to make it seem familiar and
friendly but not too many to make working
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PHOTO OF THE MONTH
Harry Norman and his fiancée Jodie came over
to Lewes for Bonfire, and Harry snapped this
brilliant shot of the War Memorial. Seemed especially
apposite this November, which of course
marked the Centenary of the Armistice…
Harry told us a little more about the circumstances:
“Living in Seaford and working in Brighton
has its challenges, namely the trains! The 5th of
November, of course, makes this worse. But as
it’s my birthday on the 4th, this year we decided
to carry the celebrations over to the Monday,
finishing work early that day, and heading into
Lewes for fireworks and drinks. Commercial
Square friends offered us dinner, and invited us
to stay overnight – result.
We headed out about 19.30 towards the War
Memorial. Some years ago, I worked in an office
above the street just there. Of course, we enjoyed
the best possible views of the procession from
I managed to capture this shot – of the poppy
explosion, with some awesome fire light breaking
through the smoke – on my phone.
We went on to see the Commercial fireworks
display and witnessed the midnight prayers at
Commercial Square, which was a first for me.
Quite a spectacle, from the outside – especially
the Archbishop figure shouting things! Remember
remember the 5th of November…”
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BITS AND BOBS
Chalk Circle is a group of local writers who
decided to try something different. This month
they’ve launched into publishing, producing their
own first slim title: an anthology of ‘flash’ or
micro-fictions complete with illustrations.
Strata – Slices through the Human Landscape is a
collection of twelve stories, illustrated by local
artist, Tashi Reeve, and with a cover image
(pictured) by eminent, Ditchling-based, V&A
Illustrator of 2018, John Vernon Lord – who
produced this original piece in response to one of
the small stories. “We’re interested in beautiful
imagery, whether created in words or visually”,
Editor Danielle Sensier tells me. “And we’re all, I
think, compelled to write. We’ve been writing for
some years, and collaborating in a writing group,
meeting monthly as well as inviting authors like
Catherine Smith and Jon Walter to workshop
with us. About a year
ago we decided it
might be interesting
to create this other
Thus, the group turned
publisher. “This is our
first publication,” says Danielle; “we’re hoping
it won’t be our last.” They agreed on a word
limit of 350 words per story – “an interesting
discipline”, she laughs. “Some are magic realism,
some everyday: all of them drill down into the
human, internal experience. It’s that, I think, that
unites them.” And, “yes”, she says, “it’s been fun.
‘Let’s do it and learn’, we said to ourselves. So
that’s what we’ve done!” Charlotte Gann
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BITS AND BOBS
CHARITY BOX: CLAPA
The Cleft Lip and
(CLAPA) is a
working to improve
the lives of people
with a cleft lip and/
or palate and their
families. One in 700
babies is born with
a cleft, which can be
but may have a range of different long-term
impacts. CLAPA provides information, practical
support, a community and a voice to people
of all ages affected by cleft. We spoke to Anna
Martindale, Information and Communications
Manager, and Cherry le Roy, who’s Regional
Coordinator for South East England.
What kind of support does CLAPA provide?
Anna: A huge range of different things, but
one of our main areas of work is fostering local
connections. It’s important for people to know
they are not alone. Even though cleft is the
most common facial abnormality, one in 700 is
still equivalent to only one child in an average
secondary school, so you may never meet
another person with a cleft. Our local groups
allow children and families to connect with
each other, share experiences, and do normal
things outside the clinical environment. We
also have trained peer supporters in each local
area who can provide one to one support on
the phone or face to face.
What kind of activities happen in Lewes and
elsewhere in Sussex?
Cherry: We hope to support families affected
by cleft to run their own events and groups.
In the past we had one such group in Sussex
who organised Christmas parties, farm trips
and social occasions, but unfortunately this
since changed our
format for these
groups and have
removed a lot of
so they can be
Last summer we
organised a family
day at Blackberry
Farm, and this year a residential weekend for
eight to sixteen year olds at Hindleap Warren.
These were great fun and, as one attendee put
it, “Everyone’s so supportive; they don’t care
about your differences because they have them
too.” Although we lack local volunteers at the
moment, there was a lot of popular demand for a
Christmas get together so we’re hosting a party
at Monkey Bizness in Lewes on 16th December.
How can people help or get involved?
Anna: We’re a small charity and, like many,
have seen a drop in funding, so it’s a boring
request but we always need donations. Raising
awareness is really important, so it’s great when
people can do things like making us a charity of
the month at school or work.
Cherry: If you want to raise awareness by
giving a talk or presentation, we can supply
you with leaflets, presentations, balloons and
banners and can go through with you the best
way to engage with your audience. And we’d
love to hear from people with fundraising ideas
from bake sales and coffee mornings to school
assemblies. Locally, if any families affected by
cleft would like to help organise activities for
people to get together, I would be happy to talk
to them about what’s involved and how we can
work together. Interview by Rachel Playforth
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BITS AND PUBS
A GARDEN OF PEACE IN CASTLE PRECINCTS
Progress towards delivering the plan to renovate and extend the area
by the Maltings car-park – traditionally known as the Magic Circle
– has gathered pace. Initiated by Friends of Lewes, who have been
working towards this for several years, the project now also has financial
support from Lewes District and Town Councils and the
National Park Authority. Archaeological investigations have been undertaken,
a plum tree has been removed – to open up the site – and a
time schedule agreed – for completion by June next year, to coincide
with the centenary of the peace Treaty of Versailles at the end of the
First World War. Watch this space… Marcus Taylor, Friends of Lewes
LEWES IN NUMBERS
The population of any area changes through those being born, dying, moving in or moving out. In
Lewes District, for every 1,000 people in 2016, 60 moved into the district and 51 moved out, while 9
were born and 11 died. This totals 13% of the population being replaced in one year.
In Lewes Town, only births and deaths are available. They show 148 births and 137 deaths for 2016.
Lewes Town has more births than deaths, whereas Lewes District, which extends to Ditchling, Newick,
Seaford and Peacehaven, has more deaths than births. Sarah Boughton
GHOST PUB #50: THE CLIFFE TAVERN, 56 CLIFFE HIGH STREET
In my article on the Castle Inn, back in January, I mentioned
Jonathan May and the Barleycorn beer shop. That establishment
was at 56 Cliffe High Street. In September 1856 the
property was advertised to rent. It was described as premises
‘in which the business of an Eating House, retailing ale, &c.,
has successfully been carried on for some years…’ By the
1860s it was known as the Cliffe Tavern. George Page took
over in 1884, and ran the pub for ten years. On Saturday 23rd
June 1894 he was taken ill while at the bar, and died three
days later, aged 41. The moving obituary in the Sussex Express
highlights how well-known and respected many of the town’s
landlords were. George was the last of the long-term landlords at the Cliffe Tavern.
In 1902, landlord George Edwards was fined for serving two drunken men. One was ‘leaning on the counter,
swerving to and fro’, and the other ‘was apparently asleep’. Another two landlords came and went over
the next five years, and in 1907 the Cliffe Tavern was forced to close. The old pub is now part of Bill’s.
I have now covered almost all the old Lewes pubs that have closed since the 1880s, plus a few others on the
way. Although there are always more to write about, the 50th Ghost Pub, and the end of the year, seems an
apt place to draw this series to a close. Mat Homewood
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BITS AND BOOKS
A LITTLE GREEEN MAN, A DANCER AND A MUSE
In these days of the ‘hostile environment’, ‘taking back control of our borders’,
and all that’s ensued, comes the latest collection of poems by John
Agard. The Coming of the Little Green Man (Bloodaxe, £9.95) explores what it’s
like to be an outsider through his title character, ‘neither hero nor anti-hero.’
The Little Green Man arrives at Heathrow, and makes his way to the centre
of London where ‘pigeons don’t seem all that fussed/ by a little tourist the
colour of asparagus.’ He meets the Press – ‘How does it feel to be an ethnic/
minority of one?’ – and goes to the pub, avoiding the George and Dragon
for the more peaceful Green Man. He also gives blood, takes in the Notting
Hill Carnival, and goes on a blind date.
Like Zbigniew Herbert’s Mr Cogito, the Little Green Man allows Agard to
comment on contemporary politics. But like Herbert, Agard employs a subtler use of language than the
savage snarls of satirists like Swift or Pope. Agard speaks in parables, his poem ‘A Debate’ perhaps the best
example of this approach: ‘A black man and a white man/ … are engaged in a debate.// What has only
one syllable/no eye, no ear, no tongue/ yet is God’s class act of creation?’ Night, says the black man; Day
says the white man. ‘Grass, says the little green man./ A sun bed for the living, a duvet for the dead.’ Poets
need a foreign eye. Especially in these troubled times. John O’Donoghue
This charming book recounts the life of dancer Silvia Ebert. Born in
1926 into an upper-middle class family, Silvia’s childhood was privileged
and happy, despite wartime restrictions and upheavals. Aged sixteen, she
decided she wanted to be a dancer, and commuted to her dance school
through doodlebug raids, eventually winning a place in the Royal Ballet.
In Not Just Another Swan (as told to Angela Wigglesworth), we get
a first-hand view of Silvia’s life dancing with Audrey Hepburn and
Margot Fonteyn, and of her annual stints at Glyndebourne where she
met her theatre-manager husband Peter Ebert, and where both she
and Peter would return each summer for the opera season. The book’s
title alludes to Silvia’s rejection of the stifling nature of classical ballet,
refusing to be ‘just another swan’, and instead seeking out work that
allowed her to express herself more freely.
Silvia lived a nomadic life following Peter around the world as he worked in various theatres,
with their eight children in tow. This is an honest and engaging account, which will appeal to
readers who enjoy personal narratives and family history. We feel for Silvia as she schleps her small
children across strange cities, or deals with her husband’s infidelity, and the physical demands of the
dancer’s world. Lulah Ellender
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BOOKS AND BOBS
Frieda by Annabel Abbs is a compelling story. The novel begins with a
moment that changed not only the life of its protagonist, Frieda, but
the world of English literature. In 1907 Frieda Weekley, a housewife
and mother of three young children, is visited by her sister, Nusch. The
contrast between wealthy Nusch’s exotic, bohemian circle in Germany
and Frieda’s drab life in a shabby Nottingham house triggers an unfolding
series of events that culminates in Frieda’s much-written about elopement
with DH Lawrence.
The narrative follows Frieda’s inner struggle between being a dutiful wife
in a stultifying marriage, and her fear that she ‘might die before I have
lived’. Annabel Abbs illuminates this conflict between the domestic and the
yearning for freedom in a gripping story that tracks Frieda from England
to Germany and ultimately to her time as a muse to Lawrence in Italy. We follow Frieda’s affairs with
various lovers as she strives to find fulfilment and happiness. Her sexual liberation and unwillingness to
conform to social norms was met with considerable condemnation; all the more vehement when she left
her children behind.
But the story is more nuanced than a mother abandoning her family because of the ‘wild lure of his
[Lawrence’s] poetry, his ideals, his genius’. Abbs’ book brilliantly conveys the turmoil and anguish this
choice (if indeed she felt she had any choice) caused Frieda, and recreates her complex, tumultuous inner
world with skill, empathy and a refreshing lack of judgement. Lulah Ellender
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RIDERS OF LEWES #02
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volunteering their services in central Lewes.
Original mechanics Pete Barnes and Chris
Franks moved on in 2014, but this essential service
– quite possibly the oldest ‘Dr Bike’ in the
country – continues thanks to Mike Bray and a
team of ten or so volunteers.
Mike is a lifelong cyclist and also works as a cycle
trainer. “After becoming a cycle trainer it became
apparent that I needed to improve my mechanical
skills so I volunteered to help,” he
explains. He subsequently became
a qualified bike mechanic.
Dr Bike offers minor repairs and
servicing, and has a few spare
parts, but they don’t aim to compete
with local bike shops. Mike
says they “keep it informal”, with
the money from donations used to:
“keep our tools up to date, and pay
for our insurance, and coffee and
cake”. The volunteers also nominate a charity for
an annual donation.
They’ve been based in a variety of locations
around town, including a spell outside the Nutty
Wizard, with the Bean Cycling social enterprise
pop-up café. In June 2018 they moved to the entrance
to the Harvey’s Yard, off North Court, and
you can find them there on Saturday mornings –
“weather permitting!” Daniel Etherington
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Here’s Josephine Watson reading her copy
of Viva in Kazakhstan; the 12th country on
her epic adventure to cycle, with boyfriend
Tristan, from Lewes to New Zealand. It’s
not every day that you set off on an 11,000-
mile bike ride, so we thought we’d better find
out what inspired the trip. ‘Originally it was
Tristan’s idea,’ writes Josephine from the road.
‘He’s really into cycling and had read a few
books about cycling the world. We both really
wanted to travel but I hate having to rely on
public transport. Travelling by bike you can
stay or leave wherever or whenever you want!
Since being on the road for four months, our
reasons for travelling by bike have changed.
You reduce your carbon footprint dramatically,
you experience the whole country rather
than just the backpacker’s ‘highlights’, and lo-
cals are way more eager to talk to you. The list goes on!’
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progress on Instagram [@_goingincircles_]
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and keep spreading the word. Send your photos and a few
words about you and your trip to firstname.lastname@example.org
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FOCUS ON: SPICES
Carlotta visited Chloe Edwards of Seven Sisters’
Spices and took these gorgeous photos. One pic is
of Chloe mixing preserved lemons and she gave us
her recipe: “Thinly slice 2 washed, unwaxed lemons,
removing the pips. Put them into a bowl along with
1.5tbsp of sea salt and 2tsp of chilli flakes (depending
on how hot you like things). Mix together and put
into a sterilised jar, topping with olive oil to keep
them fresh. They’re good to eat after about a day
and for up to 2 weeks.” Seven Sisters’ Spices can be
found at both Lewes Friday Food Market & Lewes
Farmers Market, and at sevensistersspices.com.
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In the home of white storks
The problem with
switching from a new
place back to a familiar
one is that, all of a sudden,
you can find yourself
I have just returned from
a trip to Portugal where
everything I saw seemed as
exciting as something I’d
never seen before. “Cod!”
And then I arrive home,
and nothing seems novel. I start scrabbling
around, thinking of ways to make this old carpet
a bit fluffier, a bit brighter, better fitting. I try to
do things I haven’t done much, like… rowing!
Rowing is one thing that always feels new to me,
or special, or new and special. What a pity that
we live on a river, and yet most of us have never
seen Lewes from the water.
The river offers a unique perspective: that
wonderful thing, being in between. Plus, what
view isn’t improved by being framed by a stretch
I’m so lucky to have a boat-mad uncle and access
to beautiful old wooden skiffs that were built to
hold ladies and gents in Edwardian garb. You
could argue that boats are as much chairs as they
are vehicles: they enable you to get from a to b,
and back to a, again, in comfort and style. But
the business of getting from a to b and back to a,
on a boat is different from on wheels, or legs.
Firstly, you have these huge great wooden oars
that need to be moved forwards and backwards
at an appropriate height, speed and distance
from a number of variables – including yourself,
other people, your boat
and the river.
You have to work in
co-operation with your
And you have to
almost entirely STOP
THINKING. The more
you think about the
thing you’re doing – i.e.
bringing these bloody
great wooden oars back
and forth so that you
don’t get stuck – the
more stranded you’re likely to become.
Instead, you must relax. You must let your
body find its own rhythm and when it has,
miraculously, you may find that those bloody
great wooden oars are moving in graceful
harmony with those of the next person.
When I start rowing, I’m stiff. The oars hit
my knuckles and my companions laugh at the
expression of pure anxiety and despair on my
face. In time, however, I stop staring unhappily
at the end of my sticks and start to admire the
The crew chats about whether or not they really
saw a stork on the riverbank the other week. Not
likely. Too exotic a bird to see in Sussex, surely,
and yet they were once native here. Storrington,
near Horsham, is known in the Domesday Book
as Estorchstone – the home of white storks.
I admire those now less-familiar hills, the
autumn, heron, buzzards, and a swan with
feathers puffed up. “A bad-tempered animal”,
says my uncle, and I can relate. I, like that
irritable old bird, need the river’s magic to calm
my over-busy head.
Illustration by Chloë King
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Lewes Out Loud
Plenty more Henty
It’s ironic really that, having
spent a good part of the last
eighteen months writing,
rehearsing and appearing in
Raymond Briggs’s Sofa – my
radio play tribute to the
remarkable illustrator who
lives locally – I have never
seen The Snowman film
which was first broadcast on
Boxing Day in 1982.
The 26-minute masterpiece
by animator, Roger
Mainwood, who died
earlier this year, won a Bafta and an Academy
Award nomination. It has, of course, become
a perennial seasonal favourite, screened on
British television every Christmas with the
exception of 1984.
Where have I been all of this time I thought to
myself as I visited the exhibition of the same
name at Brighton Museum recently. Here you
can see the original illustrations for Raymond’s
much loved picture book and in one corner, a
screen was continuously showing the film to
a group of young visitors, perched on stools. I
joined them and puzzled even more over having
missed such a magical tale.
The Snowman runs until January 6 (see pg 77)
and, incidentally, my play raised over £1,700 for
local charities and received praise from the man
himself. Raymond penned ‘Congrats. on raising
so much dosh!’. It was a great pleasure and thanks
to Viva readers in both Lewes and Brighton for
Further irony this month, especially if you can
recall my lavish praise for our local cinema
in November. Friendly staff, good food
and comfortable seating, I wrote, and near
perfection for this occasional
picture goer as I settled down
for a lunchtime showing of A
Star Is Born.
That is until five minutes
into the movie. Enter woman
left, in the dark, clutching
her Smartphone and clumsily
seeking her seat – next to me.
Then she checked her screen
twice before the arrival of
another woman who was
carrying a small container of
strong smelling food which
they proceeded to share.
Despite all this, I enjoyed the film, although
I’m obliged to say that I preferred the 1976
version with Barbra Streisand and no gratuitous
swearing. Why the need for this and indeed,
why the need for reprising such film classics?
Coming soon to Le Depot, Funny Girl and a
revamped Mary Poppins in time for Christmas.
Oh dear! I’m beginning to sound like
Southover’s version of Scrooge and nothing
could be further from the truth. I’ll be
downtown for late night shopping as usual
– checking the chestnuts and sharing some
mulled wine. For Christmas I want a Yuyu hot
water bottle with Liberty cover and adjustable
strap. Over the festive period, the family and
I may be playing an American board game I
acquired in Seaford. It’s called Trump – The
Game and comes complete with 60 Trump
cards, a plastic money tray, game board and
Trump money. Honest!
There is a highly complex rule book but, in
true US Presidential style, I’ll tear that up and
we’ll get the battered Snakes and Ladders box
out as usual! Happy Christmas!
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Among the adverts
‘Few people read poetry any more.’ That’s
Clive James, writing in his latest poem The
River in the Sky. A bit ungracious, perhaps,
considering the sales of his many recent poetry
books. But, maybe buying poetry is the easy
part. Reading the damn stuff is the problem.
And yet, poetry readings are flourishing, and
I’m sure that’s not because people are so lazy
that they prefer to pay to have the poet read
aloud to them, rather than endure the fatigue
of turning the pages themselves. I’m told that
sales of the books of the poets reading at these
events can, often, disappoint. It’s as though the
audience, having paid for their tickets, feel that
no further financial outlay is required. Still, I’m
sure that sales don’t plumb the depths of a piece
by DJ Enright from his collection, Under the
‘The poet is to give a reading from his new
book… the dutiful publisher carries a dozen
copies of the poet’s new book to sell at the
reading… Now it is over, and the publisher
gathers up the unsold books, counting them
glumly… he trudges home, weary and puzzled
– How can thirteen copies be left over from
Sometimes, I fear that poets are now only
read by other poets. And sometimes, not even
that. Here’s Enright again, in his Poem on the
‘only the elderly person / observes the request
that the seat be offered to an elderly person…
only the poet / peruses his poem among the
Inevitably, perhaps, the poem was then chosen
as an addition to Poems on the Underground.
Maybe we’re just all too busy. After all, frankly,
how many of us can spare the time to read the
whole of even a haiku in one go?
Does poetry form any part of the everyday
commerce of life anymore? I’m thinking of
Muriel Spark’s novel The Mandelbaum Gate,
recently reissued as part of her centenary
edition, with a thoughtful introduction by
Gabriel Josipovici, subject of this month’s ‘My
Lewes’. The novel begins:
‘Sometimes, instead of a letter to thank his
hostess, Freddy Hamilton would compose a
set of formal verses – rondeaux, redoubles,
villanelles, rondels or Sicilian octaves – to
express his thanks neatly.’
It’s a charming idea. In his poem Vers de Société,
Philip Larkin takes a more mordant view of the
social round. A drinks invitation has arrived.
His initial reaction? ‘In a pig’s
arse, friend.’ So his reply begins:
‘Dear Warlock-Williams, I’m
afraid –’ Then he reflects.
For various reasons (read the
bloody poem!) he finds himself:
‘whispering Dear Warlock-
Williams: Why, of course –’
And yet, these invitations are so
numerous that he could spend
‘half my evenings if I wanted /
canted over to catch the drivel
of some bitch / who’s read
nothing but Which.’
The poem was written in 1971.
In the 1990s, when the new
editor of Viva Lewes was at
the helm of Which? magazine
as managing editor, Larkin
would doubtless have chosen
a different example to typify
Illustration by Charlotte Gann
Suffrage to Citizenship
Stories Through a Glass Plate
Lewes has long dined out on
its radical incomers but there
was nothing on the menu when
Beatrice Sanders, a suffragette
from Battersea, came to stay in
1913. That’s because Beatrice,
charged with conspiracy, was
here as a guest of His Majesty,
and she was on hunger strike.
With Holloway prison
overflowing, the authorities
needed to find out-of-theway
lock-ups where militant
women wouldn’t attract
adverse publicity. Lewes
seemed to fit the bill.
Despite its proximity to
Brighton, where barely a
seafront railing went naked of
a suffragette, Lewes instead
bred suffragists, mildmannered
believed the vote should be
won by lobbying parliament,
not lobbing things at it.
Opinion in the town on the
question of votes for women
was divided and open-air
meetings, according to the
Sussex Express at the time,
suffered ‘many sarcastic
interruptions’ (sound familiar?)
but no disorder.
But despite a lack of local,
vocal support for the cause, the
lives of many ordinary people
in Lewes were changed for
the better – eventually – with
the introduction of the 1918
Representation of the People
Act, which gave some women
the vote for the first time and
also significantly increased
Thanks to the worldrenowned
researchers have been able
to take the names of local
first-time voters and find
their portraits amongst an
incredible collection of some
150,000 glass plates. “I can’t
Beatrice Sanders taking tea, LSE Flickr site
ON THIS MONTH: EXHIBITION
Grace and Lancelot Vinall, Edward Reeves
believe how important and
interesting and endlessly
giving the archive is,”
says local photographic
historian Brigitte Lardinois,
who was also behind the
Lewes Remembers. “We are
constantly finding new ways
to tell the stories of ordinary
people affected by big
One such was Grace Vinall of
Wayside, South Malling. By
the time she was eligible to
vote, Grace was 49, widowed,
and had two grown-up sons.
Grace’s eldest son, Lancelot,
came home safe from serving
two years in the Royal
Garrison Artillery and cast
his ballot for the first time
alongside his mother in
But we can’t leave poor
Beatrice Sanders holed up
without further mention.
Beatrice’s visit did attract
attention. Women from near
and far gathered outside the
prison and sang suffragette
songs and ‘rousing national
airs.’ Fearing for her survival,
the authorities released
Beatrice into the care of
one of a handful of local
sympathisers – Greta Allen
– who took her to a nursing
home in Priory Crescent
where she was presented
with a bouquet. A few days
later, a frail but unrepentant
Beatrice was conveyed by taxi
to Lewes station, taken down
to the London platform in a
wheelchair by two porters who
popped her into a first-class
compartment and gently drew
Direct action and the ‘war to
end all wars’ may have won the
vote in the end but perhaps
there was something to be
said, too, for a kinder, gentler
politics. Eleanor Knight
From Suffrage to Citizenship;
The campaign for women’s
right to vote in Lewes is open
Saturday 15 December 2018 to
4 January 2019, Mon-Fri 9-5
pm, Lewes Town Hall as part of
Reeves’ Stories Seen Through a
Glass Plate series.
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ON THIS MONTH: REVUE
The Treason Show
Revisiting the biggest stories of 2018
Mark Brailsford is
for the right phrase.
“I know you can’t
use that word. There
might be a better word,
His eyes twinkle. “It’s
a clusterfudge.” Our
conversation has turned
to Brexit, which is
certain to be a key part
of the satirical revue he’s directing this month.
“We scattergun everyone, both sides get it from
The Treason Show, but because the dominant
narrative is so incompetent, we only have to
cover what’s going on and we look like we’re
biased. And I can’t help that, because Brexit is a
disaster. Whichever way you look at it.”
Now in its 19th year, The Treason Show has
become a Brighton institution, reflecting
current affairs in a collection of comedy sketches
and songs. In recent years, the group’s annual
end-of-year show – That Was The Year That Was
– has even spread beyond the city to Lewes and
Although Mark founded the show, he’s keen
to emphasise the collaboration involved.
He reckons there have been well over 300
contributors since the original cast of four trod
the boards at Brighton’s Komedia. However,
The Treason Show might easily never have
happened at all. Back in 1999, Mark mentioned
his work on the Radio 4 Week Ending sketch
show when he met Geoffrey Perkins, then BBC
Head of Comedy. The Perkins response was
“That taught you two things: how not to write
and how not to be funny.” Mark “loved him even
more after that” and
decided to drop satire in
favour of playwriting.
Whilst arranging for
his latest play to be
performed at Komedia,
he was asked if he’d like
to set up a topical sketch
show. Despite hesitating
initially, Mark decided
on a three-month trial
in June 2000. “After
two marriages and near-bankruptcy as well, the
company motto is ‘we’re still here’.”
Indeed they are – and in the final stages of
assembling this year’s conclusive performances.
“You would think the Christmas show, which is
a ‘best bits’ show, would be easier to put together
than the regular shows. It’s not. It’s actually
harder. Because it’s a review of the year, it has
to encompass the big stories and then marry up
with our best material – and those aren’t always
the same thing.” Ultimately, Mark’s aiming for
“a distillation of the narrative”, he says. “There
are story arcs for every year. You will see a
thread of triggering moments that everybody’s
reacted to throughout 2018.” And so we return
to “the b-word”, as Mark puts it. “There will
definitely be a reaction to Brexit stuff. A mix
of people going ‘I don’t like that’ and others
cheering wildly. We want it to be a unifying,
cathartic experience. Making people laugh
together. It’s tougher to do comedy these days.”
That Was The Year That Was 2018 is at the
White Hart Hotel on Sat 22nd and at Horatio’s
on Brighton’s Palace Pier from Thurs 27th until
Mon 31st. treasonshow.co.uk
Photo by Tom Gallagher
ON THIS MONTH: LITERATURE
Photographed: Joan Rhodes MBE (left); Michael O’Leary; Jan Blake. Photos by Steve Creffield Photography
The Guesthouse Storytellers
As told by committee member Umi Sinha
Why did you set up The Guesthouse
Storytellers? In 2006 a group of us did an
oral storytelling course with Roi Gal-Or from
the International School of Storytelling at the
University of Sussex. We enjoyed it so much we
started to meet monthly in our homes to share
stories. As people started bringing partners
and friends, it outgrew our living rooms, so
we rented a room at the Hillcrest Centre – a
community centre in Newhaven – and it just
went from there. We’ve now been going eleven
years, and are one of the most established
storytelling clubs in the country. We host top
professional storytellers three times a year, and
the rest of the time are open to anyone who’d
like to have a go. We also organise occasional
What is it about storytelling – the live
activity – that’s so magical? Everyone
loves to hear a story. People tend to think
storytelling is for children, but when adults
come along for the first time you can see the
wonder in their faces as they rediscover the joy
of live storytelling: the active and spontaneous
communication between teller and listeners,
and the magic of creating images in your head
as you listen. Humans tell each other stories all
the time. It’s the quintessential human activity,
creating narratives to make sense of life and
pass on our wisdom. That’s why we love books
and films and TV serials – we’re always hungry
I see there’s an element of fixed ‘bones’ and
improvisation to your evenings? What does
that add? The ‘bones’ are the structure or plot,
which gives the story its shape. Around that it’s
possible to improvise, to keep the story live,
so it doesn’t sound like a recitation. A story
evolves as you tell it and go deeper; every time
it’s different – a response to the atmosphere
and that particular audience. That’s part of the
magic: even if you hear a story several times, it’s
never exactly the same.
Do your evenings have a ‘campfire’ feel?
Our ‘club evenings’ (open to all) tend to be
more intimate and informal, while professional
evenings depend on the teller. Some are more
theatrical, some more like traditional fireside
storytellers; some funny, others serious. And
the stories also vary: creation myths, fairy tales,
tales from round the world, epic sagas, true life
stories, ghost stories – we’ve had them all.
Is the Christmas one special? It takes place at
the darkest time, when the year is turning, and
traditionally this is the time of festivals of light,
bonfires, and people gathering to hear stories
to carry them through the dark cold nights. It’s
also our thank you to our listeners and tellers,
who have supported us through the year, with
heart-warming stories, complimentary mulled
wine, mince pies and gingerbread biscuits.
Interview by Charlotte Gann
The GuestHouse Storytellers meet at the
Hillcrest Centre in Newhaven on the second
Tuesday of every month (in December, 11th). The
café serves supper and refreshments from 6.45pm
and storytelling starts at 7.30pm. Club nights £5/
£4; others £9/ £7. guesthousestorytellers.com
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ON THIS MONTH: BALLET
Gary Avis on playing the magician
Photo by Tristram Kenton
The Nutcracker is to be streamed live, from
the Royal Opera House, to our cinema in
Lewes. It’s obviously the Christmas ballet:
what in your own words is at the heart of
its appeal? The Royal Ballet’s production has
got everything you could possibly need to feel
festive. It takes you back to childhood and
provides a beautiful family connection between
generations. It’s quite a responsibility to lead the
storytelling, playing Drosselmeyer: for a couple
of hours I really feel that I’m holding people’s
Christmas in my hands.
What’s different or unusual – special –
about this production? It doesn’t get any
better. It just doesn’t! Tchaikovsky created the
most incredible score, and it’s so wonderfully
familiar. (First timers are often surprised to
find they recognise far more than they knew.)
Sir Peter Wright has delivered what I feel is the
ultimate and classic production: stunning sets
and costume designs; the magical clarity of the
storytelling; and, of course, the most fabulous
choreography danced by the world’s finest
company. Everyone involved has so much pride
in it, from the children in the party scene right
through to the Sugar Plum Fairy: I think the
audience can really feel that and they know it’s
Your character is the magician and toymaker
who brings the nutcracker, and the dancing
dolls, into the family Christmas. What do
you enjoy most about playing him? (How
deeply do you think about character in
ballet? How close is your job to acting?)
Oh, this is an acting role, no doubt. Of course,
I’m a still a dancer at heart and I make my
performance as physical and musical as I can.
By the end, I feel like I’ve danced right through
it; I’m totally exhausted. But Sir Peter has put
Drosselmeyer at the heart of the storytelling:
the whole magical truth rests on his shoulders.
It’s rare for an acting role to have such a
presence in a ballet and that brings enormous
pleasure, as well as pressure, to playing him.
What’s most wonderful, to you, about
Tchaikovsky’s score? There’s so much
to love, it would take all night to tell you.
But if I must pick just one part, it has to be
the transformation scene, when the family
home grows in size for the battle and then is
transformed into a fabulous winter wonderland.
As a magician, Drosselmeyer is at the heart of
this, and makes it all happen. The music allows
me to forget all the technical aspects – the ropes
and hydraulics – and the audience forgets too.
When I’m out there, it’s just me, Clara and
So, what is The Nutcracker all about? Pure
magic? The world keeps moving faster and
faster and it feels like life just becomes more
stressful and complicated. What The Nutcracker
does brilliantly is transport everyone back to
a simpler time: something we can all relate
to and share. It’s about family, the gentle loss
of innocence and the discovery of true love.
Interview by Charlotte Gann
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ON THIS MONTH: FILM
Left to right: Paddington 2, White Christmas, It’s a Wonderful Life
Dexter Lee’s cinema round-up
About this time last year, I bumped into Lewes
Depot trustee John Kenward, and as usual he
gave me his latest film recommendation. It’s
generally a slow-moving Italian documentary or
some sort of Iranian arthouse work. “Have you
seen…” he said, then paused, for effect. “Have
you seen… Paddington 2? Marvellous film. I’ve
As usual I took him up on it; I went with my
wife. Just us. We both laughed (a lot) and we
both cried (just a little bit). As ever, John had
hit the nail on the head. If you missed it at the
Depot you’ve a last chance to see it at Lewes
Film Club, at the All Saints (16th).
That’s the only one from the Film Club this
month, so the rest of the films listed here are
one-offs and specials at the Depot. The month
starts with Big Howard, Little Howard (1st), in
which TV comedian Howard Reed, in person,
interacts with his six-year-old on-screen
persona, as seen on TV. Then there’s a one-off
screening of Robert Zemeckis’ 2004 CGI
animation The Polar Express (2nd), in which a
cynical-of-all-things-Christmas kid takes a train
ride to the North Pole, to see Santa. And on the
15th, while we’re talking kids’ films, there will
be two screenings of CBeebies’ Christmas Show
There are three very different one-offs in the
first week of the month. First up, there’s a rare
chance to see Gone with the Wind (2nd) on a big
screen. Need I say more? Go on, then. Roguish
Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) meets manipulative
Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh). He’s no
gentleman, she’s no lady, and quite frankly,
since it’s just shy of four hours long, you’ll be
glad there’s an interval. Meanwhile this month’s
dementia friendly offering is the classic musical
White Christmas (4th). And, also set in the
festive season, there’s Carol (6th). This (Patricia
Highsmith) book-to-film choice (read it, watch
it, discuss the difference) is a 50s-based periodpiece,
starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney
Mara, about a cross-class lesbian relationship.
On the 3rd and the 9th, live from the Royal Opera
House, there’s a screening of Peter Wright’s
interpretation of Ivanov’s ballet The Nutcracker,
with its sumptuous Tchaikovsky score, featuring
young Clara, her enchanted doll, and, of course,
the Sugar Plum Fairy (see pg 43).
It’s a while since I’ve seen It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad,
Mad World, Stanley Kramer’s immensely successful,
recently restored, madcap 1963 comedy,
with an all-star cast containing some still-familiar
names, such as Spencer Tracy, Terry-Thomas,
Mickey Rooney and Phil Silvers. It’s this
month’s Comedy Genius, introduced by Phil
Nicol (16th). And finally, inevitably, Christmas
being Christmas, Michael Voigt has chosen It’s
a Wonderful Life (19th) as his December film to
watch and analyse afterwards. Programmer Carmen
tells me she’ll probably screen it a couple
more times, so check the website for news of
this and all the month’s other releases.
ON THIS MONTH: MUSIC
Sixty-strong indie choir
“If it hadn’t been for
John Peel, and my mate
Bob who used to make
me mix tapes, Jam
Tarts might be doing
harmonised versions of
Another Day in Paradise,
I’m drinking a cup
of tea in Li Mills’
Brighton kitchen, and
she’s telling me about her musical awakening at
York University. Li is the founder and director
of Brighton’s celebrated 60-strong choir, famous
for their covers of “punk, post-punk and indie”
songs. She also does the song arranging, turning
the raw material into something… well, something
“I was into Phil Collins when I went to York,”
she says. “But that soon changed. I ended up
doing my finals thesis on punk rock. I wrote to
John Peel to ask him if he could help me, and he
practically wrote the thing.” She does a little ‘allpraise’
gesture in the great DJ’s memory.
She shows me the playlist for their Christmas
gigs in the Con Club and St George’s Church,
in Kemp Town, and I guess that Peel would
approve of most of the choices. “The first song
I arranged was Hallelujah, by Leonard Cohen.
But then everyone started doing that, so we took
it out of our repertoire. A lot of our songs aren’t
that well known. And the ones you will know,
you might not recognise until halfway through.
I love watching people in the audience trying to
work out that the tango-based harmony they’re
hearing is Every Day I Love You Less and Less by
‘The Tarts’, as Li calls them, have been going
since 2004, starting
as a group of
Hanover parents and
quickly growing into
bigger. Here are some
quickfire facts I learn:
a third of them are
men; they dress in red,
pink and black; they
have regularly played
Union Chapel, Islington; because no-one wants
to leave and things get a bit messy beyond sixty,
there’s very rarely room for new members to
join. Li is just mad about Nick Cave, so there’ll
always be one of his numbers in there. Oh, and
they have legendary after-show parties.
She’s delighted to be returning to the Con Club,
where she has performed (supporting The Wave
Pictures) in one of the other bands she’s involved
with, a “lo-fi, multi-instrumental four-piece of
Tarts”, called Suburban Death Twitch. “The
acoustics are great there,” she says. “It’ll be a
squeeze, though”. It’s not just the sixty choir
members, you see. “For our bigger gigs we’re accompanied
by musicians: a pianist, a cellist, two
trumpeters, a percussionist, a violinist.”
All the songs in the December shows will have a
‘winter’ theme, to give the evening a festive feel.
But not corny festive, of course. “Some of the
songs might not feel particularly Christmassy,”
she concludes. “When Nick Cave wrote Fifteen
Feet of Pure White Snow, I don’t think he was
thinking about the stuff that comes out of the
sky.” Alex Leith
The Jam Tarts are playing at the Con Club, 20th
December, 7.30pm, £13 from Si’s Sounds/Union
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ON THIS MONTH: MUSIC
US folk legend hits Lewes
Photo by Gary Alter
What is it that first drew you to folk music?
My very first exposure to old time mountain
music was Doc Watson’s first LP, which my sister
gave me for my eleventh birthday. I was just
learning to play guitar, and pretty much locked
myself in my room until I could pluck out Doc’s
Black Mountain Rag. That led me to the fiddle
and banjo, and I was totally hooked. There was
something in old time music that just seemed to
speak directly to me: it woke me up to a whole,
other world I knew nothing about.
As a young person, too, there was a romantic
notion around it – hearing music conceived of
and played by “regular” people. It resonated, and
made me want to do it. Old time and bluegrass
music was popular on the radio in New York
City in the late 1960s – thanks to the influence
the Folk Revival was having on all pop music of
that era – and I just started listening and absorbing.
Eventually I moved south myself, to be
closer to the source of the music, the old players
and the rural southern culture. It was all very
exotic for a city boy, and exciting.
What’s the essence of ‘folk music’, for you?
When it works right, it draws people together
in the most positive and uplifting kind of way.
A good song brings the human condition right
out in the open in a way nothing else really can.
We can look at ourselves, our strengths, our
foibles, our whole lives. Even after all this time
listening and playing, I’m still moved by a lot of
what I hear, and it makes me want to keep doing
I see from Wikipedia, folk music is related, at
root, to folklore: is this connection important
to you? And if so, how? I think that, in order
to appreciate any kind of music, there has to
be appreciation of the culture and times it grew
out of. I didn’t grow up in the southern mountains,
so it doesn’t evoke the kind of nostalgia
or cultural identity it might for someone who
did. But my own early interest in the music led
me to that culture – a culture which is unique
and beautiful, and for which I have deep respect.
Many of us who came to this music from the
outside have had the same experience: playing
and researching the music continues to be a sort
of music-based cultural education, for me.
What is it about making music, for you? It’s
all about telling a story, expressing a mood or
emotion, just cutting loose and being alive. Playing
and singing was not optional for me: from
the moment I first picked up an instrument, I
had no choice but to do it! The biggest thrill is
when my fiddling and singing (and guitar and
banjo playing) moves someone else. I live for
those moments. Interview by Charlotte Gann
Bruce Molsky is playing at the Lewes Saturday
Folk Club, on 8th December, at The Elephant and
Castle, 8pm-11pm, £8
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GIG GUIDE // DECEMBER
GIG OF THE MONTH:
Ever since learning that The Vapors are coming to Lewes in
December, I’ve had ‘Turning Japanese’ playing on a loop in my
head, but the British New Wave band from Surrey are more
than just their 1980 hit earworm. They released two cracking
albums back in the day (New Clear Days and Magnets) and after
a rather long hiatus, reformed in 2016 for their first tour in 35
years. The fans were very much still in evidence for their initial
four dates, and so they continue to play venues and festivals in
the UK and across the pond. They’ve teamed up with fellow
80s New Wavers Department S for a night of pre-Christmas
joy at the Con Club. Saturday 8, Con Club, 8pm, £15
Sex Pistols Experience. Tribute band. Con
Club, 7.30pm, £13
The Teacups. Folk (trad vocal harmony).
Elephant & Castle, 8pm, £8
English dance tunes session – bring instruments.
Folk (English trad). The Volunteer,
Open Mic night. Kings Head, free (also 10th
Alex Bondono, Nigel Thomas, Alex Eberhard,
& Terry Seabrook. Jazz. Snowdrop, 8pm, free
English dance tunes session – bring instruments.
Folk (English trad). John Harvey Tavern,
The Cajun Roosters. Creole, Cajun and
Zydeco super group. Con Club, 7.30pm, £12
Jazz Unity. Jazz night
Hexagonal and DJs.
Con Club, 7.30pm,
Alligator Swing (above). Gypsy swing. The
Pelham Arms, 8.30pm, free
The Cajun Roosters
Fat Belly Jones. Ska/R&B. Con Club, 8pm, free
Yacht Paradiso. 70s, 80s and 90s floor fillers and
club classics. Lansdown, 8pm, free
SEX PISTOLS EXPERIENCE
5 CAJUN ROOSTERS
6 JAZZ UNITY + HEXAGONAL
7 FAT BELLY JONES
8 VAPORS + DEPARTMENT S
13 COMEDY NIGHT
16 COCKNEY REJECTS
20 JAM TARTS CHOIR
21 LEWES LOVES DISCO
23 CON CLUB ALL-STARS
28 LAZY FROLIC DJ’S
31 NYE PARTY
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GIG GUIDE // DECEMBER
Geoff Robb. Brighton Fringe Live Music
Award winning Spanish/Celtic guitarist. Royal
Oak, 7.30pm, £8
Bruce Molsky. Folk (US old-time fiddle &
banjo). Elephant & Castle, 8pm, £8 (see pg 49)
The Vapors and Department S. See Gig of the
Shepherds Arise. Old Sussex carols & dance
tunes. Elephant & Castle, 8pm, £8
Two Man Ting. Afro-Christmas special. Royal
Oak, 8pm, free
Cockney Rejects. Punk rock legends. Con
Club, 7.30pm, £20
Shooglenifty. Acid-croft. Con Club, 7pm, £17
Open Space Open Mic, Music, Poetry and
Performance. Elly, 7.30pm, free
Jason Yarde (sax), Simon Thorpe (bass),
Darren Beckett (drums) & Terry Seabrook
(piano). Jazz. Snowdrop, 8pm, free
Jim Mullen (guitar), Terry Seabrook (organ)
& Darren Beckett (drums). Jazz. Snowdrop,
Concertinas Anonymous practice session.
Folk & misc. Elephant & Castle, 8pm, free
John Otway & his big band. Con Club,
Concept of thought. Hip-hop. Lansdown,
Jam Tarts Indie Choir. 60-piece indie choir’s
festive treat. Con Club, 7.30pm, £13 (see pg 47)
Lewes Loves Disco. Daft punk, disco and
dance. Con Club, 8:00pm, free
The Kondoms. High energy punk. Con Club,
Lewes Saturday Folk Club Christmas Party.
Carols, candles, fire, mince pies. Elephant &
Castle, 8pm, £4
The Con Club All-stars. A Sundays in the Bar
special with the Con Club All-Stars, and Christmas
Draw. Con Club, 3.30pm, free
Diane & Steve Nevill. Folk (new & old).
Elephant & Castle, 8pm, £6
Concept of thought
NYE party including special guests. Members,
their guests and friends only. Con Club,
4.30pm till late, free
The Esterházy Chamber Choir present
St Anne’s Church, High Street, Lewes
Saturday 22nd December, 6pm
The perfect antidote for the Christmas Rush
The LEWES SINGERS
Carols, Candlelight &
Music for Christmas
with The Lewes Singers
Director & Chamber Organ
Baroque String Quartet
led by Julia Bishop
Tickets £12, under 19s free
available from Lewes TIC: tel 01273 483448
or on the door (subject to availability)
Sunday 23rd December 6pm
St Michael's Church, High Street, Lewes
Toby Sims: Bass
Sue Gregg: Flute
Schola of St Pancras Church
Friday 14th December 7:30pm
Lewes Town Hall, Fisher Street entrance
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SATURDAY 15, 7.30PM
East Sussex Community Choir: A Christmas Cracker
Lewes’s biggest choir takes to the stage of the Town Hall in what has
become an annual tradition. This year’s Christmas Cracker features
local star Sir John Tomlinson (pictured), Wallands School Choir,
world-famous trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins in The Trumpet shall
Sound from Messiah, and carols for choir and audience. The children
from Wallands, directed by Briony Lambert, join in a performance
of Christus natus est by Cecilia McDowall and will also sing their own
numbers. The concert is a fundraiser for Dementia UK and it’s hoped
to raise at least £2,000. Conducted by Nicholas Houghton who’s celebrating his 10th season as Director.
It promises to be a bit of a gala night. Lewes Town Hall £15, under 18s £5, from Lewes Tourist
Information Centre. eastsussexcommunitychoir.org
Photo by Robert Workman
SUNDAY 2, 2.45PM
Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra. Ben
Gernon conducts The Brighton Phil playing
Beethoven’s Symphony No.7 and two pieces by
Mozart, the Symphony No.35 (Haffner) and his
Violin Concerto No.5 (Turkish) written when Mozart
was just 19. Brighton Dome £12.50-£39.50,
50% student/U18 discount Ticket Office 01273
SUNDAY 2, 7PM
Pro Musica Chamber Choir. Christmas
Concert to include Vivaldi Gloria, Gorecki Totus
Tuus, Biebl Angelus Domini, Lauridsen O Magnum
Mysterium plus carols. St Andrew’s Church, Alfriston
£12, under 14s free. On the door or reserve by
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WEDS 5, 7.30PM
Pestalozzi Carol Concert. Annual fundraiser
for the Pestalozzi International Village Trust, this
year featuring Lewes soprano Lucinda Houghton.
St Michael’s £10 in advance (tel 01273 475172) or
£12 on the door pestalozzi.org.uk
THURSDAY 6, 7PM
Singing Salon. A Christmas Parlour – a traditional
Victorian Christmas evening of festive
tales, sing-along carols and spiced rum cocktails
in George IV’s magnificent Music Room. Royal
Pavilion, Brighton £35, £31.50 for members, suitable
for ages 12+ operaticadventures.com
SATURDAY 8, 7.30PM
East Sussex Bach Choir. Christmas concert,
including the first part of Handel’s Messiah with
The Baroque Collective and Britten’s A Ceremony
of Carols with Helen Arnold (harp). John Hancorn
directs. Trinity St John sub Castro Tickets £15
(under 16s free) from Lewes Tourist Information
Centre or phone 07759 878562.
SAT 8 AND SUN 9, 4PM
Glyndebourne Chorus & Tour Orchestra.
Christmas Concert – sizzling operatic highlights,
followed by festive favourites and carols for all.
Conducted by Nicholas Jenkins. £10-£57
SUNDAY 9, 11AM
Coffee Concert: Philip Higham. An opportunity
to hear acclaimed cellist Philip Higham
playing Bach Cello Suites No.s 1, 3 and 5 as well
as Gabrielli Ricercar No.s 7 and 5. Attenborough
Centre for the Creative Arts £18.50, concessions
Classical round-up (cont)
SUNDAY 9, 4PM
New Sussex Singers. Sing Noel – a Christmas
concert featuring the New Sussex Singers and
children from Wallands Primary School. St
Anne’s £12 on the door, £10 in advance, Under 16s
SUNDAY 9, 4PM
Corelli Ensemble. Bach Brandenburg Concerto
no.3 in G major, Handel Ombra mai fu from
Xerxes, Corelli Concerto Grosso opus 6 no. 8 and
Marcello Oboe Concerto in D minor featuring soloist
Owen Dennis.Seaford Baptist Church, Belgrave
Road, Seaford £10 in advance, £12 on the door.
Children free corelliensemble.co.uk
SUNDAY 9, 6PM
Paddock Singers. A Box Of Delights! – femalevoice
choir Paddock Singers present an enticing
and festive mix of choral arrangements, audience
carols and Christmas readings. Directed by Ruth
Kerr. St Michael’s £8 for over 14s (free for 14 and
under) from ticketsource.co.uk/paddock-singers or
reserve them at email@example.com
FRIDAY 14, 8PM
Lewes Festival of Song. O Magnum Mysterium
– a Christmas fundraiser for a new piano for
the festival featuring seasonal music and carols.
The Baroque Collective Singers are conducted
by John Hancorn with guest cellist Sebastian
Comberti and Artistic Director and pianist Nancy
Cooley. St. Anne’s £15, under 16s £7.50 from
lewesfestivalofsong.co.uk or on the door
FRIDAY 14, 7.30PM
Lewes Concert Orchestra. Christmas Festival
Concert, with special guests including the Schola
Cantorum of St. Pancras Church. Music by
Mozart, Sussex composer Peter Copley, Cecile
Chaminade, Saint-Saens, and seasonal items.
Conducted by Ian McCrae. Lewes Town Hall
£10 in advance or £12 on the door. Under 18
and students £5 lewesconcertorchestra.org
SATURDAY 22, 6PM
Esterhazy Chamber Choir. Christmas Carol
Concert. St Anne’s Free entry esterhazychoir@
SUNDAY 23, 6PM
The Lewes Singers. A Spotless Rose –- a rare
chance to hear The Lewes Singers who are
joined by a baroque string quartet led by Julia
Bishop (pictured). Music for (almost) Christmas
Eve includes Vivaldi’s Magnificat and plenty of
carols. Nicholas Houghton directs and plays
chamber organ. St Michael’s £12, under 19s free,
from Lewes Tourist Information Centre tel 01273
MONDAY 31, 2.45PM
Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra. New Year’s
Eve Viennese Gala Concert conducted by Richard
Balcombe and featuring soprano soloist Ilona
Domnich. A programme of favourite waltzes,
marches and polkas from the Strauss family and
their contemporaries. Brighton Dome £12.50-
£39.50, 50% student/U18 discount Ticket Office
01273 709709 brightondome.org
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Great Expectations. Lewes Little Theatre
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Ernest Doe Christmas shopping event. Free
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Raystede Christmas Fair. Festive Music,
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Lewes Farmers Market. Local produce and
delicious gifts for Christmas. Cliffe Precinct,
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St Thomas à Becket Cliffe Christmas Fair.
Refreshments, homemade cakes and jams,
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Santa Run. 2km festive fun
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Barn Dance. Raising funds for FoCK (building
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Look through their
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manuscripts and a
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The Keep, 2pm, £10 (booking essential),
School of Rock. Eastbourne College’s latest
musical production. Eastbourne College Theatre,
Lighting up Lewes festival of light. Talk by
festival director Graham Festenstein. Priory
School, 7.30pm, £4 (£2 for members).
Headstrong Club talk and discussion. Andrew
Simpson on the gentrification of Lewes.
Elephant & Castle, 8pm, £3.
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DEC listings (cont)
Late Night Shopping. See page 123.
Cliffe Christmas Fair. Santa’s grotto, crafts,
raffles, bar, tombola and more. Lewes Town
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The Bump. Funk, Soul, Reggae and Disco DJs
playing dancefloor fillers. All proceeds to Starfish
Youth Music. Over 18s event. All Saints,
Gin and Jazz party. An evening
of jazz, dancing and cocktails with
local swing band The Swing Ninjas.
Charleston, 7pm, £35-£40.
SATURDAY 8 & SUNDAY 9
Dovecote Garden Advent Market. Christmas
trees, indoor market with Christmas food,
gifts & art, Merino wool
specialists and tea & cake.
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DEC listings (cont)
From Suffrage to
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Lewes History Group
talk. Following a
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7pm for 7.30pm, £3 (free for members).
Life Drawing Christmas Special. Drop-in
session (bring own materials). Lewes Arms,
House & Gardens
Christmas at the Priory
Christmas through the ages for all ages.
A Tudor Christmas, 1 st & 2 nd December
Celebrate with traditional food, dancing, music & craft.
A Christmas Carol, 8 th & 9 th December
Meet Scrooge, Mrs Cratchit, the Christmas ghosts & other
An Evacuee’s Christmas,
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The Arts Society Uckfield, Lewes and
Newick Christmas Lecture. ‘From Forest
Fir to Festive Feature’ an illustrated history of
the Christmas Tree by Claire Walsh. Uckfield
Civic Centre, 2.30pm, £7 (free to members).
Comedy at the Con.
Simon Evans and Jeff
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Dave Mounfield and
Neil Masters. Con
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DEC listings (cont)
Lewes Women in Business Pop-Up Christmas
Emporium preview and drinks. Fitzroy
House, 6pm, free.
Chance to view
Shower, run by
The Seven Sisters & East Sussex Astronomical
Societies. There will be a special talk, a soup
dinner and bar on the evening. Raystede, 8pm,
Lewes FC Quiz night. 4 people per team
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The Dripping Pan, 7.45pm,
£2.50 per person (optional £10 meal-deal).
FRIDAY 14 – MONDAY 31
Peter Pan. Christmas pantomime following
the adventures of Peter Pan, Tinkerbell and
friends in Neverland. Attenborough Centre, for
times and prices see attenboroughcentre.com.
Lewes Women in Business
Pop-Up Christmas Emporium.
Christmas fair with
handmade gifts from local
businesses including jewellery,
ceramics, children’s clothes, photography,
homeware, with food and mini-massages.
Fitzroy House, 10am-5pm, free.
Boogie Wonderland. Pre-Christmas soul
and funk night with proceeds going towards
fundraising for a local lady with aggressive
Multiple Sclerosis, to go overseas for stem cell
treatment. All Saints, 7.30pm, £10.
“A really inviting space that
we love spending time in...”
Following last years sell out run, it’s back!
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DEC listings (cont)
Lewes Friday Market festive special. Hot
mulled beverages and gingerbread treats, carol
singing, lucky dip and fresh local produce.
Market Tower, 9.30am-1.30pm, free.
LOCAL CHRISTMAS POST
This is operating
again this year,
covering Lewes and
Kingston and costing
25p per card. Drop
post in to one of the
collection points, all
over Lewes and in Kingston. Cards must
be put in the local post by 4pm Wednesday
Lewes Labour’s Christmas party. Line-up
includes SkaToons, George Egg Anarchist
Cook (!) and spoken word from Rosy Carrick.
St Mary’s Social Centre, 7pm, £6.
Patience. Opera Anywhere’s performance of
the Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera. Lewes
Little Theatre, 6pm, £12-£20.
John Agard: ‘Pushkin’s Half Hour’. A whimsical
homage to Pushkin’s famous verse novel,
Eugene Onegin, in which John Agard plays all
the parts. With live music for accordion, ukulele
and voice. White Hart, 7.30pm, £8/£10.
They say time speeds up as you get older and I tend to
agree – I don’t know where November went!
2nd December marks the start of Advent once again.
I like this time of year as the streets of Lewes look so
beautifully lit up.
The traditional advent calendar provides a useful way
of illustrating some of the difficult issues parents experience this time of year.
It illustrates that when counting down to something there is inevitably a level
of expectation. Expectations, when not met, can lead to disappointment and
resentment. Planning is an essential component to managing expectations.
Christmas and any festive or religious celebration can be a challenging
time for all parents not just separated ones. Most of us find the demands of
December put pressure on our time and our emotional health. When parents
are separated, these stresses and strains are often increased.
The help of a mediator can help manage the
practicalities. Parents who create a robust but
flexible parenting plan can really help establish
the ground rules for successful holiday
parenting. As Brené Brown writes,
‘Being clear is kind. Being unclear is unkind.’
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UNTIL SUNDAY 16
Glow Wild Wakehurst. After-dark walk
through the beautiful grounds as the history,
landscape and gardens are brought to life
with glowing lights and hand-crafted lanterns.
Booking essential. £14 for adults, £8 for
children (free for under 4s). Family tickets
SAT 1 – SUN 23 (WEEKENDS)
two to eight and their families. After the show
there will be a disco and prize raffle, and a café
serving mulled wine and Christmassy cakes.
All proceeds will go to charity. Christchurch,
Prince Edward’s Road, 3pm, £5.
SATURDAY 8 & SUNDAY 9
Victorian Christmas. Based on the story ‘A
Christmas Carol’, enjoy the house decorated for
Christmas through the ages. There will be carol
singing, bell ringing, drama sessions, dressing
up, children’s Crafts and Father Christmas.
Michelham Priory, see sussexpast.co.uk.
Santa Specials. A Christmas visit to the
Bluebell Railway. Santa and his elves will be on
board with a present and chocolate treat for
children, and at Horsted Keynes station you
will find a Victorian Fairground, a Christmas
Pantry on platform 3 serving hot & cold drinks
and festive snacks, Santa in his parlour, a special
‘Elf House’ and Santa’s Reindeer on Platform 5.
SATURDAY 1 & SUNDAY 2
Tudor Christmas. Explore what Christmas
was like as a Tudor with dancing, singing, food
demonstrations, crafts and more. Michelham
Priory, 10.30am-5pm, sussexpast.co.uk.
Film: Paddington 2
(PG). The continued
Paddington Bear. All
Saints, 8pm, £5/£2.50.
Family craft & carols. King’s Church, 10am-
11.30am, free, kingschurchlewes.org.
CBeebies Christmas Show. Join Justin and
friends for the CBeebies big Christmas event
for all the family. This the first time the annual
CBeebies Christmas Show comes to the big
screen. Depot, 11am & 2pm, £10/£8.
SATURDAY 15 & SUNDAY 16
WWII Christmas (An Evacuee’s Christmas).
Take part in a wartime classroom lesson and try
your hand at writing a message in Morse code,
participate in a Home Guard Drill or make a
super-special paper aeroplane and take part in
the flying competition. There will be a talk each
day on the Home Guard or women in WWII.
The Victory Vs will sing on Sunday 16th 2-3pm,
and there’ll be a children’s trail and crafts.
Michelham Priory, 11am-4pm, sussexpast.co.uk.
enjoy the Victorian fairground, and listen to a
special Christmas story. bluebell-railway.com.
Lewes Labour’s Children’s Christmas Party.
Line-up features a puppet show from Jo Neary
(pictured), a reading from children’s author
Siobhan Curham and craft making. St Mary’s
Social Centre, 1pm, free (RSVP via Eventbrite)
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MYTH ATLAS BY THIAGO DE MORAES
Discover maps and monsters, heroes and gods, fantastical beasts and
ancient tricksters from all over the world in Myth Atlas, a brand new
look at twelve magical, mythological worlds. This large hardback is a
wonderful introduction to myths and legends for children of approximately
Myth Atlas includes characters and stories from every continent, illuminating
beliefs in North America, India, Polynesia, Japan, Scandinavia and more. The author has
done a great job of expanding on the better known myths from cultures such as ancient Greece and
Rome, as well as recognising that while some of the mythologies included in the book are ancient
and historic, many still form the basis of religious and spiritual beliefs today.
Every culture had its own ideas about how the world – including natural geography, humans and
animals – was created, and these ideas are the basis for the ‘maps’ in the book. From the serpent
Jormungand – who, in Norse mythology, was so big he coiled around the earth – to the many and
mysterious Japanese Kami – the sacred forces that exist in everything – to the Five Suns of the Aztecs
and the origins of the Giant’s Causeway in Ireland, the magnificent tales that people have told one
another for millennia help to explain human existence and the world around us. Anna, Bags of Books
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Rock got no reason,
rock got no rhyme…..
You better get me to school on time!
Eastbourne College presents, their annual Christmas musical
production in College Theatre and invites you to pick up a guitar and dive
into Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit West End musical, School of Rock.
Based on the hit movie,
and faithful to the
and vivacious musical
score in the current West
End production, School
of Rock follows Dewey
Finn, a failed, wannabe
rock star who poses as
a substitute teacher at a
prestigious prep school
to earn some extra cash. There, he
turns a class of straight A pupils into a
guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mindblowing,
studded-leather wearing rock
band. But can he get them to the Battle
of the Bands, without their parents and
the school’s headmistress finding out?
Join us to see these prep school pupils
ditch their ties and get into the spirit of
rock and roll. The audience can expect
an explosive concoction of sequins,
energetic dance numbers and classic
rock. They will encounter a fantastic
set and will be immersed in the
and acting talents of
the pupils, as they play
their instruments live on
Director of Drama at
Eastbourne College and
Dan Jordan, Director
of Music have worked
closely with the cast and
technical team to create a truly vibrant
production to kick start the academic
year with a touch of rock and roll.
The Drama Department here at the
College produce 7 productions across
the academic year, including recent
inclusion into the Edinburgh Fringe
Festival, where a group of talented
upper sixth pupils took Tennessee
William’s The Glass Menagerie, are
about to perform in the Shakespeare
School’s Festival, and they readily invite
professional theatre companies in to
enrich the learning of the pupils.
Wednesday 5 - Saturday 8 December 7.30pm
Thursday 6 December, 2.30pm
College Theatre. Tickets £9
SHOES ON NOW:
Our family loves history, in particular the quirkier aspects of our
past. Fortunately, living in East Sussex we are surrounded by a land
steeped in myths and legends.
One story that intrigued our boys relates to Mount Caburn. According to legend, the Caburn is one
of the clods of earth thrown by the Devil when he was digging Devil’s Dyke.
Inspired by this dastardly tale, we decided to explore further. Beginning with a five-minute train
trip from Lewes to Glynde, we walked into Glynde and took the footpath almost opposite the Post
Office which led up towards Mount Caburn.
Our steady uphill walk was flanked by grazing sheep and hay bales. At the brow, we followed the
path up to the highest point of Mount Caburn, the site of an Iron Age hill fort.
At the top we munched on Jaffa Cakes as we surveyed the spectacular views across the countryside
and talked about the Devil story and what it might have been like to live here in days gone by.
Energy revived we continued across hill and vale before descending into Lewes, emerging past the
Golf course towards Cliffe High Street.
The total trip took about 90 minutes and has made us determined to find out more about our past
via a monthly, history-inspired family walk! Surprisingly, all three boys have agreed to this idea and
we’re hoping this will keep us all active over the coming, winter months. Jacky Adams
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BLACKBERRY PARK FARM
Christmas is a time for
treats, and family, of course.
And Blackberry Park Farm
is one of the local farm
parks offering some tailored
festive fun. Maybe it can be
a treat for the parents too?
Knowing everyone will be
happily and energetically occupied
for a whole long day.
We asked Events and Social
Media Co-Ordinator, Elissa
Murrin, to fill us in on some
of the detail.
Christmas at Blackberry Park Farm looks
great. So, it’s Saturdays and Sundays up till
Christmas? Yep, our Christmas event runs for
two weekends. On Sunday 16th and Sunday
23rd, bring the kids along to a very special
Christmas ‘Sing-a-long’ around the Christmas
tree at 2pm. This, led by Rosie Chapman, is
guaranteed to get even those adult feet tapping.
How big is the farm? It’s set in 18 acres of
beautiful Sussex countryside in the village of
Whitesmith near Lewes.
What’s the Father Christmas boot hunt all
about? How does it work? The naughty elves
here at Blackberry Farm Park have hidden
Father Christmas’s boots…! That’s the story.
The hunt takes visitors around the farm in a
search for hidden letters – clues to spell out a
word that will provide the answer. Solve the
anagram correctly, and you’ll win a prize.
What are the other activities on offer? As
well as the Father Christmas Boot Hunt, we
also have Christmas crafts, face-painting and
story time with Mrs Claus. And we’ll be running
all our usual activities –
animal handling, tractor rides,
pony rides, barrel bug. Everyone’s
also welcome to take
full advantage of our newly
expanded play area. Come
along and give it a whirl.
Is there stuff to do for
a whole day out? Plus,
refreshments? The farm
park’s open from 10am to 4pm
each of those days, and there’s
plenty to do to fill the whole
time, if you want it. Our Garden
Barn café will be selling light refreshments
and snacks – including mulled wine and mince
pies. Oh, and don’t miss out on a delicious
Blackberry Park Farm hot chocolate!
What age group(s)? We think our Christmas
event is suitable for kids of all ages! It’s designed
to be a lovely way to kick off the festive
season with friends and family…
Will Santa be in residence? Unfortunately,
Santa can’t be with us for the whole weekend
as he’s so busy prepping for Christmas
– organising presies, packing up the sleigh,
bringing those elves into tow, etc. However, he
will pop in during both Christmas sing-a-longs
– along with Minnie the Donkey (pictured) – if
anyone wants a selfie with them.
What does Minnie the Donkey have to
say about it all? She’s very excited to see all
the children again this year and is more than
happy to pose for photos... Charlotte Gann
Blackberry Park Farm Christmas events run on
15/16th and 22nd/23rd, 10am-4pm. £10 per adult
or child; £36 family of four; £9 over 60s
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Forty years of magic
Brighton Museum is celebrating the 40th
Anniversary of The Snowman with an exhibition
of Raymond Briggs’ original drawings on
show until January 6th (John Henty enjoyed
visiting this too – see pg 33). We caught up
with animator and illustrator Robin Shaw,
who’s worked a lot with the character – from
the Irn-Bru ad, to The Snowman and the Snow
Dog film (Robin was Assistant Director), and
this autumn, a new book written by Michael
Morpurgo, illustrated by Robin, and published
Robin, as a self-proclaimed ‘World’s Biggest
Raymond Briggs Fan’, what appealed
to you about The Snowman as a boy? I
could see how it was drawn. Ladybird used
to do these fairytale books that had beautiful
paintings but, as a kid, they were so out of
my range of understanding. With Raymond’s
work, I could see every single stroke of the
pencil – and they were like the coloured pencils
that we had at school and I had at home.
What’s the most important lesson he’s
taught you? Raymond really knows how
to capture an emotion in his
drawings, in a very simple way.
When he draws a character
who’s feeling quite sad, he
often draws them from
the back because that’s a
simpler way of conveying
their emotion. That’s
something I’ve done a lot.
Has The Snowman become
easier to draw?
It has become more refined. It
hasn’t become easier. It’s a timeconsuming
and specific style of work. When
I’m doing Snowman things, I try not to draw
like I would naturally draw. I try to draw like
Raymond, and I show him my drawings before
I show them to anyone else.
What’s he like to work with? Brilliant,
because he understands the things we’re doing
to turn illustration into animation. He’s very
respectful, and appreciative. I think he knows
how much I love his work and how faithful
I try to remain. At the same time, he always
finds some little detail that could be improved!
In the Brighton Museum show, I learnt
that the original animators added personal
touches – like naming the little boy James.
Have you? No. Raymond’s upbringing and
mine were quite similar. The layout of Raymond’s
childhood house is very like my own,
so there were lots of details I was really able
to get into. But when it comes to renaming
things, or bringing things in that are mine, I
don’t do that, because it’s Raymond’s.
How do you deal with the theme of loss
that’s so pertinent in the original? It’s really
difficult because it’s not just about
losing a person or a thing; it’s about
that nostalgia that you can feel,
even when you’re a child, when
you have a really good time and
then it’s over, and there’s a
sense of loss. It’s about trying
to capture that, rather
than solely raw grief.
Interview by Chloë King
The Snowman runs till
6th January, Brighton
© Snowman Enterprises Ltd 2017
Maggi Hambling, Self-portrait, 2017 © the artist
Sebastian Horsley, Maggi Hambling, 2011 © the artist
The Quick and the Dead
When Maggi met Sarah
“I’ll just switch Maggi on for
I’m being shown round the
Jerwood exhibition The Quick
and the Dead, by its co-curator
It might, more prosaically, have
been named ‘When Maggi
Met Sarah’, as it was a chance
meeting between portrait artist
Maggi Hambling and Young
British Artist Sarah Lucas that
sparked the friendship that
underscores the show.
The introduction was made by
Soho dandy Sebastian Horsley,
at the Colony Rooms on Dean
Street, in October 2005. Both
women were celebrating their
birthdays at the private afterhours
club. It must have been
quite a night.
What Victoria is switching
on is the sculpture Magi (sic,
2012), of Hambling, by Lucas.
The description of the materials
used will help you picture
it: ‘coat hanger, lightbulbs,
steel wire, electric cable, toilet
bowl’. Victoria suggests that
the bulbs represent Hambling’s
eyes; in his catalogue notes
James Cahill suggests they are
her breasts. Whatever the case,
it’s very Sarah Lucas, an artist
whose remit has always been
to shock, more than charm, to
elicit a response.
Hambling’s touchée is more
lifelike. The oils Portrait of the
Artist Sarah Lucas and Sarah
Lucas II (both 2013) flank
the sculpture. The first – all
trademark colourful swirls and
unfinished business – captures
an intense look of vulnerability
in the face of the younger
artist. The second places her
framed portrait alongside a pile
of props typical of her oeuvre:
a fried egg; stuffed breasts;
fruit; wine glasses.
The fourth work you see, in
the first of four rooms, is a
frame containing two works by
Sebastian Horsley, including
a photo of his hand with a
Maggi Hambling No.2, Suffolk 2018, © Juergen Teller, All rights Reserved
nail through it. It’s a stylised
screen grab from a film made
by Lucas when he was nailed
to a cross in the Philippines
Lucas makes a sculpture of
Hambling; Hambling paints
Lucas; Lucas films Horsley.
The Quick and the Dead is an
exhibition about how artistfriends
see one another, and
how they see themselves. Two
other members of what became
something of a gang are represented
in the show: Lucas’
partner Julian Simmons, and
German photographer Juergen
Teller. Simmons contributes
two framed eyes, staring out
from the middle of two sets of
concentric circles; Teller offers
a huge (1.5 x 2 metre) portrait
of Hambling, and another of
himself, standing naked by his
father’s graveside, swigging
beer and smoking a fag.
It’s Teller’s image of Hambling
that forms the centrepiece of
the exhibition, a rare vision
of the artist at work, half her
face hidden by the back of
the canvas she is working on,
her mascara-framed left eye
challenging the viewer. On
the opposite wall are charcoal
drawings of Teller she was
working on when the photo
It’s all very meta, then, but
there’s much more to it than
playful self-reference. The
death of Horsley – from a drug
overdose in 2010 – looms over
the show, and a whole room
is dedicated to Hambling’s
poignant from-memory portraits
of him, painted while she
was in mourning.
The Quick and the Dead is on
at Jerwood Gallery, Hastings,
till 6th Jan
Sarah Lucas, In the words of Sexton Ming Just remember when you smile There’s a skull in there, 2018
A pottery experience voucher
for a Bowl and Spoon making
afternoon in Lewes.
Saturdays: 5th & 12th January 2.30 – 5.30pm
Cost £42 to include materials and firing
10AM - 4PM
ART & ABOUT
In town this month
The Queen of Sheba by Charlotte Snook
Charlotte Snook creates small oil paintings which are rich with colour,
composition and light. She’s fascinated by Art History and human
nature, and takes Breughel, Poussin, Claude and 17th century Flemish
art as a starting point for her paintings
which can be as edgy as they are
exquisite. Sarah O’Kane presents a
solo exhibition of her work in Studio
Paintings and Other Stories at Fisher St
Frames (now located in West Street, in
the downstairs of The Needlemakers)
from the 1st-9th.
Study for In Arcadia, after Poussin
by Charlotte Snook
Peter Cole makes
collectible, plastic toy
figures (you’ll have
seen his miniature
Bonfire boys around
the town) and
Susanne Wolf makes
exquisite beaded jewellery,
working by hand,
to string and weave coloured ropes, and crafting
pendants from found objects. See their latest
work in Peter and the Wolf at 30 Friar’s Walk on
the 1st and 2nd (11am-4pm). And local artist
Linda Felcey, who creates extraordinary paintings
and dry point prints from her shepherd’s
hut studio in Glynde, exhibits her work at A.S.
Apothecary from the 30th of November.
Something Glowing and Alive
continues at Martyrs Gallery
until the 16th, featuring works
by Marc Chagall, John Piper
and Graham Sutherland
– all luminaries of twentiethcentury
art. There are prints,
lithographs and original drawings for sale, with
profits donated to the St Michael’s Organ Appeal.
See pg 88 for more.
The Seasons Autumn by Marc Chagall
It’s that time of year and there are plenty of
opportunities for some creative Christmas
shopping. If you are quick, you’ll catch the
2018 Artists & Makers Fair at the Town
Hall on the 1st. This hugely popular event
brings together dozens of local artists and
makers who set out their stalls with fantastic
ideas for Christmas, with 15% of takings
donated to Friends of Western Road school.
Popsicle Bear by Lisa Jones
SOMETHING GLOWING AND ALIVE
WORKS BY CHAGALL, PIPER & SUTHERLAND
Marc Chagall, David and Absalom
10 November to 16 December, 12–5pm (Thu–Sun)
Explore a host of remarkable work
from top local artists, including:
Sophie Wake, Rachel Glittenberg,
Carolyn Trant, Shirley Trevena,
Paul Newland, Sarah Shaw, Tom
Benjamin, Mike Cooper & Carolyn
St Anne’s Galleries
3 Nov - 23 Dec
Weekends or by appointment
111 High Street, Lewes
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In town (cont)
Lewes-based artist Kelly Hall is opening a Christmas
pop-up gallery & gift shop at 2 Fisher Street
for one weekend only. Her ‘modern vintage’
designs, including many Sussex scenes, are available
as prints, cards, bone china mugs, tea towels,
hand-finished cushions and calendars. Open
10am-8pm on the 6th for late night shopping, and
10am-4pm on the 7th and 8th.
St Anne’s Galleries
Christmas Show continues
at the top of the town,
with a focus on smaller
paintings, prints, sketches
and ceramics by more
than twenty artists. The
show includes works by
Tom Benjamin, Rachel
Glittenberg, Nick Bodimeade, Carolyn Trant,
Sophie Wake, Jane Hansford and Julian Sutherland-Beatson.
Open every weekend until the 23rd.
A Winter’s Tale continues at Chalk Gallery
and you’re warmly invited to join
the artists’ collective for some seasonal
cheer at their end of year party on Saturday
the 1st, from 2-4pm. The gallery
is open daily until Sunday the 23rd,
when it closes for its annual
for the Hidden
on the 7th of January.
Emerge by Claudia Wiegand
In town (cont)
From the 1st, Keizer Frames’ end of year show includes
work by local artist Liza Mackintosh, the Bristol-based
screenprint-maker Simon Tozer and – showing in Lewes
for the first time – artist Emmie Van Bliervliet. Also at the
gallery are the latest creations by Laina Watts, the artist behind
the (alternative) Lewes Map. Check out her Brexit and
Lewes Map tea towels, perfect for Christmas Day washing
up, and a locally inspired advent calendar (with eccentric, ominous and somewhat dark things behind
the doors. We couldn’t resist peeking…)
Emmie Van Bliervliet
Out of town
The Artists Open Houses
festival returns for its
Christmas edition on the
1st & 2nd and 8th & 9th
of December, with hundreds
of artists and makers
across Brighton, Hove and
Ditchling opening their
homes and studio spaces to the public. [aoh.org.uk]
Scoffin at Northern Lights
Don’t miss Brighton’s annual Burning the Clocks
celebration to mark the winter’s solstice on Friday the
21st. The lantern-lit parade sets off at 6.30pm, making
its way through North Street, Ship Street and East
Street before arriving at the beach for a bonfire and
fireworks. It’s free to attend but, if you can afford to
make a donation, visit crowdfunder.co.uk/burningthe-clocks-2018,
where your pledge could secure you a
magical limited edition print by Graham Carter (left).
Max Gill: Wonderground Man is at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft.
The younger brother of the more famous Eric, Max Gill was a wellknown
illustrator, letterer, map-maker, architect and decorative artist.
His strikingly vibrant and often humorous
maps and posters chart the rise of new
technologies such as electricity, flight and
radio communication. His best-known
piece, the large 1914 Wonderground Map,
was hung at every London Underground
station. Continues until April 2019.
Wonderground Map of London Town
(Section), Max Gill (1914)
GPO Post Office Wireless Stations,
Max Gill (1937), private collection
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Rage Fluids at Hannah Perry GUSH © Hannah Perry and Tim Bowditch
Towner Art Gallery present GUSH, a candid
and personal exploration of mental and emotional
health in our hyper-networked society
by British artist Hannah Perry. Central to the
exhibition is an immersive 360° film, experienced
through a Virtual Reality headset whilst
the viewer is seated on a foam bed sculpture.
Other works include a large-scale, pulsating
audio sculpture, where sound frequencies create
distorted patterns on its mirrored surface. Continues
until the 27th of January. Also continuing
at Towner, The Everyday and Extraordinary explores artists’ use of the found object, with works drawn
from the Arts Council Collection, and there’s an exhibition of new and recent works by Simon Ling,
best known for his vibrant, unsettling oil paintings of the dilapidated urban landscape that surrounds
his East London studio.
Also in Eastbourne, Emma Mason
Gallery will be showing the work of
ceramicist Katrin Moye alongside
their limited edition prints. Katrin
began working with clay whilst studying
for her Art Foundation at Hastings
College in 1986. This month she’ll
be showing wheel-thrown and handbuilt
pieces, intricately decorated with
coloured slips and underglazes, in the
town where she grew up.
Quentin Blake has been letting his imagination
run riot at the Jerwood in Hastings. In The
World of Hats, the much-loved artist and illustrator
explores the decorative possibilities of various
headgear. “It seemed to me that about forty works,
of varying sizes, would be more than enough to
fill the space… By the time I persuaded myself to
stop, I discovered I had a collection of well over a
hundred drawings.” Some of those drawings are
for sale, with proceeds divided between the gallery
and the Hastings Storytelling Festival. Also at
Jerwood, The Quick & the Dead: Hambling – Horsley
– Lucas – Simmons
– Teller; an
exhibition of five
artists with intersecting
(see pg 78), and
the issues of race
in art from the Old
Masters through to
the present day. All
until the 6th Jan.
Quentin Blake, The World of Hats, mixed media, 2018, © the artist
David and his Harp by Marc Chagall
Job Praying by Marc Chagall
Something Glowing and Alive
Chagall, Piper and Sutherland, in Lewes
So how did it come to pass that works by
Marc Chagall, John Piper and Graham
Sutherland are being exhibited at Lewes’
Martyrs’ Gallery at Christmas?
It all started, strangely enough, with
the 126-year-old organ in St Michael’s
Church, on the High Street, in urgent
need of repair.
Over to Alex Grey, who runs the gallery.
“My son is an organ scholar at Priory,
and he was kindly invited to practise at
St Michael’s. When I heard about the
church’s appeal for funds to save the
organ, I thought I’d put on an exhibition
to help. But I wanted something that
was connected, in some way. Something
“It came to me when I visited Chichester
Cathedral, last year, which has a huge
artistic tradition. Not least the Chagall
stained-glass window, commissioned by
Walter Hussey, and unveiled in 1969.
And Graham Sutherland’s Noli me tangere
altarpiece, and John Piper’s tapestry
framing the main altar. These weren’t
all well-liked in their time – far from it,
many thought them garish and horrid
– but they were cutting edge, and not
everybody hated them. Somebody wrote
to Dean Hussey that it was lovely to see
‘something glowing and alive’.”
“I’ve always been a big fan of Chagall,”
she continues, “especially the storytelling,
folk-tale aspect of his paintings.
The Tree of Jesse, Notre Dame, Paris by Marc Chagall
Abraham and Sarah by Marc Chagall
And I have loved John Piper’s work since
I saw an exhibition of it at the Tate when I
was a child.”
She was aware that the Mascalls Gallery
in Kent had prepared a Chagall exhibition
which was never shown, as the gallery
suddenly closed down in 2016. “And I knew
that the Goldmark Gallery, in Rutland,
had a huge collection including works
by Chagall, Piper and Sutherland, so I
approached them to see if they wanted to go
into partnership for this show.”
They did. “We haggled a bit, and prepared
a collection. Which is what you can see
We’re talking in Martyrs’ Gallery exhibition
room, and there is an extremely colourful
array of beautiful works leaning up against
the walls, ready for hanging. Alex gives me a
Chagall’s work shines out, of course,
particularly the tell-a-tale prints of his
Bible Suite illustrations of 1956, featuring the
likes of Job, Solomon and Abraham, all done
in his inimitable style. I love the two signed
1981 Piper prints from his Seasons series
– especially the fiery-faced Autumn – and
a Graham Sutherland exhibition poster, an
original lithograph from 1972, catches my eye.
And so much more, which you can see until
the 16th, with all the exhibits on sale. “The
fact that they are mostly limited edition
prints (there are two original sketches by
Sutherland, and a number of the works
are signed) means that they are reasonably
affordable,” she says.
So St Michael’s Church should get a
welcome financial boost for Christmas.
“The gallery cut that Martyrs’ would
normally earn is all going to the fund.”
Something Glowing and Alive, Works by
Chagall, Piper and Sutherland, till 16th
December, 12-5pm Thurs-Sun.
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Chiltington has a reputation
that precedes it. The reality I
found reassuringly cosy. My
impression was of a series of
interlocking pockets of space,
with hatches into each other
– though that may have been
coloured by the fact we were
seated in the snuggest, with
walls painted deep red and
dark green. We snuck away
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sat in a nook-like space for
three smallish tables, and felt well looked after,
from the toast and onion ‘amuse-bouche’ on.
We both loved the bread that arrived to accompany
our starters – very salty, against a backdrop
of plain, melting dough. Beautifully judged.
Husband Pete said his fennel panna cotta starter
(£7.45) was “very creamy”, and “beautifully
light”. “The whole dish is light and airy. Very
unusual, very healthy-tasting – in a good way.” I
sampled a forkful, and understood instantly: it
had a fresh palate-cleansing quality.
Meanwhile, my butter mash starter (£8.75)
was positively intoxicating. Such exotic (to me)
flavours: poached egg merging with the rich
mushroomy flavour and texture of truffle, all
coated in ‘Madeira gravy’. The mash itself was
flecked with something that tasted to me almost
chocolatey? I was handed a spoon by the waiter
to consume all this, and the whole experience
was, to my palate, utterly novel.
Pete ordered sea bream (£16.95) for his main.
Again, he commented on the dish’s “fascinating
textures” – he thought the sauce tasted of
saffron (though it’s listed as ‘chive’), and said
the fish itself was “exquisitely cooked” – tumbling
off his fork. Then he alighted
on a “surprise of seaweed. This
plate”, he said, “seems served
directly from the sea!” He especially
loved the “butter beans?
Chickpeas?” (‘coco beans’, as it
turns out – we enjoyed playing
guess the elements), and commented
on the “lovely combination,
all in all”.
My ‘12 Hour master stock
organic Sussex pork’ (£17.85)
was worth its weight in
adjectives – it was incredibly
rich, and meltingly tender. The accompanying
vegetables – ‘tenderstem, pak choi’ – were beautifully
fresh and flavoursome in contrast: glades
of green inside a shaded forest!
All this, plus a mound of sticky rice so sticky
I, for a while, mistook it for mash (though of
course all was detailed on the menu), and two
sticks of excellent crackling served in a cross to
top the plateful.
We were full after that. So, just one pudding between
us. ‘Banana caramel pancake’ (£7.50). Like
banana fritters – a favourite from my childhood
– with delicious crunchy lumps of honeycomb?
Caramel? Again, perfectly judged, like the rock
salt on the bread: arriving in the mouth just at
the right intervals. And the textures of banana,
pancake, crunch, sauce and icecream – all, perfectly
and proportionately matched.
I’ll come clean: we’re plain food folk as a rule
– not least, as emerging from years of cooking
family meals from staples. This visit, then, was a
rare adventure for our taste buds.
Chapel Lane, East Chiltington.
Photo by Katie Moorman
Sussex Sausage and Sage pizza
A festive twist from Jo Spiro of Bus Club
Bus Club is a family business. We cut our teeth
at my husband’s pizza bar in Norwich, while
our son Zach was training as a pizzaolo for
The Hearth. We took over in September 2017.
We just loved this iconic building, and felt it
was exactly right for the kind of easy, relaxed
feel we’re about. The chairs and tables, and
wine served in glass tumblers, also reflect this.
The majority of our ingredients are either
local – we get our meat from Frank Richards
at the top of the town – or imported from
Italy. We have deliveries of fresh vegetables
daily; and sell Caroline’s ice cream and
Harveys and Lazy Lizard beers.
Everything is freshly baked on site (including
gluten-free options), and we keep things
simple. Vegan cheese can be added to any
pizza. We have two red wines, and two whites,
at any given time – £18 a bottle – which we
change by season. For a tenner you can eat a
Margherita with a half of Harveys.
This is what a pizza bar is all about. We’re not
trying to compete directly with the chains on
‘special offers’. We offer quality with simplicity:
allowing two to three days to prove our dough,
and using Caputo – Neapolitan flour – and
Strianese Neapolitan tomatoes.
We have a bakehouse downstairs: you can buy
bread that’s 100 per cent made in Lewes (no
other sourdough in Lewes has a zero mileage
tag) – plus, bread sticks, pizza slices, pastries,
Fairtrade coffee and other hot drinks. Our
mince pies carry the ‘Made in Lewes’ with local
apples tag. They’re delicious.
We decided on a Christmas twist on one of
our popular pizzas for our recipe (don’t be put
off by potato and pizza: it really works).
Makes 1 pizza
One fresh dough ball – 240gr (you can buy
them from us for £1)
1 sausage – we use Frank Richard’s simple pork
(remove skin and pinch lumps of sausage into
rough balls). Veggie option without is also good.
1 potato – thinly sliced
½ onion – thinly sliced
3 or 4 sage leaves
Fry the sage leaves in some butter till crunchy.
Remove from the pan, add some olive oil and
cook the slices of potato, adding the onion
after a few minutes.
Remove the potato and onion when the potato
is just about soft (it will cook more on the
pizza) and fry the sausage till cooked through.
Dust your surface with semolina and roll
out your dough to approx. 12”. Dot some
mozzarella on the base and then add the
potato, onion and sausage. Crush the sage
leaves and sprinkle on top. Bake in a really hot
oven for 8 minutes or so – turning the pizza a
couple of times.
Remove from the oven and sprinkle a bit of
freshly grated parmesan on top.
As told to Charlotte Gann
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and all day Friday and Saturday.
Bus Club Bakehouse is open Mon-Sat 8.30-
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Festive wine tasting
Harveys is hosting a Festive Wine Tasting this month. We caught up
with Wine Manager Andrew Harris to ask what to expect?
Is this event open to all? Yes. Our tastings can prove popular – but
there’ll always be other chances if you miss out this time.
Is it a mix of white and red wines? How are they chosen? Yes, it’s
a mix of wines, and from a range of origin countries. The wines will
be ‘shown’ alongside some delicious nibbles to reflect the flavours of
the season – and each vintage carefully selected to complement those. So, some Sauvignon Blanc or
Sparkling white with salmon, and Chardonnay or Pinot Noir with turkey…
There’s a whole mythology around wine tasting, no? Tasting wine is very individual as we all
have unique palates. At our sessions, we teach the basic practices. A fine wine’s flavour really does
change, and develop, as you swirl it around your mouth, and into both cheeks. The single, most
important thing is to learn what flavours you enjoy, and then find wines that match these.
What makes for a great wine? Complexity and flavour. Wines that deliver these are harder and
more expensive to produce than rougher products – so they do cost more. However, a really great
wine experience of course depends on more than the liquid in the bottle: it’s also a matter of pleasant
ambience and excellent company! Interview by Charlotte Gann
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Christmas! Where to begin? Late Night
Shopping on 6th Dec seems fitting – see our
Guide from pg 123 for the lowdown.
Onwards, to buy a hamper, perhaps? Gin
and Fierce from AS:AP and a Seven Sisters’
Spices homemade cracker. Glyndebourne sell
a nice range and are open for Christmas on
the 14th and 15th with free mince pies to boot
If you’re crumbling over the catering, let the
Feature Kitchen do the work with a Provençal
menu from Caroline Craig on weekends 7th
and 14th. Harvey’s Shop host a festive wine
tasting (8th Dec, 1pm; see pg 95); Community
Chef tackles Christmas baking (8th and 15th,
communitychef.org.uk), and Charleston are
cake decorating with the inimitable Cressida
Bell on the 10th.
Don’t forget, local farmers can be as easy to
buy from as supermarkets. Maxine at May’s
Farm Cart does
and Middle Farm
has Kelly Bronze free
range Sussex turkeys. Boxes
of veg from Barcombe Nurseries or Ashurst
Organics can save a trip out.
For those seeking comfort, I recommend Café
12/31 at Trinity Saint John-sub-Castro, now
open Tues-Sat and the odd evening too. The
Newmarket Inn is under new management.
Bentley Wildfowl is closed until further notice
but their café owners Southdowns Pantry
are now based at Sussex Christmas Barn in
Barcombe. This lovely new location is selling
seasonal fayre while their own Christmas tree
crop reaches maturity. Well worth a stop! And
Lewes Friday Food Market is supporting
Landport Residents Association Foodbank
with a drop-off point for donations. Chloë King
Illustration by Chloë King
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a Happy New Year
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THE WAY WE WORK
This month, photographer Rachael Edwards visited four
local choirs. She took portraits of each choir leader at work,
and asked them: What’s your favourite Christmas carol?
John Hancorn, East Sussex Bach Choir
“In the Bleak Midwinter”
THE WAY WE WORK
James Dawson, Esterhazy Choir
“Of The Father’s Heart Begotten”
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Nicholas Houghton, East Sussex Community Choir
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“I have so many favourite carols, I like the obscure ones – Here We Come a Wassailing
is lovely but Carol Of The Bells is a more mainstream favourite.”
The magical Linklater Pavilion
The Linklater is, of course, the beautiful hexagonal
building which stands near the gate into
the Railway Land in the Cliffe. Helen Meade,
Programme Coordinator, has worked there since
2015. She moved down from Yorkshire in 2011,
“and found the Railway Land within about half an
hour of arriving”, she laughs. She loves it, she tells
me, calling the Heart of Reeds, “a magical spot”.
“Basically, my job is to run The Railway Land
Wildlife Trust. We’re a charity, developing different
areas of environmental work, and have a big
volunteer programme which we’re also, always,
trying to grow.” The volunteers are great, Helen
says; all bringing different skills to this community
project. The Linklater hosts an education
programme – with schools, and special-needs
schools – but is also just now extending their remit
to offer the same kinds of learning to anyone
New projects include Wellbeing in Nature. “It’s
a mental health project”, says Helen. “It runs on
Fridays from 10am to 1pm. There’s always a walk
on the nature reserve and then a nature-related
therapeutic activity back at the Linklater which
provides such a welcoming, calm space. It’s free
to attend and is a friendly group, run by my colleague
On 2nd December, at the end of National Tree
Week, they’re holding a Tree Day, which, says
Helen, “is open to everyone. We’ll have Christmassy
craft activities, a winter tree identification
walk, and dress a tree on the land.” (She tells me
about the Tree Charter – a restating of the 1217
Charter of the Forest. “Very exciting; for each
signature on the charter, a tree is planted.”)
A lot of the time the Linklater is hired out to
Detail from map © Getmapping PLC.
Photos by Charlotte Gann
different groups from the town. “Sometimes there
are serious meetings”, says Helen, “and a solemn
atmosphere. Other days, the space is buzzing with
children and laughter. Sometimes I think people
feel a bit shy – climbing the spiral staircase to find
us in the office. But the building was constructed
this way up – with the offices upstairs – to guard
against flooding. We’re also very excited to have
recently renovated downstairs.”
She takes me down to see the newly-floored
ground-floor room. It’s enormous, and with three
doors opening straight onto sunlit woodland. I
can see it would be a great, summer, children’s
party space – and the new rubber flooring would
even mean they’d bounce!
The Railway Land, of course, might never have
come about if it wasn’t for campaigners like
arborist John Chaplin. Sadly, he died this autumn,
but for many years his distinctive figure, with his
long stride and pipe, adorned the Castle Bowling
Green. Helen shows me a series of aerial photos
(“maps”) of the Linklater site, taken from the
1950s on. In the first, you can see the railway sidings,
the cement works, the workers’ allotments,
the water meadows. “It was heavily industrial,
smelly and noisy”, she says. In 1988, the campaign
to protect the site from development started. In
2005, the Heart of Reeds was constructed; in
2010 up sprang the pavilion, designed by architect
Roger Beasley, working alongside John Parry. Its
hexagonal shape is definitely part of the magic:
the rooms upstairs open into each other, half
jigsaw, half circuit.
“The Linklater is above all an environmentally
friendly structure. We have a ground-source heat
pump, and our own water well, as well as solar
panels on our ‘living’ roof”, says Helen. “We’ve
recently relaunched a ‘Friends of the Railway
Land’ scheme for anyone who wants to support
us”, she adds. “You’ll find this on our website…”
BRICKS AND MORTAR
Myth of bricks
Many, perhaps most, Lewesians
know that some of the town’s bestknown
buildings are FAKE – or at
least not quite what they seem.
Many of the ostensibly brick
fronts of older houses are not
made of brick at all, but are
covered with a type of tile. These
tiles – called mathematical tiles –
became popular during the 18th
century and were usually used to
clad timber framed houses so that
they looked as if they were built
in brick. Although these tiles are usually the same
colour as regular red bricks, they are quite easy
to spot when you get your eye in. They’re a little
smaller than bricks, often appearing to be just
‘headers’ and, because of their slender profile,
they look different at joins and at corners. Mortar
joins are slimmer than with regular brickwork,
sometimes almost wafer-thin. Sometimes
the tiles are not red, but cream or even glazed
black, as can be seen on the striking Georgian
Bartholomew House, next to the entrance to the
castle (pictured); and several other distinctive
houses around the town centre.
These tiles appear in other places in the southeast
too, especially in Brighton, and changing
taste is the reason. As exposed timber framing
became less fashionable, mathematical tiles were
developed so that houses could be upgraded
without great structural change. Although –
because the tiles hide the underlying wooden
framing – the end result can sometimes be a
giveaway. Houses with mathematical tiles often
have strange arrangements
around doors and windows
which, lacking visible lintels,
look rather odd.
If you’re curious, and you’ve
never seen it, the Lewes episode
from the 1981 BBC TV series
Six More English Towns, presented
by Alec Clifton-Taylor, is
interesting. I recommend it as an
affectionate look at the distinctive
materials and styles of the
town’s buildings (you can find it
on YouTube.) Approximately half-way through,
the characterful presenter hilariously tries to fix
a tile – well worth seeking out!
As Clifton-Taylor attempted to show, mathematical
tiles were laid in a partly overlapping pattern.
Their lower section – the part intended to be visible
when the tiling was complete – was thicker;
the upper section would slide under the overlapping
tile above and would therefore be hidden. In
the top corner was a hole for a nail to be inserted.
The tile would then be hung on a lath of wood,
and the lower sections moulded together with
lime mortar to form a flat surface. The interlocking
visible surfaces then resembled brickwork.
Mathematical tiles had several advantages over
brick: they were cheaper and easier to fix – meaning,
less-skilled workmen could tackle them – and
they were more resistant to weathering.
Mathematical tile-spotting is an activity which
gives a fresh take on the familiar buildings of our
High Street and elsewhere in the town. I warmly
recommend it! Marcus Taylor
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Sneezing cats and egg shell witch boats
Beware Sussex folklore
If your cat sneezes once indoors,
get it outside quick!
Three indoor sneezes
from a cat will bring the
whole family down with
colds. After eating a boiled
egg, break a hole in the
bottom of the shell to stop
witches putting to sea in
it. A magpie seen on your
left brings bad luck, unless
you take off your hat and
bow to it.
These are just three of 195
collected by Mrs Charlotte
Latham, wife of the Vicar
of Fittleworth, in Some
West Sussex Superstitions Lingering in 1868.
Mrs Latham tried to find out the reasons for
people’s beliefs. When she asked why people took
their hats off to magpies, ‘they always answered
that it was a bad bird, and knew more than it
should do, and was always looking about and prying
into other people’s affairs.’
My favourite answer to such a ‘why’ question is
a note in Dylan Thomas’s Collected Poems: ‘I read
somewhere of a shepherd who, when asked why
he made, from within fairy rings, ritual observations
to the moon to protect his flocks, replied,
‘I’d be a damn fool if I didn’t!’’
Charlotte Latham argues that fairies were once
‘extremely common in Sussex’, based on placenames
including ‘Pook’ (the Sussex version of
‘Puck’ or the Irish ‘Pooka’). But belief was dying
out and it’s fitting that two of the best known fairy
stories from 19th Century Sussex are of funerals.
William Blake saw a fairy funeral in Felpham,
and Latham says she was shown a fairy’s burial
place on the mound in
In 2016, the Worthing
folklorist Chris Hare held
a survey to find out how
many of the Victorian
superstitions survived. He
discovered that Sussex
people still believed in
ghosts and omens, and they
are still greeting magpies
(asking ‘How’s your wife?’).
People no longer fear
witchcraft, though three
respondents knew about
eggshells being used as
witch boats. You can read
about the survey in Hare’s
wonderful book, The Secret Shore.
Several of Hare’s respondents were retired fishermen,
who described so many unlucky omens it’s
a wonder that they ever managed to get to sea.
For good luck, they kept holed flints in their
boats. Lucky holed stones, called hagstones, are
a big part of Brighton folklore. From the 1920s,
H.S.Toms, curator of Brighton Museum, obsessively
documented them. He found them nailed
to barn doors, hanging above beds (to prevent
nightmares), tied to lobster pots, dangling from
perambulators and car axles, and worn around the
neck and on watch chains. Toms grew so good
at spotting these stones that he once identified
a bunch, nailed to a shed, from a train ‘going at
I have some hagstones of my own which I found
on the beach. I’ve put them outside the back of
my house, inside a horseshoe (pointing up so the
luck doesn’t drain out). Why did I do this? I’d be
a damn fool if I didn’t! Peter Chrisp
Hit or myth?
Health myths debunked
Carrots help you see in the dark, while going out
with wet hair makes you catch cold. We’ve heard
it all before. But is it true? With a little help from
some trusty online sources, we sort the (wholegrain,
organic) wheat from the chaff…
If you go swimming on a full stomach, you’ll
get cramp and drown. Many mums used to say
this, but apparently there are no documented
cases of this ever having happened, and, when
cramps do occur during swimming, they have
nothing to do with digestion.
Drink eight glasses of water a day to stay
healthy. While it’s important to stay hydrated, the
best rule is simply to drink when you feel thirsty.
Remember, too, that all liquids count, not just
water, so eating fruit and vegetables, as well as
drinking teas, coffees and juices, all help.
You lose 90 per cent of body heat through
your head. There’s some truth in this, but you
lose heat through any part of your body that is
exposed to the elements – so there’s no point in
wearing a woolly hat if your legs or arms are bare.
‘Natural’ sweeteners are better for you than
sugar. Sorry, but sugar is sugar, and maple syrup,
molasses, honey, agave syrup and their worthy
health-store friends are no better than processed
cane sugar when it comes to your health. They
are all forms of fructose, and their biological effects
on the body are just the same.
If you swallow chewing gum, it takes years
to digest. Chewing-gum is wholly indigestible,
which means it passes through the gut in the
same way as any other indigestible matter. So, no
cause for concern.
Microwaves can give you cancer. Very few types
of radiation can cause cancer, and that produced
by microwave ovens isn’t among them. All those
microwaves will do is heat up your dinner.
Cracking your knuckles causes arthritis. The
popping sound is due to air bubbles shifting in
the fluid of the joints and is quite harmless –
although it may irritate others!
Juicing/ fasting/ having a sauna detoxes the
body. Myth, myth and myth. The only things
that detox the body are your liver, kidneys, and
intestines. You can support the process by eating
healthily and staying hydrated – but starving and/
or sweating is not required.
Spicy food causes stomach ulcers. Nope.
Stomach ulcers are caused by H. pylori bacteria,
so no need to lay off the curry.
And what of carrot eating and wet hair? Getting
cold has no effect on catching cold, as you
need a rhinovirus for that, but it turns out there is
some truth in the carrot thing. While you’d have
to eat a huge amount to experience any benefit,
carrots do contain vitamin A, which is thought to
improve vision. Mind you, if you did eat enough
you’d also discover the truth of another myth: an
excess of them really can turn your skin orange!
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Smith’s parents came up with a novel way to incentivise
his studying at school.
“When I was a kid in Bermuda all the football we
watched was Premier League, and I desperately
wanted to play football in England,” he tells me,
in the club bar after Lewes’ 2-1 November victory
“My parents finally said that we would move
there… but only if I got ‘C’ or more in at least
seven of my GCSEs.”
It worked… and it worked. Jonte got good grades,
the family moved to Croydon, and he got a place in
the Crawley U18 side.
He’s 24 now, and the journey he’s taken to get
to Lewes FC makes quite a story. After a couple
of years at Crawley, following loan periods to no
fewer than five different clubs – from Eastbourne
Borough to the Metropolitan Police – he felt like
moving on again, and he got a contract in Finland,
with PS Kemi.
“It was a multinational side managed by the old
West Ham defender Tommy Taylor,” he says. “It
was quite a culture shock. It was -25 degrees one
match. Was I wearing gloves? Of course I was… I
was wearing whatever they’d let me wear! We were
a good side: we won promotion and I scored a lot
of goals.” Another spell in Norway, with Fleckerøy,
wasn’t as successful – he found it hard to adjust to
playing on an artificial pitch.
He moved back to England, and played for a spell
with Gloucester City, in the Conference North. “But
I wanted to play a lot more locally,” he says, “and I
was tied into a contract on a flat in Crawley. A friend
was playing for Lewes at the time, and he told me
how well the club was run behind the scenes. How
good the training facilities were, and how good
a manager Darren [Freeman] was.” He secured a
January 2016 move to the Rooks, and scored two
goals on his debut, against Canvey Island.
End of story? Not quite. Despite ten goals from
Smith, Lewes were relegated, and he was headhunted
by Welling, in the National League. “I hardly
got a look in there,” he says. “I don’t see it as a bad
experience, because there’s no point in regretting
any experience you’ve learnt from, but I was happy
to come back to Lewes.” He loves it here, and is a
big fan of the ‘Equality FC’ initiative. He’s so committed
to the cause, he tells me, that in November
he turned down the chance of winning his tenth
cap for his international side, to concentrate on the
Rooks’ promotion campaign.
He took up ‘international duty’ in September,
though, scoring Bermuda’s only goal in a 3-1
CONCACAF Nations Cup defeat to Aruba. How
would Lewes fare, I wonder, against his homecountry
team? “Any Darren Freeman side will be
difficult to break down, but Bermuda would win,”
he says. “3-2, Smith hat-trick?”, I venture.
A dog for life, not just for Christmas.
Illustration by Mark Greco
Christmas is almost here folks and it’ll soon be
time for that fella in the red coat to come sneaking
around. Yep, your neighbourhood fox is on
the prowl and shortly after Santa has finished
pulling presents out of his sack your local fox
will be busy trying to pull half a turkey out of
your bin bag.
Foxes have lived among us for centuries and, just
like Christmas, they’re celebrated in folklore and
myths all around the world. Whether the story
belongs to the Greeks, Japanese, Celts, Native
Americans, Disney or Roald Dahl it is always
the same – the fox is portrayed as cunning, slippery
and devious. I prefer intelligent, adaptable
and resourceful – and it’s these traits that have
helped the fox to survive in the modern world.
It was the modern world which transformed the
fox’s wild woods into endless agricultural fields,
towns, cities, tower blocks and cul-de-sacs. Traditionally,
in the face of development, Britain’s
wildlife has silently been displaced and died. But
where others fled destruction the fox, like any
shrewd opportunist, saw a brave new world of
golden opportunities where the dustbins overfloweth
and where the streets are paved with cast
away kebabs and finger-lickin’ chicken.
And for me this is the chapter in the fox’s story
that does indeed seem mythical: that in urban
Britain there are wild dogs living amongst us.
I can look out my bedroom window and see a
relative of the wolf, dingo, jackal and coyote
casually sauntering across my lawn. It’s a touch
of the Serengeti in suburban Sussex. Studies
undertaken by the University of Brighton
have estimated that there are twenty foxes per
square kilometre in the city. Of course, tradition
dictates that some people do not like foxes. As a
child I always viewed the Boxing Day hunt as the
antithesis to Christmas; a reminder that amidst
this season of goodwill there are still people who
are proud to dress up in costumes in a public
celebration of their cruelty.
It’s in the bleak midwinter that foxes are at their
most vocal. And it’s one helluva racket! The
blood-curdling, human-like scream of the vixen
sounds like something from a Hammer Horror
film. This foxy lady is only fertile for a few days
and her scream advertises her availability and
sparks bow-wows, barks and bickering from
amorous dog foxes. Her cubs will be born about
fifty-two days after mating and emerge from
their earths in April.
So this Christmas if you’ve had it with the plastic
snowmen, the fake tree and the fake sentiments
take a short walk away from it all and out into
the darkness. Listen for the sound of wild dogs
howling at the moon, the sound of survival. Let
it stir something wild in your heart.
Michael Blencowe, Senior Learning & Engagement
Officer, Sussex Wildlife Trust
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Here’s what we found...
UNDER £5: Table candles, £4.99, Oxfam. Zinc candle
holders, £4.50 each; chocolate matchsticks, £1.50; French
soap, £3.95; wreath decorations, £1 for five – all Closet
& Botts. Cake decorations, 25p-50p; gold chocolate tree
decorations, 90p – all Poppy’s at Riverside. Bloody Mary
ketchup, £3.95, Goods. Flower hairclip, £4, Brats. Apple
moneybox, £4.75; nutmeg grater, £3.24 – both Middle Farm
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UNDER £20: Recycled paper birdhouse, £9.99, Oxfam
The Truth Pixie by Matt Haig, £9.99, Bags of Books.
Dragon’s Breath mead, £15.96, Middle Farm. Felted fox
head, £18.99; yellow mug, £8.50 – both Wickle. Gold
and pearl mistletoe, £19.95, Kings Framers. Handknitted
mittens and snood, £15, Brats. Harvey’s Christmas pudding
(medium), £7.25, Harvey’s Shop
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£20 AND OVER: Preserved eucalyptus, £23 (with brass wreathmaking
hoop (small) £6), From Victoria. Sheepskin slippers,
£65, Kings Framers. Frida Kahlo cushion, £47.50, Popsicle.
Chilly’s reusable bottle, £20, The Outdoor Shop. Sussex Rose
hand wash and hand lotion, £30 (individually £15 and £18), AS
Apothecary. Hunter boot socks, £25, Ernest Doe. Blanket
made from recycled plastic bottles, £45, Revive
Thursday 6 th December. 6pm-9pm
Whether you’re just starting to think about Christmas shopping or you’re super
organised, and simply need to pick up a few finishing touches, enjoy an evening
of strolling around the town for inspiration. The High Street will be closed to
traffic from the bottleneck to the bottom of School Hill from 6 to 9.30pm and
all the Lewes pay and display car parks will be free for the evening after 5pm.
Many of the shops, and pop-ups, and galleries are offering discounts, workshops,
quizzes and delicious festive treats to get you in the Christmas spirit.
Look out for all the street entertainment as you roam. Music will fill the streets
from choirs, bands and bell ringers. There are Morris dancers, horse and cart
rides and the castle will be open to host the upmarket Gin and Fizz festival.
There’ll be street food, fairground rides and, of course,
Santa will be stopping off at Lewes House.
Lewes is going to feel at its best: a busy medieval County town on market day.
Be sure to check out the shop windows. There’s a competition this year for the
best dressed window and Mayor Janet Baah has the tricky
job of picking the winners.
For full details see leweslatenightshopping.co.uk
TOP OF TOWN
Take full advantage of the road closures with a horse and carriage
ride along the High Street while enjoying performances from the
Vox choir, Paddock Singers, East Sussex Bach Choir, LGB Brass,
Lewes Operatic Society, Lewes Handbell Ringers and singers from
Lewes Grammar School. The Brighton Morris dancers and the
Knots of May will be showing us how best to keep warm but for
those not feeling that energetic the roasted chestnuts and mulled
wine should do the trick.
Swing by the Gin and Fizz festival at the candlelit Gun Garden in
the Castle Grounds. A fantastic range of Sussex sparkling wine, gin
and other local produce will be on offer for you to sample, then add
to your Christmas feast. You can print your own Christmas cards
with Keith Pettit and take part in an intriguing sounding wintry art
installation from F.A.R.M. (Fine Art Rural Mission). The festival runs
from 5pm to 9pm; it’s free and open to all. For more details see
Admission to the Barbican Museum is also free on the night. There’ll
be activities in the galleries and a children’s trail around the
CRAFT MARKET AT THE TOWN HALL
The Christmas Craft Fair returns to Lewes Town Hall (Fisher St.
entrance) with over 60 stalls. You’ll be sure to find that perfect gift!
Santa will be stopping off at Lewes House to hear all your
Christmas wishes, so thinking caps on, kids. For the grown-ups –
mulled wine while you wait.
You’ll find festive stalls, food retailers
and children’s fairground rides
in the precinct. Look out for the
Silver Sounds Samba Band and the
Blackpowder Morris Dancers. Fitzroy
House will also be opening its doors
for the evening.
Once again, Harvey’s Brewery will
host their traditional yard event
from 6pm-9pm where you’ll be able
to enjoy music, a hog roast & BBQ,
vintage vehicles, heavy horses and
a well-stocked bar serving the newly
released Christmas Ale.
THE TOWN TRAIL
Win great prizes while getting your
shopping done: take part in The Town
Trail (see page 129 for all the details).
This year’s charity
This year, money is being raised for The Rocking Horse
Children’s Charity which aims to improve the lives of sick
children throughout Sussex. Volunteers will be out and about
in the town all evening with collecting buckets and you’ll also
find collecting tins on shop counters.
The Rocking Horse Children’s Charity have been working
to improve the lives of sick children in Sussex for more than fifty years. They
fundraise for the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital and the Trevor Mann
Baby Unit (TMBU) at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton; as well as
the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards
Heath. Their mission is to support the health service by fundraising for
additional life-saving and cutting-edge medical equipment and to enhance
the environment in which children are treated to make it as friendly, warm and
welcoming as possible – so that children can be children regardless of what
else is going on in their lives.
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The Town Trail...
Twelve shops are taking part this year. Each shop will have a letter. Arrange the
letters into a festive phrase below. Collect all 12 stamps, complete the anagram, fill
in your contact details, tear out this page and hand it in to any of the participating
shops. The first three entries drawn will win either a Harvey’s hamper, a £25 voucher
for Bags of Books or a Viva stocking filled with goodies from local shops. The prize
draw will take place on Friday 7th Dec. Remember to take your Viva out with you!
1 2 3 4
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䤀 渀 昀 漀 爀 洀 愀 琀 椀 漀 渀
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5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12
Get all 12 stamps in the baubles above
Hand this page into one of the participating shops to be entered in the prize draw
Email address .................................................................................................................................
Tel no .................................................................................
A Big Thank You
This years’ Late Night Shopping
has been organised by Lewes
Chamber of Commerce,
Lewes High Street Traders’
Association, Lewes District Council
and Viva Magazines. Thank you to
them all. Collectively they would
like to thank all the wonderful local
traders that go to such thoughtful
effort to make Late Night
Shopping a great occasion.
Thanks to Santa and his Grotto
in Lewes House, all the bands,
singers, dancers and entertainers
that help to bring the streets to life,
Mayor Janet Baah and all the Town
But most of all we would like to
thank everyone who comes out to
shop and take part in the evening.
Thank you for supporting your
local High Street. We wish you a
happy, healthy and prosperous
Christmas and New Year.
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Late Night Shopping is on Thursday 6th this
year, and the good news is that, unlike last
year, the High Street at the top of town will be
closed to traffic, as well as School Hill, to allow
us all to meander from shop to shop sussing
out what’s on sale, and who’s offering the best
minced pies and mulled wine. (Please be aware
that there will be traffic thoroughfares between
Station Street and Fisher Street and by the traffic
lights at the bottom of School Hill.)
We mentioned in this space last month to
look out for reindeer; while we’ve now been
informed the reindeer are off, we do understand
there’ll be a horse-drawn carriage in operation
on the night at the top of the town, and the
familiar Harvey’s horse-drawn dray down in the
Cliffe. We should also see some splendid shop
window displays as, for the first time, there’s an
official Best Dressed Shop Window competition,
judged by Mayor Janet Baah. Much more
on all this in our Late Night Shopping Guide
from pg 123.
And not to worry if you can’t make Late Night
Shopping: many of the shops are extending
their opening hours in the run up to Christmas.
Participating shops will also be open until 9pm
on Thursday 13th and 20th, as well as opening
on Sundays too. And there’s also selected free
parking to encourage shoppers into the town
centre on Friday 7th, 14th and 21st, in fourteen
of the pay and display car parks: see leweschamber.co.uk
There’s plenty of news on the Lewes hairdressing
front. Hair for Men has opened on Market
Street. We popped in on their first day, and
were interested to learn that, not only do they
open late on weekdays – allowing Lewes blokes
a post-work snip – they also offer all their
customers a beer or whisky while they’re in the
chair! It’s also worth mentioning that Cuttlefish,
aptly enough on Fisher Street, are expanding
into the two empty spaces recently vacated
next door, in effect tripling their size.
We were sad to hear about the sudden and
unexpected closure of Bentley Wildfowl and
Motor Museum, near Ringmer, ‘for the winter
and until further notice’. Another closure to
note was that of Pelham House, in mid-
November. The hotel has been taken over by
the wedding caterers Galloping Gourmet and
when it reopens in the spring, it will be used
exclusively for wedding receptions.
A couple more food-related tidbits: the space
formerly occupied by Thomas Cook, opposite
Boots, has been taken over by the sandwich
chain Subway. Just up the road, congratulations
to a much more independent concern: Robson’s,
the tea-and-cake haven that this month
celebrates 21 years in business.
And let’s end with a plug for a couple of local
concerns selling Christmas trees: Gipps Farm,
in Barcombe, who also offer decorations etc in
their ‘Sussex Christmas Barn’, and PE Underhay
and Son, between Laughton and Golden
Cross. Plus, look out for Mary’s Christmas
pop-up shop at 2 Fisher Street: for stocking
fillers, personalised gifts and more, every day
from 10th-24th. Alex Leith
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The ladies football team from the Seaplane Sheds Factory in Newhaven in 1917 (ACC 8691/1) has
been reproduced with the permission of East Sussex Record Office, copyright reserved.
This cheery-looking bunch of young women
would have been even more colourful in real
life: from the caption accompanying this
photo we understand their shirts were yellow,
and skirts navy blue. We can only imagine the
colour of their ties and hats. But who are they?
Meet the Newhaven Seaplane Station ladies’
football team, 1917.
Newhaven was an important port in WW1,
used to transport vital supplies to Boulogne.
The ships were a target for German U-Boats,
and so needed accompaniment from seaplanes
whose crews were trained to spot and sink the
submarines. From May 1917, an airbase was
set up half a mile east of Newhaven, to cater
for a dozen or so of these seaplanes. When
fully operational, the station was the workplace
for 194 staff, including 34 women.
Entertainment and exercise were vital for
morale, and Newhaven Town FC’s pitch was
requisitioned for use by service personnel,
so we assume this is where they played their
matches. The caption reads: ‘Seaplane Sheds
Factory. Ladys [sic] football team’ and goes on
to name some of the players: ‘Hilda Goudhurst;
Mabal Goudhurst; Mabal Marchant;
Rose Holobone; Marjorie Putland; Lilian Lee;
Bessy Brown. Rest not known’. It doesn’t say
who’s who. The picture came from The East
Sussex Record Office in Moulsecoomb via
Rosy Matheson from Lewes FC. Reeves are
putting on a new exhibition in the Town Hall
as part of their Through a Glass Plate project
on suffragettes (see pg 36). Lewes FC – the
only club in the world to pay women as much
as men – are contributing a display of photos
and memorabilia telling the story of women’s
football, from the 19th century to now.
Perhaps the picture will give you some ideas
on how to dress for another event being organised
by the club: spectators for the match
between Lewes FC Women and Charlton
Athletic on the 9th are encouraged to dress up
to celebrate suffrage, to mark the hundredth
anniversary of women getting the vote. In
addition, on Dec 2nd, Helen Pankhurst, the
great grand-daughter of suffragette activist
Emmeline Pankhurst, is making an appearance
at the Dripping Pan prior to the Rooks’
match against Manchester United. Alex Leith
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