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VIVALEWES

EDITORIAL

We’ve encountered all sorts of exceptional ‘neighbourliness’

in the course of compiling this issue. In ‘The way we work’,

for instance, photographer Linda Scuizzato visited four

people who’re all putting energy into directly, positively making a big difference.

And there are, of course, a multitude of ways of doing so. ‘My Lewes’ this month is

(I feel appropriately) shared between two: Lucy Newth and Louise Hackett are Co-

Directors of Cinderella – this year’s St Mary’s Panto. It was lovely listening to them,

as it was Tim Rowland, who’s (also co-)directing His Dark Materials for Lewes Youth

Theatre Group; again, his enthusiasm’s palpable.

As is East Sussex College Art Lecturer James DiBiase’s, when he talks about supporting

his students through creating their entries to the Royal Opera House Challenge. And

Peter Masters’, in explaining how ‘community’ is and always has been built into ‘the

DNA’ of the Lewes Athletic Club, of which he’s Chair.

Maybe the issue, then, is as much about collaboration, and community, as about literal

neighbours – and a lot is in the detail: working in groups to create a ‘Litter Free

Lewes’, or sharing our space safely via Lewes Living Streets.

Of course, occasionally, living cheek by jowl can cause problems (just ask Craig the cat,

whose neighbours err on the side of over-generous…). I think, if I could choose, I’d have

poet WH Auden stationed next door – he who, as David Jarman tells us, slept in the

hall outside an elderly neighbour’s door to reassure her until her night terrors subsided.

THE TEAM

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THE ‘GOOD NEIGHBOURS’ ISSUE

CONTENTS

Photo by Tom Freeman

Bits and bobs.

10-27 Inky neighbours – Zoë Jackson’s

cover art; Louise Hackett and Lucy Newth

– on directing Cinderella, and their Lewes;

Photo of the month, move over Edward

Hopper; Union Music Album Club, move

over book clubs; rescue rats (read Viva);

Doortrait; Lewes Living Streets; and Litter

Free Lewes; plus, Carlotta Luke visits

Fisher St blacksmith Ben Autie; and meet

Craig the cat, and various of his neighbours.

Columns.

29-33 David Jarman on kindness, and noise;

John Henty recalls various neighbours (and

their parrots); and Chloë King engages with

#SaveLewesSchools.

On this month.

35-45 Lewes Winter Speakers, a weekend

packed with interest; His Dark Materials,

theatre with a difference; Magic Lanterns

at the Keep; Miriam Darlington swims with

the otters; Sarah Jane Morris sings John

Martyn; and Film 19.

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Art.

46-55 David Jarman on Max Gill at

Ditchling; college students rise to the

Royal Opera House Challenge; art

and about, Hidden Treasures at Chalk

Gallery, the winter show at Keizer

Frames, and workshops at Martyrs’;

Jane Pitt at Ditchling, and The Green

Show in Seaford; The Lost Words at

Nymans, and Prized Possessions at

Petworth: Golden Age Dutch Masters.

Listings and free time.

57-71 Diary dates, including talks by

Dr William Harcourt-Smith; Melissa

Benn and Kevin Courtney; and Lewes

Winter Speakers. Plus, Lewes FC

Quiz Night; Local History with the

Path Detectives; and others. Gig

of the month, Willie Watson, and

Simon Tozer at Keizer Frames

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THE ‘GOOD NEIGHBOURS’ ISSUE

gig guide; plus Classical round-up,

featuring Nicholas Yonge Society. Free

time, opera for babies; and Tales for

Toddlers; plus, His Dark Materials

competition; book review for Rachel

Burge’s The Twisted Tree; Windmill

Young Actors; and Shoes on now –

making cakes for the neighbours.

Food.

73-79 Alex enjoys roast at The

Rainbow; Tina’s Kitchen introduces

a stew from her new cookbook;

Charleston Thresher Barn proves well

worth a lunch stop; Chloë King rounds

up food news.

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The way we work.

80-83 Photographer Linda Scuizzato

visits four subjects doing work that

matters, and asks each: Who’s your

hero?

Features.

85-92 Lewes Athletic Club on

community; a new Lewes group for

highly sensitive people; and Open

Door shows us round its new quarters;

Michael Blencowe introduces face

mites (ugh); and Alex Leith rounds up

Business news.

Photo by Linda Scuizzato

Inside left.

106 Art collector ‘Ned’ Warren, and

John Marshall, from their forty years as

Lewes neighbours.

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Love me or recycle me. Illustration by Chloë King

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Artist and illustrator Zoë Jackson created our

intriguing wintry-neighbours’ cover this month

– very different, I thought, and was curious how

it had come about. Zoë said she took our ‘Good

neighbours’ theme, and ran with it.

“I wanted to explore the idea of friendship

within this cover”, she said. “The idea that a

community is built on neighbours working

together and becoming friends. This is especially

relevant to Lewes, I think,” she added, “as it has

such a strong community feel.”

Zoë likes drawing people, anyway, she tells

me – as all the examples on this spread show.

She likes the way you can tell a whole story

with a picture – what’s the saying, a picture

is worth a thousand words? “My work is a lot

about people”, she says, “and their stories, with

narrative being an important element in all my

illustrations.”

So how does she go about, technically, telling

these stories?

“I’m very much a mixed media worker”, she

says. “But most of my work follows a similar

process: I start with an initial sketch, then work

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ZOË JACKSON

it into an inked drawing – I’m loving blue ink

at the moment! I then add a few, key, handpainted

splashes of colour. From there, I finish

the image off digitally – adding final colours,

neatening up the edges, and making the odd

finishing touch. So, there are four distinct

stages to my usual process.”

I’m struck by the colours Zoë chooses – here,

and elsewhere. How are they arrived at?

“My palette for this cover”, she tells me, “is

my interpretation of the month of January:

with those inevitable grey skies, and

that post-Christmas lull alongside

the brighter, springier colours

of optimism and rejuvenation

– of a brand new year

unfolding.”

She explained how she

arrived at them. “When

I first started researching

for my reference,

I looked out vintage

photos – those were my

inspiration – and I loved

the monochrome images

of real people. I’ve

tried to capture this

by keeping those two

neighbours and friends

in grey tones, but also surrounding them with

flashes of warm colour.”

Today Zoë lives and works in Eastbourne. She

freelances as an editorial illustrator on magazines,

books and blogs. “I’m currently working

with a travel blog”, she tells me. “I also exhibit

my work regularly, with a few recent Brighton

exhibitions and at the Ink Paper Print Fair at

Eastbourne’s Towner Gallery.”

She used to live in Lewes – including spending

some time working in the Viva office, as

well as producing a couple of lovely covers for

Viva Lewes before (issues 81 and 89). She’s still

“a very regular visitor” to the town, she says.

“I miss my studio in the Phoenix Quarter, but

must say my new studio is certainly warmer!”

Interview by Charlotte Gann

zoejacksonillustration.co.uk

Photo by Josh Alliston @eastbourneanddown

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Lewes Town Hall

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Adults £1.00 Kids free

Seed swap Talks Children’s activities

Community growing projects

Tool sharpening Café

Usual and unusual seeds and plants

Soils and No-dig beds:

Phil Greenwood and Iza Kruszewska

New habitats for Chalk

Grassland Butterflies:

Dan Danahar

Lewes’ Wildflower Verges:

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OUR LEWES: LOUISE HACKETT AND LUCY NEWTH

You’re the first women directors of a

St Mary’s Panto? And you’re directing

Cinderella together? How’s that been? We’re

loving it! We’ve worked together before –

choreographing with both St Mary’s Panto, and

with LOSMT (Lewes Operatic Society Musical

Theatre). But it’s our first time taking up the

director’s baton. We’re part of the Panto family

with a great production team, cast and crew and

to take on the director’s role is a real privilege for

us both.

What skills do you need to direct the panto?

Is it fun? Patience! Sense of humour. Ability to

drink wine! You have to deal with different issues

as they arise – and this all has to fit into your

everyday life. We both work in education and

this has proved invaluable when dealing with the

adult cast... oh and the children! But most of all

it’s about having fun.

Have you known each other for a very long

time? Forever!!

Are you both originally from Lewes? Yes,

although we’ve both had short breaks away

from the town – for university, and to get on the

property ladder. We’re both pleased we were able

to return to our home town.

What do you like about it? Being near family

and friends, the pubs, being a part of bonfire

(we’re both members of Cliffe), performing with

LOSMT, the social life and the scale of the place:

being able to go for a walk in town and know

you’ll always meet someone you know.

And about the panto? It’s been part of our life

forever and there is a real family feel with lots of

family connections.

Lucy (pictured right in first photo): I was five

when I started. My dad, mum and brother have

all appeared on stage, with my dad and brother

also having directed.

Louise: I was 11. My dad and brother have

performed, and my brother’s also directed. Mum

helps Front of House and backstage.

It’s also nice to watch the younger members

of our cast coming back year after year,

progressing through from chorus to principal

roles (hopefully). Both of us started in the tinies’

chorus, and worked our way (as we grew) up!

It’s lovely watching the little ones’ confidence

grow, and them enjoying their time on stage,

performing to their family and friends.

Have you always taken part? We’ve always

been involved in some way. BUT we have both

missed one at some point due to school exams!!!

We didn’t like it!!

Any highlights from this year’s show? Many!

But you’ll have to come and see it for yourself

to find out. It’s great for all ages from 3 to 100.

There’s a range of matinee performances – and

also early evening starts, so older children can

experience an evening of live entertainment

without too late a night.

Interview by Charlotte Gann

Cinderella runs from Saturday 12th to 19th.

Box office 01273 477733. stmaryspanto.org

Photos by Tom Freeman

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PHOTO OF THE MONTH

END OF NORTH STREET

Bryan Perry took this evocative shot one

winter afternoon as he left work for the

day. “I work as the director of Waterside

Architects, in the Waterside Centre at the

end of North Street. The photo was taken

last December around sunset as I was going

home”, he told us.

“The sky was amazing – a vivid blue with

red tinges, and quite otherworldly. It took

me by surprise. And the silhouette of the

trees against the sky also gives it an ethereal,

supernatural quality.

“I liked the contrast of the sunset with the

fluorescent lights in the office building and

the single street lamp, which made me think

of Edward Hopper. I particularly enjoy his

paintings for the way they set the everyday

and individual and mundane against larger

spatial backdrops – whether urban or natural.

“His paintings often seem to tell a story or

fix a moment in time.

“The genre’s called Realism, but I think it’s

more than this, as it also conveys a mood, so

you could say it strays into Surrealism such

as in the work of Giorgio de Chirico... At the

end of the day, all definitions are inadequate

and that’s probably just as well!”

Please send your pictures, taken in and around

Lewes, to photos@vivamagazines.com, or tweet

@VivaLewes. We’ll choose one, which wins the

photographer £20, to be picked up from our

office after publication. Unless previously arranged,

we reserve the right to use all pictures

in future issues of Viva magazines or online.

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BITS AND BOBS

RULE 1: EVERYONE TALKS ABOUT ALBUM CLUB

Back in June 2018,

music publicist Del

Day and musician

Danny George

(pictured, Danny

right) took over

Union Music Store

from founders Stevie

and Jamie Freeman.

In some ways,

little has changed.

It’s still very much

the antidote to

mainstream online retailing: a local record shop

where the owners love discovering new music

and sharing their knowledge. Despite this,

they’re also happy to order anything you want.

“We’re not snobs but we’ve only got a certain

amount of space to play with”, Danny admits. It’s

what Del describes as a curated approach. “We

want it to be a shop where you can pick a record

up and we go ‘that’s a great record’ and genuinely

mean it. It’s becoming a little arts hub here for

us – and we’d like to extend that.”

Look closer and you’ll spot a broadening of

genres, heralded on my visit by the jazz trumpet

of Lee Morgan greeting me as I walked through

the door. “Since we moved in we’ve expanded the

range of stock”, Del tells me, “so rather than just

being a specialist Americana / Country shop, we’ve

now got world, jazz, blues, some classic rock and a

lot more interesting left-field records.” You’ll also

discover loads more vinyl albums – “we’re probably

80% new and used vinyl” – and, if you turn

up on (usually) the last Wednesday evening of any

given month, there’s a good chance you’ll find a

session of the shop’s Album Club taking place.

Album Club is “essentially like a book club”,

Del explains, attracting an even mix of men and

women. You buy a

copy of the month’s

chosen album –

obviously the shop

would appreciate

your custom but

what’s more important

to them is

that people obtain a

physical copy rather

than relying on

streaming services

– and you listen to

it as much as you can. “It’s about embracing the

art form again and actually cherishing buying the

record. And this gives you a chance to reinforce

that.” Whoever turns up for the meeting will find

the kettle on and beer in the fridge. “We meet

in here at 7.30pm; we play back the record and

we discuss it for about two hours”, says Del. “It’s

basically a chance to nourish that artistic element

in your head.” There’s no fee and no obligation

to stay until the end.

Union Music Store has hosted five album club

meetings so far, from Damien Jurado to Janelle

Monáe. January’s meeting will be listening to

Merrie Land, the latest album from supergroup

The Good, the Bad & the Queen. Yes, it’s a

diverse collection – but what’s the point? Del

has a characteristically matter-of-fact answer.

“It’s a little bit of publicity for our shop, it’s a

way of embracing the art form, which we think

is really important, and it’s also a social event. It’s

immensely enjoyable. I really look forward to it.”

Mark Bridge

Union Music Store, 1 Lansdown Place, Lewes.

Union Album Club meets on (usually the last –

check with the shop) Wednesday evening of the

month at 7.30pm. unionmusicstore.com

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Jo Jackson, from the blog The Lewes

Home, snaps a front door in Lewes and

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BITS AND RATS

PETS OF LEWES

Oliver and Elsa, Fancy Rats, 5 months. Despite

the name ‘Elsa’, both rats are boys.

Unfortunately, this pair weren’t fancy enough

to be shown at rat shows (which really are a

thing). Their breeder was unable to sell them

to the ratterati so gave them away to small

Lewesians Arthur and Matilda.

Oliver is currently studying circus skills. Elsa

prefers to create small newspaper installations in his cage, citing Anish Kapoor as his main inspiration.

Interests: Using socks as sleeping bags, eating corn on the cob, suffering for their art.

Dislike: The unwieldiness of ironing boards, anyone who actively chooses to click on “reply to all” in

a large group message, feint crayons, insignificance.

RATRIVIA: Brothers can live together peacefully, but unrelated male rats housed together will

fight. Females can live together regardless of blood ties because females are the superior sex *citation

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LITTER AND BIKES

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In November 2017, the voluntary group Litter

Free Lewes was founded – a Transition Town

Lewes project, supported by Lewes District

Council (LDC) and Friends of Lewes. In its first

year, it carried out 25 community litter picks,

clearing approximately 400 big black sacks of

litter. I’ve been taking part and it’s actually fun:

great light exercise, and a good way to get to

know neighbours, as well as leaving the environment

looking a whole lot brighter. The group’s

keen to welcome anyone who’d like to join, for as

little or as much time as you can give; the more

the merrier – you do not need to commit to every

litter pick, just turn up on the day. Equipment is

provided by LDC, who then collect all the waste

(within 36 hours – on the following Monday).

For details on dates/ times/ locations or to get in

touch – find Litter Free Lewes on Facebook, @

litterfreelewes on Instagram, search for ‘Lewes

on LitterAction.org.uk or email Milly at litterfreelewes@yahoo.co.uk.

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RIDERS OF LEWES #03

As the theme this issue is

‘Good neighbours’, we thought

it made sense to look at an organisation

that’s not just concerned

with cycling but with all

uses of our roads: Lewes Living

Streets. Since its founding in

2003, Lewes Living Streets has

campaigned for “streets that

are safer and more pleasant

for all: pedestrians, cyclists and

drivers”, says spokesman Nick

Wiseman.

Lewes is an ancient town, easily

overwhelmed by too much traffic.

It’s a place where we, ideally,

need to reduce car use, to minimise

congestion, pollution and

the danger of accidents. Lewes

Living Streets believes this can

be achieved by encouraging

walking and cycling through

“rethinking streets as places,

not highways, where public

space can be preserved and restored

without creating more

congestion”.

They particularly campaign for

a 20mph speed limit, with Nick

explaining, “slow, steady traffic

flows can minimise delays and

allow pedestrians and cyclists

to be safer and more confident.

We think walking and cycling

should be the natural choice for

most trips in Lewes”.

Of course, you can’t please all

the people all the time. The

key is surely balance and consideration

by everyone. Lewes

already has some shared spaces,

such as Cliffe Precinct and Jenner’s

Way, and here “the key is

mutual respect and, as a general

rule, cyclists deferring to pedestrians.

We do not support

cyclists using the pavements in

Friars Walk, for instance – or,

indeed, anywhere: this is antisocial”,

says Nick. Basically, be

good neighbours.

Daniel Etherington

livingstreets.org.uk

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CARLOTTA LUKE

FOCUS ON: THE LEWES FORGE

Carlotta visited Ben Autie at The Lewes

Forge in Fisher Street, which has been a

blacksmithing site for 300 years. We love the

fiery shots she came back with. Ben accepts

commissions for sculptures, garden furniture,

gates, weather vanes and curtain poles – he

works closely with clients, he says, to create an

individual piece. He’s also worked with many

architects on ironwork projects including

churches, cathedrals and public spaces.

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BITS AND BOBS

SPREAD THE WORD

It’s a tale of two Angelas this

month. First up is Angela Morrison

(above), who tells us that

she’s a ‘very keen Viva reader’. So

much so that she took her September

issue along on a visit to

Sydney last year.

And back in the autumn, Lewes

resident Angela Oatridge (right)

took her Viva on a trip to Dublin

to see Jeff Lynne’s ELO on tour.

It’s 46 years since the band got

together, and Mr Blue Sky has

still got it, reports superfan Angela.

‘It was an amazing concert,’

she tells us, ‘my third time of seeing

them.’

Finally – and just to prove you

don’t need to be called Angela

to appear on this page – below

is Viva reader (and inveterate

spreader of the word) Wendy

Vince of Horsted Keynes. She’s

at the foot of the hundreds of

steps leading to Whitby Abbey –

a place, she says, where she ‘feels

quite at home’.

Keep taking us with you and keep

spreading the word. Send your

photos and a few words about you

and your trip to hello@vivamagazines.com

LEWES LEISURE CENTRE IN NUMBERS

Lewes Leisure Centre opened in 1991, and since 2006 has been part of Wave Leisure, a charity and

not-for-profit social enterprise which runs 8 local leisure facilities and Newhaven Fort. Together they

have more than 1 million customer visits a year. Facilities include 39 classes each week, 1 gym, 4 badminton

courts, 1 basketball court, 1 running track (shared with Lewes Athletic Club, see pg 85) and a

25 metre swimming pool with toddler pool and flume. Open for 362 days a year, and 104 hours a week,

the Centre is run by 77 staff, including 1 apprentice.

Currently 1,855 members enjoy unlimited access to facilities under 3 membership schemes, as well as

many who pay-as-you-go. And 9 schools use the facilities weekly. The car park has space for 150 cars.

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Chloë King

On the Lewes schools debate

Did I tell you I’ve

subscribed to my school

newsletter? I’m not sure

when I unsubscribed, but

I’m delighted to be back. In

the last few days, I’ve learnt

all about Chicken Pox,

Scarlet Fever and Hand,

Foot and Mouth Disease.

That said, I’m becoming

ENGAGED. I’m attending

a Parent Forum. I’m

listening attentively to our

headteacher and governors from a patch of the

same parquet flooring my seven-year-old self

was on in 1989.

My daughter goes to the same primary school

that I attended, and I can vouch that the

canteen smells the same as it did 25 years ago.

I don’t know if they have the same recipe for

chocolate biscuits. If they do, I’d give my hind

teeth to try one.

I have the same warm feeling about our

school that I had making giant wind-socks

on the playing field as a child. Or when our

headteacher gave her daughter a tin of dog

food to eat in assembly. When we saw she had

switched the labels on the cans – that, all along,

it was rice pudding – we learnt how easy it is to

be deceived.

It was a valuable lesson. You see, like many

parents, I’m here because I’m feeling wary. I’m

wondering whether our school will fall victim

to a ‘hostile takeover’ by an asset-crunching

academy chain; form a Multi Academy Trust

(MAT) with Priory and four other Lewes

primaries; or stay within the Local Authority.

The future of Lewes schools seems less

predictable than pox. I learnt – while filling

in their Christmassy ‘Core Offer’ Survey –

that East Sussex County

Council have reduced

spending by £129 million

in the last decade. They say

they must save another £46

million in the next three

years. Squeeeze!

It’s for this reason that

Lewes schools are trying

to work out what can be

done to plug the financial

gap. The potential to form

a local MAT is being given

serious consideration. But what is that?

A MAT is a group of schools funded by central

government and run as a charitable company

by a CEO and board of trustees. They don’t

receive more funding than maintained schools,

and while MATs can work out well on a local

level for a period, once divorced from the Local

Authority, there’s no going back. It’s unlikely

my daughter will be sitting on this floor as an

adult thinking about chocolate biscuits.

The question is: is a local MAT rice pudding

dressed as dog food, or dog food masquerading

as rice pudding?

I reckon I know, and so I’ve joined the People’s

Republic of WhatsApp. A parent body:

risen from the ground with the purpose to

#SaveLewesSchools through direct action and

the sharing of information across six sites. (A

bit like a MAT, but without a CEO on a sixfigure

salary.)

And, we’re getting organised. While the Gilet

Jaunes take Paris by storm, the Save Lewes

Schools campaign have Tom Paine tote bags.

There are meetings in pubs and petitions

and posters. I assure you: there will be no

privatisation of Lewes schools without… Some

serious debate.

Illustration by Chloë King

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COLUMN

Lewes Out Loud

Plenty more Henty

I guess it’s a generational

thing really. Mention

‘neighbours’ to a sizeable

number of Viva readers and

they’ll immediately start

humming the theme tune to

the long-running soap of the

same name. ‘Everybody needs

them’ according to Kylie

Minogue in the 1980s and

they certainly didn’t do her

career any harm, did they?

Thirty years earlier, in

Knights of Madness, another

Crazy Gang show at London’s

Victoria Palace, affable Bud

Flanagan and his partner, Chesney Allen,

greeted the audience nightly with the allembracing

and reassuring Hey Neighbour which

went on ‘Aren’t you glad to be alive this sunny

morning?’.

It was an upbeat message at a time when

theatregoers in post war Britain needed a

morale boost. Full houses every night for

Bud and Ches along with Nervo and Knox,

Naughton and Gold and occasionally,

Monsewer Eddie Gray. Several members of the

gang lived on the South Coast and would travel

home together on the train to Brighton – often

in the company of my favourite, Max Miller.

Imagine having Max or Bud Flanagan as a

neighbour! More than a possibility, by the way,

where the Cheeky Chappie was concerned. He

and his family, in the early part of his career,

were frequently on the move in the Brighton

area and later, once married, Max kept parrots.

Happily, I’ve never suffered noisy neighbours

although when we first moved to the town,

we did share a property with a fellow who

would practise his musical

scales rather enthusiastically.

The Glyndebourne factor, I

suppose. My answer? To join in

with him through the thin wall,

which didn’t amuse my wife or

our two cats.

Later, in Keere Street, our

charming neighbour was a man

who had lived in the cobbled

street for most of his life. I’ve

mentioned Tom before on this

page. He was always busying

himself and could often be

found perched precariously

on a ladder, painting someone

else’s property.

Close by the Palace Pier in Brighton for a brief

spell in the 1980s, we lived next door to BBC

personality, Kate Adie. I knew her from work,

of course, and, because of that work, she was

very rarely in the small, rented apartment. “Off

to another war zone?” I would joke with her.

She gave me one of her exasperated looks.

Also in Brighton for a spell, we had a group of

well organised squatters taking up residence

in an empty property across the street from

us. Parties were a popular feature (for them!)

of their opportune occupancy and on one

occasion, my wife was even invited to join them.

She declined.

Finally, would you agree with me when I

suggest that Lewes is a most neighbourly town?

In 2019, to make things even better, I would

like to see the occasional police presence on the

streets, further promotion for the Rooks at The

Pan and, a personal plea, Eccles cakes produced

more frequently by the Flint Owl Bakery on

School Hill. Happy New Year!

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COLUMN

David Jarman

Doing good by stealth

During the 1950s, W.H. Auden

and Chester Kallman spent their

summers on the island of Ischia.

There they befriended a young

American called Thekla Clark.

Wystan and Chester, published

in 1995, is her account of that

friendship. She recalls sitting in

a café one evening, and Auden

saying that for him the most

difficult commandment to obey

is ‘Love thy Neighbour’. “But

Wystan”, Thekla asks, “just who

is your neighbour?” Everyone

around the table throws in

their pennyworth before Auden

replies, “Anyone who needs you”.

A bit hokey, I remember thinking at the time.

But later, I read an article in The New York

Review of Books and felt rather ashamed of my

initial reaction. The article was by Edward

Mendelson, and it detailed the many acts of

unostentatious kindness that he had come

across, mostly by chance, as Auden’s literary

executor. Letters found among the poet’s

papers revealed that, after the Second World

War, Auden had arranged through a European

relief agency to pay the college costs for two

war orphans, an arrangement renewed, with a

new set of orphans, every few years. A cheque

from NBC Television was endorsed by Auden,

‘Pay to the order of Dorothy Day’. This enabled

the beneficiary, who managed a homeless

shelter for the Catholic Worker Movement, to

pay for the costly repairs that the New York

City Fire Department required. On another

occasion, Auden learned that an old woman in

the congregation of the same Episcopal church

that he attended was suffering

night terrors. Mendelson wrote:

‘He took a blanket and slept in

the hallway outside her apartment

until she felt safe again.’ Auden

was obviously one of those souls

who ‘do good by stealth’ and

would have blushed ‘to find it

fame’.

How would one have fared, I

wonder, with Auden as an actual

next door neighbour. And how

would one have measured up as

his next door neighbour. After

all, most writers, I imagine, crave

complete peace and quiet in

order to put pen to paper. In his

Letters, Philip Larkin often reports adversely

on inconsiderate neighbours: ‘I feel as if I

were lying in some penurious doss-house at

night, with hobos snoring and quarrelling all

around me’… ‘my co-tenant… door banger and

midnight entertainer of persons with eight feet

all wearing clogs or sabots’… ‘from downstairs,

the cries of children, often and deafeningly

shrill.’

And it’s not just children. Anthony Powell

recalls, in his autobiography, being asked by

V.S. Naipaul to accompany him to Stockwell to

size up a house that he was thinking of buying:

‘One of the aspects upon which Naipaul felt

vehemently was the possibility of neighbours

making a noise. On the face of it the quiet

respectability of the Crescent was reassuring.

Naipaul, however, remained apprehensive. All

angles must be studied. “The house opposite

is scheduled as an Old People’s Home.” “Does

that matter?” “But will they make a noise?”

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ON THIS MONTH: FESTIVAL

Lewes Winter Speakers

A feast of speakers

Former teacher Marc

Rattray is the force

behind the Lewes

Speakers Festival,

which he first

started back in 2011,

inspired, he tells me,

by the Charleston

Festival and Hay

Festival. “I began by

running a speakers’

society at the school where I worked – that gave

me a taste for it. Then, I started a public one in

Lewes in the summers. I also had a background

in events – so knew something of what I was

doing. It grew from there.”

This January, on the programme, are speakers

as prominent as Simon Jenkins, Peter Hain,

James O’Brien and Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.

(On a light note, I was drawn to the idea of

Lynne Truss’s ‘Constable Twitten’ – though

the Brighton described is not one we would

recognise in 2018: ‘Brighton, 1957. Inspector

Steine rather enjoys his life as a policeman by

the sea. No criminals, no crime, no stress.’)

So, how are speakers chosen? Marc laughs.

“People often assume the programme is

carefully crafted, and of course it is to an

extent. But the reality is you have to ask an

awful lot of very busy people: they’re either

available or they’re not.”

He’s pleased with this January’s line-up of

sixteen. “Yes, it’s quite a strong programme,

and this year there’re also a couple of new

things I’d like to highlight: we’re doing a

wine-tasting, from the Fine Wine Importers in

Lewes; and we’re also incentivising a younger

audience. Any university or school student

who’s interested in attending should email us

in advance and we’ll

set aside half-price

tickets.”

The Speakers Festival

has grown over the

years: Marc now also

orchestrates them

in Chichester and

Winchester. So why

did he start in Lewes?

“For one thing, it was

local”, he says. “But it’s also a great setting. The

people in Lewes are politically active. Some

festivals shy away from that, and end up solely

‘literary’. No need in Lewes.”

I wonder if this is the moment to raise the

vexed question of Katie Hopkins’ inclusion a

year ago? “It was very unfortunate”, Marc says.

“If the festival stands for anything, it stands for

free speech – and she was on the schedule to

talk about her autobiography, not politics – but

I didn’t anticipate the ensuing violence, and it

was awful. It was organised violence brought

into the town – although of course, some locals

did also turn out to demonstrate.”

The Speakers Festivals are all about stimulating

discussion, he says. “They’re a great forum

– people leave really stimulated, and that’s

what it’s all about. Of course, there’s a charged

atmosphere in the UK at the moment: we all

know this. But events like ours are about getting

people to discuss things in a reasonable way.

Hopefully they help.” Charlotte Gann

25th, 26th and 27th in the All Saints. All

Festival passes cost £75 and individual event

tickets £12.50. If you buy 2 or more tickets

together they are £11 each, or £10 for each

for 3. There are various other pricing

options. lewesspeakersfestival.com

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ON THIS MONTH: THEATRE

His Dark Materials

Theatre that’s fun

“Philip Pullman’s a passion for me”, says

Co-Director Tim Rowland. “Up there with

Tolkien. And I love production too – which is

why there are two massive 8 ft bears in armour

clogging up my dining room this morning.”

I loved His Dark Materials – the trilogy – and

am fascinated to hear what it’s been like staging

this brilliant, ambitious subject. At the end

of the month, Lewes Theatre Youth Group

is putting on the first of a two-part adaption

by Nicholas Wright. It’s being directed by

Tim, alongside James Firth-Haydon. “And”,

says Tim, “we have an assistant director too, a

trainee; he’s also called Tim. So very much a

group effort.”

The lead characters are Will and Lyra – “Will’s

very much in this, yes,” says Tim, “though I

still think of it as Lyra’s story. My wife and

I like Lyra so much we nearly named our

daughter after her!”

And one of the baddies is of course Mrs

Coulter, I say, who’s the chilling character

who’s most stayed with me. “She’s one of those

brilliant villains”, Tim agrees. “Very real –

two-sided. So you can see it from her point

of view. And she’s got these double standards.

You’ve got this person who’s completely

immoral, but she won’t let these things happen

to her own daughter. Though I have to say, for

my money, Lord Asriel is more evil.”

Another aspect of Pullman’s creation that’s

so compelling and memorable is the story’s

‘daemons’ – the literal representation of each

character’s animal or instinctual side. How on

stage will they depict these?

“We have actors playing the daemons”, Tim

says; “they’re holding modelled heads. We’ve

adapted ideas from Augusto Boal: the daemon

actors hold the heads, then move them in

tandem with their human counterparts. So, not

a literal representation at all, and it may take a

while for the audience to cotton on. When they

do, we think they’ll love it.”

The nastiest character, to Tim’s mind, is Mrs

Coulter’s daemon the Golden Monkey. “Yeah,

he’s a really scary little creature”, shudders

Tim. “Especially, for instance, when he pins

down Pan, who’s Lyra’s daemon.”

It all sounds brilliant: I can’t wait. And how’s

it working with young actors, I ask? Different

from adults?

“Very,” says Tim. “It’s so rewarding: they

listen, and we treat them like professionals,

and they respond really well. Some listen with

pencils in their hands, which is brilliant!”

And theatre, more generally? What does he think

it contributes to a community? “Ah,” sighs Tim,

“theatre is and should be all about community. I

think it should be bigger than it is in Lewes. It’s

all about everyone meeting up. Above all else, I

think it should be about FUN. Everyone having

fun, and having fun together – the audience, the

whole community, not just actors.”

I must admit, his enthusiasm’s contagious.

Charlotte Gann

Lewes Little Theatre from 25-27th Jan, and

from 1-3rd Feb. Tickets £8/£6. lewestheatre.org

See too our competition for free tickets on pg 68

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ON THIS MONTH: ILLUSTRATED TALK

Magic Lanterns

Trevor Beattie’s slide collection

One of the most famous magic lantern slides

is the one of a man swallowing rats. The

man is asleep in bed; his beard rises and falls;

he snores. Then you turn a handle and a rat

creeps up the counterpane towards his mouth.

When the man breathes out, the rat goes back.

Eventually the man swallows it, with a huge

gobbling noise. That’s why the Victorians knew

it as a ‘magic’ lantern. In an era when your

brightest lighting was oil lamps or candles and

the only coloured images you’d see were stained

glass windows, here were brightly illuminated,

coloured images – and they moved!

I became interested in magic lanterns as a

student. I’ve always liked the photography of

the Victorian era but photographs on paper

were far too expensive for me. Back then you

could buy magic lantern slides – photographs

from the 1880s / 1890s on glass – in boxes

outside junk shops. I picked some up and that

was it.

I’ve been collecting for around 40 years now.

I’ve got all sorts. The vast majority of these

slides were educational or religious. They were

very popular with the temperance movement.

Then there’s life model slides, which are the

Victorian equivalent of soap operas and feature

posed characters, with a printed reading that

goes with the slide, against a painted backdrop.

I’ve got slides of children playing on The

Level and some of the first Brighton scouts

in 1910 – a rather poignant image of an array

of young boys who would become the war

generation. I have quite a few of Brighton pubs.

There’s one I particularly like of The Tavern on

Boundary Road, and coming out is a lady, head

down, with her ceramic jug of beer.

In the first half hour of my show I focus

on the artistry of early hand-painted slides

dating from the 1820s. Then I move into the

comic ‘slipper slides’. A typical one might be

a John Bull-type man holding a pig’s head on

a plate. You pull the slip and swiftly his head

ends up on the plate and the pig’s head on his

shoulders. I always finish with chromotropes set

to electronic music. A chromotrope is a static

glass slide with a painted pattern on it, and two

other slides that rotate against each other. Don’t

let anyone tell you psychedelia was invented in

the 1960s!

I have one slide of people on Brighton

beach, the chain pier in the background – so

it’s around 1823. There’s a baby with a huge

bonnet that you only see from the back and

next to him is his mother. Just at the point the

shutter is pulled, her attention has obviously

been caught by the photographer and she’s

looked over her shoulder at the camera. You

look her straight in the eyes. That’s what I love

about magic lanterns – it’s the closest I’ll ever

come to time travel.

As told to Nione Meakin

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ON THIS MONTH: TALK

Animal magic

Nature writer Miriam Darlington

First, we had Otter Country, in 2012, a narrative

journey on the trail of one of Britain’s most

elusive mammals. Then, last year, Owl Sense

came out.

When Lewes-bred author Miriam Darlington

gave a talk about her second non-fiction book,

last February at the Linklater Pavilion, I had

an obvious question to ask her in the Q&A

session afterwards. Which animal, I wondered,

was she going to ‘do’ next?

“The albatross,” she replied. What a great

subject, I thought: all that symbolism; all those

romantic narrative possibilities. And what a lot

more I’ll know about albatrosses after I’ve read it.

But it turns out that life isn’t that simple.

I’m talking to Miriam again, down the phone:

she’s speaking from her kitchen in Totnes. She’s

soon to return to Lewes, to give a talk at the

Literary Society about what it’s like being a

woman in a man’s world, writing about animals.

“When Otter Country came out, I was an

oddity,” she says. “Nature writing was very

much a male domain. I felt like I was a bit of

an imposter.” So she wrote it in a way entirely

her own. Not that it wasn’t full of otter facts;

it was. But it was led by curiosity, rather than

expertise. She started stalking otters, then

she swam where they swam. She imagined

how it would feel to be an otter. It was oddly

mesmerising.

And Owl Sense is much more than a book about

owls. “I researched it for five years, and I got to

know a lot about owls,” she says, “even if I had

to feign ignorance every time I asked an expert

– always a man – for information. But while

I was writing it my son Benji fell seriously ill,

and it went beyond being just a nature book;

it also became a book about trying to stop a

family from falling apart.”

She’s been criticised in the national press for

bringing her personal life into the story, but

she defends that choice. “It’s not for me to say

whether it was a memoir, or not,” she says. “But

it was a story I felt I had to tell. And, anyway,

nature writing needs to broaden its appeal or

its current bubble of popularity might burst.”

So where does that leave the albatrosses?

On hold, it seems. “I was saying to people ‘I’m

off to South Georgia soon, I may be gone some

time.’” But then, for one reason or another, she

“felt like staying at home for a little longer, and

somehow a lot of poetry started tumbling out.

Poem after poem after poem. So my next book

– like my first – will be a collection of poetry.

Whatever I write will have nature in it. But

I’ve realised what I need to write about now is

the wild nature that’s inside people.” Alex Leith

Lewes Literary Society, All Saints, 15th Jan,

8pm. lewesliterarysociety.co.uk

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ON THIS MONTH: MUSIC

Sarah Jane Morris

On singing John Martyn

You may remember Sarah Jane Morris as the

smiley, big-hatted, red-haired girl on Top of

the Pops, duetting the 1986 hit Don’t Leave Me

This Way with Jimmy Sommerville, a female

baritone to his male falsetto.

“It was bang in the middle of all the chaos

of Thatcher’s Britain, the repression of gay

people, the AIDS epidemic, and Jimmy was the

first man to actually sing about being gay,” she

says. “It was radical stuff, and it was number

one for, I think, six weeks.”

Her career might have turned out very

differently if her subsequent solo single – a

cover of the Billy Paul hit Me and Mrs Jones –

hadn’t been banned by the BBC on its release

in 1988. “It’s incredible, really, to remember

how repressive those times were: they were

afraid that I was a lesbian coming out of the

closet.” (For the record, she wasn’t.)

In mainland Europe they had no such

reservations, and it was a big hit. “While I was

touring Italy with Simply Red – they did it as

a double bill, even though I was technically

supporting – it went to number one there,

which was great.” She’s been revered in

that country ever since. “They love singersongwriters.

And they are very loyal and open.

They accept whatever I try.”

But it’s in England that she’s touring her latest

show, a homage to the late, great singersongwriter

John Martyn. On January 11th,

directly after a three-night stint at Ronnie

Scott’s, she finishes the tour in the Con Club.

“I’ve been encoring with the John Martyn

song I Don’t Want to Know about Evil for 22

years, now,” she says. “He has such a rich, rich

voice. It’s milk and honey. He sings in the same

register as me. I don’t have to change key at all.”

She’s quick to point out that she’s not a tribute

act. “These are very much my own versions of

his songs,” she says, admitting this was a risky

project, as his fans are so passionate about his

work. “We’ve had a lot of his fan club members

coming to the shows so far,” she says. “I’m

really happy that they’ve seemed very positive.”

There is an album of her covers, and a theatre

project based around the songs, in the pipeline.

She only met John Martyn once, when they

were recording at the same studio. “He

probably wouldn’t have remembered, he was

quite drunk,” she says, quick to point out

there’s no way she’d be judgmental about his

notorious hedonism. When I ask her if she

has any hedonistic tendencies, her response

is quickfire. “I was married to a Pogue,” she

replies, “so I’ve been surrounded by that sort

of behaviour. But, luckily, I can become a wild

woman on a glass of water. I don’t need drugs

or drink to help my creativity. I lose myself in

every song, I take myself to the cliff edge every

time, digging my toenails in to hang on.”

Alex Leith

Con Club, 11th Jan, 7.30pm, £20.

lewesconclub.com

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ON THIS MONTH: FILM

The Man Who Knew Too Much, My Darling Clementine, Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday

Film ’19

Dexter Lee’s New Year cinema round-up

The new year sees the start of ‘Oscar season’,

with Hollywood churning out contenders before

the Academy Awards ceremony in February. But

we’re not so concerned with first releases in this

space: we’re much more excited by one-offs,

and in particular the 1930s Hitchcock Season

that the Depot are putting on, starting with his

adaptation of John Buchan’s The 39 Steps on

New Year’s Eve, a fine way to finish the year, part

of a Depot party which also includes a finger

buffet and DJ session. The season continues

with the director’s first, 1934, version of The

Man Who Knew Too Much, starring Peter Lorre

(the James Stewart / Doris Day 1956 version had

a significantly different plot). The series ends on

the 13th, with the excellent The Lady Vanishes,

made in 1938 and Hitchcock’s last British film

till the 1970s.

The book-to-film choice on the 3rd is one of

those rare situations where it’s difficult to decide

which version is superior: James M Cain’s 1943

novella Double Indemnity was turned into a

film-script a year later by Raymond Chandler

and Billy Wilder; the movie – a classic noir – was

directed by the latter, and starred unlikely heartthrob

Fred MacMurray and a platinum Barbara

Stanwyck.

Another 40s one-off that you’d be advised to

catch is the latest from The Voigt Film Club, the

1946 John Ford Western My Darling Clementine

(16th) – cue ear-worm – with Henry Fonda and

sultry love interest Linda Darnell; its nuances

are explained by the former Priory School

teacher Michael Voigt. La La Land, meanwhile

(17th) has been chosen as the ‘Explore Film’

film (everyone welcome); Faye Pirate offers a

feminist interpretation afterwards.

There are no fewer than four ‘Comedy Genius’

slots (in which a comedian introduces a favourite

film) in January, starting with Monty Python and

the Holy Grail (8th), with Daniel Johns, best

known for playing the title role in Ken Loach’s I,

Daniel Blake (which, obviously, is not a comedy:

he’s a serious actor, too). Next up is Monsieur Hulot’s

Holiday (19th), with Australian stand-up Bec

Hill (aka Be Chill), followed by Delicatessen (23rd)

and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (30th), both of

which we must bookend with ‘presenter tba’.

Holocaust Memorial Day will be marked in

Lewes with two films: A People Uncounted (26th),

a 2011 documentary about the plight of the

Roma people during the Holocaust; Schindler’s

List, meanwhile (27th), needs no introduction.

Finally, there are three Lewes Film Club movies

in the All Saints in January. The Big Sick (4th) is

an offbeat rom-com about an inter-ethnic couple

who hook up after she heckles his comedy show;

matters get complicated when she falls ill.

In the Fade (18th) is the latest by Turkish-German

auteur Fatih Akin, a Golden Globe winner

anchored by Diane Kruger, playing a woman

whose husband and son are killed in a neo-Nazi

terrorist attack.

And Letters from Baghdad (22nd) is an excellent

documentary, voiced by Tilda Swinton, about

the explorer / spy Gertrude Bell’s adventures in

Iraq, as the British exploited the country looking

for oil after WW1.

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Max Gill at Ditchling

His wonderful world in maps

Ditchling Museum of Art +

Craft is, of course, primarily

devoted to the work of Eric

Gill and his fellow-artists in

the Guild of St Joseph and St

Dominic. But until the 28th

of April much of the gallery is

given over to a highly enjoyable

exhibition of the work of

MacDonald (Max) Gill. Born

in Brighton in 1884, Max

Gill was a younger brother of

Eric. His artistic endeavours

included illustration, design,

architecture and lettering,

but it was as a decorative

cartographer that he excelled.

So it’s the maps that have pride

of place in the Ditchling show,

and what wonderful maps they

are – colourful, full of quirky

detail, they really have the

power to raise the spirits.

Max Gill’s big break in commercial

art came through

his friendship with Gerard

Meynell of the Westminster

Press. Frank Pick, the legendary

patron of contemporary

artists and designers, commissioned

Meynell to produce

a map poster for London

Underground. Meynell approached

Max Gill to design

the poster, and in 1914 The

Wonderground Map of London

Town was displayed at every

London underground station.

A Theatreland map followed

in 1915. These posters proved

immensely popular, as did

subsequent commissions. The

Highways of Empire map, for

the Empire Marketing Board,

is a prime example. This was a

government initiative, set up

to strengthen trade and understanding

with the empire, and

to encourage the public to buy

imperial goods. Displayed on

a hoarding in Charing Cross

Road, the poster attracted such

crowds that, as the Telegraph

reported in January 1927, ‘the

police had… to exhort people

to “move along please”.’

Come 1928, we’re on to

Country Bus Services. In the

1930s the GPO commissioned

three pictorial maps from Gill

depicting communications

Max Gill Painting RMS Queen Mary mural map (1935). Private Collection, Image © TFL from London Transport Museum

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ART

Wonderground Map of London Town (1914). Private collection. Image © TFL from London Transport Museum

in the modern world. And

between 1933 and 1940 he

produced three maps for the

International Tea Market Expansion

Board. Chock-full of

richly implausible ‘facts’ about

tea, the last of the maps – Tea

Revives the World – even helped

the war effort.

In addition to his brother, Max

Gill has a connection, in fact

a double connection, with another

Ditchling artist, the great

calligrapher Edward Johnston.

The year after Gill produced

his Wonderground map, Frank

Pick asked Johnston to develop

a letter face to be used for

London Underground station

signage. Johnston worked with

the Underground Group, and

then London Transport, for

the rest of his life, providing

numerous variations of the

typeface he had first developed

in 1916.

Max was also godfather to

Edward Johnston’s daughter,

Priscilla. He was married, with

children, when they met again

in the early 1930s. Nevertheless,

they fell in love. Max left

his wife, for Priscilla, in 1938.

An unspeakably sententious

letter from Eric Gill to his

brother, on the occasion of

this marital rupture, is in the

Ditchling exhibition.

I hope they were happy. Priscilla

recorded in her diary that

she once told Max that lying

snuggled up to him in bed was

her favourite thing in life. Max,

after due reflection, replied

that his favourite thing in life

was custard. So, I think, perhaps

they were. David Jarman

Ceylon Tea Map Postcard (c1933). Private collection

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ART

Design challenge

As set by the Royal Opera House

This month, East Sussex College Lewes will open its doors for

what promises to be a rather special and spectacular exhibition.

This is the work of around 25 creative students produced in

response to the annual Royal Opera House Design Challenge.

The challenge started nine years ago: today it’s embedded into

the Art & Design Diploma taught at the Lewes campus. “It offers

students the chance to hone their skills in marketing, production

and creative design – producing work to a brief based each year

on a specified opera or ballet”, says art lecturer James DiBiase. “This year, it’s Kenneth Macmillan’s

Romeo and Juliet. What you’ll see at the show will be an in-house display of this year’s entries –

costumes, set boxes, hair, wigs and make-up and graphics – including those shortlisted by us to send

on to the Opera House.”

The college has been submitting work, under James’s direction, since the competition started. “It’s

an incredible opportunity for students to engage with a live brief for arguably the most prestigious

stage in the country”, he says. “Over the last six years, we’ve delivered nine winners and seven highlycommended

entries. And this year looks bang on form.” Winners (announced on 1st March) will

have their work shown at the Royal Opera House, (last year’s were at the V&A too), and be invited

to a performance and backstage tour. “Meanwhile, do pop along and enjoy all our work, in the

dramatically lit setting of our Performing Arts building”, says James. Charlotte Gann

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ART

Midpoint by Sue Davies

ART & ABOUT

In town this month

Chalk Gallery

reopens

on the 7th of

January and

they’d like

to wish everyone

a very

happy new

year. They start 2019, as is traditional, with a

sale. In Hidden Treasures you’ll find their offering

of affordable art more affordable than

ever. The winter show continues at Keizer

Frames’ including

work by local artists

Liza Mackintosh

and Alison Rankin,

and Bristol-based

Simon Tozer and

Emmie van Bliervliet.

Simon Tozer

There’s no

exhibition

at Martyrs’

Gallery this

month but they

launch a series

of Wednesday

Workshops from

the 9th. These

drawing workshops,

led by

artist-educators

Rachael Adams

and Pat Thornton, involve drawing from

either the clothed figure, or from objects, and

are suitable for all levels of experience. Join

individual sessions or progress through the

weeks, trying different techniques and processes.

As well as pencil drawing, there will

be charcoal, pastel, ink and brush, collage and

paint. £30 half-day, £50 full day, with concessions

and discounts for block bookings. All

materials provided. Contact info@martyrs.

gallery for enquiries and booking.

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ART

Out of Town

Jane Pitt

Max Gill: Wonderground Man continues at Ditchling Museum

of Art + Craft with an exhibition of vibrant maps and

posters by the well-known illustrator, letterer, map-maker,

architect and decorative artist (see pg 46). From the 5th,

alongside the Gill exhibition, interdisciplinary artist Jane Pitt

will create a new temporary four-metre-high window with the

title Maunder Maps. ‘Maunder’ is an old Sussex word meaning

‘to wander about thoughtfully’ and the window – and

accompanying work in the Wunderkammer – will describe

the ‘shifting layers of the museum’s inside-outside space’. Continues until 28th of April.

Seaford’s creative collective SCIP has announced ambitious

plans to create one of the area’s biggest arts events, to be hosted

at South Hill Barn on Seaford Head in the summer. The Green

Show will showcase new artworks by more than 40 of the UK’s

best-known illustrators, as well as moving image, creative workshops

and a lecture programme, all exploring themes of climate

change, landscape and nature. To find out more about SCIP and

how you can support the event, visit wearescip.co.uk/justgiving

Join our Wednesday Drawing Class in

the gallery from 9 January. More info:

www.martyrs.gallery/workshops/

WEDNESDAY WORKSHOPS

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ART

Further afield

From the 19th, the gallery at Nymans

hosts an exhibition of original

artwork from The Lost Words:

The extraordinary ‘modern spell

book’, written by renowned author

Robert Macfarlane and illustrated

by Jackie Morris. ‘Jackie and I

have always thought of The Lost

Words not as a children’s book but

as ‘a book for all ages’ – or perhaps

a book for children aged 3 to 100,’

writes Macfarlane. ‘We wanted it to

be quite unlike any other book that

exists: to catch at the beauty and

wonder – but also the eeriness and otherness – of the natural world.’ The book celebrates the relationship

between language and the living world with sumptuous, gilded illustrations throughout.

The original artwork will be on display in the gallery at Nymans, accompanied by a series of events

to inspire both adults and children to reconnect with the natural world. Continues until June 2nd.

[nationaltrust.org.uk/nymans]

Bluebell iii by Jackie Morris

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Prized Possessions, an exhibition of more than

twenty Dutch paintings, is at Petworth House

and Park from the 26th. This is the final stage

of a major National Trust exhibition bringing

together Dutch seventeenth-century paintings

by some of the finest masters of the ‘Golden

Age’ from National Trust collections around

the country. The show is especially relevant to

Petworth, which holds major Dutch paintings in

its collection and reflects the Dutch influence of

King William III and Queen Mary in its design

and decoration, including spectacular wood

carvings of fruit, flowers, trophies and game by

Anglo-Dutch master carver Grinling Gibbons.

Andrew Loukes, House and Collections Manager

for Petworth House and Park, describes

the exhibition as an ‘opportunity to see these

Dutch masterpieces at the Duke and Duchess’s

English ‘Versailles’, steeped in influences of the

Golden Age and inspired by the Baroque palaces

of Europe’. Continues until the 24th of March.

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Pavel Kolesnikov

Performing works by Brahms, Beethoven,

Tchaikovsky and Louis Couperin

Sat 2 Feb, 7.30pm

‘a poet of the keyboard’

The Guardian

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JANUARY listings

FRIDAY 4

Lewes Archaeological Group talk. Paleoanthropologist

Dr William Harcourt-Smith will

speak on ‘What the hobbits from Indonesia

can tell us about human evolution, and why

it matters’. Lecture Room, Lewes Town Hall,

7.30pm, £4/£3, to include tea/coffee (free for

25 years and under).

FRIDAY 11

Lewes FC Quiz Night. General quiz, four

people per team max. Must book in advance;

nickgeall@tiscali.co.uk. The Dripping Pan,

7.45pm, £2.50 (optional £10 meal-deal).

Headstrong Club. Talk followed by discussion

with Pete Comey, on inflationary wave theory.

Elephant and Castle, 8pm, £3.

SATURDAY 12

Exhibition: Romeo & Juliet Royal Opera

House Design Challenge. Featuring the work

of around 25 creative students produced in

response to the annual Royal Opera House Design

Challenge. East Sussex College, Mountfield

Road, 10am-2pm, free. See page 48.

Film: The Big Sick (15). All Saints, 8pm,

£5/£2.50.

MONDAY 7

Life Lessons – The case for a National

Education Service. Open meeting supported

by Lewes Labour Party with speakers Melissa

Benn, author, journalist and campaigner and

Kevin Courtney, General Secretary National

Education Union. Phoenix Centre, 7pm for

7.30pm, free (arrive early to ensure space).

TUESDAY 8

The Group. Club for men and women aged

50+. Opportunities for meeting new friends,

walking, eating out, theatre, golf, holidays. A

pub in Lewes, see thegroup.org.uk.

THURSDAY 10

Comedy at the Con.

Celebrating their eighth

birthday with Noel James,

Tom Deacon, Danny Garnell

and Jenan Younis. Con

Club, 7.30pm, £8-£12.

SATURDAY 12-SATURDAY 19

Cinderella. Annual St Mary’s Pantomime, see

stmaryspanto.org and see page 13.

MONDAY 14

Local History

with

the Path

Detectives.

At the end

of 2025

most rights

of way that

existed

before 1949,

but which are not on the Rights of Way map,

will be abolished. Chris Smith will share what

he & his researchers have discovered and encourage

you to become a path detective. King’s

Church, 7pm for 7.30pm, £3 (£1 for members).

TUESDAY 15

Lewes Literary Society talk with Miriam

Darlington. See page 41. lewesliterarysociety.

co.uk

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Short talks on dementia and latest research. Hands-on demos and

discussions. Free for all members of the public.

Date: Thursday 31 st January 2019

Venue: American Express Community Stadium

Sussex Skills Solutions Lounge

Time: 2:30pm – 5:00pm

Talks 3:00 – 4:00, Activities 4:00 – 5:00

For further information please contact:

L.C.Serpell@sussex.ac.uk or C.M.Pegasiou@sussex.ac.uk

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Tea, coffee and refreshments provided.

Registration: http://bit.ly/dementiaAMEX or call 01273678057

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Theatre

JAN listings (cont)

WEDNESDAY 16

Britain on Film: Railways. A trip back in time

with a nostalgic screening of films from the BFI

archive. Film duration: 83 minutes. The Keep,

2.30pm-4pm, £3.

THURSDAY 17

Needlewriters. Featuring readings from Matthew

Stewart, Ansy Boothroyd and Janet Sutherland.

John Harvey Tavern, 7pm for 7.45pm, £5/£3.

needlewriters.co.uk

FRIDAY 18

Film: In the Fade (18). All Saints, 8pm, £5/£2.50.

TUESDAY 22

Film: Letters from Baghdad (PG). All Saints, 8pm,

£5/£2.50.

FRIDAY 25

His Dark

Materials

By Philip

Pullman

www.lewestheatre.org

Box Office: 01273 474826

£8

Children £6

Directed by

Tim Rowland and James

Firth-Haydon

Adapted by Nicholas Wright

Sat 26 & Sun 27 January and

Sat 2 & Sun 3 February 1:45pm.

Fri 25 & Sat 26 January and

Fri 1 February 6:45pm.

Can being vegan save the planet? Transition

Town Lewes hosts speakers including Daphne

Lambert from the Green Cuisine Trust, exploring

whether a plant-based diet is key to helping to reduce

global carbon emissions. Elephant & Castle,

7.30pm (doors 7pm), suggested donation £1-£5.

FRIDAY 25-SUNDAY 27

Lewes Winter Speakers Festival. Speakers

include Robin Ince, James O’Brien, Simon Jenkins,

Rachel Reeves and many more.

See lewesspeakersfestival.com, and pg 35.

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JAN listings (cont)

FRIDAY 25-SUNDAY 3 FEB

His Dark Materials. Lewes Theatre Youth

Group present the stage version of the Philip

Pullman fantasy trilogy. See pages 37 and 68.

SATURDAY 26 & SUNDAY 27

Torn from Home. Weekend of events

for Holocaust Memorial Day. Including a

workshop, talks, films, songs and poetry. For

enquiries contact gaby.weiner@btinternet.com,

and for tickets see lewesdepot.org.

TUESDAY 29

Lewes Death Café. Open meeting, discussions

around death and dying. The Dorset Arms,

1pm, free.

WEDNESDAY 30

Magic Lantern Show. Lanternist Trevor

Beattie brings his biunial magic lantern to

show a range of animated comic slides, optical

fireworks and

early views

of Brighton

and the South

Coast. He will

also give a talk

about this fascinating,

early

form of image

projection. The

Keep, 5.30pm, £5. See pg 39.

THURSDAY 31

Alzheimer’s Research UK event. Short

talks on Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, current

treatments and the latest research and the

opportunity to chat to researchers about their

work. Hands-on demos and discussions. American

Express Community Stadium Sussex Skills

Solutions Lounge, 2.30pm-5pm, free.

Book launch: Home Farm poetry collection,

by Janet Sutherland, 7pm-9pm, Elephant and

Castle. Free entry, all welcome.

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GIG GUIDE // JANUARY

GIG OF THE MONTH:

WILLIE WATSON

If you’re a fan of American folk music you’ve

probably heard the name ‘Old Crow Medicine

Show’ before and likely appreciated their

high-energy old-time tunes. What you may

not know is that, after a decade with the band,

founding member Willie Watson parted ways

with the group in 2011 and has since embarked

on a solo career. He has released two

albums, Folk Singer Vol. 1 & 2, featuring his take on a selection of traditional folk tracks. Both records

demonstrate Watson’s artistry as a musician and showcase his remarkable gritty-yet-smooth vocals.

Like most folk musicians Watson is a master story-teller, and his live shows are full of joy, sorrow,

energy and heart.

Tuesday 29, Con Club, 7.30pm, £14

TUESDAY 1

English dance tunes session - bring instruments.

Folk (English trad). John Harvey Tavern,

8pm, free

FRIDAY 4

Dead Reds. Blues and rock. Lansdown, 8pm,

free

SATURDAY 5

Caroline Kendall. Folk (old & new with guitar).

Elephant & Castle, 8pm, £6

SUNDAY 6

Jam night. Bring along any instrument and join

in. Lansdown, 8pm, free

MONDAY 7

Will Gardner. Jazz sax. Snowdrop, 8pm, free

FRIDAY 11

The Stevie Watts Trio. Soul/Jazz. Royal Oak,

8pm, free

Sarah Jane Morris. (above) Con Club, 7.30pm,

£20, see page 43

SATURDAY 12

Wassail by fire & candlelight.Elephant &

Castle, 8pm, £4

MONDAY 14

Kjell Berglund. Jazz. Snowdrop, 8pm, free

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GIG GUIDE // JANUARY

FRIDAY 18

The Informers. Blues, soul & funk. Royal Oak,

8pm, free

SATURDAY 19

Sussex All-Day Singaround. Folk. Royal Oak

(Barcombe), 11am-11pm, free with collection

MONDAY 21

Alison Neale. Jazz sax. Snowdrop, 8pm, free

FRIDAY 25

Focus. Dutch pop-rock. Con Club, 7.30pm, £20

Supernatural Things. Soul, funk & blues.

Royal Oak, 8pm, free

SATURDAY 26

Steve Turner. Old & new songs with concertina,

mandola. Elephant & Castle, 8pm, £7

MONDAY 28

Simon Savage. Jazz sax. Snowdrop, 8pm, free

TUESDAY 29

Willie Watson. American folk. Con Club,

7.30pm, £14

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property further benefits from solar panels, a Systemair heat

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MUSIC

Classical round-up

WEDNESDAY 23, 7.45PM

Nicholas Yonge Society

Breaking away from their usual Friday night, the Nicholas Yonge Society

start the year with a very special concert – a rare opportunity to hear Olivier

Messiaen’s unique masterpiece Quartet for the End of Time, written while he

was a prisoner of war and scored for an unusual combination of instruments

which reflect the players available to him in the prison camp. Four master

musicians perform this extraordinarily moving piece: Matt Hunt (clarinet),

Alina Ibragimova (violin), Louise Hopkins (cello, pictured) and Alasdair

Beatson (piano, pictured). It’s hoped that holding the recital on a Wednesday

evening will open it up to the area’s young musicians who are generally

tied up on Fridays with their own ensembles. Even better: Nicholas Yonge

concerts are free for under 25s. Also on the programme are Ravel’s Piano Trio

and Debussy Première Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Piano. This is an evening not

to be missed.

East Sussex College, Mountfield Road. Season membership £60 for five concerts,

single concerts £15. Free for 8-25 year olds.

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SATURDAY 19, 7.45PM

Musicians of All Saints. Continuing its tradition

of featuring the work of local composers

alongside traditional repertoire, this month’s

concert by the MAS sees the first performance

of Rik Graebner’s Symphony No. 3 and the

fourth performance of Amoretti Abis Vibraphone

Concerto with soloist Adam Bushell. Also Grieg

and Bach. Directed by Andrew Sherwood. All

Saints. £12 regular, £9 concession, under 18s free

on the door only. mas-lewes.co.uk

SUNDAY 20, 2.45PM

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra.

Celebrated cello soloist

and Guest Director Thomas

Carroll conducts Prokofiev’s

wonderful ‘Classical’ Symphony

No. 1, Mendelssohn ‘Scottish’ Symphony No. 3

and Schumann Cello Concerto in A Minor Op.129.

Brighton Dome. £12.50-£39.50, 50% student/U18

discount. 01273 709709 brightondome.org

SUNDAY 27, 11AM

Doric String Quartet.The January Coffee

Concert at the Attenborough Centre features the

exuberant Haydn String Quartet in B flat major

Op 33 No 4, Bartók String Quartet No 5 (‘full of

eerie dissonance and lonely melodies’, says the

website) and the uplifting Mendelssohn String

Quartet in E minor Op 44 No 2. £18.50, concessions

£16. attenboroughcentre.com

SUNDAY 27, 4PM

Corelli Ensemble. Almost an all-English

programme from the Corellis includes Handel

Concerto Grosso Op.6 No. 1 (German-born Handel

became a British citizen in 1727) music by

Boyce, Warlock and Brighton-based Paul Lewis,

plus the ever-popular The Lark Ascending by

Vaughan Williams, featuring Maeve Jenkinson

on solo violin. Seaford Baptist Church, Belgrave

Road, Seaford BN25 2EE. £10 from Seaford Tourist

Office and corelliensemble.co.uk, £12 on the

door. Children free. Robin Houghton

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FREETIME êêêê UNDER 16

FRIDAY 4

Over the Moon: A first

opera for little people.

Gentle classical music with

familiar nursery rhymes

and games in an interactive

musical adventure for babies. Chichester

Festival Theatre, 11am, 2pm, 3.30pm (40

min run time), £15 (one child and one

accompanying adult. £5 per additional adult).

SUNDAY 6

Look-Think-Make. Exploring and unravelling

some of the ideas and processes found within

the exhibition A Tale of Mother’s Bones: Grace

Pailthorpe, Reuben Mednikoff and the Birth of

Psychorealism. Suitable for all ages, children

must be accompanied by an adult. De La Warr,

2pm-4pm, £1 (free to DLWP members).

SATURDAY 12

Film: James and the Giant Peach (U). 1996

film based on the Roald Dahl novel of the same

name. Towner Cinema, 10.30am, £4.

MONDAY 14

Tales for Toddlers. Feel-good fun for little

ones with storytellers Kevin Graal, Ed Boxall,

Rebecca Fifield and Treasure Tots. De La Warr,

10.15am & 11.15am, £1.

HIS DARK MATERIALS

COMPETITION

Fans of Philip Pullman will be thrilled to hear that Lewes Theatre

Youth Group (LTYG) are presenting part one of the two-part play

dramatisation of his extraordinary fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials.

The story tells of the adventures of Lyra Belacqua and Will

Parry, who encounter magical creatures from witches to armoured

polar bears in a quest to uncover the mysteries of ‘Dust’ and win

a cosmic war to protect all creation from the evil of the ghostly

Spectres. LTYG have very kindly offered us a family ticket (two adults, two under 16 children) along

with show programme and interval refreshments. To get into the draw for this great prize (you can

choose between the evening performances at 6.45pm on Fri 25th Jan, Sat 26th Jan or Fri 1st Feb)

answer the following question: Who is Serafina Pekkala? Please send your answers as well as your

name, telephone number and address by email to admin@vivamagazines.com by 10th January, and

check vivalewes.com for Ts & Cs. Tickets (from ticketsource.co.uk/event/268880), otherwise cost £8

per adult and £6 per U16. Check out lewestheatre.org for full details of all performances and times,

and see our interview with co-director Tim Rowland on page 37.

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BOOK REVIEW

THE TWISTED TREE BY RACHEL BURGE

The dark, cold month of January is the perfect backdrop

to this wonderfully chilling new novel by local author

Rachel Burge. Set in a remote, snowy Norway, this beautifully

haunting tale is part ghost story and part Nordic

mystery, with a little bit of romance thrown in. The main

character is Martha who, we learn right at the beginning

of the book, lost the sight in one eye after falling from

a tree in her grandmother’s garden. Her loss of vision

coincides with the awakening of a new type of sight, as she

discovers she can read people’s thoughts and emotions,

and access their memories, just by touching their clothes.

Determined to find out more about what’s happening to

her, and unable to talk to her mother, Martha books a

flight and escapes to her grandmother’s house in Norway.

However, all does not go smoothly upon her arrival, where

she finds many family secrets to be unravelled, gods and monsters to be faced and battled, and courage

and self-acceptance to be discovered. Anna, Bags of Books

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WINDMILL YOUNG ACTORS

êêêê

UNDER 16

Windmill Young Actors is “a drama club”, says acting tutor Denise

Evans, “which puts the emphasis on ensemble theatre – ie everyone

working together, and respecting each member’s unique contribution”.

The club is new to Lewes, though well established in Brighton, where

it won Brighton Fringe Festival’s Outstanding Theatre Award in 2017.

Catering to young people from infants aged five through to seniors

aged 12 to 16, “we have an ethos”, Denise tells me, “that it’s cool to be

different – to be yourself”. She also explains how, as tutor, she likes to get to know the individuals in

a group, then create a piece of theatre around them.

The weekly meetings lead to a showcase at Christmas, and a bigger performance at the end of the

summer term.

“Drama gives youngsters a creative voice”, says Denise. “They discover things they didn’t know about

their own voice, and in a different environment from school. There’re loads of techniques we use, all

of them fun and confidence-building. The environment we work in is always supportive and encouraging:

we never push individuals; we build. But we keep things light, and have fun taking chances.”

Denise is excited to grow the fledgling groups, which have opened recently in Lewes, and which

take place once weekly on different evenings for different age groups – currently at All Saints or the

YMCA. Charlotte Gann

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SHOES ON NOW:

GOOD NEIGHBOURS

One of our New Year’s Resolutions is to get to know our neighbours

better, especially those we rarely glimpse during a busy school week.

With that in mind, our three boys came up with the idea of doing

monthly ‘Neighbour Bakes’. Put simply, this involves us baking some

tempting cakes and biscuits, packaging them up in bespoke boxes and

dispersing them up and down our road.

We’ve only completed one ‘Neighbour Bakes’ experiment so far but the experience unearthed:

one neighbour who shared our passion for chess; another who had lived – like us – for 20 years in

Australia before moving to Lewes; and a third who told us we were the first people she’d spoken to

that week. We felt enriched by each encounter.

There can be a tendency in parenting nowadays to steer children away from strangers, but isn’t it

also helpful to encourage them to become more community-minded? To recognise there are some

people on our street who may be lonely or isolated, and / or who might enjoy the chatter of our

youngest, or a bit of company with the rest of us.

The neighbours we visited seemed pleased at least. And of course, the baked goodies all went down

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FOOD REVIEW

Roast at The Rainbow

Carvery in Cooksbridge

Someone tells me that The

Rainbow in Cooksbridge

is under new ownership.

It’s not the first time, of

course. Back in the day

it was a fine country pub

that did great sausage

sandwiches, but it’s been

through many incarnations

in the last few years.

It was even – for a short,

confusing period – run by

Marco Pierre-White.

I also hear there’s a

carvery, which only costs

£8.50 on Wednesdays. It is

Wednesday, so I decide to make the usual offer

to my friend Caroline (she drives, I pay), and

to my wife Rowena (she eats, I pay). They both

say yes. At 11 that morning I ring up to book a

table for three. There’s only one left, it seems.

When we arrive at half one there’s only one

space in the car park, too; we rush through

the drizzle from car door to pub door, into the

welcoming interior, roaring fire and all. Both

dining rooms are full of figures seriously bent

over plates, chomping away.

I get a seat with a view of the hill-ridge behind

Plumpton, which soon disappears, gobbled up

by a dense raincloud. Luckily – eyeing up the

succulent-looking joints of meat waiting in the

glass-fronted carvery unit to my left – I feel

equally hungry.

The starters arrive, and a bottle of Rioja. I

have ‘haggis balls’ (£7.50) and covet Caroline’s

crayfish cocktail (£7.50). Rowena gets wild

boar terrine (£7). For the main course, Rowena

and I have decided to go down the carvery

route, but I’ve never seen Caroline turn down

the possibility of a pie,

and she’s true to form

when ordering her main,

off the ‘a la carte’ options

– beef and stilton, this

time (£12).

This is the deal with the

carvery. They cut you

several slices of meat

(beef, turkey or gammon,

I go for all three) and

a portion of Yorkshire

pudding; you help

yourself to carrots, peas,

roast potatoes, parsnips,

sprouts, red cabbage,

cauliflower cheese, stuffing and gravy. If you still

have room after all that, you can keep going up

for more veg.

So, for once, as Caroline carefully plods

through her pie, I don’t empty my plate embarrassingly

soon. And I’m not disappointed by

the quality, either: the meat is succulent, the

vegetables are crunchy, and – as Rowena points

out – the roast potatoes are done to a turn,

crispy outside and fluffy in the middle. And

she’s a severe judge, when it comes to roast

potatoes.

By the time I’ve finished, they’ve cleared the

veg away (it’s getting on for three o’clock),

but I wouldn’t have had any room for more,

anyway. Pudding, too, is rejected. Over a pot of

filter coffee (there’s no espresso machine) we

agree that it would be the ideal place to bring

hungry teenagers – Caroline has two – for

Sunday lunch.

Alex Leith

Carvery £8.50 Weds; £10.50 Sunday; a la carte

menu daily. revivedinns.co.uk/the-rainbow

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Photo by Katie Moorman


RECIPE

Lentil, orange and aniseed stew

All the nutrients you need, from Tina Deubert

For me, a meal should taste good and do you

good. It’s important to make every mouthful

count, so while the ingredients create tasty,

enjoyable food, they also tick lots of nutritional

boxes – vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, good

quality protein, healthy fats and complex

carbohydrates.

My feeling is that we crave carbs as a quick

fix when we’ve not taken in enough nutrients

to fulfil our bodies’ needs. One simple thing

we can do is include some protein with every

meal which gives us more satisfying food

which keeps us going for longer. My ideal plate

consists of around half veg, one third protein

and the rest carbohydrates if you really want

them; I now feel carbs should be divided into

obvious carbs (rice, pasta, potatoes, flour etc)

and truly complex carbs (vegetables, pulses and

other nutrient-dense foods).

I started selling salad lunches at the Friday

market as a ‘shop window’ for my nutrition

work, resulting in a salad bar which has

become Tina’s Kitchen, where I provide

nutritious working lunches and teach about

healthy eating with courses and workshops.

My new cookbook is another way for me to

encourage people to eat well.

My message is very simple – nutrient-dense

food really makes a difference to how you

feel, so Tina’s Kitchen is about making truly

nutritious and delicious lunches; I would

encourage people to try a takeaway lunch for

around a fiver and see how they feel.

I chose one of the stews from my book to make

for this recipe. In the photo, it’s served with

roast parsnip and brussels sprouts, and parsnip

and carrot with ginger and turmeric – both

also in the cookbook.

For a vegan version, omit the meat, double the

pulses and use a home-made vegetable stock.

Ingredients: Olive oil; meat fat or butter for

frying; 3 onions, chopped or sliced; 2-3 leeks

depending on size, sliced, including the green

bits; 1 medium-sized beetroot, scrubbed and

cut into very small dice; 1 medium sweet

potato or a couple of carrots, cut into dice; 2

tsp finely grated fresh ginger; 1-2 whole star

anise; 1 orange with peel, Seville if available,

cut into 8 segments then finely sliced,

(marmalade will also do, 2 tbsp); 1-2 tsp stock

powder or ½-1 tsp salt; 500g venison or game

mix, diced; 500g cooked brown or green lentils

(double for the veggie version); ½-¾ litre stock

or water (chicken, beef or lamb stock all work);

salt and pepper to taste.

Method: Fry onions and leeks gently in olive

oil or fat until soft. Stir in the ginger, star anise

and stock powder, then add the beetroot, sweet

potato/ carrot and finely sliced orange. Add the

diced meat and stir until light brown. Add the

stock or water and cooked lentils, bring to the

boil, then reduce the heat, cover and cook for

1-2 hours (20-30 minutes if making without

meat). Season to taste.

As told to Charlotte Gann

Tina’s Kitchen, 90 High Street, is open three

lunchtimes a week: on Tuesdays, Wednesdays

and Thursdays. Tina’s Kitchen Recipe Collection

(£14) is available from her shop.

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FOOD

The Threshing Barn

Lunch at Charleston

So, Becky and I ran away here one Friday lunchtime with a

bright sun very low in the sky, and a crisp chill in the winter

air. Charleston Farmhouse has recently added its glorious

galleries, and The Threshing Barn is part of this complex.

It’s a large relaxed space with the food appearing from one end, and a round, communal, artists’ hub of a

table at the other. We sat by the large glass doors, and ordered lunch. It was all rather wonderful.

I went for the Caramelised onion and goat’s cheese tart (£7.95), plus, a small bottle of Folkington’s

cloudy apple juice (which was very appley). And Becky ordered a ‘Homemade Soup of the Day’ (£5.95)

and then couldn’t resist, she said, adding a ‘Roasted Sussex Gammon’ sandwich (£5.50).

My tart came with soft and flavoursome new potatoes, a lovely crispy red cabbage salad, with sunflower

seeds, I think, apple and possibly pine nuts? The salad was dotted with cherry tomatoes. It all looked

beautiful and tasted fabulous – I loved the roasted goat’s cheese, on its mattress of red onion and bed of

flaky pastry. All in all, a very generous plateful.

Becky was particularly enthused about the “crunchy gherkin” in her “chewy sandwich”. And she waxed

lyrical about just how comforting the “chunky” leek and potato soup was (with basil garnish). Afterwards,

we wandered round the grounds of the farmhouse for a few stolen minutes – such a special

setting – before returning to reality. Charlotte Gann

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FOOD

Edible updates

January: time to fill up

on warming winter

veg and perhaps

seek a little diet

inspiration. You

might try Tina

Deubert on the

High Street, who

talks about her

new healthy-eating

cookbook on page 74, or

Tanya Borowski at the Needlemakers, who

co-authored the Clever Guts Diet with Dr

Michael Mosely.

I’m keen to try a mug of healthful AS:AP

Everywoman Tea with rose, chamomile, sage

and calendula, and am intrigued by the new

food supplement range by local company

Ancient + Brave, featuring collagen, coffee

and cacao.

The new Ditchling-based nutritionist and

food psychologist Kale and Cake is hosting

a timely £20 ‘Change Your Eating Mindset’

workshop on Jan 10th (kaleandcake.co.uk). In

Lewes, Green Cuisine Trust host a Living

Food workshop on the 30th, and Seven

Sisters Spices an Alchemy of Spice workshop

on the 19th. In Brighton, Wild Cultures

teach how to make fermented food and drink

for healthy digestion (wildcultures.co.uk).

For those who haven’t given up indulgence,

Café du Jardin have a 2-4-1 cocktail happy

hour from 6pm on Friday 4th. On the pop-up

supper circuit, Michelin-trained chef Aaron

Dalton and food writer Gilly Smith host a

fine dining taster menu at home in Lewes on

Jan 20th (tickets via wefifo.com).

Cook the Books hosts a free, bring-a-dish

supper celebrating citrus at the Lewes Arms

on the 29th. I’m personally hoping to relax by

a fire with the new wild food cookbook by our

local ‘Hunter Gather Cook’ Nick Weston.

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THE WAY WE WORK

This month, photographer Linda Scuizzato went out to visit

people who help others in our community. She took portraits of

each in their working contexts, and asked: Who’s your hero?

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Deborah Sloan, Creative writing tutor, Phoenix Centre

“One of my heroes is Gena Turgel – a holocaust survivor who died last year aged 95. She

dedicated her life to sharing her experiences with groups in the community – experiences of

concentration camps and the death march from Auschwitz-Birkenau to Buchenwald.”


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David Griffiths, Lewes Open Door

“Wilhelm Reich, largely for his statement that ‘Love, work, and knowledge

are the wellsprings of our lives, they should also govern it.’”


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John Russell, Radio Lewes

“My hero is the dancer and actor Dave Toole who danced at the

2012 Paralympics and with StopGap – he is inspiration personified.”


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FITNESS

Lewes Athletic Club

Where club meets community

Lewes Athletic Club

is volunteer-run and

is based behind the

Leisure Centre – on

the all-weather track

there. The club exists

for the community

and caters for all

abilities and ages.

“Right from the

very beginning,

‘community’ was an integral part of the DNA

of the club” Peter Masters (pictured), the Club

Chairman, tells me. “Back in 1984, when we

started with three or four founder members we

faced a choice: community approach, or an ‘elite’

approach? Community won hands down. We

started the club because we saw a community

need; and every effort since has been made to

keep on meeting it.”

Any adult can turn up for a chat and try-out

at 7pm any Tuesday or Thursday, or 10am on

Saturdays. Juniors need to sign up via the club’s

website. The club has a beginners’ 10-week

course called ‘Run Lewes’. The idea is to get

you running for about half an hour nonstop, and

ultimately, to run 5km. Plus, to have some fun!

The next course starts in February. Tempted?

Check out the website.

“Over the years,” says Peter, “the club raised all

the money to pay for and construct the Lewes

community athletics track that was opened in

2000; then, all the money to resurface the track

about three years ago; and just recently, we’ve

raised the money to replace the floodlighting.

All of this has been about the club making a real

contribution towards the community of Lewes

and the wider area. We saw that an all-weather

athletics track and an athletics club were missing!

We provided both.”

And yes, people came.

And still they come,

literally, in their thousands.

“The track has over

45,000 individual uses in

a year and is used by all

the local and Ouse Valley

primary schools, East

Sussex College, Priory

School, the two universities, the general public,

other clubs and groups and so on”, explains Peter.

“We put on a range of athletic, recreational and

fitness type events for the local community: the

Easter Monday Fun Run, the Downland Runs in

October, and other events.” The club marks out

and organises the primary school cross country

races, as well as helping schools raise money by

lending them all the equipment they need to put

on fund-raising ‘fun run’ type events. “One of

the Lewes Bonfire Societies also borrowed our

equipment for a similar event”, he adds.

The club now has over 450 members with 250

junior members in the Lewes AC Academy. As

well as putting on beginners’ courses, the club

is part of the England Athletics initiative called

‘Run & Talk.’ This is organised in conjunction

with mental health charity Mind. “It encourages

people to enjoy the sociability of running, and

highlights that running is good for mental and

emotional wellbeing”, Peter says.

“The athletics club is open to anyone to join,

whatever ability and age. Regrettably, we do

have a waiting list for juniors just now – but

check out the website to keep updated. Anyone

and everyone is welcome.”

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probably a Highly Sensitive

Person, or HSP – and

you’re not the only one.

According to psychologist

Elaine Aron (who coined

the term), some 15 to 20

per cent of the population have what is scientifically

known as Sensory Processing Sensitivity.

So, if you’re not an HSP yourself, you probably

know one.

Retired HR director Heather Hicks (pictured)

found out she was an HSP when, in her mid

sixties, she came across Dr Aron’s work and

completed her ‘self test’. “Everything just fell

into place,” she recalls. “I had always known

I was different, but I didn’t know why. When

I realised it was because my brain was wired

differently, I understood why I had been such a

difficult, anxious child and had found things so

overwhelming.”

She began to conduct her own research, and

felt increasingly validated as she discovered

more about the trait. “In some cultures, such

as China, to be more sensitive is seen as a good

thing. In ours you’re called a softie, or labelled

shy or introvert,” she says.

“Being an HSP is an innate thing, something

you’re born with, not something that’s learned.”

In fact, as Dr Aron states on her website, high

sensitivity has been found in over 100 other

species, including dogs, cats, horses, primates,

birds, fish and even fruit flies! It is, she writes,

characterised by ‘being

observant before acting’,

which makes HSPs ‘more

aware than others of subtleties’

and ‘more easily

overwhelmed’.

“We’re more aware, so

we’re always thinking

ahead and noticing more,”

Heather explains. “The

down side is that we

can feel overwhelmed by such things as noisy

restaurants, loud noises, crowds, or too many

people talking on a busy train. But society needs

HSPs. It’s good to have us around, because we

notice things before others, and hold back when

non-HSPs rush in.”

Embracing her sensitivity has enabled Heather

to manage it more effectively, she adds. “Now

I know I am an HSP, I can avoid situations I

know will overwhelm me. I’ve learnt not to

stress myself out.”

She’s also keen to help others with the trait, and

is starting a new group for HSPs in Lewes this

month. “There are a lot of HSPs out there”,

she says, “so I thought it would be good to have

a forum to meet up and chat. There will be a

different topic each time, which we can explore

for the first half of the meeting; then we’ll have

a tea break, and the second half will be social

chit-chat. I’m passionate about publicising high

sensitivity – it has helped me understand myself,

and I know it can help others too.” Anita Hall

The group will be held monthly on the third

Thursday of every month, starting 17th Jan,

at 7pm, at Lewes House of Friendship. Email

hsplewes@gmail.com

Photo by Linda Douglas

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MY SPACE

Will Wheen

The Open Door

Photos by Will Wheen

I’ve worked in Lewes for almost

30 years as a structural

massage therapist, and was

based at Equilibrium in Station

Street until its lease came to

an end last March. When it

closed, most of us practitioners

needed to relocate, and we had

just three months to find somewhere.

It was a difficult period,

as it was touch and go whether

we’d find a place and have it

ready in time.

Then I discovered that the

Thebes Annexe was empty,

and Lewes District Council

was looking for a leaseholder.

It’s a beautiful, Grade II Listed

building which dates back to

the 1730s, and was originally

the stables for Lewes House –

where, of course, Viva’s offices

now are. Lewes House’s most

famous owner was the art

connoisseur Edward Warren

(see pg 106). He exhibited

his collection in the Thebes

Annexe, including Rodin’s The

Kiss. It’s a wonderful, historically

interesting building, but

had become a bit neglected.

Luckily our proposal for a

complementary health centre

was accepted.

I had to take a gamble and

say we’d sign the lease and

have the building refurbished,

without knowing

exactly how long it would take

to make it useable. In the end,

we had only ten days between

Equilibrium closing and the

new clinic opening, but during

that time we managed to get

all the ground floor done.

There was rather nasty yellow

paint – very institutional – with

pinboards and whiteboards,

and old carpets which had to

be ripped up. It wouldn’t have

been possible without the help

of all the other practitioners, as

well as my wife, elder son and

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friends. It was a busy, somewhat

stressful time, but we

all mucked in and somehow,

magically, did it. We opened

our doors on 20th March

2018, and we love being here.

The number of therapists

working in the clinic has

almost doubled since then.

Broadly, physical therapies

take place downstairs, while

talking therapies and events

happen upstairs. There are

eight treatment rooms altogether,

plus the Events Room,

where regular activities – such

as yoga, meditation, QiGong,

and U3A courses – take place.

There’s also an over-60s’ wellbeing

group every Monday,

which is wonderfully popular.

Therapies currently available

include psychotherapy,

reflexology, hypnotherapy,

acupuncture, craniosacral

therapy and several different

types of massage. (Throughout

January, we’re offering 20

per cent off most treatments.)

I never intended to run my

own clinic, but I fell in love

with the building. I was motivated

by wanting to rescue it, as

much as by setting up a clinic. I

don’t think I’d have gone to all

the effort and stress if it hadn’t

been for the building – it won

my heart, and made me believe

it was worth the commitment.

That’s the difference the right

space can make!

When I chose the name,

I wanted something that

sounded inclusive and

welcoming, and The Open

Door seemed to do it. But

it’s the people who work here

and come to visit that bring

the building back to life: I’ve

been thrilled and amazed at

how everyone loves the feel of

it. It’s a really special place to

spend time, and to share with

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Fig. 1 The Face Mite (Demodex folliculorum)

Illustration by Mark Greco

Face mites

I got you under my skin

I like to think that the majority of us are good

neighbours to the wild animals we share this

planet with. We feed the birds, grow flowers in

the garden for bees and butterflies. But if wildlife

gets too close or, heaven forbid, enters our houses

we’re reaching for the fly spray, mouse poison

or a rolled up newspaper. I get plenty of people

complaining to me about home-invading wildlife

as if I’m some sort of envoy for the animal

kingdom. Yet while they moan on and on about

clothes moths in their wardrobe, I just stand there

smiling, reassured by the knowledge that these

people have wildlife living right under their noses.

Well, to be more precise, right in their noses.

Okay, I warn you now: after reading this article

some of you will be scouring your face with a

Brillo pad. But it’s time to face the facts about

your face. It’s crawling with animals. You, yes

you, have face mites. And there’s no ‘might’ about

it – research has shown that 100% of adults have

them. Our faces are one big nature reserve for

mites; from your mountainous nose and skin

pore caves to your eyelash jungles. In fact our

faces are home to two different species. Demodex

folliculorum thrive in your eyelashes while Demodex

brevis lurk in your pores. They’re feeding

on dead skin cells and oils but don’t harm us – a

commensal parasite.

Before you run to the bathroom mirror, these

guys are tiny. I’m not going to lie to you, they’re

not pretty (unless you think a microscopic 8-legged

slug is pretty) and under really high-powered

microscopes they look like something you’d

encounter in a galaxy far, far away. But whether

you find them cute or not they’re a part of you.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder (along with a

whole bunch of Demodex folliculorum).

The egg and larval stages last two weeks and

you’ll probably be relieved to hear that the adults

live for just five days and then die. And it’s right

about here you’ll realise that these things are

CONSTANTLY MATING ON YOUR FACE.

You can scrub and scrub but you can’t wash away

the hard truth: you’re just a mammal. And like

dogs, cows, orangutans and meerkats we’re the

perfect hosts for a range of parasites.

Personally, when I go to bed at night, I start to

imagine Clarence the Demodex, climbing from

his pore, going for a wander across my cheek

and hoping to meet a girlfriend. But he meets

his nemesis Evil Arthur and a mite fight ensues

until… well, you get the idea. There’s hundreds

of these little adventures happening on your face

every night. Sweet dreams. Michael Blencowe,

Senior Learning & Engagement Officer, Sussex

Wildlife Trust

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because a lorry is unloading its wares into a

shop? Well, the logjams should become a thing

of the past if the ‘congestion-busting’ measures

introduced by the East Sussex County Council

in the High Street have the desired effect. The

headline changes among the 32 implemented

at the end of November are a ban on parking

on pavements on the High Street during peak

traffic (8-10am and 4-6pm), with the addition of

two loading bays to compensate (one opposite

the law courts, and one opposite Albion Street).

The eagle-eyed will have noticed the yellow

‘kerb blips’ on the road indicating the new rules.

Let’s hope that makes our high street a more

pleasant shopping environment.

A big thumbs up to the Chamber of Commerce

and the Lewes High Street Traders Association

for all the hard work that made last year’s

Late Night Shopping, on December 6th, such

a success, despite the rain. We particularly

enjoyed the Gin & Fizz tent on the Gun Lawn,

testament to the emergence of Sussex as one

of Europe’s top wine-growing regions, and

centre of distilleries. And congratulations to the

winners of the first annual shop window display

competition, judged by Mayor Janet Baah, and

awarded to WE Clark; second place went to

Cordelia James; and joint thirds to Harveys

Brewery and Riverside Flowers.

Not much to report on in the way of shop

chops and changes in Lewes. Our new addition

to the Eastgate scene is the latest branch of the

international chain Subway, which has opened

where Thomas Cook used to be: their USP, of

course, is offering myriad combinations for your

sandwich filling. Of course, many bemoan the

fact the chain will be taking custom away from

independent food outlets and the money will

seep out of the local economy; others see the arrival

of that sort of shop as a magnet to visitors

who will spend money in other shops.

All that’s come to our attention otherwise is the

arrival of ‘breastfeeding counsellor’ Baby Addition

on Market Street, next to the new barbers.

On their sign they offer a ‘breastfeeding dropin’

on Tuesdays, as well as a new parent meeting

area, a gift shop and the services of a birth

trauma counsellor.

Oh, and good luck to timber merchants

Wenban Smith, who have moved their Lewes

branch to Brook Road, behind Tesco, to the

spot where CarpetRight used to be.

Finally, congratulations for this year’s winners in

the County Town Dinner and Fatstock Awards,

organised by the Lewes Rotary Club, which

raised over £5,000 for The Bevern Trust at the

Town Hall on Nov 28th. The Best Business

award was won by Oakley’s. Runners-up in

that category were Richard Soan Roofing and

Charles Wycherley Estate Agents. Personality

of the Year went to Wendy Baker of The

Dance Academy Lewes, and Producer of the

Year to Barcombe Nurseries. Alex Leith

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INSIDE LEFT

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QUITE SOME NEIGHBOURS

These two dapper-looking gentlemen, photographed

by Edward Reeves in the 1890s,

are Edward Perry ‘Ned’ Warren (left) and

John Marshall, who lived in Lewes House, on

School Hill, for forty-odd years, either side of

the turn of the twentieth century. We don’t

know the name of the St Bernard.

Warren was an American, from a rich Bostonian

family, who went to Oxford University

and subsequently made his home in Lewes,

renting, and then buying, Lewes House. He

was a collector of antique art, and hired a team

of young men to clean and catalogue items

before they were shipped off to museums in

London and the US. Each was given a study

and a dog; they were encouraged to take baths

together and often skinny dipped in the Pells.

Marshall was Warren’s life companion. The

couple’s homosexuality had to be carefully

masked – this was the era of Oscar Wilde’s

trial and imprisonment. In fact, after Wilde’s

death in 1900, several of his circle were sheltered

in Lewes House. Warren was the author

of the self-published three-volume tome In

Defence of Uranian Love: in his view, women

were inferior, and Greek statues of the male

form, the height of artistic sublimity.

Works by Titian and Lippi hung in the dining

room, and many renowned artists visited,

including Augustus John, Eric Gill and Auguste

Rodin. The latter, of course, produced a vast

four-ton version of his work The Kiss for Warren,

which was loaned to Lewes Corporation,

then stored away, to be sold to the Tate after his

death in 1928. The statue eventually made its

way back to the town, for a one-off exhibition.

The stables – today The Open Door, see pg 88

– where the statue was stored, were originally

used to house three Arab stallions. Warren and

co used to enjoy a daily gallop on the Downs

after their post-lunch siesta. One Lewes House

resident, John Fothergill – later Warren’s

biographer – was an excellent horseman, fond

of performing stunts in the saddle. The others,

he noted, were not as adept, particularly Warren

himself, who made a habit of falling off. A

small local industry developed, in which enterprising

Lewesians would capture the riderless

horses, and lead them back to Lewes House –

to be handed a 2/6 reward. Alex Leith

Thanks as ever to Edward Reeves Photograph,

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