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‘Custard on crumble, mustard on ham’, muses John Henty,
in celebration of his favourite colour. Michael Blencowe
anticipates the return of the yellow Brimstone. Dr Dan Danahar
works hard to protect and restore all our lost butterflies. And Ed Ikin walks
us round the new Wakehurst Winter Garden, pointing out white Himalayan
Birch and red dogwoods...
Our broad theme for this issue, you see, is Colour. Perfect, then, to visit Peter Messer’s
studio – where tempera paint pigments radiate from jars on his shelves, waiting to be
mixed with egg yolk and applied to flat white gesso panels in his magical layers.
Or Nigel Cooke’s – purpose-designed so he can work on eight, huge, multi-layered
paintings at any one time.
Cressida Bell tells us she looks for patterns which sing – and is currently busy curating
next month’s In Colour exhibition at Charleston. While colour forecaster Anna
Starmer travels the world, with her Nikon D810, in search of inspiring colours.
Carlotta Luke shares splashes of colour, shot while documenting local building sites.
Charlotte Higgins pursues Red Thread through her new book about labyrinths. Louise
Gorst teaches how to disentangle your inner artist. Torz Dallison photographs four
Lewesians with an eye for colour. And Alexandra Loske, Curator at Brighton’s Royal
Pavilion, describes how she made colour her specialist subject – and now views many
worlds through it. A bit like we’ve tried to, in this issue.
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THE ‘COLOUR’ ISSUE
Bits and bobs.
8-21 Cressida Bell’s colour-print cover;
Alexandra Loske’s colourful Lewes;
Photo of the month (in black and white);
yellow Doortrait; blind and deaf, dear
Archie; Glyndebourne competition;
walking and cycling charity Sustrans;
Lewes in numbers on poverty levels;
Craig befriends a (blue) chameleon; book
reviews for Janet Sutherland, Sarah Ann
Juckes, Beverley Elphick; Carlotta Luke’s
colour-filled building-site archive.
23-27 Chloë King’s caught between latenight
online shopping and decluttering;
John Henty hums along to Yellow
Submarine; David Jarman revisits 1066
and All That, via Stephen Medcalf.
On this month.
29-41 Joan Baez blows away Brighton
Dome; Wakehurst Winter Garden
colours; Charlotte Higgins at Lewes
Literary Society; Dr Dan Danahar speaks
at Seedy Saturday; Hildegard von Bingen
season at ACCA; Dexter Lee’s film roundup;
Louise Gorst reaches our inner artists.
42-49 Still I Rise at De La Warr. Art and
about: The Antidote to Valentine’s, Tom
Walker at Skylark, and Eva Wibberley;
plus, Stephen Jones’s Hats at the Royal
Pavilion; and Joe Hill curates at the
Towner. Art Focus on Nigel Cooke,
revisiting Hastings, at the Jerwood.
Listings and free time.
51-65 Diary dates: An Evening with
Allie Rogers, Lewes and District Garden
Society Talk, Headstrong Club with
Benhamin Sovacool, and Eric Ravilious
and the Lure of the Everyday, among
many others. Gig of the month is
Hutstock in aid of the Ham Lane Scout
Hut, plus listings. Classical roundup,
starring The Baroque Collective,
Photo by Torz Dallison
THE ‘COLOUR’ ISSUE
plus Brighton Philharmonic, Corelli
Ensemble, Poppy Ackroyd and Castalian
Quartet. Free time listings, including
Morning Explorer, and The Tiger Who
Came to Tea; plus Bags of Books’ Anna
on Katie Abey’s We Eat Bananas; Lewes
abc and the dinosaurs; and Shoes on now
on the ancient art of tie-dyeing.
67-72 Early supper in Wingrove House;
Methi Dal recipe, from Robin van
Creveld, to chime with the Dal Festival;
and Joe’s fish supper at The Royal Oak.
The way we live.
74-77 In a variation on our usual theme,
Torz Dallison visits four beautiful Lewes
homesteads, and asks their owners
‘What’s your favourite colour?’
79-92 Peter Messer’s magical otherworld;
Anna Starmer colours in this
one; How colours may affect our health;
Lewes FC introduces Fran Alonso – new,
exciting women’s manager; Michael
Blencowe soars with the Brimstone; Alex
Leith goes Business walkabout.
106 Tom Reeves shares a tribute to his
father: Edward M Reeves, atop a very
long ladder, Newhaven 1963. Isaac Reeves
adds the colour.
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THIS MONTH’S COVER ARTIST
This month’s cover is the work of Cressida
Bell, a self-described “designer of anything
with a pattern on it”. Granddaughter of artist
and former Charleston resident Vanessa Bell,
Cressida primarily trained as a textile designer,
but her work in decorative art now ranges from
rugs to walls, tiles to mugs, cakes (pictured p.9,
bottom left) to cushions, and much more. “It’s
about getting a pattern that really sings to you”,
“It’s an interesting job, there are patterns out
there such as the Chintamani which has got
three spots. I’ve tried doing it and if you get it
wrong it looks rubbish. You might think that
three spots all over something would be fine,
but it’s a very specific skill getting a pattern to
be harmonious. That’s my challenge on a daily
Having grown up in Leeds, Bell spent her summer
holidays in Charleston: “So I’d go from
gloomy old Leeds to lovely Sussex. It’s funny,
Charleston, it’s not colourful in the traditional
sense of very bright colours. Rather, it’s got a
particular vibe of colours: they’re not reds and
greens, it could be black and yellow ochre. But
somehow it makes for a lively colour scheme
that maybe red and green would not.”
Bell is curating In Colour next month, Charleston’s
second exhibition in their new Wolfson
Gallery, which will feature works reflecting both
Bell’s personal aesthetic and her artistic heritage.
“I’ve never curated a show before, so it’s all
new to me. I’m trying to look for works of art
where you can tell that the artist has superimposed
colours on the painting, rather than
actually seeing them.”
Bell wishes that people would try wearing more
colour, “because it’s so life enhancing. I have a
very bright-coloured kitchen made up of turquoise,
cream, blue and red. It’s incredibly cosy
and friendly: people love it. But it’s unusual, it’s
not the sort of colour most people paint their
kitchens. Colour is very instinctual. When I
have a room to paint, it immediately comes to
me, I don’t spend ages agonising.”
The cover Cressida designed for us has an
intriguing artistic provenance, of a satisfyingly
physical and inky nature. When making her
textiles, she uses a bit of paper to protect the
table from being printed on at the end of the
fabric. “What happens is, you get this build
up of different designs being printed on each
other, which ends up being nicer than the
fabrics. I’ve used one of those, so it’s a slightly
The cover is an amalgamation of two prints:
Tropical Spot and Beach, resulting in a somewhat
hypnotic palimpsest of patterns. Bell has
recoloured some elements, and also added
some colour to create a bespoke image for Viva
Lewes: we’re thrilled with how her combination
of happenstance layers and adroit
editing has turned out. “I’ve
always longed to use one
of these things because
they’re fun. I can’t throw
them away, I’ve got
drawers full of them.”
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MY LEWES: ALEXANDRA LOSKE
How long have you lived in Lewes, and what
first brought you here? A man! I moved from
Brighton at the end of 2007, and have lived here
ever since with my husband and daughter. I was
kicking and screaming at the prospect – I’m an
urban creature, and even Brighton seemed a bit
small after Berlin, where I’d been living before.
But my friend, the late Robin Lee, took me on a
tour of Lewes, and showed me it would be fine.
He was right: I love it. It’s steeped in history, so
very beautiful, and small without being smallminded.
The liberal spirit of the town is very
important to me, and it’s so creative.
You’re an Art Historian, and work as Curator
at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton. How is that?
Curatorial jobs are few and far between, so I feel
incredibly lucky to work for this unusual, historic
building. The job literally takes me round the
world. The Pavilion was built by King George IV,
and is reminiscent, for me, of the German palaces
of King Ludwig – which provided the blueprint
for Disney fairy-tale castles.
You also have a glorious book on colour
coming out next month. What is it about
colour that compels you? I applied for a
scholarship to do a PhD on the history of colour
in the Pavilion – I got it, and colour has become
my specialist subject. It’s universal. It runs
through science, philosophy, history, art history,
and of course art. It’s a prism through which
you can talk about almost anything – and it’s led
me to all sorts of projects and collaborations. I
particularly like writing about women colour
theorists – the first, Mary Gartside, published
her work in 1805: a serious work on colour,
presented under the soft cover of a painting
manual for ladies.
You’re German by birth. How are you feeling
at the prospect of Brexit? I’ve felt in limbo for
the last two and a half years. It’s been particularly
painful for me as someone who came here
because I loved British culture, and grew up
feeling free to work and live anywhere in Europe.
Personally, I’m lucky to have been picked for
a pilot scheme, and awarded my ‘settled status’
quite early. I still feel welcome and at home in
Lewes and Sussex, but the bigger picture is awful.
What do you like best about living in Lewes?
The indie shops, especially the antiquarian
book shops. Bow Windows rang me once, early
on, to say they had one of the rarest books on
colour: was I interested? This was the 1821
colour nomenclature that Charles Darwin took
on his Beagle voyage in the 1830s (not the same
copy, you understand). When I started collecting
colour books, I walked into A&Y Cumming and
said “I’m interested in giraffes in the 1820s, and
Regency colour theory.” We have just the thing,
was their response, before reappearing with an
extraordinary book on colour by George Field;
and another written in 1829 featuring George
IV’s own giraffe! Interview by Charlotte Gann
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
While looking through an old hard drive
over Christmas, Ben Broad found this
photo, which he calls Rainshine. He sent it
in to us this month.
We love the glint on Lewes rooftops, and
like how black and white stands out, not
least in an issue full of Colour.
Here’s what Ben told us:
‘Taken in the late summer of 2015 from the
top of Lewes Castle, I found my attention
drawn to the fine texture of the brick and
tiles, as well as the wide range of intricate,
I was lucky with this shot as it was taken
just after a very sudden, heavy summer
shower. Having given up on the idea of
trying to take any shots at all, I fully stowed
my camera away. Yet, slightly bizarrely,
mere minutes after the rain passed, the
sun splashed across the rain-washed roofs
causing everything to glint and sparkle. The
light illuminated the roofs for only a minute
or two but for long enough for me to
manage to quickly un-stow my camera and
grab a couple of shots, this one included.’
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one, which wins the photographer £20, to be
picked up from our office after publication.
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BITS AND KNOBS
LEWES DOORTRAITS #09
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PETS AND BOBS
PETS OF LEWES
Archie, 11, Cocker Spaniel. Deaf and blind as a result
of a severe ear infection and cataracts in both eyes. A very
overweight incarnation of Archie was adopted at 6 when his
elderly owner moved into a care home.
Not all rescue pets are heartlessly discarded; many are given
up with much reluctance and Archie, as with many others,
had been dearly loved.
Likes: Serif typefaces, mermaids, anything by Dennis
Dislikes: Betrayal, model villages, people who move the
furniture around, Pat Sharp.
Did you know: A deaf and blind dog can still have an excellent
quality of life, albeit with some caveats – food and drink
bowls must be kept in the same place and care should be taken to keep floors clear of objects. Textured
rugs can be placed in different parts of your home to create a sensory map for easier navigation.
Though still able to pick up on vibrations, an unexpected pat can be startling so always let strangers
know that your pet is deaf and blind.
AGREED AT GLYNDEBOURNE: WIN TICKETS
The world premiere of a new opera is coming to
the Glyndebourne stage this March, featuring a
chorus of around 80 local auditioned singers. Led
by five professional singers and players from the
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – one of
the two resident orchestras for the Glyndebourne
Festival – the opera is called Agreed, and is about love,
loss and divided lands, with a multi-genre score by
British composer and conductor Howard Moody that
includes elements of classical, world and jazz music.
We’ve got four pairs of tickets up for grabs for the
opening night of this spectacular show on March 1st.
To get your name into the draw, simply answer the
following question: In which year was Glyndebourne
founded by John Christie and his opera singer wife,
Audrey Mildmay? Please send answers with your
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RIDERS OF LEWES #04: SUSTRANS
We may not be able
to see a grey smog
colouring the skies
of Lewes, but that’s
not to say we don’t
have an air quality
problem. The past
few years have increasingly
stories about the
dangers of poor air
to children, whose
lungs are still developing.
To help educate people about this problem
and help instigate solutions, walking and cycling
charity Sustrans is ‘working with 25 schools across
Sussex on a major air quality education project
funded by DEFRA’.
It’s all part of Airmazing Journeys – a project Sustrans,
Sussex Air and Living Streets are bringing
to local schools. Daisy Addison, Air Quality Officer
for Schools for Sustrans in Sussex, explains.
“The project’s focus is to raise awareness of air
pollution and possible ways of tackling it,” she
says, “alongside both
some basic monitoring
change within the
schools we work
with and some wider
long-term air quality
Working with pupils
from South Malling
various activities, including
bike counts and even “analysing lichen as
an indicator of air pollution”.
So, recognising and understanding the problems
are vital to changing behaviour. “One of the key
ways in which Sustrans works is to help communities
and individuals identify their own barriers
to sustainable and active travel,” says Daisy,
“and to then put in place practical solutions.” No
one wants children’s lungs to suffer – and no one
wants Technicolor toxic skies. Daniel Etherington
Photo @ Sustrans
LEWES IN NUMBERS: POVERTY FIGURES
Despite being a wealthy town, Lewes has pockets of poverty. The claimant count at November 2018
records 140 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance and Universal Credit, so available for and actively
In 2015, there were 445 dependent children (all 0-15s plus those aged 16-19 in education or training)
living in poverty in Lewes, defined as households living on less than 60% of national median income.
This represents 1 in 8, or 12%, of all children in the town, and has fallen from 15.8% in 2010. And
there are 3 foodbanks in Lewes.
While the numbers of people sleeping rough has risen nationally and regionally, Lewes District recorded
only 1 person in 2017, a fall from 3 in 2016. (Lewes Open Door suggests a higher number: between
5 and 10 – see Viva Lewes 145.) Brighton and Hove, Eastbourne and Hastings together recorded
a total of over 250 people sleeping rough. Sarah Boughton
BITS AND BOOKS
In Janet Sutherland’s fourth poetry collection, Home Farm, the poet takes us
‘home’ to the Wiltshire dairy farm where she grew up. Dark, tender, above
all real, it’s an immersive read.
The collection celebrates, and mourns, rural living, while never shying
away from its hardship. It’s the careful observation of detail that’s so fine.
(No coincidence, then, that it’s not the metaphor – of river as snake – that
takes ‘us back home’, in the opening poem, but ‘The real snake in the old
river’ that ‘does that, / swimming head up and jaunty’.)
I especially love the portraits of stoical cattle dotted through the farm, and
book: ‘Fastened to the earth / and to the dawn through which this fog has
settled / they breathe out gusts of steam’. Throughout, too, weave family,
childhood, loss. The book feels like a tribute – ‘Look at the four of us,
you’re telling the story. / My chair on two legs tilted on the dresser’ – and comes complete with maps
and one unforgettable excerpt from a letter. Charlotte Gann
When I began reading Outside, by Sarah Ann Juckes, I was expecting a Young
Adult fantasy book about a fictional world. The story begins with Ele, a girl
imprisoned in ‘the Tower’ and subjected to abuse by a menacing, mysterious
creature, known simply as ‘Him’. Ele and her fellow captives, known as Others,
have their own lyrical language, and we discover that Ele is planning to escape.
Her problem is that she isn’t certain that anywhere else actually exists. She has
been trapped so long she worries she has imagined the Outside; yet her urge to
get there is stronger than this fear…
It soon becomes clear that this is no fantasy book but a clever exploration of
how we tell ourselves certain narratives in order to make sense of our world. It’s
a book about speaking your truth without shame, coming to terms with your past and giving a voice to
those who have been silenced or mistreated. Lulah Ellender
The second in a planned trilogy by Beverley Elphick based in and around
Lewes in the late C18, Retribution picks up the story of Esther Coad, a trainee
midwife living with the consequences of breaking up a smuggling gang. Now
settled and seemingly happy, Esther’s life is soon thrown into chaos by her aunt,
the leader of this gang, who has escaped jail and is out for revenge.
The story packs in plenty of action: a murder at the altar, kidnap, a voyage on
a convict ship, thwarted love and troubled families. Most of the events occur
locally, and it’s fun spotting the names of streets and villages nearby. Elphick
cleverly uses extracts from contemporaneous newspapers and history books as a
backdrop to Esther’s adventures. Some of these real-life events seem every bit as
dramatic as Esther’s own story. Lulah Ellender
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FOCUS ON: COLOUR
For our ‘Colour’ issue, Carlotta’s chosen
shots from various local building sites
she’s photographed: the Arndale Centre in
Eastbourne with a rainbow of colours in
the building materials; green plasterboards
dripping with sealant at the Depot; the Glynde
Place renovation, with pink plaster board on
a new stairway; and two from the UTC@
harbourside in Newhaven: a closeup of really
old layered paint in the old Carpenter’s
workshop; and the delivery of orange packages.
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Chancing personal enlightenment
A spectre is haunting
Lewes: TV presenters. I was
chancing a dodgy multipoint
turn the other day,
when I double took: through
my rear-view mirror the
disgruntled face of Susanna
Constantine staring at me
through window glass.
Not long beforehand,
I interviewed Sophie
Robinson off DIY SOS.
Then, while late-night
online shopping, I quite by accident found
myself coveting a giant ‘hot coral’ linen pillow
with pom-pom edging from Sophie Robinson’s
own range! What strange synchronicity is this?
She even said on the phone that the Pantone
Colour of 2019 is ‘Living Coral’ (which is a lot
like ‘Hot Coral’ but more alive).
Perhaps these coincidences are leading me
towards a new, better co-ordinated path? I’m
following @mysticmamma on Instagram, a
horoscope blog described on Google as an ‘axis
point of what’s happening energetically in the
cosmos’. I’m using it for local news, obviously,
what with Lewes being ‘Centre of the Cosmos’
and all that.
Except, I can genuinely relate to what is being
written on there. Who could argue with the
advice to ‘keep laughter in your heart as you
move into the future, and claim your power to
live a more effective life’?
Over the holidays, I thought I’d chance some
further personal enlightenment via the Lüscher
Colour Test, a psychology test for which you
rank eight colours in order of preference and
then fall into a pit of despair at the searing
truth the combination spells about your
In order to sleep afterwards,
you Google the Barnum
Effect and decide that it
only speaks to you because
you are a human being like
any other. But there are
benefits to reading stuff that
helps you reflect on your
circumstances, whatever the
medium might be. For 2019,
I’m definitely trying hard to
laugh and be more effective.
I’ve also managed to coerce my husband
into listening to Marie Kondo. We started
watching her Netflix series this week. It
turns out that witnessing the fallout from the
everyday excessive consumption of the average
household makes for quite dreary viewing, like
DIY SOS without a makeover budget.
The comfort of seeing a family clear a path to
their front room does little to quell the sickness
of knowing it took them two skips to do so, and
that’s just one household – not even my own.
But there is light to be found here. I am
becoming a convert to the KonMari method.
What first sounds absurd makes sense when
you realise that her decluttering technique is
about changing the habits of a lifetime.
The ritual of thanking your gear as you
offload it, forces you to acknowledge that
your possessions may not have served much
more than to gratify a desire to purchase soft
furnishings on a winter’s night. No more will
you acquire stuff willy-nilly.
In fact, come to think of it, Marie Kondo may
well be doing more to facilitate the collapse of
modern capitalism than every shonky world
leader combined, so pass the bin bags!
Illustration by Chloë King
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Lewes Out Loud
Plenty more Henty
What is there not to like about
my favourite colour – yellow
– apart from the fact that it
is the one chosen by Chelsea
FC for their away strip this
season? Normally in blue, the
West London side defeated my
South London strugglers by a
single goal over the Christmas
holidays, and that made me
Otherwise though, anything
that reflects the sunshine at this
drab time of the year has to be
good news, doesn’t it? Custard
on crumble, mustard on ham and, waiting in
the wings, hopefully, a host of golden (yellow)
daffodils ready to herald the spring.
Why, even Donovan, all those years ago, burst
into song about Mellow Yellow and did you know
that he also helped write the lyrics for Paul
McCartney’s Yellow Submarine?
Famously, he met the Beatles in February
1968 when they all travelled separately to
Rishikesh in Northern India to learn about
transcendental meditation from Maharishi
Mahesh Yogi. It was an extraordinary
gathering, recalled by Donovan in a moving
documentary on television in December.
On a personal note, I have practised TM with
a small group of friends here in Lewes for
over 30 years. I learned the simple procedure
whilst working in Brighton and have found it
so helpful to my creative life in many different
ways. How politicians, both locally and
nationally, would benefit from sitting quietly
for a few minutes before, and after, the business
of the day. School children too.
Town centre ‘silence’ was broken for a short
time just before the Christmas
festivities with the solemn
tolling of Gabriel, the market
tower bell. Unannounced,
it puzzled me at first as I
foolishly imagined, for a
moment, that perhaps it
warned of invasion of our
shores or worse.
However, all was explained by
a charming woman standing
alone outside the Town Hall.
She said she was a member of
the Wratten family of local
bell ringers and the ringing
of Gabriel, for ten minutes, was part of a
ceremony, unique to Lewes.
I learned that the Armistice of 11 November
1918 was not THE Armistice but the first,
which had to be prolonged three times. The
playing of the Last Post followed and will be
repeated, finally, on 16 February at 11 a.m.
Other brief encounters this month? A fellow
I shall call my biochemist ‘buddy’, Derek,
outside the House of Friendship. He prefers
home cooking, he told me, and burnt porridge
was his speciality when a boy scout! On a bus
journey to and from Brighton, fellow Lewes FC
owner, Michael, and his wife, Ann.
Talking of the mighty Rooks, I was impressed
by the public address announcer at the
Dripping Pan recently. I’ve done the job at
several major football grounds myself, so can
imagine his apprehension when announcing
the Lewes ‘man of the match’ against Burgess
Hill. Olumide Oluwatimilehin, a new signing,
had an excellent game.
My psychedelic illustration? A more colourful
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on history he can remember
Stephen Medcalf, Emeritus Reader in English
at the University of Sussex, whose unique
presence graced the streets and restaurants of
Lewes for so many years, died in September
2007. A volume of his selected essays, edited
by his erstwhile colleagues, Brian Cummings
and Gabriel Josipovici, appeared in 2010. Now
I’m told that The Later Middle Ages (1981)
which, as my informant tells me, ‘Stephen
edited and wrote most of many years ago’, is
to be republished by Routledge. One of the
original contributors, David Starkey, supplies
a new preface. ‘Republication after forty years
suggests that it has become a sort of classic,’ he
writes, before conjuring up a remarkably vivid
evocation of Stephen.
The only thing that I remember Stephen
telling me about his collaborations with David
Starkey was that they had agreed that their
genially variant temperaments were best
summed up in the terms of 1066 and All That.
Stephen was a natural Cavalier (‘wrong but
wromantic’); Starkey a Roundhead (‘right but
repulsive’). The Sellar and Yeatman classic
promised: ‘A Memorable History of England
Comprising all the parts you can remember
including 103 Good Things, 5 Bad Kings
and 2 Genuine Dates’. On a recent rereading
I counted only 41 ‘Good Things’ and 4 ‘Bad
Kings’, though the latter climbs to 6 if you
allow Canute, who ‘began by being a Bad King
on the advice of his courtiers’, and Richard II
who ‘tried first being a Good King and then
being a Bad King, without enjoying either
very much.’ And John, one of the undoubtedly
Bad Kings, is elsewhere upgraded to being ‘An
As for the ‘Later Middle Ages’, they apparently
contributed to not only ‘The Wars of the
Roses’, which ‘came about because of the
Barons noticing suddenly that the Middle Ages
were coming to an end’, and ‘The Dissolution
of the Monasteries’: ‘It was pointed out… that
no one in the monasteries was married, as the
Monks all thought it was still the Middle Ages.
So Henry VIII who, of course, considered
marrying a Good Thing, told Cromwell to pass
a very strong Act saying that the Middle Ages
were all over and the monasteries were all to be
1066 remains a deliciously funny book. I
especially enjoyed the sample Test Papers,
with questions ranging from: ‘What is a
Plantagenet? Do you agree?’ to ‘How angry
would you be if it was suggested that the XIth
chap. of the ‘Consolations of Boethius’ was an
In their ‘Compulsory Preface (this means
you)’ Sellar and Yeatman assert
that History is ‘what you can
remember’. This suits me.
Once I could have written page
after page, ‘comparing and
contrasting’ the foreign policies
of Canning and Castlereagh.
Now my memory of, say, the
Crimean War is likely to be,
as in the book: ‘This war
was exceptionally inevitable
and was caused by a number
I was once told that the
original illustrator of 1066,
John Reynolds, lived in
Lewes. But, of course, I can’t
remember who told me
so can’t verify this
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ON THIS MONTH: MUSIC
‘time to quit bouncing around on buses’
What made you decide
to do a farewell tour?
I asked my first and
best vocal coach when
I would know if I’m
to quit and he said, oh
you’ll know, your voice
will tell you. I was 30
when he said that, and
I feel as if I know now
what he was talking
about. I’d also like to
pay a little respect to
my body so it seemed
like the time to quit
bouncing around on buses. It’s not a bad time...
for a woman of my age in this job. Ha, it’s been a
long time out here.
Has it affected your choice of songs? Oh
yeah, completely. There are some things I long
to do, but I’d rather do the ones that I do well,
and there are enough of them that we have a
beautiful show. Cleverly I have this wonderful
29-year-old singer with me, Grace Stumberg.
People say you can’t do Forever Young, why don’t
you just let her do the high notes? So I do, and it
works out beautifully.
What kind of material have you been
performing on tour? Obviously it’s got to have
everything, but there are certain songs you know
will go down well. I mean, anything by Dylan
will get a huge response. It’s also nice to have a
new album that has been well received because
it gives me the leeway to sing new songs that
people at least partially recognise. That gives the
whole evening a chance to be more fresh.
Were you compelled to address politics
on the new album? No, but my choices are
wrapped in that anyway.
There wasn’t an official
theme, what rings bells
for me is usually more
than just words and
music. These things fall
into a different kind of
depth, and you can call
it ‘political’ or you call
it ‘aware’, you can call it
whatever you want.
There’s a song about
Obama singing in
church after the
I was listening to the radio and that song came
on. It’s called The President Sang Amazing Grace
by Zoe Mulford. I was driving and I just had to
pull over. I mean, I fell apart because it was such
a beautiful song. I knew immediately I wanted
to sing it. When I was putting it together, it
took me literally two weeks before I could get
through the song without crying.
Is there room for hope in melancholy
music? I don’t have much faith in hope. Haha,
you know, when it doesn’t have legs. I think you
can only hope for something if you’re doing
something about it. So maybe that’s where these
songs belong. If nothing else, it gives people
something real, you know? My bleakness comes
out of the fact that I think, because of global
warming, all of our discussions are going to
mean nothing very soon, and that puts it all in
perspective. We are going to last just so long, so
what can we do during this time to try and make
the world a slightly better place?
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White, reds and light at Wakehurst
“I want everyone to feel something as they
step into this garden.” So Wakehurst Head of
Landscape and Horticulture Ed Ikin tells me
of the new Wakehurst Winter Garden, which
opened in January.
“There’s lots of individually interesting plants
– things for people to discover – but, really, it’s
about the experience of being in the garden.”
The composition he describes beautifully. The
framing of the white Himalayan Birch – which
has been chosen for its pure white bark, and
because it holds its shape beautifully over years
– the dogwoods Cornus Alba Siberica providing
red, and a “fringe of grasses”. He talks about
“layers of colour”, and “the way the grasses
glow – with light inside them”.
The sense of light’s very important. “Winter is
the more challenging season”, says Ed. “We’ve
chosen a design that works with this. I think when
people talk about ‘botanic gardens’, they probably
imagine a project where lots of individual plants
have been curated. Of course, that is the case
here – there are 33,000 plants in total – but the
big canvas is what we start with. I want anyone to
come and experience the sense of light coming
through an undulating landscape. Later, there’s
time to enjoy the detail.”
I ask who’s been the landscape’s architect, or is
it a whole team of people?
“A whole team of very talented people”, he
says. “But Garden Supervisor, Francis Annette
created the detailed plan. I think he’d say he was
inspired, above all, by the Downs themselves.”
The Winter Garden opened last month. It
should remain for years. In 2019, we need
gardens like this.
Yes, Ed is concerned about climate change, he
tells me. “Very. What’s new is this concentration
of extreme weather events. The English weather
has always enjoyed its ups and downs and
surprises. Not so often two consecutive weeks
of 35 degree days, for instance – as we had last
summer – nor of flash flooding.
“Let the plants tell the story,” Ed says, “not just
us gardeners. All our mature, native trees are
showing the signs of stress.”
Anyway, “it’s very important to give gardens
time to flex and evolve,” says Ed, who’s spent
his entire life outdoors, growing up on a farm,
and working ever since in gardens. “We’ve
made what we think is an extraordinary garden
with many interesting plants; over time, it will
only grow richer and deeper.”
Wakehurst Winter Garden sets out to offer all
its visitors a haven. The Wakehurst team has
also worked hard with scent, concentrating a
lot around the paths where visitors will wander,
and be beguiled, for instance, by Sweet Daphne
and Witch Hazel.
“We want you to feel alive and stimulated
in this space”, says Ed, “and in a way that’s
tangible and real. We’re appealing to your
senses – sight and smell.” And yes, of course,
colour’s integral. “There’s something about
subtlety and complexity”, he says. “This garden
will bring people peace.” Charlotte Gann
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ON THIS MONTH: LITERATURE
Red Thread spinner
My first question to Charlotte Higgins,
February’s Lewes Literary Society guest,
who I’m speaking to down the phone, is a
little unfair. I ask her to give me a nutshell
description of her recently published book Red
Thread – On Mazes and Labyrinths.
Charlotte is the Chief Culture Writer for the
Guardian, and before our conversation I’ve
been reading Red Thread, a beautifully sculpted
and illustrated hardback which journeys into
the culture of labyrinths, and the labyrinthine
nature of culture. You might have heard
extracts of it on Radio 4 – it was their Book of
the Week in the first week of August.
It’s not something she can contain within one
sentence – or even six, as it happens – but she
does come up, in the middle of a response it
later takes me ages to transcribe, with this:
“It’s… an exploration of the way that the idea
of mazes or labyrinths has been invoked as
a metaphor; as a way for understanding and
describing the world; as a way of understanding
and describing the human psyche.”
It’s also something of a memoir. “The labyrinth
resembles the human brain, doesn’t it?” she
continues. “That coiled mass. So in effect it
[the book] is the imprint of my brain… This
labyrinthine book about labyrinths is in a way
some kind of self-portrait. If that doesn’t sound
too pretentious. Which I’m sure it does. But
It won’t sound pretentious to anyone who has
attempted to negotiate their way through the
book, an ambitiously structured collection
of culturally informed episodes, each
thematically connecting to the next, with
red herrings thrown in to divert from the
ultimate message. There are guides along the
way – some of whom prove helpful – including
Virgil, Umberto Eco, Sigmund Freud, the
archaeologist Arthur Evans, Stanley Kubrick,
and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
And, most importantly, a certain Sofia
Grammataki, a Cretan classicist who took a
pre-teen Higgins on a tour of Knossos (where
Daedalus’ mythical labyrinth was sited) while
she was on holiday with her parents. Many
years later Higgins found a postcard given to
her by Grammataki with the guide’s address
on it, and – both being labyrinth enthusiasts –
they became regular correspondents.
Or did they? Having not yet completed the
book by the time we talk, I’m not entirely
sure, as Higgins admits that Red Thread – even
though it’s shoe-horned into the ‘non-fiction’
shelves of bookshops, does contain some
consciously fashioned fictitious twists. “The
mythical labyrinth was a trap, it was a place
that was designed to baffle the person who
went into it, so there was no way I could write a
book without containing a little trap, otherwise
that wouldn’t be a labyrinth, would it?”
All very intriguing, and I’m looking forward
to more guidance when she comes to town on
the 12th. Or returns, as it happens: she’s been
to Lewes before. “I found its layout slightly
confounding,” she admits. “I have a limited
sense of direction when it comes to towns and
cities.” Alex Leith
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ON THIS MONTH: TALK
Dr Dan Danahar
Bringing back the butterflies
Biodiversity depletion is a huge worry. While
Michael Blencowe eagerly awaits the return of the
yellow Brimstone in this month’s Wildllife piece
on page 89, talking to Dr Dan Danahar made me
worry that day may never come.
Dan – known as @ButterflyDan on Twitter – is
Executive Trustee of Big Nature. He’s been working
in biodiversity for years across a whole raft
of initiatives, and is talking this month in Lewes
Town Hall at Common Cause’s Seedy Saturday.
“Habitation fragmentation is one of the main
causes for the massive, massive loss of biodiversity
we’re experiencing in this country today”, Dan
2010 was the International Year of Biodiversity,
and Dan and others were involved in numerous
events and initiatives across the year. Ten years
on, 2020 will be marked as a key year too – with a
whole new roster of follow-ups planned. “But it’s
not enough just to make people aware”, says Dan.
“Awareness alone can be a burden.”
Awareness may, however, have been what motivated
the thousands of people who turned out to
join Chris Packham last September on The People’s
Walk for Wildlife. It’s also why Dan, himself,
actually physically gets down on the ground to
help – and has done so for years.
“Today, there are twenty-five to thirty butterfly
havens in Brighton and Hove”, he says. “The
first was at Dorothy Stringer School [where Dan
teaches]: a 400 square metre area carefully restored
to provide a range of different microclimates,
precisely tailored to the needs of our rare chalk
He explains how butterflies work well as “a flagship
species”. (Of course they’re colourful, visible, and
beautiful. Most people like them, and might note
their absence.) But of course it’s all insect life that’s
at risk – due to human population growth and the
lengths we’ve then gone to to wring out resources.
“Insects are the cogs”, Dan says. “They make the
At Dorothy Stringer, in twelve years, they’ve seen
the return of 30 species of butterflies. That’s 81 per
cent of the city’s butterfly fauna, in a comparatively
tiny area. Repairing the ecosystem works. The
evidence is clear. “Build it and they come”, says
“But the evidence is equally clear of the damage
that’s been done. Certain pesticides, for instance
– notably neonicotinoids – have been enormously
damaging; much more so than we for a long time
realised.” He says even lavender pots on sale at
nurseries and flagged ‘bee friendly’ may be steeped
in damaging insecticides.
These butterfly havens are sorely needed. And
Big Nature is funding some work to take place in
Lewes – in partnership with Wildflower Lewes.
“We commissioned Wakehurst to grow a bespoke
seed mix for butterflies. It’s ready now, waiting in
their Millennium Seed Bank.”
At Seedy Saturday, Dan says he plans to talk about
the actual physical detail of what’s involved in
replenishing a site to make it butterfly-friendly.
Fascinating as well as vital. Charlotte Gann
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ON THIS MONTH: FESTIVAL
Hildegard von Bingen
12th century composer, naturalist, mystic, protofeminist
Hildegard von Bingen was
a remarkable woman. She
corresponded with the Pope and
bridged composition, naturalism,
mysticism and more in her prolific
and astonishingly varied work. We
spoke to Dr Alice Eldridge, Lecturer
in Music and Music Technology at
the University of Sussex, who has
curated a series of events to explore
the modern resonances of von
Bingen’s music and life.
“Throughout her life from the age
of about three into her 80s, she had extraordinary,
multisensory visions. This ‘spiritual gift’ gave
her power at a time when little was expected
of women in society. Her legacy includes over
70 musical works which are direct accounts of
her visions. She also authored medicinal and
botanical texts, so Germans celebrate her as the
first naturalist. People came to her as a healer, not
because of her spiritualism, but because of her
systematic use of medicinal herbs.
“‘Viriditas’, the title of the festival, is Latin
for ‘green truth’. Hildegard saw humans as a
microcosm of the universe. It’s a non-dualistic
idea that heaven and earth are integrated through
nature so ‘Ecological’ and human health are
This annual festival of Music and Ideas is an
opportunity for emerging Sussex composers
to create and perform new works in the
Attenborough Centre. On 8th Feb, Fem Engine,
a newly formed collaboration between musicians
Bunty, Bellatrix and Hannah Miller (Moulettes),
will perform three new works that Sussex
composers have created for the trio, whom
Eldridge describes as “amazing and intuitive
composers and performers”. She
explains that the works might not
be fully notated however. “They
might be described through text,
graphic scores, even the use of
scents of particular herbs as a form
of musical score, so part composed,
part improvised. Hildegard’s
music was improvisational in a
way, melismatic, very free, really
Eldridge tells me that Hildegard
is the first named composer,
and the festival also celebrates her as a female
figure of authority in her age. “In the light of
contemporary movements in gender equality
globally, and recent recognition of previously
unsung women composers, it’s quite interesting
to look back and see a woman with such
power in so many ways at this time: creatively,
politically, financially, and holding such respect
and influence. Many of her musical works were
songs to be sung as part of the daily service in the
convent. These works were a way to praise God,
but also as a way for women to use their voice
when otherwise living in silence. So it was literally
giving women a voice.”
The Viriditas events will also include a Q&A
with Observer music critic Fiona Maddocks
(7th); vocal trio Voice and group Celestial Sirens
performing music composed or inspired by
Hildegard and other early sacred works (10th);
Bird Bath, a sound installation created by Eldridge
herself with meditation teacher Alistair Appleton
(6th-8th) in ACCA’s café bar, folk singer Laura
Cannell’s Untuning of the Sky (7th), an Ecotherapy
‘Walk-shop’ (8th), and more. Joe Fuller
Viriditas, 6th-10th Feb, attenboroughcentre.com
Illustration from von Bingen’s Scivias, depicting her receiving a vision
ON THIS MONTH: FILM
Volver, True Romance, Never Let Me Go
Dexter Lee’s cinema round-up
At the Depot, Pedro Almodóvar’s 2006 drama
Volver (Feb 1st) makes a welcome return as part
of a Spanish-language double bill, courtesy of
U3A. An ensemble cast is headed by Penélope
Cruz and Carmen Maura, playing a grieving
daughter and the ‘ghost’ of her mother. There’s
also a body in deep-freeze and some ashes that
aren’t what they seem. It’s high on farce, tragedy
and earthy passion: classic Almodóvar. Next up
is The Motorcycle Diaries (Feb 8th), which follows
the young Che Guevara (Gael García Bernal) on
his life-changing trip round South America on a
motorbike; Walter Salles directs.
Valentine’s Day sees the start of a ‘lovers on the
run’ mini-series, starting with Tarantino-scripted
True Romance (14th), starring Patricia Arquette
and Christian Slater as a prostitute and her
boyfriend who unwittingly get involved with
the mob when they accidentally steal a suitcase
full of cocaine. This is followed by Bonnie and
Clyde (17th), Arthur Penn’s ground-breaking
‘New Hollywood’ movie with Warren Beatty
and Faye Dunaway in the title roles. The series
concludes with Sam Peckinpah’s 1972 neo-noir
The Getaway (19th), with Steve McQueen and
The latter film falls into two different seasons
(clever programming, that) as it also kicks off a
trio of Peckinpah movies, introduced by Robert
Senior. The controversially violent Straw Dogs
(26th) follows, with the neo-Western Bring Me
the Head of Alfredo Garcia (a charades favourite
if ever there was one) finishing things off on
For the second year running the Depot are
screening, in association with the Japanese
Foundation, a series of contemporary (2017/18)
Japanese films on Screen 3, namely Dear
Etranger (18th), Yurigokoro (20th), Born Bone Born
(25th), The Scythian Lamb (27th) and My Friend
‘A’ (March 4th).
And there are, as ever, a number of one-offs.
Jean Cocteau’s 1950 art-house experiment
Orphée, in association with the Lewes Literary
Society, gets a rare screening on the 3rd. On
the 4th there’s A Private War, with streamed
interviews afterwards with Jamie Dornan and
Rosamund Pike, who plays the late war correspondent
Marie Colvin. The Audrey Hepburn
musical Funny Face is the dementia-friendly
screening on the 5th. February’s book-to-film
discussion centres round Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never
Let Me Go (7th), turned into a movie by director
Mark Romanek and starring Carey Mulligan
and Keira Knightley. And Mr Voigt’s Film Club
focuses on Orson Welles’ classic The Lady from
Shanghai (20th), with its shatteringly unforgettable
The Lewes Film Club, in the All Saints, has
three offerings this month. Maudie (1st) stars
Sally Hawkins as ailing Nova Scotian housekeeper
Maud Lewis, who finds love – and artistic
studio space – in a very small house (with Ethan
Hawke). Glory (15th) is a fine Bulgarian film featuring
a stuttering loner who gets caught up in
the corrupt labyrinth of Bulgarian local politics
when he finds a wad of money on the rail tracks.
And Being Blacker (19th) is a documentary about
Brixton reggae record-shop owner, sound-system
pioneer and music producer Blacker Dread.
Anne Hardy curates
the Arts Council Collection
Night and Day (1 hour), 1977
Listen to the Tale
of the Reed No.3, 1982
17 February –
2 June 2019
Nud Cycladic 7, 2010
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Plantain Drop, 2014
ON THIS MONTH: ART COURSES
Curious to explore your ‘creative side’?
When we are children, we
don’t question the power
of our own imagination,
but somewhere along the
way, many of us come to
believe that creativity is
for artists and not for us.
Louise Gorst, who’s running
a number of courses locally
this month, holds powerfully
to the contrary view that
everyone is creative, but
that there are blocks in the
way of us tapping into what
is a universal impulse. Her
teaching is all about this process of unblocking.
“For a start it helps to be in the moment”, she
says. That is why her weekly Experimental
Drawing and Painting classes begin with a
short mindfulness meditation – and then it’s
about learning new skills, practising them and
When Louise came to Lewes – via Sydney and
London – for the first time, over twenty years
ago, she found Paddock Art Studios quite by
chance and took it as a sign that it might be
the place where she could escape the city and
“reconnect with nature”. She’s been involved
there ever since.
Over the years, her teaching has moved a long
way from her original life drawing classes
and now offers something quite distinct from
representational drawing or portraiture.
As the name suggests, the classes are about
experimenting, without too much focus on the
end result. “When you start with a creative
process you don’t know what the result is going
to be,” Louise says, “just as when you go to bed
at night you don’t know what you will dream.”
There is method and
structure to the course.
“It’s not just anything goes;
people need some sort of
structure or they panic”,
she says. The courses and
workshops rotate through
different themes which
include colour theory and
the colour wheel as well as
abstraction and pattern. Six
modules make up a term.
The course has been a
success from day one and
there’s always a waiting
list, according to Louise. She’s now started a
second class in Isfield, and expanded her offer
to include a drawing method called Zentangle
– which uses structured patterns. It is based on
the idea that anything is possible “one stroke at
a time”. The practice, she tells me, has an effect
akin to meditation and anyone can do it.
In addition to her ongoing weekly courses,
Louise also runs one-day workshops, Creative
By Nature, which offer the opportunity
to dip a toe in the water. In all her classes,
her students are a real mix in terms of prior
experience, and are often surprised by how
much they enjoy it, she says. “What people
say is that time flies, like they have become so
absorbed in what they are doing that their left
brain has switched off.”
That might just be the best sign that Louise’s
methods are working. Julie Bull
Creative By Nature Workshops: 24 Feb, 24
March, 12 May. Experimental Drawing and
Painting: Fri am Paddock Studios; Mon am Isfield
Village Hall. Zentangle Courses 2nd, 14th and
28th Feb, Ringmer. mindfullycreative.co.uk
Eduardo Gil, Niños Desaparecidos, Segunda Marcha de la resistencia, Buenos Aires (1982), courtesy the artist
Still I Rise
“So, what it’s all about?” I ask Rosie Cooper,
sitting in the café of the De La Warr Pavilion,
overlooking the glimmering, choppy
She’s Head of Exhibitions there, and she’s
telling me about Still I Rise, on at the elegant
Bexhill arts centre from 9th Feb.
It’s not so easy to summarise.
“It began as an examination of the role
women have played in resistance movements,
and alternative forms of living, since
the nineteenth century,” she says. “It features
100 exhibits from around 40 practitioners,
featuring materials produced by visual artists,
writers, designers and activists.”
So far so simple.
“It’s all developed from a long-term conversation
I’ve been having with my fellow curator
Irene Aristazabal, about feminism and
how to embed inclusive feminist practice
in our respective cultural institutions,” she
continues. Irene is Head of Exhibitions at
A longer explanation follows, because the
exhibits describe intertwining and often
contradictory themes, and the curators –
also including Cédric Fauq of Nottingham
Contemporary – have come at it through
the prism of feminist and queer theory.
The key term, in my understanding, is
‘intersectionality’, which I check out later
in a dictionary: ‘the complex, cumulative
manner in which the effects of different
forms of discrimination combine, overlap
“So we’re talking about ‘feminisms’, in the
plural” explains Rosie, “because feminist
resistance intersects with queer and other
resistance movements, and they learn from
each other. We’re also acknowledging that
different struggles intersect at different
They can also contradict: “white Western
feminism can be very different from the
feminism of women of colour, for example,”
she explains. “There were also tensions
between middle-class and working-class
feminisms in the UK in the 80s.” Many of
these contradictions are explored; the curators
have been careful not to arrange the
exhibits chronologically, to “allow them to
talk to each other across space and time, acknowledging
that whilst things have moved
on in many ways, there is still a lot to do.”
One might expect it all to be a bit confrontational.
But Rosie says, “We’ve left a lot of
room for poetry, and moments of humour.
One visitor to the show at Nottingham
[where Still I Rise has had a three-month
run] said that they expected the show to be
aggressive, but instead they found it poetic,
thoughtful and sensitive. We loved hearing
There are a few headline names among the
exhibitors, including American artists Judy
Chicago and Suzanne Lacey, but Rosie
is quick to highlight some of the lesserknown
contributors, including Bexhillborn
artist Carl Gent, who re-narrates
local history to highlight important female
figures of the past.
Upstairs in the First Floor Gallery there’s a
solo show with a linked theme: Hayv Kahraman
fled Iraq during the First Gulf War.
Her paintings reflect the female response to
conflict and upheaval.
The main show’s title, of course, is taken
from a powerful Maya Angelou poem. “The
poem’s message leaves a lot of room for
interpretation,” says Rosie, “and that’s very
apt.” Alex Leith
De La Warr Pavilion, 9th Feb-27th May
Judy Chicago, Smoke Bodies (1972), Courtesy the artist, Salon 94,
New York and Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco.
Its Judy Chicago, Immolation (1972), Courtesy the artist, Salon 94,
New York and Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco.
ART & ABOUT
In town this month
As an alternative to the saccharine hearts
and flowers and enforced romance that
surrounds the month of February, from
the 2nd until the 17th St Anne’s Galleries
present The Antidote: a riposte to Valentine’s
Day. Featuring work by Carolyn Trant,
Solange Leon Iriarte, Sarah Shaw, Oska
Lappin, Sophie Wake, Derya Erdem
and Rachel Glittenberg, the exhibition
explores the wider experience of love and
matters of the heart in all their complex,
ambiguous and occasionally dark glory.
The gallery is working with local schools and arts organisation Equal Arts Brighton to create
‘friendship’ cards, which will be displayed as part of the exhibition then delivered to local elderly
people on Valentine’s Day. Equal Arts support older people and those with dementia in Sussex
through creative activities and by bringing the generations together, combating isolation and loneliness
and supporting health and wellbeing. Visit their JustGiving page to find out more.
At Skylark, downstairs in the Needlemakers,
you’ll find an exhibition of recent work
by pastel artist Tom Walker. Stormlights
is a series of atmospheric, monochrome
pastels that, in Tom’s own words, ‘attempt
to capture a particular kind of light. The
low light that rakes the land or seascape,
intensely bright but casting very dark shadows
giving all it touches stark yet dreamlike
definition. I call this “stormlight”.’
Mission accomplished. The exhibition
continues until June.
Eva Wibberley (detail)
Chalk Gallery continues their general exhibition of
work by the artists’ collective until the 24th of February,
when they begin their programme of featured
artists for the year. First up, from the 25th, is Eva
Wibberley who presents her latest oil and acrylic
seascapes, inspired by the diverse and endlessly
changing light and colour of the sea, land and skies
of the coasts of Sussex and Cornwall.
Out of town
Join our regular drawing classes with
Pat Thornton and Rachael Adams:
Hat-maker for rock stars and royalty
since the 1970s, milliner Stephen Jones
OBE has long been inspired by the lavish
interiors of the Royal Pavilion with his
Spring/Summer 2012 collection Chinoiserie-on-Sea
drawing directly from its
wonder and whimsy. From the 7th February,
an exhibition of hats from across
his 40-year career takes over Brighton’s
pleasure palace, with installations of his
most glamorous and captivating pieces
displayed throughout its exotic rooms.
Co-curated by Jones himself and Martin
Pel, Curator of Costume and Textiles at
the Royal Pavilion & Museums, the exhibition
includes hats worn by the Duchess
of Sussex, as well as Lady Gaga, Kate
Moss and Mick Jagger, and others made
in collaboration with some of the world’s
best fashion designers. Expect to see hats
popping up everywhere – the Banqueting
Room table set with A-lister headgear,
food-inspired hats among the copper pots
in the Great Kitchen, and millinery for
Dior on display in the Music Room. Stephen
Jones Hats at the Royal Pavilion continues
until the 9th of June. (Free with
Royal Pavilion admission, members free.)
Stephen Jones holding ‘Royal Crescent’ from his Chinoiserie-on-Sea collection
© Tessa Hallmann/Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove
Out of town
There’s much to see at Towner
Gallery this month. In Figure
Study II, Towner’s recently arrived
Director Joe Hill curates
a personal response to the gallery’s
renowned collection. His
diverse selection takes its title
from a Francis Bacon painting
that belongs to Joe’s home town,
the former mining and textiles
community of Batley in West
Yorkshire, a place which lost its
Art Gallery in the 1980s to a now derelict shopping centre.
Also at Towner, from the 17th, British artist Anne Hardy curates the Arts Council Collection. Hardy’s
own work derives from what she perceives as ‘pockets of wild space’. She creates immersive, sensory
installation works. She brings this approach to her selection for Towner in The Weather Garden.
The gallery also presents the first UK exhibition of Carey Young’s Palais de Justice (2017) which
was filmed surreptitiously at the enormous and ornate Palais de Justice in Brussels, and depicts
female judges and lawyers at court, seen through a series of circular windows in courtroom doors.
Anne Hardy and Carey Young will be in conversation at the Towner on Saturday the 16th of February
Image: Carey Young, still from Palais de Justice, 2017.
Single-channel HD video (from 4K); 169, colour, quadraphonic sound; 17 mins 58 secs.
© Carey Young. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.
9 FEBRUARY — MAY
Jamie Crewe, An Abductress (no 3), digital print on flourescent
STILL I RISE
FEMINISMS, GENDER, RESISTANCE, ACT 2
Exploring resistance movements and alternative
forms of living from a gendered perspective.
In collaboration with Nottingham Contemporary.
Hayv Kahraman, Hussein Pasha (detail) , 2013, Oil on wood
Courtesy Defares Collection
Painting, drawings and sculptures exploring
the artists experience of living between
western and middle eastern cultures.
CHARITY NUMBER: 1065586
Kingfisher by Jackie Morris
The exhibition of original artwork
from The Lost Words – the extraordinary
‘modern spell book’, written by
renowned author Robert Macfarlane
and illustrated by Jackie Morris –
continues at Nymans. The book
celebrates the relationship between
language and the living world, and the
exhibition is accompanied by a series
of events to inspire both adults and
children to reconnect with nature.
Continues until June 2nd.
an exhibition of
more than twenty
Park. This major
by some of the
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. Continues until the 24th of March.
The Duet, Gabriel Metsu ©National Trust Images Christopher Hurst
Nigel Cooke in his studio © Lens & Pixel
Painter’s Beach Club
One of the big themes of Nigel Cooke’s
massive, multi-layered paintings is journeys,
so there’s something apt about the way he’s
come full circle with his latest show, Painter’s
Beach Club, on at Jerwood Gallery in Hastings
till March 24th.
“I graduated in 1994 with a friend of mine,
and another friend had a shop space he said
we could use, on the sea front in Hastings,
and we put on an exhibition that nobody
saw. I hadn’t been back since.”
Twenty-five years on, Nigel’s on the phone
from his studio in Kent, which his architectwife
purpose-designed for him, enabling
him to work on up to eight canvases – each
of which is over two by two metres – at a
time. “There’s a gallery at the front, where I
can look at the work away from all the clutter,”
he tells me.
“You’d like to think that the perfect space
would lead to you getting things together
on every level, that life would become more
cerebral, ethereal, clean…” he continues.
“But life’s still messy, and you’re still you. It’s
like when you go on holiday, the surroundings
might change but you’re still the same
Perhaps such ‘messiness’ is necessary for his
art to work. Every frame he paints, he says,
is a journey into the unknown. “When you
start to paint, you’re looking into the future,
trying to reach a distant point, and you don’t
know what that is until you get
there. In every painting there
needs to be tension, discordance,
conflict. The deliverance
has to be double-handed.
There must be an element of
antagonism. Otherwise a painting
is just an illustration.”
The paintings all have a subject,
of course, but that is only
a starting point. “A red herring,
just an excuse to get started.
The true subject of the painting
is the painting itself. If you
look at Velazquez or Rubens
you can see that the application
transcends the image and
becomes the reality.”
He listens to audio books,
while he’s working (currently
Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections)
“more for the rhythm of
the sentences than the meaning
of the words.” He loves
writing, and wishes that it was
as easy to “harvest disparate information”
in the same way on
the canvas, as you can on the
page. “Rothko and Rembrandt
are two very distinct things
which can’t work together
visually. I’m trying to create a
place where they can.”
He’s also influenced by cinema
– he cites Yorgos Lanthimos’
The Lobster as a favourite,
for the way the “deliberately
dreadful deadpan dialogue”
consciously and “upsettingly”
jars with the cinematic beauty
of the images. But most of
all, of course, he’s influenced
by other painters. Velazquez
comes up a few times. “If you
put Bacon, Picasso, Velazquez
and Clifford Still into a
blender”, he tells me, at the
end of our conversation, “you’d
get one of mine coming out of
the other end.” Alex Leith
Painter’s Beach Club runs
alongside Telescope, featuring
twenty artists Nigel has encountered
Jerwood Gallery, till March 24th
Book of Crap (First Edition), 2010, © Nigel Cooke, Courtesy Pace Gallery Indian Summer, 2015, © Nigel Cooke, Courtesy Pace Gallery
and Psychological services
in central Lewes
UNTIL SUNDAY 3
His Dark Materials.
Lewes Theatre Youth
Group present the stage
version of the Philip
Pullman fantasy trilogy.
Lewes Little Theatre, see
Film: Maudie (12A). All Saints, 8pm,
Life Drawing. Drop-in session (bring own
materials). Lewes Arms, 7.30pm, £5 (also
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.
Chloe Anthony on
Hall, 7.30pm for
7.45pm, £3 for
Spirit of the Pan. Festival of beer, spirit and
wine. The Dripping Pan, 5pm till late, see
Seedy Saturday. Seed swap,
children’s activities, talks, workshops,
stalls, food and more.
Lewes Town Hall, 10am-3pm,
£1 (kids free). See page 35.
Author event: An Evening with Allie Rogers.
To celebrate LGBT History Month, local
author Allie Rogers will discuss the Spirit of
Brighton and its ‘particular place in the queer
psyche of the country’ with Lesley Wood, chief
executive of New Writing South. The Keep,
Gideon Mantell: The
Dinosaur Doctor of Lewes
and the Fossil that Changed
the World. Gideon Mantell
Birthday Memorial Lecture
delivered by Ray Hale, specialist
in wildlife lectures and educational
displays. Lewes Town
Hall lecture room, 7.30pm, £3. See page 64.
Comedy at the Con. Raymond and Mr
Timkins and Steve N Allen. Con Club, 7.30pm,
Let’s Get Funked. Funk, soul and reggae
night for grown-up dance lovers who like to
party early. All Saints, Friars Walk, 7.30pm,
Headstrong Club talk and discussion.
Benjamin Sovacool on energy studies and the
necessity of interdisciplinary and inclusive
research. Elephant & Castle, 8pm, £3.
FEB listings (cont)
Taking a natural approach at menopause.
One-day workshop for anyone interested
in exploring a more natural approach at
menopause, run by Chantry Health. St
Mary’s Church Hall, 10.30am-4.30pm, see
Thomas Cromwell &
the Dissolution of the
Lewes History Group talk
with Helen Poole on how
Thomas Cromwell, one of
the most enigmatic figures
of Henry VIII’s reign, masterminded the
C16 dissolution, having seen the process first
hand at Bayham Abbey. All 17 of Sussex’s religious
houses were to suffer. King’s Church,
7pm for 7.30pm, £1/£3.
Patina’s 18th Birthday Party – Ditch the
Detox. Celebrating 18 years of Moving On,
with funk band Supernatural Things (above),
DJs and cocktails. Fundraiser for Moving On
2019. Lewes Town Hall, 8pm, £11 (£8 adv).
The Hummingbird Project: Celebrating
innovative work with young refugees.
Elaine Ortiz (founder and director of the
project) and young leader, Mohamad Aljasem
will talk about this Brighton initiative
to provide aid and solidarity to unaccompanied
asylum-seeking young people. Phoenix
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FEB listings (cont)
Jaha Koo: Cuckoo.
A theatrical dialogue
the last 20 years
of Korean history
told by a bunch of
talkative rice cookers.
Attenborough Centre, 8pm, £12/£10.
Lewes Literary Society talk with Charlotte
Higgins. See page 33. lewesliterarysociety.
Eric Ravilious and the Lure of the Everyday.
An illustrated lecture by Jo Watson.
Uckfield Civic Centre, 2.30pm, £7 (free for
Three Green Initiatives in Lewes. Illustrated
talk for Friends of Lewes who outline
their involvement in three green initiatives –
an i-trees survey, Litter Free Lewes and Tingles
Way eco-walk. Lewes Town Hall lecture
room, 7.45pm, £3 (free to FoL members).
Lewes Archaeology Group talk: ‘Where
Archaeology meets Astronomy’ by Robert
Turner, who will explore how astronomy can
assist our understanding of the alignment of
standing stones. Lewes Town Hall Lecture
Room, 7.30pm, £4/£3 (to include tea/coffee),
free for 25 years and under.
Film: Glory (12). All Saints, 8pm, £5/£2.50.
Catalyst Club. Spoken word lecture salon,
three guest speakers share their passions with
a live audience. Lewes Arms, 7.30pm, £7.
Lewes Castle &
Anne of Cleves House
Morning Explorer Sessions
Monday 18 th February, 10-11am
Morning Explorer sessions are for
families with additional needs.
Please get in touch to discuss your
access needs and to book a place.
Anne of Cleves House,
Lords & Ladies,
Tuesday 19th February, 1- 4pm
Sewing, spinning & dressing up.
All ages. Included in admission.
Knights & Dragons
Thursday 21st February
10.30am-12noon or 2pm-3.30pm
Stories of castle knights, armour
to try on & lots of things to make.
Ages 4-8. Tickets £5. Adult to stay
*Booking required for
Lewes Castle activities
Awaken your senses in our new Winter Garden and
feel the colours, scents and textures lift your spirits
Flourishing from mid-January
Tours available daily, 24 – 27 January
For details visit kew.org/wakehurst
FEB listings (cont)
Springlines. A talk by painter Mary Anne
Aytoun-Ellis about her collaboration with
poet Clare Best on ‘Springlines’, a project
exploring forgotten and mysterious bodies
of water in hidden corners of the landscape.
Paddock Art Studios, Paddock Lane, 3pm, £5.
Film: Being Blacker.
New documentary from
Molly Dineed telling
the story of well-known
reggae record shop owner
and music producer,
Blacker Dread, his extended family, friends
and the wider Brixton community. There will
be a short introduction by Richard Cupidi. All
Saints, 8pm, £5/£2.50
Guerilla Poetry. Come along with words to
perform or just enjoy listening. The Lansdown,
Lewes Death Café. Conversations around
death and dying. The Dorset, 1pm, free.
SUNDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2.45PM
Prelude and Liebestod
(Tristan and Isolde)
Four Last Songs
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GIG GUIDE // FEBRUARY
GIG OF THE MONTH:
As many may know, back in October the 6th
Lewes Scout Hut in Ham Lane was vandalised
during a private hire party. Due to this damage
the hut has since been unusable for weekly
Scouts, Beavers and Cubs meetings, as well as
other local community groups who hire it. Fundraising is ongoing to get the hut back to its former
glory, and in aid of this effort a gig is being held at the Con Club featuring local bands Caburn,
The Wild Pansies, The Manatees and the tunes of DJ Mighty Alboy. Proceeds from the gig will go
towards fixing up and refurbishing the hut for future use, so head along to the Con Club for a night
of top-class entertainment and merriment for a really important local cause.
Friday 15, 7pm till late, £8 (tickets on the door).
Bus Monkeys. Indie, rock and pop covers.
Royal Oak, 8pm, free
Coda. Led Zeppelin tribute. Con Club, 8pm, £5
(club members free)
Robb Johnson. Folk, social comment. Elephant
& Castle, 8pm, £7
English dance tunes session – bring instruments.
Folk (English trad). The Volunteer,
London Calling. Clash tribute. Con Club,
Alison Neale (sax), Alex Eberhard (drums),
Terry Seabrook (piano) and Steve Thompson
(bass). Jazz. Snowdrop, 8pm, free
Hotter Than Hell. Kiss Tribute. Con Club,
Ramskyte. Folk, vocal harmony trio. Elephant
& Castle, 8pm, £6
Sam Walker. Multi-instrumental songwriter
and performer. Lansdown, 8pm, free
Jah Wobble & The Invaders of The Heart.
Post-Punk Dub World. Con Club, 7.30pm, £20
Julian Marc Stringle (clarinet & sax), Bobby
Worth (drums) and Nigel Thomas (bass).
Jazz. Snowdrop, 8pm, free
Hutstock. Fundraiser for Lewes Scout Hut.
Featuring: Caburn; The Wild Pansies; The
Manatees; DJ Mighty Alboy. Con Club, 7pm, £8
Yacht rock Paradiso. 70s, 80s, 90s club classics
and floor fillers. Lansdown, 8pm, free
Open Night with spotlight on Milly
Murphy. Folk (English trad). Elephant &
Castle, 8pm, £3
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JOKO with Butxaca, Con Club, 22 Feb
Nigel Price (guitar), Terry Seabrook
(organ) and Milo Fell (drums). Jazz.
Snowdrop, 8pm, free
JOKO with Butxaca. African Jazz grooves
with seriously big horn sections. Con Club,
7.30pm, £6 (members free)
The Twagger Band. Folk, multi-instrumental.
Elephant & Castle, 8pm, £7
Loose Caboose DJs. Northern Soul. Con
Club, 7.30pm, £6
Simon Scardanelli. ‘Sundays in the bar’
session with indie-folk-rock maverick. Con
Club, 3.30pm, free
Simon Bates (sax and clarinet), Darren
Beckett (drums) and Terry Seabrook
(organ). Jazz. Snowdrop, 8pm, free
English tunes practice session for any
instrument. Folk (English trad). Elephant &
Castle, 8pm, free
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In aid of The Lunchbowl Network
Including music from Bizet's 'Carmen', Kurt Weill's 'Street Scene', songs
by Ivor Novello and Composizioni da Camera by Tosti and much more!
Georgia Mae Ellis - Mezzo Soprano
Ryan Vaughan Davies - Tenor
Robert Scamardella - Pianist
Saturday March 2 2019
at The Trinity Centre, St John sub Castro, Lewes at 7:30pm
Ticket price £20 which includes a drink and canapes and can be purchased at Lewes and
Seaford Tourist Information Centres, by telephone, 01273 483488 or on the door.
SATURDAY 16, 7.30PM
The Baroque Collective
Period instrument ensemble The Baroque Collective, led by
Alison Bury, are joined by the Baroque Collective Singers to
perform the popular Gloria by Vivaldi and his equally glorious
but lesser-known Magnificat. Handel’s Coronation Anthem Let
Thy Hand be Strengthened and Overture to Rodrigo complete the
programme. It’s directed by John Hancorn, with soloists Jenni
Harper and Rebecca Leggett (pictured). Rebecca is an awardwinning
and up-and-coming mezzo who started her singing career
as a student at the excellent East Sussex Academy of Music
in Lewes which, like all state-funded classical music education,
is seriously under threat. This concert is sure to be popular, so
don’t rely on tickets being available on the door.
St Michael’s. £20 / £15, under 16s free, from Lewes Tourist Information
WEDNESDAY 6-SUNDAY 10
Viriditas. A series of events celebrating the
music and life of Hildegard von Bingen. Talks,
workshop, meditations, a sound installation
and culminating in a concert. See also page 37.
ACCA. Ticket prices vary per event – see
SUNDAY 10, 2.45PM
Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra. Guest
director Stephen Bell conducts the Prelude and
Liebestod from Richard Wagner’s opera Tristan
and Isolde, known for its harmonic sophistication
which was unprecedented at the time. Also on
the programme are Richard Strauss Four Last
Songs featuring Welsh soprano Camilla Roberts,
and Glière Symphony No 1 Op 8.
Brighton Dome. £12.50-£39.50, 50% student/U18
discount. 01273 709709, brightondome.org
SUNDAY 17, 4PM
Corelli Ensemble. Reprising its January
concert at Seaford, the Corelli Ensemble is in
Lewes performing a programme of Handel,
Boyce, Warlock, Lewis and The Lark Ascending
by Vaughan Williams, played by the ensemble’s
musical director, Maeve Jenkinson. St. Pancras
Church. £10 from corelliensemble.co.uk, £12 on
the door. Children free
FRIDAY 22, 8PM
Poppy Ackroyd. Classically-trained musician
Poppy Ackroyd creates percussive textures from
traditional classical instruments, which she
layers and manipulates digitally. The result is
an interesting fusion of acoustic and electronic.
She’s ‘a neo-classical force to be reckoned with’,
according to Electronic Sound magazine. ACCA.
SUNDAY 24, 11AM
Castalian Quartet with Daniel Lebhardt,
Piano. The Coffee Concert series at ACCA continues
to present high-quality music. This month
the Castalian Quartet play Haydn String Quartet
in C Op 20 No 2 and Elgar String Quartet in E minor
Op 83, before joining with Hungarian pianist
Daniel Lebhardt for Brahms’s dramatic and fiery
Piano Quintet. ACCA. £18.50, concessions £16.
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As a Family Mediator working with separating couples
one of my key messages is that divorce is a process not
a one off event. The journey will be painful but with as
much mutual respect as you can muster they will get
through it. Even if it feels as though there is no love left
many couples I work with, in time, can be friends.
But every February when the shops and restaurants
around Lewes become a haze of pink and red hearts
and flowers, in the name of love, I am sensitive to the
fact that for some couples Valentine’s Day is an unsubtle
reminder that their relationship is not what they hoped it would be.
When a couple seek mediation advice, even if the split is mutual, quite often one
partner is driving the process more than the other. The other partner wants to try new
ways of trying to save the relationship. So the lead up to Valentine’s Day often means
hurt, and confusion.
In my mediation work I spend time helping both partners helping them understand
what mediation involves. Both parties need to understand that mediation is not a
process where I help the couple reconcile (even if deep down it is what one party
wants). The spirit of mediation is to be mutually respectful, keeping in mind they were
happy once and that with support all legal and other issues can be resolved.
As the richest couple in the world, Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos (Amazon) said, “We feel
incredibly lucky to have found each other and deeply grateful for every one of the years
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FREETIME êêêê UNDER 16
open between 10am and 11am exclusively
for them. The morning includes a story, with
special tactile objects to feel. Lewes Castle,
10am-11am, regular admission applies.
MONDAY 18 & TUESDAY 19
Look Think Make. Drop-in family-friendly
creative activities, with support from De La
Warr Pavilion staff and volunteers, suitable for
all ages, children must be accompanied by an
adult. De La Warr, 2pm-4pm, £1.
Tales for Toddlers. Feel-good-fun for little
ones with storyteller Ed Boxall. De La Warr,
10.15am & 11.15am, £1.
Film: Song of the Sea (PG). Animated
adventure about ten-year old Ben and his sister
Saoirse, the last seal-child, who go on an epic
journey to save the world of magic and discover
the secrets of their past. Towner, 10.30am, £4.
Morning Explorer: Knights and Dragons. A
special time for families with additional needs,
The Tiger Who
Came to Tea.
age three plus.
approximately 55 minutes. De La Warr, various
times and prices, see dlwp.com.
Lords and Ladies. Drop in for an afternoon of
sewing, spinning and dressing up as the Tudor
well-to-do. Anne of Cleves, 1pm-4pm, price
included in admission.
Knights & Dragons. Half-term
workshop for four to eight
years with stories about
castle knights, armour to try on and lots
of things to make, including a dragon mask.
Lewes Castle, two sessions: 10.30am-12pm &
2pm-3pm, £5 per child.
Photo by Robert Day
WE EAT BANANAS
BY KATIE ABEY
Get your little ones talking about the foods they eat
(or perhaps don’t eat?!) with the fantastically funny We
Eat Bananas by Katie Abey. You’ll find flamingos eating
bananas, hippos flipping pancakes and gorillas whipping
up a stir fry, in this ‘You Choose’ style picture book
packed with hilarious characters. Each page starts with
a heading (‘We Eat… Sandwiches’, for example) and
contains loads of fun illustrations of animal characters
enjoying a variety of examples of that food type. Apart from Monkey, who always does his own
thing, and is always munching on something completely different from everyone else! There’s lots
to discover and talk about on each page and questions to ask each other, like ‘What do you like in
YOUR soup?’ and ‘How many scoops (of ice cream) could YOU eat?’
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of the Month’ at Bags of Books. Find it in store or at bags-of-books.co.uk. And there are
plenty of other great picture books that will inspire any picky eaters to broaden their food
horizons – just pop in and ask for our recommendations!
I IS FOR IGUANODON…
We’ve had this picture book – Lewes abc, by Karen Robinson –
floating around the Viva office for some time, and now seems a
very good moment to give it a mention, with half term around the
corner. I’m certain my kids would have relished this at the right
age – they always liked puzzle-type books, as well as alphabet-based
ones – and the Lewes abc has the additional magic of being based
around our hometown. A trail you can walk out of your front door and follow.
The book can be bought in various sites across Lewes, one of which is Tourist Information, and this
month you’ll also see it included as part of their window display, I’m told, alongside promotion for
the annual Gideon Mantell Birthday Memorial Lecture. This year’s lecture will be given by wildlife
specialist Ray Hale, and is entitled ‘Gideon Mantell: The Dinosaur Doctor of Lewes and the Fossil
that Changed the World’. Also sound fun? Learning how the young doctor, from the seed of one
small fossil, deduced that dinosaurs had once roamed these Downs… Charlotte Gann
The 2019 Gideon Mantell Birthday Memorial Lecture is on February 7th in the Town Hall, 7.30pm-
10.00pm, entry £3. Lewes abc: A Treasure of a Trail, £8.99, can be bought in Brats, TI, Lewes Castle and
Museum shop, Anne of Cleves House, Lewes FC, and Pells pool (once it reopens)
SHOES ON NOW: TIE-DYED T-SHIRTS
Sometimes when it’s cold and damp outside we spend our Saturday afternoons nesting, spending
time together indoors. Inevitably the boys often think this is a signal to engage with screens but this
Saturday I managed to introduce them to the colourful world of tie-dye.
Each boy was given an old T-shirt, a pair of plastic gloves, some rubber bands and
First we set up our work surface, ensuring that the table was covered with a
plastic table cover. Then we tried out a variety of folding, twisting, pleating or
bunching techniques, using rubber bands to bind our efforts. There are lots of
different effects you can achieve with tie-dye – just look on YouTube – but our
favourites were ‘Stripes’ and ‘Sunburst’. After mixing our dyes, we began to
apply them to the T-shirts, checking to make sure we were penetrating the
folds. Be careful here not to over-saturate the fabric, though, which may
lead to a muddying of the colour.
We wrapped our T-shirts with plastic wrap in order to keep them damp
and left them overnight. In the morning we rinsed them well until the
excess dye was removed and then washed and dried them.
As a fun, easy activity to do on a winter’s afternoon, tie-dye got the
thumbs up from all the children. Jacky Adams
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A winter treat
It’s January, and we’re full of
good intentions, my wife and
I. We decide to walk from
Seaford to Alfriston before
eating at Wingrove House.
We set an ETA of 4pm,
before darkness falls, which
leaves us in a bit of a quandary.
With alcohol out of the
equation (it’s a dry January)
what are we going to do to
kill the time between arriving
and eating? We book
a table at the abnormally
early time of 6pm, when the
hotel’s restaurant opens.
Tip 1: don’t try to walk along
the road from Seaford to
Alfriston, the footpath soon
runs out. Tip 2: Much Ado Books has armchairs
upstairs where you can sit and read. Tip 3: Ye
Olde Smugglers Inne do a lovely pot of tea.
Naturally we are the first to arrive, so we pick a
table in the corner with a view of the spacious
restaurant, all pale grey panelling, off-white
walls and coral-painted antlers. Our waiter is
Italian, and he assures us that the place is fully
booked that night.
And so we punctuate our conversation by
playing with Shazam, while we choose from
the one-sheet menu. “Everything is locally
sourced,” says our man, and the menu tells you
where the main ingredient was produced. My
starter: ‘Smoked salmon, pickled beetroot spaghetti,
horseradish crème fraîche. Spring Smokeries,
Edburton, Henfield’ (£9). And my main:
‘Braised venison in Long Man ale, pancetta and
rosemary, baked mustard and herb dumplings.
South Brockwells Farm, Little Horsted’ (£18).
Shazam detects the music to
be a series of cover versions
by artists that, on the whole,
we haven’t heard of. We’re
drinking South Downs fizzy
water, from Hampshire.
Let’s say we’re more aware
of the nuances of the situation
than we would be were
we knocking back wine.
The tables gradually fill
up with couples, whom we
observe with great interest.
I like the food, though I
wish I’d been as bold as
Rowena, and ordered the
most expensive main, the
‘Fillet of beef, celeriac and
potato boulangère, carrot
purée, port and shallot sauce’ (£28). I was scared
by the price, and lured by the herb dumplings,
which – my only quibble – turn out to be of the
dry variety, placed onto the stew rather than
cooked in it. I have a taste of the steak, though,
and it’s perfect. The cow, we’re told, was raised
by ‘David & Jane Fenner, Bullock Down Farm,
Beachy Head’. We’re not given its name.
The place is fairly buzzing when we finish our
desserts, at 7.30, the sort of time we’d normally
contemplate arriving. Mine is a ‘Warm ginger
sponge, rum toffee sauce, vanilla ice cream’
(£7.50), mostly chosen for the nature of the
toffee sauce. It’s got that hot-and-cold yum,
perfect for a winter’s night. We order a taxi back
to Seaford station: happily full, and clear in the
head, we’ve got time to catch The Favourite at
the Depot. Alex Leith
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Photos by Alex Leith
Photo by Chloë King
Community Chef Robin van Creveld
I’m a long-term vegetarian, despite being an
omnivorous chef, and so lentils and legumes
are a key part of my diet. I spent a lot of time
in India, back and forth, and I learnt to cook in
India. I mean I really learnt. I lived in ashrams,
where much of life is focused around the
kitchen and I was blessed to learn from very
experienced cooks. I’m actually making my
favourite comfort food for this recipe. Dal and
chapatti, for me, when life is complex, makes
me feel a lot better.
Chana dal, or yellow split peas, are one of the
highest protein lentils you can eat. They are
also the only lentil that you can commercially
grow in this country – I use Hodmedods as my
main supplier of British-grown, quirky legumes.
Chana dal has a texture unlike most lentils. It
has integrity, body, which means that, as part of
a dish, you get complex flavours and textures,
which I really love.
Soaking is a really important stage. You can soak
the peas in water for as little as two hours but it’ll
make you fart like crazy; the longer you soak –
up to two days, changing the water several times
– the more of the farty stuff goes out.
Methi means fenugreek. Most people use
the seed, or powdered fenugreek which
is principally bitter, and easy to burn. My
preference is the leaf, which gives you a very
enigmatic flavour that is quintessentially Indian.
For Indian food, the longer and slower you
cook your onions, the more depth of flavour
you have to your gravy. I start the cooking in oil
and finish with butter, which is my preference
for this sort of food.
250g yellow split peas (pre-soak in ample water
for 8 hours minimum); 1tsp turmeric; 1tsp
garam masala. For the gravy: 1 onion, minced;
1tbsp tomato purée; 2 tomatoes, chopped; 3
cloves garlic, chopped; ½ tsp fenugreek leaf (or
½ tsp ground fenugreek); ½tsp turmeric; 1tsp
ground cumin; 1tsp ground coriander; ½tsp
chilli powder; salt; 150g frozen peas. For the
tarka: 2tsbp butter; 1 clove garlic, sliced; ½tbsp
grated ginger; 1 fresh green chilli, sliced
Cover the soaked split peas in three times
their volume of water, add turmeric and garam
masala and parboil for 20 minutes or until the
lentils are soft and their liquid reduced by half.
Discard any foam that forms on top and add
salt to taste. To make the gravy: fry the onions
and garlic until soft, add ground spices and salt
and fry for one minute before adding both fresh
and puréed tomatoes. When the cooking oil
starts to separate from the tomato gravy, add
the split peas and their water and simmer until
the liquid is further reduced by half. Shortly
before serving, stir in the peas. Melt butter in a
pan and gently fry garlic, ginger and chilli and
drizzle over the hot dal. Serve with chapatti and
fresh onion salad.
As told to Chloë King
Robin van Creveld runs a range of courses both
at and away from his Community Kitchen on
North Street and on 16th Feb is co-hosting an
event for the British Dal Festival in Lewes. See
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Sometimes I get carried away. In a menu-browsing fervour, I excitably
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worried that my single-minded choices wouldn’t do justice to the
breadth of options available from The Royal Oak. However, thankfully,
they merrily delivered – with their tasty take on the pub staple
I ordered The Royal Oak house bitter from the bar, a smooth brown
ale. My fish adventure began with beer battered calamari: a generous helping of chunky, distinct squid
in a crisp, dark coating, and there was a nice tang to the sweet chilli sauce (£6). A far cry from the prevalent
standards of rubbery fish in sad pale gloss.
My guest plumped for hummus, olives & pitta (£5.50): we both enjoyed the creamy and garlicky dip,
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a more sustainable
Find out more about
the food you buy, direct
from the farmers and
1st & 3rd Saturday
9am-1pm, Cliffe Precinct
2 FOR 1 WINTER WARMER
With recommendations in both the Michelin
and Good Food Guides, The Jolly Sportsman in
East Chiltington is widely renowned for its
excellent standard of food and wine, cosy fire
and stunning location.
In February they are offering Viva readers two
main courses for the price of one from their
à la carte menu on any Tuesday, Wednesday
or Thursday (excluding February 14 th ).
Minimum of two courses, not including sides.
Booking essential. Please mention this voucher
when booking and bring it along with you.
Big congrats to Bun +
Bean who have announced
of their second outlet,
at Soulfit. The
café will be run
by lovely Hannah
Van, who’ll still
be trading from her
van at weekend footie
matches and events. Great
to start the year with good news!
On Feb 1st, Lewes Football Club is hosting
their inaugural Spirit of the Pan Festival
of Beer Wine & Gin. This will include 17
beers, 5+ gins and several local wines, plus
the £5 entry gets you a free Special Edition
Also new this year is Dal Club – an event
I’m hosting with Chloe Edwards of Seven
Sisters Spices for the British Dal Festival.
With Robin Van Creveld (see, too, Recipe,
page 68), Elisa Furci and Jacob Fodio
Todd, we’ll be holding a supper club at All
Saints Centre on Sat 16th. See Instagram.
com/lewesdalclub for details of all events.
On Feb 11th, the Paint Club promises a
relaxed evening of painting, socialising and
drinks at Fuego Lounge, and The Feature
Kitchen will deliver a delicious Turkish
feast on weekends from 8th and 9th Feb.
Our Reader Offers include a 2 for 1 offer at
The Jolly Sportsman; Côte are offering a
free bottle of wine; and Wingrove House
10% off. Lastly, the superb Flint Barns
Wine Club, serving up wines beloved of
the Rathfinny team, promises a memorable
Valentine’s at £65/head.
Personally, I’m holding out for a cartload
from Bonne Bouche…
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houses. Each of our subjects has a real eye for colour – Jo Jackson
of The Lewes Home blog (theleweshome.com, and pictured below)
kindly put us in touch with them. Torz asked each:
What’s your favourite colour?
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Making his own marks
Walking round to Peter Messer’s studio on a
winter-lit morning is rather like walking through
one of his magical paintings – especially when
he’s the figure perched at the end of it. I hugely
enjoy our encounter. He’s fascinating on the
subject of art, life, self and town. On his process.
He talks about how the little knot of Lewes he
often concentrates on (which also happens to be
where I live) has layers: both physically (it’s very
hilly) and historically; as well, of course, as personally
– as his days, years, decades unfold here.
I love the titles of his paintings – ‘A Very Human
Scream’; ‘Trough People’; ‘Panic in the
Farmers’ Market’ – and was struck to learn that
a painting often starts, for Peter, with a word or
phrase. (When we talk about this, he uses the
word “sidelong” – “a sidelong phrase in a book”,
he says. It’s a word which seems to me quintessentially
Messer – even as he slides off into the
world of working-on-one-of-his-paintings…)
And yes, he loves books. He has, he says, been
a “habitual reader – reading every day” since
childhood. But it’s paint he turns to to tell his
own stories: “I can deal with narrative quite happily
in a painting.”
His studio is in Paddock Art Studios in Paddock
Lane. His daily commute consists, famously, of
a five-minute stroll up Castle Lane and down
the other side. “I’ve spent time in Lewes for
fifty years”, he says. “I went to school here, and
moved in to live in the 1980s. Being here, I’m
very aware of the layers of time, and how my
own life has changed within
He shares a “throwaway line”
from a writer whose work he
loves: Kate Atkinson. The
line? “There is another world
and it’s this one”. He also
recalls a 1970s TV adaptation
of Cider with Rosie: a boy
Laurie Lee, a little drunk on
cider, skitters past a man who
turns to look back at him over
his shoulder. The man, too, is
“I’ve always been self-absorbed”,
Peter Messer smiles.
He talks about how he’s always
noticed: that he observes himself
even as he lives through
(grim, and other) times. And
“Lewes is a great microcosm”.
Most of all, he’s wrapped up
in the physical, actual process
“of making something really
work” – and that’s from the
raw ingredients. He himself
makes the gesso panels on
which he paints, and the tempera
paint, from raw pigment
which he mixes with egg yolk.
“It was a breakthrough for me,
in my twenties, after Art College,
to discover the medium.
The minute I started using
tempera, I found I could make
my own marks.”
He talks about the “white, flat
ground” of the gesso base, and
how he – and it – works with
layers; how sometimes he adds
“big, broad-brush glazes”.
How the figures – often
solitary, or huddled in groups
– appear, and how he also likes
“the environment to do some
of the work”. And he acknowledges
the vital role of humour.
“Life’s far too serious”, says
Peter Messer, “not to laugh
at”. Charlotte Gann
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Colour forecaster, author and photographer
I have been a colour forecaster for over 20
years. After graduating from Chelsea College
of Art, I worked in a Textile Design studio, as
the knitwear designer. I found that I loved the
process of creating new ideas more than I did
the garment design. I then began working as an
independent colour consultant to high street
brands, creating seasonal mood boards and
Several clients asked if I could create a
trend book so, while I was on maternity leave,
I made the first Luminary Colour book, by hand.
It is now a biannual inspirational colour bible.
The 20th edition – Autumn/Winter 2020 –
comes out this February. It sells to brands like
M&S, Sainsbury’s, John Lewis, Ercol Furniture,
and Anthropologie, whose design teams use it
in their planning.
I travel somewhere different for each season
and use photography to gather colours and
ideas. I’m constantly taking photographs on
my iPhone or with my camera. I don’t use too
much equipment – I like shooting with natural
light – and find that my Nikon D810 gives me
a real vibrancy of colour. I also collect treasures
as I go along. It could be anything: a piece of
fabric, a little bowl which is a beautiful colour.
I use these items like a colour recipe, and work
closely with a dye house to match each shade
onto Luminary Colour fabric swatches.
Photos by Anna Starmer
Photos by Anna Starmer
Each Luminary book contains 60 new
colours, matched to both fabric and paper
for perfect technical colour communication
within the design industry. The photography
and storytelling brings these colours to life
for my clients. I suggest how to use each
in a fashion sense, in an interior sense, the
different proportions, what should be the
main colour, and what to use as accents.
Then I look at different surfaces and
textures to show how they change through
creating still life photographic images.
I enjoy this aspect of my work more
and more, and increasingly work with
brands to plan future colour directions
and to visualise the products through
photography. I recently worked with
the Dualit brand, creating a colour
range called New Neutrals, I loved both
designing the colours, as well as styling and
photographing the campaign.
Ten years ago, I wrote a consumer
book called The Colour Scheme Bible:
a manual for home decorators on how to
put colours together. It’s stood the test of
time, selling nearly half a million copies
worldwide, inspiring both the at-home
decorator and those in the design industry.
My latest book, Love Colour, is full of
useful and practical advice, and it uses
inspiring photography of beautiful homes
from around the world to spark ideas. We
can be overwhelmed by the colour choices
on offer, and so Love Colour suggests ways
to be a little more confident with colour at
home. Go out and collect colours that you
love, take photographs, make mood boards.
Find your inspiration and then create a
home in which you love to live.
As told to Lizzie Lower
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luminarycolour.com. Love Colour was
published Ivy Press in Nov 2018 and is
available online and at all good bookstores.
Photos by Anna Starmer
In the pink (and blue and green…)
When Norwich City painted
its away changing room pink
this summer, BBC Sport
reported that the measure
was supposedly to reduce
But can colour really affect
“Colours definitely have
a physical effect on us,”
maintains colour therapist Theresa Sundt, who
teaches and practises in East Sussex. “Light and
colour are the same energy, as light diffuses
into the seven colours. It’s scientifically proven
that light is necessary for our wellbeing, and it
replenishes us, like recharging a battery. The
different colours correspond to different wavelengths,
and act to stimulate different hormones
in the body. To work properly, the body needs to
be exposed to all the colours of the spectrum.”
The therapeutic use of colour dates back to
ancient Egypt, Greece, China and India, but
the concept was further developed in the 20th
century, when Einstein’s energy theories gave it
fresh support. “We have a measurable electromagnetic
field, and the mitochondria in our
cells need to be replenished by light,” Theresa
explains. “We are made of energy, and we need
energy to function.”
That colours have particular properties feels
intuitive, so most people would agree that
red is ‘warming’ and blue is ‘cool’. Red is also
associated with passion and danger, while blue
– apparently the most popular colour – is relaxing.
Yellow is seen as optimistic; green restful;
orange ‘fun’; and violet spiritual. Black – the
absence of colour – is thought sophisticated
or sinister, and white (which contains all other
Painting by Freddy Callf
colours) is pure and clinical.
What’s more, it seems there
is scientific support for those
views. In 1996, the British
Medical Journal reported
that red, yellow and orange
placebo tablets had a more
stimulating effect than blue
or green pills, which were
considered more tranquillising.
The calming effect of
blue has also been demonstrated in cities such as
Glasgow and Tokyo, where the introduction of
blue street lighting was found to reduce crime.
‘Stimulating’ red, meanwhile, was discovered
in a 2011 study to speed up people’s reaction
times; while there’s also the well known example
of prisons painting cells ‘emasculating’ pink to
reduce violence among inmates, based on US
research from the seventies (presumably studied
by Norwich City’s manager).
So far, so intriguing. But how do we apply
colour therapy to our own lives?
Theresa has some suggestions: “You can wear a
particular colour, or introduce it into your home
with a cushion or some flowers. You can also
solarise water, by wrapping a glass in coloured
cellophane and leaving it in the sun for a few
hours – you’ll be amazed how you can taste the
difference between red and blue!”
She also advocates ‘colourpuncture’: the use of
a small torch with interchangeable coloured
lenses, which can be shone onto specific therapeutic
points on the body.
“The best thing to do is to go for colours that
‘speak’ to you,” concludes Theresa. “Every
colour tells you something – you just need to
listen.” Anita Hall
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You can’t start a fire without a spark
It’s around about now that I start getting a bit
bored of winter. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a
bit of bleak beauty: bare trees, frosted landscapes
and all that. But now I need something to get
my heart racing. I’m searching for a sign – some
life in the graveyard of winter, a promise of those
dynamic spring months ahead, a flash of colour.
In February my light at the end of the tunnel is
an oncoming butterfly.
On sculpted, vibrant yellow wings the Brimstone
makes his elegant entrance into the New Year
on those bright February days when you feel the
warmth of the sun on your face. Its distinctive
yellow wings have given birth to a legend – that
this ‘butter-coloured fly’ inspired the word butterfly.
This claim may be wishful thinking and so
is my hope that these February Brimstones are
the first signs of this year’s new life. By the time
Brimstones fly in February they are already on
their last (six) legs.
Fresh Brimstone butterflies emerged from their
chrysalises in late summer, so by February they
could be seven months old – and in butterfly
years that’s ancient. Admittedly almost all that
time they’ve been asleep in a hedge, sheltered
from the storms under holly and ivy. Yet despite
the worst winter weather, they always emerge
immaculate in the spring. They must be made
When they awake the (bright yellow) males
search for a mate, they mate, the (pale yellow)
females lay eggs and then both die. Still, an adult
life of over ten months earns them the title of
our longest lived butterfly. An insect OAP.
The Brimstone’s caterpillars feed on the leaves
of buckthorn and alder buckthorn, unobtrusive
shrubs which, like the butterfly, are widespread
across Sussex. When I first became the proud
owner of a garden it was only a matter of days
before I evicted the gnomes and planted an alder
buckthorn. The following spring I was excited to
watch a Brimstone laying her tiny skittle-shaped
eggs and I studied the caterpillars as they hungrily
defoliated my tree. It’s funny, people often
complain to me about caterpillars eating their
plants – especially cabbages (the food of Small
and Large White caterpillars). Why people are
concerned is beyond me. Cabbages are horrible.
The only reason I would ever plant a cabbage
is for the pleasure of watching something else
The first Brimstone sighting in February doesn’t
exactly mean that spring is starting but it’s
certainly a sign that winter is starting to end.
And right now that’s good enough for me. Either
way this yellow butterfly is a welcome messenger
of what’s to come – the first sulphurous spark to
ignite the blaze of spring.
Michael Blencowe, Senior Learning & Engagement
Officer, Sussex Wildlife Trust
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Back in 2007, aged 32, Fran
Alonso had a “pretty good
job” as a landscape gardener
for Alcorcon City Council in
Madrid. “But I really wanted
to be a football manager,
and I wanted to do it in the
best league in the world, the
He moved to England and
became a cleaner in a sports
hall in Bournemouth.
I meet him in his new office,
overlooking the Dripping
Pan pitch, on his first day of
work as manager of Lewes
FC Women’s team, and I can see why the Lewes
board chose him from a very strong shortlist of
candidates. He is a hugely enthusiastic man.
“I couldn’t speak a word of English when I
arrived, so it took me a while to get going,” he
says, now quickfire fluent. “First I became a
referee, for amateur games, as a way to help me
learn the language of football.” He took coaching
badges, and any volunteer coaching job he
could, including managing the Southampton
Foundation kids’ team, which turned out to be
his big break.
“Southampton FC, in their first season in
the Premiership, spent £13 million on the
Uruguayan player Gaston Ramirez, who didn’t
speak a word of English. They needed a translator
for him, and quickly. Full-time. I had to drop
everything else. It took me about 30 seconds to
A second break came when Southampton FC
signed a new Argentinian manager, Mauricio
Pochettino. Fran was asked to translate for
him – both in the changing room and at press
Photo by Alex Leith
conferences. Pochettino was
impressed with his commitment
and he asked him to
become part of his technical
In the intervening years his
CV has only got stronger.
Ronald Koeman kept him
on as an assistant coach.
Koeman then took him with
him when he was poached by
Everton. When Koeman left
last season, Sam Allardyce
kept his services. And all this
time – as a volunteer – Fran
continued to manage/coach three different
Ladies’ teams, including Everton Ladies. “I was
working 90, 120 hours a week.”
In the summer new Everton manager Mauro
Silva announced that he was bringing his own
staff with him, and Fran was, suddenly, surplus
to requirements. “That’s football,” he says.
“There was no hard feeling.”
Hence his availability for the Lewes job. I can’t
help wondering if, after plying his trade at the
top level of the game for five years, this new job
at the Dripping Pan doesn’t seem like a step
down for him. “A lot of people have said that,
but I don’t see it that way,” he says. “I really love
the ambition at this club, and I love what they
are doing with Equality FC. I started following
Lewes long before I knew about the job. It is an
opportunity for me to grow, and for Lewes FC
to grow, too. I am very excited.”
He still wants to become a Premiership manager
– eventually. “People still laugh at me when I say
that, but not as much as they did ten years ago.”
By the time you pick up this magazine, Alistair
Fleming, the upmarket bespoke kitchen cabinetry
company, should have completed their move
around the corner to Cliffe High Street. I’m
given the lowdown by Dougal Fleming, who
I bump into in the Cliffe (always a pleasure).
Expect it to be top spec, and stylishly designed,
with input from Helene and Adele from Freight.
Their showroom will have four different sections,
featuring styles to suit the more conservative as
well as the more innovative-minded of customers,
with a client consultation room behind, he
Wandering up School Hill, I can’t help but notice
a six-foot wooden daffodil, which alerts me to an
A-board notifying the arrival in town of Narnia’s
Wardrobe in the basement area in front of
Abigail’s Drapery. For the first time, I go down
there, and find myself in a colourful, larger-thanyou’d-imagine
space shared by three businesses.
Abigail, of course, makes and mends, as you’d
imagine from the name on the tin, and she shows
me round (the others having popped out). Regal
England is a restored furniture place – largely
period chairs – run by Bobby who used to own
a place in Battle. Narnia’s Wardrobe has been
started up by Lewes returnee Amelia, who sources
and sells designer clothes. There are racks of
jackets, shirts and jeans by the likes of Paul Smith,
Diesel and Armani, with marked-down prices
that still tend to hit three figures. I’m particularly
taken by a pair of Dolce & Gabbana dungarees,
for some reason.
There’s not much churn at the Needlemakers,
though the smallest space in the basement is up
for grabs, as seamstress Suzie has moved her business
back to hometown Worthing. Upstairs I chat
to Sharon in Popsicle (see too page 74), perhaps
the most on-theme shop in town (though
Marchand Son must be in the running) who
shows me that she’s stocking the new book Love
Colour, by Anna Starmer (see page 83).
The jeweller David Smith, a sign tells me, is
moving on from his shop on the High Street. I
wander in to investigate, and am put through to
him on the phone: he’s “moving sideways”, he
tells me, to set up a workshop at home, concentrating
on bespoke jewellery. The shop will
probably be open till April (“or until stock runs
out”) after which he’s going on a “long summer
holiday”. Best of luck to him.
Finally, I pay a visit to the Phoenix Industrial
Estate, where I witness the first stages of its
‘phase one’ demolition: a Hughes and Salvidge
truck is shifting rubbish from the back of what
was once the Café des Artistes, opposite Tesco.
But does this demolition work necessarily mean
that we are nearer to anything being built there?
Watchdogs Lewes Eye suggest the owners are
simply implementing the terms of their planning
permission before it runs out in May, to avoid
having to reapply. Time will tell: meanwhile the
area, barbed-wired and boarded up, has a dangerous
derelict look about it. Alex Leith
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HEAD FOR HEIGHTS
“Dad had a real head for heights,” says Tom
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father, Edward M Reeves, taken in Newhaven
in 1963. “He was photographing the construction
of the Sealink Terminal, on this ladder,
attached to this crane. He must be at least 30
feet in the air.” As you can see, he was wearing
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