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Lewes Mayor Janet Baah wants to inspire a new generation. She wants to
see them spread their wings. To this end, she’s invited one hundred girls from
the town’s schools to meet and speak, while she and other VIPs sit and listen. And
promise to follow through with action.
Our issue celebrates all sorts of ‘Things with Wings’. Cover artist Alexander Johnson
explains his ‘Hinge-wing’ cover, as one of many evocative leaps made while painting
for the WW2 Deanland Airfield project. Matt Birch traces the trajectory of the
skylark – and explains why he named his indie bookshop after the iconic bird.
Jerry Rulf tracks the elusive ivory-billed woodpecker. Daniel Etherington cycles
the Egrets Way. Michael Blencowe shares the life-in-a-few-days of a hoverfly. Air
Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex describe their extraordinary, life-saving work. Jacky
Adams enjoys a family outing to Shoreham Airport. And, in ‘The way we work’, local
keepers introduce us to their feathered – or leathered? Are bats ‘leathered’? – friends.
As for things with not-quite wings… James Tasker shows us round his wonderful
windmill – a thing with ‘sweeps’ (Sussex for ‘sails’). Eleanor Knight visits shed-owners
of the Nevill – who flee or fly to work in these ‘unobtrusive outposts of industry’, these
‘huts of happiness’ on the lip of the Downs. Gus Watcham dons her red riding hood for
the older heroine. David Jarman looks back over decades of book selling and lending.
And the Small Robot Company redesigns farming – by way of AI robots: things of the
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THE ‘THINGS WITH WINGS’ ISSUE
Bits and bobs.
8-25 Alexander Johnson on Deanland; Matt
Birch on Skylark and his Lewes; Photo
of the month from down by the river;
Doortrait; Oh, Otis; Egrets Way makes
progress; The Rooks in numbers; Charity
box on Air Ambulance; The Catalyst Club
surprises; Spread the word to Barbados
and the US; Carlotta Luke revisits Alistair
Fleming; Craig gets lovesick.
27-31 Chloë King burns the pizza; John
Henty encounters Hitch in an airport; and
David Jarman’s back pages.
On this month.
33-51 My Fair Lady takes off at Lewes
Opera; Gus Watcham brings Redder to
town; Linda Grant looks to the future
at Lewes Literary Society; Ben Scott-
Robinson of the Small Robot Co speaks
at the Headstrong Club; the Wakehurst
Millennium Seedbank wows Lizzie
Lower; Ian Ruskin embodies Tom Paine;
Glengarry Glen Ross on stressful selling;
Nik Turner has Hawkwind in his sails;
Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne lands in the
Saturday Folk Club; Dexter Lee shares
52-57 Art focus on In Colour – Sickert
to Riley, at Charleston. Art and about
brings you Tom Benjamin’s Shore Lines,
Janice Thurston at Chalk Gallery, and
the winner of The Royal Opera House
Design Challenge, among others.
Listings and free time.
59-75 Diary dates, from Comedy at the
Con Club with Mike Gunn, to Rock of
Ages at the new Congress in Eastbourne,
to Sussex Nature Reserves with Michael
Blencowe, and much, much more; Gig
of the month is The Undercover Hippy,
plus gig guide; Classical round-up stars
George X. Fu, plus others; Free time
listings, including Flowers and Fleece,
and Digging for Treasure; Bags of Books
book review On the Origin of Species;
Shoes on now, for Shoreham Airport; and
the Mayor sets out to support the women
Portrait of a Girl, 1912 by Mark Gertler. © Tate, London 2019
THE ‘THINGS WITH WINGS’ ISSUE
77-83 Joe Fuller relaxes at the Brewers;
Hot Cross Bun & Butter Pudding (yum)
recipe from Landport Community Café;
Anita Hall explores the Vegan Menu at
Castle Chinese; and Lewes Nibbler gives
a lowdown on local eggs.
Photo by Benjamin Youd
The way we work.
84-87 Photographer Benjamin Youd
meets bird (and bat) carers and their
88-99 James Tasker shows us round
Ashcombe Windmill; Eleanor Knight
visits Sheds of the Nev; what is Applied
Kinesiology? Anita Hall finds out; Michael
Blencowe and the hoverfly; Lewes FC
on the Plumpton College Academy; and
Business news from Alex Leith.
Photo by Chloë King
114 George Ade, Landlord of the Pelham,
1899: his fowl and family.
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THIS MONTH’S COVER ARTIST
Photo by John Brockliss
Alexander Johnson, who painted this month’s 1942 and 1944, was made of concrete. “In the
cover for us, “treads”, he says, “a fine line old pub in Golden Cross the officers sat in the
between abstract and figurative art. There’s no pub’s traditional snug bar; while a huge church
right or wrong interpretation of an abstract hall-type extension was built on the back to
piece, but this cover image was inspired by a house all the men.”
Victorian-styled hinge – on the locked door of a Deanland, which is exhibiting from this month
hangar at Deanland Airfield – which evoked for at Farleys Farmhouse and Gallery – alongside
me the old balsa wood planes I used to make as an exhibition of Lee Miller’s colour photographs
a kid. I painted a small series of these, and called – was a project Alexander worked on in parallel
them ‘Hinge-wings’. I used rolled-on oil paint to with photographer John Brockliss. Alexander
create the chalky background effect”.
visited the site of the WW2 airfield where, he
Alexander trained originally as a printmaker – says, “all the original buildings had gone. I spent
and, for his Deanland project, he’s used print time soaking up the atmosphere, looking for
rollers a lot. “They create this patchy effect; existing shapes and motifs that would have been
which looks like concrete.” And everything, he the same in the war years – the arch of a hangar,
tells me, built to accommodate the thousands of and so on.”
troops who passed through the airfield between Why shapes, I ask?
“Shapes are geometric. I like them. I refine the
shapes from my initial sketches until they are
simplified and turn into something more fluid.
Then I add my own bright punky colours that
bring them up to date and grab the eye. I’m not
trying to create a nostalgic sepia-tinted world; I
want to get people talking.”
Alexander’s father was a spitfire pilot – “he didn’t
talk about his experiences, but towards the end
of his life I grilled him, and he did answer my
questions, if always in a practical, factual way. He
had encyclopaedic recall of the plane’s control
panel, for instance.”
The paintings, prints and etchings that resulted
from the project are complemented well by John
Brockliss’s black-and-white photos documenting
the artist at work. In one picture, I notice,
Alexander is wearing a ‘Song of Norway’ T
shirt. “Like David Bowie, in his Where Are We
Now? video?” Yes, he smiles. “It wasn’t long after
Bowie died and I was listening a lot to Blackstar.
It made me want to be brave in my art, as Bowie
“As an artist, you have to do your work and step
away. Not worry too much how others interpret
it. I always think of Derek Jarman. When
someone questioned whether he might make his
intentions in his film-making clearer, he replied
‘Well, I’m not spoonfeeding babies’.”
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Gallery 7 April-2 June.
Matter, a weekend group exhibition featuring
Alexander’s work, is at Glynde Place from 12-14
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MY LEWES: MATT BIRCH
What first brought you to Lewes, and when?
I arrived with my wife Sara and our one-year-old,
Jasmine, in 2000. We are now five in all, living in
Malling. I didn’t know the town but, on a walk
from Glynde with friends not long before, we
approached via the lovely view from Chapel Hill,
in the gloaming, and were hooked.
Why ‘Skylark’? – the shop, and why the
name? The shop originated as a collaboration
between artists and makers in 2006. Later I took
it on as a solo project, to include a carefully
chosen book range. I try to have a little from
all genres. Beyond that there’s definitely some
weighting towards small presses and nature
writing, memoir, the arts, reportage. I figured the
town might like a slightly quirky, curated indie
bookshop where you could also buy wildflower
seeds, llama finger puppets from Peru and
fairtrade glassware from Bolivia. That was the
idea anyway; it’s just evolved...
The name? I wanted a local nature connection,
and chose the iconic bird so associated with our
chalk landscape. There’s that first properly warm
day of spring, when on a ridge you can watch a
skylark ascend step-wise into the blue, singing
its heart out not unlike a more mellifluous oldschool
modem, until it becomes momentarily
invisible, before descending at speed to the
ground: now that’s a show!
You also now host small art exhibitions?
Accompanied by music from a record player?
I’ve really enjoyed connecting talented local
artists and writers with customers. Downstairs in
the Needlemakers now, we have increased wall
space for limited edition prints, drawings and
multi-media pieces of work. A fair few woodcuts
of The Downs have found their way to new
homes in the likes of Canada and Australia. The
record player is just a bit of fun, though side one
of Chopin’s Nocturnes sticks at one point, always
when the back room is too full to go and fix it!
I know you’re also involved in a band? I play
keyboard in a couple of bands formed in the
marvellous Starfish Studios: Ibex leans more to
early 80s New Wave; and The Manatees towards
folk-rock elements. You can pretty accurately
guess our ages from that.
What is it you like about Lewes? I think Lewes
is great at community groups. Being a small
town, one collective so often seems to open the
door to another. Connections daisy chain: Sara
revived the Lewes Amnesty group, where I met
Adrian; then, in playing chess with him in The
Lewes Arms Club, I met Duncan, who got me
into Southover Bonfire Soc, where, torchmaking,
I met Susan and Chris, who then came and saw
our band play...
Our tidal river is pretty special. One of my
favourite Lewes memories is of an upstream
night-kayak-and-camp a few years back with
mate Rick and his very relaxed, swimming collie.
High summer. Ghostly swans and moonlit reeds,
a fire for cooking, and an early morning swim.
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PHOTO OF THE MONTH
Rebecca King sent in this lovely photo of the bench down by the Ouse just outside Lewes, towards
Offham. We loved the colours, and composition.
‘The photo was taken at the end of January’, she told us. ‘It was when we had the beautiful haw
frost. As soon as I looked out my window and saw it, I knew I must go out with my camera. The
light was a soft blue-grey and the textures from the frost were so interesting.
‘I went for a walk along the river bank, by the Pells to Hamsey (I didn’t go that far, it was too cold).
Whenever I’m out taking photographs of landscapes or in nature, I always make sure that I turn
around along the way to see what photographs I could be leaving behind. I did the same this time:
when I saw the bench, I thought it told a story.’
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BITS AND KNOBS
LEWES DOORTRAITS #11
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Home, snaps a front door in Lewes – this
month she spotted one bang on theme,
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Otis was transported from Romania when he was five
months old. Gentle, fun-loving and intimidated by bins,
Otis is from a litter of six. Two (Ruby and Raleigh) have
been homed in England, and two are still looking (Jack
and Poppy). Sadly, one pup died.
In an interview, Otis explains “I’m pretty sure everyone
loves me”, attributing his popularity to his smooth coat,
superb nuzzling skills and positive mental attitude.
Loves: edible underwear, pearlescent eyeshadow, peeing
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BITS AND BIRDS
SOMETHING WILD @ THE CATALYST CLUB
Jerry Rulf is a comedy writer
and musician who’s one of
three speakers at this month’s
Lewes Catalyst Club. Usually
the talks are kept somewhat
under wraps – that’s part of
the joy of the format – but
we couldn’t resist speaking
to Jerry. His last talk was on
moths, and his chosen topic
for this fifteen minutes is also,
very much, a thing with wings.
Or… is it? Jerry – who’s also
a keen twitcher – is talking to
me on his mobile phone in the
rain, from Ashdown Forest,
where he’s failing to spot a
great grey shrike. He explains
how his subject, the ivorybilled
woodpecker, was “last
officially sighted in 1944”.
The American bird, native to
Florida and Mississippi, was
listed as extinct, then recategorised
because, it was thought, there
could still be some out there,
in the wild.
Thus the question was left
– until 2005, when David Luneau,
filming while kayaking
through Arkansas swampland,
noticed…was it? Could it
Hear Jerry, and two other impassioned
individuals – Matthew
Homewood, and Lorraine Bowen
– speak on subjects of obsession at
Lewes Catalyst Club.
Dr David Bramwell, who organises
Catalyst, also asked for a shout
out for Lewes speakers: anyone
resident in the town who’d like
to share a passion – the quirkier
the better? Please get in touch.
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‘THE ROOKS’ IN NUMBERS
Lewes Football Club – known as ‘the Rooks’ – was founded in 1885
and is based at the Dripping Pan. In 2010, in the light of financial
difficulties, 6 supporters transferred the club from private to community
ownership and it now has 1,600 owners or shareholders.
‘The Rooks’ are one of more than 30 community-owned football
clubs in the UK, and are currently the 1st and only club side in the
world to have equal playing budgets for women and men.
The capacity of the ground is 3,000 people, around 35 matches are played per season and about 200
players use the pitch. With only 1 employee, the club is dependent on 85 volunteers who help on
match days with turnstiles, fundraising and hospitality, as well as various maintenance tasks between
matches. Sarah Boughton
BITS AND BOX
CHARITY BOX: AIR AMBULANCE
Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex maintains
three helicopters to send out to emergencies
across four counties. On average, it responds to
six call-outs a day. It costs the charity more than
£11 million a year to continue this extraordinary
life-saving service. I talked to Head of Marketing
Denise Hooton about how they manage it.
You got called out to 2,000 cases last year
across the four counties. Any idea how many
call-outs to East Sussex? We responded to
2,465 cases in total in 2018; of these, 302 were in
East Sussex. Each call out costs us £3,700.
Why would an air ambulance go rather than
a normal one? Our own despatchers work in
tandem with the normal NHS 999 responders,
sifting through the calls for traumas that require
immediate on-site care. Each air ambulance carries
a doctor, trained to at least consultant level,
and a paramedic. It’s effectively about bringing a
hospital to a patient who has suffered life-threatening
trauma, be that in a traffic accident, or from
a cardiac arrest. We carry blood, and can administer
a transfusion there and then, on the scene,
or an anaesthetic. It’s not so much about patients
in remote spots, nor about transporting patients
by helicopter to hospital; much more it’s about
getting advanced medical care to a patient who
may not survive a longer wait or being moved.
Often, then, once stabilised, they’ll be transported
by normal ambulance to hospital.
Where is your HQ? How many people work
for you? How many volunteers? Our charity
headquarters are at Rochester Airport; our
helicopters are housed at Redhill. We have two
AW169s, and one MD-explorer, which acts mainly
as a spare. About 30 people are on the staff;
and we have 200 hand-picked and well-trained
volunteers, who are an integral part of what we
do. The doctors are NHS staff on rotation: they’ll
typically spend six to twelve months with us.
You want to send volunteer speakers to
community groups? Any community groups
who’d like one of our volunteers to come and
guest-speak are very welcome to get in touch. It’s
all about getting the message out, and educating
people that we’re a charity. Air Ambulance
Kent Surrey Sussex is 30 years old this year; still,
people are often amazed to learn about us. We
have one talk booked in Hove in April; we’d love
to hear from any groups in Lewes who’d be interested.
Also, if anyone wants to help fundraise,
we have a whole Community Fundraising Team
geared up and ready to look after you every step
of the way. It really is extraordinary, the work our
crews do in the field – often, quite literally. Our
helicopters land as close as they can to the site,
then the team up and run. This year, to make that
point, a team of our doctors and paramedics are
running the Brighton Marathon carrying their
15kg packs – we hope this will raise some positive
awareness. Charlotte Gann
BIKES AND BOBS
SPREAD THE WORD
Melanie Davies took this
marvellous shot on a trip to
She told us ‘My trip was to
visit my daughter, who’s living
there. Her job in London ended,
she left all her possessions
(and her cat) in my hallway, and
used her redundancy pay to go
to the West Indies and meet
her second cousins. She never
used the return ticket!
‘So, I now have a wonderful
excuse for regular holidays in
the sun. This was my second
trip. We drove up to the
northernmost tip of the island,
to the Animal Flower Cave on
Northpoint, which is where this
statue of ‘Miss Lucy’ stands.’
Meanwhile, Peter Vince
emailed us this picture (right).
‘With a great klaxon blaring
and warning bells jangling, the
huge AMTRAK train from
New York to Miami stops at
Kissimmee in Florida to find
Wendy Vince of Horsted
Keynes spreading the word
with her Viva – again!’
For which, thank you,
Keep taking us with you and
keep spreading the word. Send
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RIDERS OF LEWES #06 THE EGRETS WAY
The Ouse Valley Cycle Network
(OVCN) community group was
formed in 2011, combining the
interests of various residents’
associations, action groups
and parishes to create sustainable
walking and cycling paths.
Working with partners like the
South Downs National Park and Sustrans, a route
was identified to connect Lewes, Newhaven and
the villages between.
Such networks offer “not just a nice way of getting
into the countryside”, in the words of deputy
chair Wendy Brewer, but also health, environmental
and economic benefits.
The OVCN ran a competition for a name and
the result was The Egrets Way. The little egret
has been breeding in Britain since 1996, and
these elegant white things with wings are among
the wildlife you may well see.
Since the Kingston to Lewes section
opened in 2013, the network
has expanded, bit by bit, as funding
becomes available. They need
£1.5 to £2 million more to finish,
notably the sections south out of
Lewes through the Railway Land
and Rise Farm.
In terms of access rights, chair Neville Harrison
says, “Those ducks are all lined up.” The OVCN
works closely with landowners to guarantee considerate
use of the countryside. “The landscape
impact is incredibly important to us,” he says.
The goal is to finish the network by 2020. And
then what? “More promoting the national park,”
says Neville. “And maintaining the paths,” says
Wendy. Daniel Etherington
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On things undone?
I don’t know why I left the
burnt pizza on the worktop.
Initially, it was hot, then
it cooled down and still I
left it there. I thought it
looked quite compelling
after a while. Blackened,
memorialised. Then I
worried that it could be read
as some kind of message to leave it like that.
But what was it saying?
Maybe it was saying, “I know you left the pizza
in the oven, how incompetent.”
Maybe it was saying, “look, what a waste!”
Maybe it was saying, “see how useless I am at
putting things away.”
Now, this little conversation I had with myself
seems significant because I’ve been thinking a
lot lately about the impact of not doing things.
For instance, I’m typing this out on my new
phone which is so powerful it even has Word
installed on it – and a Leica camera, brag brag
– but I’ve just discovered that the semi-colon is
not included on the basic keyboard. I wonder
what effect this omission will have on writing
standards? (Perhaps none at all, because others
using the software either don’t care about
semi-colons, or care enough to work out how to
get one to appear. Maybe the semi-colon will
become the new umlaut?)
Anyhow, I digress. I’ve come to think that it’s
the things that we don’t do in life that cause
us the biggest problems. At least, when you do
something, there is effort attached, and with
effort comes learning. And even when you do
something wrong, there is the opportunity to
make right, apologise, move on. When you do
nothing, you just commit to bobbing along.
I’ve been bobbing along
for some time now, and
let me tell you, it leaves
far too much space for
overthinking, and Googling,
and otherwise scrolling. In
turn, this behaviour just
which, as a good friend
shared on Facebook recently,
is “the deathknell of joy”.
This month, I’ve mostly been caring for
my poorly baby daughter. She has had a
particularly fierce and frightening chest
infection. Caring for someone closely is a fine
example of what the mind does when the body
is forced to stop. The action you are taking
feels more like inaction. Time slows and the
immediate vicinity becomes your world. All is
I’m there, watching her like a hawk, checking
temperatures, administering Calpol and
worrying. Worrying that I might miss a vital
sign, an important dose. In the middle of the
night it peaks. I scroll endlessly through the
NHS Choices website, being simultaneously
present and absent at my daughter’s bedside.
The problem is, I really want to DO
something. I want to fix the problem, but, with
illness, options are so frustratingly limited.
What you must do, unhappily, is admit that you
know less than you would like to about what is
happening. And you must keep watching, keep
monitoring, so that if anything gets scarier
you can take the right small action to help get
things back on course.
Thankfully, now, we’re over the worst. And I’m
more resolved not to put off all those things I
might yet do.
Illustration by Chloë King
Lewes Out Loud
Plenty more Henty
Regular readers of this
page will know that
life for me in Lewes is
happily enhanced on a
daily basis by the casual
meetings I enjoy with
fellow citizens. I call
them brief encounters
and they occur all
over the town – in the
precinct, on the High
Street and, until the end
of last year, at the Sunday car boot opposite
Waitrose. More about that later.
This month though, I am recalling a meeting
almost sixty years ago which was indeed brief,
but for me quite momentous. The scene – San
Francisco airport, the date 5 July 1960. I was
on my way back to England after six months
experiencing local radio on the West Coast.
My friend and I were in a large transit lounge
awaiting our overnight flight to London. I
wrote in my diary: ‘Imagine my amazement
when I noticed a very familiar, portly figure
walking slowly across the wide expanse of
floor, with a small white dog under each arm.
It couldn’t be. Surely not. Yet indeed it was
the film director, Alfred Hitchcock, making a
public appearance just as though he was acting
in one of his distinctive movies.’
Mr Hitchcock was not bound for London I
subsequently discovered; he had just attended
the premiere of his thriller Psycho in Los
Angeles. The dogs were Sealyham terriers – a
Welsh breed very popular in Hollywood during
the ’20s and ’30s. Strangely named Geoffrey
and Stanley, they even made an appearance
with their famous owner in his next movie
The Birds in 1963 – a film in keeping with this
month’s winged theme.
In San Francisco,
provided the great man
with a perfect excuse
for not signing an
autograph for me. He
politely pointed out that
a dog under each arm
made writing rather
The Birds, Hitchcock’s
first film with Universal Studios, was filmed
in Northern California and, years later, on
a return visit to the West Coast as a family,
we visited Bodega Bay and saw many of the
locations used for the Daphne Du Maurierinspired
The birds themselves – gulls, ravens and crows
– were trained for use in some of the scenes
while mechanical birds and animations were
employed for others. Scary stuff.
Rather more so than our colourful trio
pictured above. I call them Wilson, Keppel
and Betty and they were made by Arthur and
bought from his wife, Janet, at the Tuesday
market in the Town Hall recently. A local
couple who are regulars at the Dripping Pan,
Arthur is handy with the needles and Janet
provides the faces.
Finally, as I write this piece, there is still no
sign of a return for the Sunday car boot locally
but, according to rumours – and where would
Lewes be without them – by the time you read
this, things will be up and running again.
I hope so because I know for a fact that it
provided a social meeting place for many older
residents… and some bargains to boot!
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On 25th March I called time on my bookshop
in Pipe Passage. I opened there in January
1991, first as a private lending library, then as a
library and secondhand bookshop. Recruiting
officers for the library turned out to be Arthur
Scott, for the literary elite of Lewes, and
Major Bruce Shand for the country gentry.
Jane Aiken Hodge, Barry O’Connell, Daniel
Waley, Julian Fane and Colin Brent were
among my greatest supporters. For about ten
years my co-tenant was the legendary lighting
designer, Paul Pyant. He was followed by Viva
Lewes. Eventually, in exchange for doing their
proof reading, Viva staff sold books for me
when I wasn’t there (increasingly the case).
Sarah Hunnisett was particularly effective in
this regard, rather better than myself, I
In the 1990s, Peter Carter, another
secondhand bookseller, also shared
the premises. I still cherish the entry
in his one and only catalogue (winter
1995) describing the condition of a first
edition of Elizabeth David’s French
Provincial Cooking. It came with ‘some
staining’, ‘a torn dustwrapper’, a
cover that was ‘suffering liquid
contact’. Pages 258, 259,
262-3, 266-7 and 270-1 were
unaccountably missing. But
‘still, a lovely working copy’.
Doubtless a snip at £23. Books are
sometimes, in extremis, described as
being in a ‘distressed’ condition. This
particular book sounded positively
suicidal. Peter was a thoroughly
charming man but ‘eccentric’ hardly
The first bookshop I worked
in seems now to be part of a completely
different world. This was Thornton’s, an
old-established shop in Broad Street, Oxford.
It was 1975, and I was eighteen. I suppose
most people would have characterised it as
‘Dickensian’. It certainly came with a cast of
vividly Dickensian characters. There was Mr
Wild, the main Antiquarian Book buyer. An
otherwise impeccably courteous man, he hated
paperbacks and had been known to throw
them across the shop. As a member of The
Sealed Knots, Mr Turner spent his spare time
re-enacting battles of the English Civil War.
Mr Rowell had been there for over forty years.
He dealt exclusively with books published by
the Oxford University Press. Natalie Canby
was a middle-aged American lady, much
given to quoting Jane Austen. She was
sweet, but there was always a faint air
of mystery about her. Robert Coulson
spent his days writing furiously in
ledgers. What he was writing, I never got
to know. The packing department was
staffed by Joe Lock, a retired postman,
and Frank Bekielewski, an elderly Pole
of surpassing sweetness of disposition
who seemed to subsist on a diet of cold
‘camp’ coffee and doughnuts. I was
living away from home for the first time
(unless you count boarding school)
and Mrs Hazell, the cashier took it
upon herself to mother me, but in the
nicest possible way.
The shop’s methods of trading were
equally of another time. Just one example
– anyone could walk into the shop, open an
account without showing any identification
and walk out with hundreds of pounds of
books. And yet it worked. Happy days!
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ON THIS MONTH: MUSICAL
My Fair Lady
Standing the test of time
Unperturbed by my intrusion, the Lewes
Operatic Musical Theatre Society leap into a
My Fair Lady rehearsal. The actors’ ability to
instantly get into character is impressive. We
are in their early rehearsal space in Market
Tower – the group will later move to St Mary’s
Centre for some rehearsals in a bigger venue,
and will then create a pop-up theatre in the
Town Hall for the performances. “We have
tiered seating, proper curtains and everything,
it’s quite amazing.”
Director David Foster is immersed in the
local am-dram world: having directed three
of New Sussex Opera’s recent productions,
he is also set to direct Romeo and Juliet for the
Eastbourne Dramatic Society in the summer.
As we discuss the history and different versions
of My Fair Lady, David’s enthusiasm for the
show is palpable, and he credits the “very
catchy tunes that have remained with us” as
one of the reasons it is still widely performed.
There is a cheerful atmosphere as performers
file in on the evening, surrounded by props
and ephemera from LOMTS’ history, and a
cd player and piano for accompaniment. The
scenes I see rehearsed are sharply written
and good fun, with one involving Georgina
Thorburn’s Eliza asking the assorted wellto-do,
“how do you do?”. The cast enjoy
the grandiose, clipped RP of the scene, and
Thorburn in particular gets a hoot out of
the owl-like extended “dooo”. Thorburn is
from familial Eliza stock: her grandmother
was apparently the first ever Eliza to have
performed in New Zealand.
LOMTS are hopeful that the popularity of the
work will ensure a strong audience turnout,
meaning that the live ten-piece orchestra might
have to be hidden from view, to allow for extra
seating. David has performed with the society
before, so he was not surprised by the range
of talent he witnessed throughout the audition
process. “For example, we had twelve potential
Elizas, and a lot of them could have easily done
the role... but we had to narrow it down to just
I am shown an ingenious set design model,
with a moving screen to allow for quick
transitions in a fast-paced performance. “In
the original version it was on a revolving stage:
we’ve had to come up with a scenery flat that
rotates so we can change scenes quite quickly.
What I was trying to avoid was the tabs
[curtains] closing, and then having to wait for
LOMTS are hoping that the “good family
show” will appeal to all ages, particularly with
a Saturday matinee that might suit younger
and older audience members. “They’re going
to get the familiar story and all of the popular
tunes, and there’s lively dances, brilliant acting.
And it’s funny. It’s got its pathos as well as its
humour: it’s a good all-round musical, which is
why it’s stood the test of time.”
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ON THIS MONTH: THEATRE
What became of Little Red Riding Hood?
“It’s a series of poems
about Red Riding Hood
at whatever age I am
when I perform it,”
says Gus Watcham of
her one-woman play,
Redder. “This year
she’s 66. She’s looking
back at her past. She’s
looking for love. She’s
trying to understand her
childhood. It unravels
some fairytale myths and sort of rewrites them.”
I’ve interviewed Gus once before; that time
about her involvement with the Three Score
Dance Company, a contemporary dance troupe
for those aged 60+ which, she tells me, has
reignited her creative impetus.
“There’s nothing like a deadline, I’d always
been a great one for saying ‘I’ll do that later’.
When you get older, there is no later. I realised,
if I want to set something up, the time is now.
It’s great to start a new project in later life.
And a little bit of terror is so good for you. If
you can get through that and show your work
to somebody, it’s literally encouraging: it gives
Gus has been working with director Mark
C. Hewitt, video artist Abigail Norris and
performance artist Isobel Smith, and describes
Redder as an ongoing reflection on aging and
discovery. “In the piece, Red Riding Hood
suddenly finds herself on the threshold of old
age and I think this is what happens to us. We
suddenly go, ‘Oh god. I’m here. Now what do I
do?’ And in many ways nothing has changed at
all, it’s all still going on in our minds. I really
liked the idea of this little old lady marching
Photo by Lizzie Lower
along, still with her red
riding hood on.”
Gus has been holding
tea parties with older
people, sharing stories
and asking them to
reflect on how they
feel about aging, and
how they perceived old
people when they were
young. “Of course, they
all say that they feel no
different at all. And those people that they used
to think of as old? Well, they don’t seem so
different when you get there yourself.
“Redder is quite grown up and a bit rude in
places. Red Riding Hood has a problem with
body hair. Her mother, who was married
to the Wood Cutter, found her life at home
in the woods very boring and spent a lot of
time hanging out with wolves. Enough said.
Someone suggested that I might perform it in
care homes, and I thought, ‘I can’t take this
into a care home!’ But they said, ‘look, the
people going into the care system now are the
rock and roll generation. They don’t want to
hear about Andy Pandy.’
“This whole thing started when I joined Three
Score Dance. It’s been a knock-on process. I’m
braver. I’m doing things that I’ve never done
before. Things I always wished that I’d done.
‘It’s too late now’ is one of the most overused
excuses. I’ve discovered that it really isn’t. I’m
discovering stories of unstoppable older people
all of the time.” Lizzie Lower
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ON THIS MONTH: LITERATURE
Don’t say the B word
There’s a powerful word which doesn’t appear
in Linda Grant’s disturbing new novel A
Stranger City, but which informs the tone and
direction of its whole narrative.
The book, which she started writing in the
summer of 2016, is coming out in May. I
telephone her at her house in the north-east of
the city in question, London, having had the
chance to read a proof copy.
How, I wonder, has she been describing the
book to people who ask? “It’s underpinned
by a growing sense of xenophobia that I have
witnessed,” she says. “It’s about a bunch of
people moving through the present times we’re
in, finding that the ground has shifted beneath
their feet.” The book is set in “the present, and
the very near future – the next year or two.”
It starts at the funeral of a middle-aged woman.
There are no friends or relatives, just a vicar, a
film crew, some funeral directors, and the copper
who has been dealing with her case. She’s been
found, drowned, in the Thames, seven months
before, and no one knows who she is.
Grant’s modus operandi is interesting. She’s not
a great planner, she says. “I begin by writing
something and then thinking ‘where might this
take me, where could this lead, who are these
people?’ I’m a bit like the reader, really… I don’t
know what this is about, I don’t know where
this is going, and it’s the discovery of that that’s
how the novel gets written.”
‘These people’ are an ensemble of Londondwelling
characters, including a PR man who
is not all he seems, a half Iranian carpetseller,
an Irish nurse, a gay writer, an elderly
Jewish couple, and so on. We don’t know it
immediately, but their lives have all been
touched by the unknown woman, as well as
wider political events.
The funeral scene has been in her head from
1990, when, then a journalist, she witnessed
the pauper’s burial of a drowned homeless
woman, whose identity was unknown. “Then,
[in June 2016] I witnessed a fight between two
Big Issue sellers, one of whom said to the other
‘go home’.” This was her bingo moment of
inspiration for the book, and she recreates the
scene early on.
In other circumstances, Grant’s characters
might have wandered through a different
narrative, but the tense political backdrop of
the book’s gestation period has influenced
its tone. As a reader, I found it disturbingly
dystopic. “As things moved forward and became
more uncertain,” she says, “I was adding more
uncertainty to [the characters’] lives.”
I speak to Grant on March 1st, 28 days
before Britain is scheduled to leave the EU.
Does she think we’ll really see train-loads of
deportees being transported to prison ships
in the Channel? “I don’t think I’ve been more
worried in my lifetime about how things are
going politically,” she says. “We’re clearly at
the beginning of a period of great political
instability in this country”. Alex Leith
Linda Grant, Lewes Literary Society, All Saints,
2nd April, 8pm. lewesliterarysociety.co.uk
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issues dominate family life but these plans are also really helpful for
agreeing arrangements as children go through the teenage years.
As children grow so does their determination to
be independent but they still need both parents.
It will often seem they are rebelling because
that’s just what teenagers do, when actually they
are trying to assert what is important to them.
Compared to when they were little they want
less of their parents time and advice. They are
more dependent on their friends, boyfriends/
girlfriends for advice and support and through
their peers they explore what relationships
mean to them.
When a divorce happens, teenagers often feel
embarrassed by the break-up and sometimes
react by idealising one parent. Whereas younger
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equally teenagers tend to blame one parent
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or that” or “if my mum could have done that”,
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everyone is unhappy. They often do this because
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As teenagers get older they increasingly
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ON THIS MONTH: TALK
On AI and farming
Our fields are the shapes and sizes they are
because they’ve been designed to accommodate
tractors. So, our landscape is designed around
tractors; not the other way around. Not great
from nature’s point of view. And tractors were
designed more than 100 years ago with the
technology available then. Today, to tackle the
problem of farming, “you would not design a
tractor”, Sarra Mander, Chief Marketing Officer
of the Small Robot Company, tells me.
I find all this fascinating. “One thing I
hadn’t appreciated before”, she says, “was the
environmental damage done by tractors. I knew
about pesticides but not how tractors squash
and erode the soil, polluting our water and
constraining the hedgerows, as well, of course, as
using lots of energy.”
This is why the Small Robot Co is setting out to
revolutionise farming: to “redesign it from the
ground up.” In order to do so, they’ve designed
three prototype small AI robots to work, with
brilliant precision, with crops. “We’re looking to
maximise food production, and farmers’ profits,
while reducing its impact”, Sarra says. “Farmers
love it. Our Crowdcube campaign launched
fully-funded on day one, and two thirds of that
funding came from farmers.”
So, there isn’t resistance? “They know the ‘big
machinery’ model isn’t working. Robotics have
been talked about for a while as the future for
farming: it’s not a matter of if, but when. And
this solution even helps with the problem of
succession, which is a real challenge today.
Suddenly, taking on the family farm doesn’t
seem such a burden to a young farmer who
understands these robots won’t cost jobs;
they’ll change them – and free the farmer from
spending every day astride a tractor.”
These robots, and ‘Wilma’, the computer behind
the scenes – “which can already tell wheat from
weeds” – are today early prototypes. Twenty
farming concerns – including Waitrose and
the National Trust – are already signed up and
But what’s the downside? “People do ask
questions about Artificial Intelligence,” says
Sarra. “We’re naturally fearful, with our
Terminator 2 hats on. These aren’t concerns
about farming, but for all humanity. What is
the likely social impact? Where are we heading?
What about that human-robot interaction?”
And she draws an entertaining picture of robot
meeting dog-walker: what passes between them?
Of course, the broader issues are enormous – and
it’s these that Small Robot Co Co-Founder,
Ben Scott-Robinson, will address this month at
the Headstrong. AI can help with many of the
challenges we face, but what are the dangers?
And how do we avoid placing all the power in
the hands of an exploitative few? “How”, says
Ben, “can we use technology cleverly, to produce
a world we want to live in, rather than in an
unfettered way, to accentuate the inequalities of
now?” How, indeed? Charlotte Gann
Ben is speaking to the Headstrong Club on 26th
April, Elephant and Castle, 8pm. Tickets £3 on the
door or a few days before. smallrobotcompany.com
ON THIS MONTH: NATURE
Surviving or Thriving
The state of the world’s plants, at Wakehurst
If your grandparents ever told you that bananas
don’t taste like they used to, it turns out they
were right. They might have developed a taste
for the Gros Michel variety, but plantations
were all but wiped out in the 1950s by the
fungus Fusarium. It was replaced by a resistant
cultivar, the Cavendish, that we all know
today, but all monocultures are susceptible to
disease and the Fusarium fungus has evolved
a deadly new strain to which the Cavendish
has no resistance. The race is on to find a
It is research like this that is going on at
Kew and in plant science laboratories the
world over, and the subject of a newly opened
exhibition – Surviving or Thriving – at the
Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst.
“Scientists at Kew are involved with the Crop
Wild Relatives project, which is looking for
wild relatives of vegetables, fruits and grains
that we know exist all over the world,” explains
Astrid Krumins, Interpretation Manager at
Wakehurst. “We’re looking for traits that
might have been bred out over time, like
resistance to pathogens and good water use.
Commercial crops like cotton and maize need
huge amounts of water to grow, so, if we can
selectively breed them with varieties that need
less, we can continue to grow them as the
This is just one strand of the interactive
exhibition that draws on Kew’s landmark State
of the World’s Plants reports. “It’s a real mix of
news,” says Astrid. “Surviving and thriving
are relative terms and good or bad depending
on your view point. Some plants that are
thriving are things we may not want.
Invasive plants like Rhododendron
Ponticum which was introduced to
the UK in Victorian times and is now taking
over huge areas of Downland.” Other plants
we are only just beginning to understand. “We
are still finding new plants; around 2000 a year
are discovered in a scientific sense, which is
different from stumbling across a plant in your
garden or on holiday.”
If you haven’t visited the Millennium Seed
Bank before, you might be surprised to
discover that it looks more like a NASA
research facility than a greenhouse. As its
name suggests, it was built to store seeds
from all over the world – an underground
ark preserving plant genetics for future
generations – but it is also a hub of scientific
activity, conservation and propagation. Visitors
to the exhibition can watch the scientists at
work in their glass-walled laboratories whilst
learning about the kinds of research going on
inside. How plants are changing to cope with
an uncertain and more extreme climate; about
the threats they face from pests, pathogens
and illegal trafficking; about their diverse uses
from medicine to Marmite, and cutting edge
innovations in genome sequencing.
It’s a fascinating insight into the power and
potential of plants to tackle the
challenges of a rapidly changing
world, and how, of course, their
survival and ability to thrive is
inextricably linked to our own.
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ON THIS MONTH: THEATRE
To Begin The World Again
Ian Ruskin on his Life of Thomas Paine
Your one-man play gives an
airing to Tom Paine’s life
and ideas. How did you go
about writing it? Is much
of it in his own words? I
began by reading (most) of his
writings: a long list! Then,
biographies – starting with
the first. This gave me a clear
idea of the changing attitudes
to the man over time. And I
was lucky enough to have five
leading Paine scholars review
my writings and point me in
the right direction. Yes, much is in his words. I
present them within the context of when they
It’s striking that Paine was read by so many,
and rejected by so many (only six people
at his funeral). Was he, above all, a plain
speaker – thus, a threat to all as a threat to
the status quo? Exactly! What made Paine
dangerous to the establishment was his ability
to use language that the ‘common man’ could
understand and find inspiring. He wrote in
short, simple sentences and his works, beginning
with Common Sense, broke all sales records. At
the same time, he attacked slavery, the power of
monarchy, and organised religion – particularly
through a scathing review of the Bible. No
wonder he had as many enemies as friends!
You’re interested in extraordinary people?
Nikola Tesla, Tom Paine, Harry Bridges.
What do they have in common? To my
mind, each is, in his own way, a genius. They’re
certainly among the most maligned, misused
and misunderstood men in history – a line
from the play. Their visions and aims were
Photo by Tom Dempsey
to revolutionise the systems
they lived in and bring about
a world with greater equality,
democracy and power to the
people. No wonder their
legacies have been so efficiently
suppressed and distorted.
Why is it important to you
to tell their stories? Living as
an actor in Los Angeles, and
working mainly in television,
I grew tired of playing the
intelligent bad guy in shows
such as Murder She Wrote and
MacGyver. The discovery of these men changed
my life. I had found stories that I believed in,
that meant something to me, and that took me
back to the reason that I wanted to be an actor
in the first place. Now I get to tell them across
America, in Canada, Hawaii, Australia and
England, including Lewes, where Paine spent
so many important years of his life.
Have you been to Lewes? Once before.
My last three years in England I lived in
Sharpthorne, Sussex, and in 1984 my girlfriend
and I came to Lewes for Guy Fawkes night. I
had never seen such a combination of pageantry
and rebellion, and in such a beautiful English
country town. The celebration of the fact that
he was caught (the burning at the stake) and
that he nearly pulled it off (the fireworks) –
that, at least, is my interpretation. I’m eager to
return, if not with the same pageantry, at least,
I hope, with some of the rebellion!
Interview by Charlotte Gann
All Saints Centre, 27th, 7.30pm, allsaints.com
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ON THIS MONTH: THEATRE
Glengarry Glen Ross
Mark ‘The Machine’ Benson
I’ve heard that the David
Mamet play Glengarry Glen
Ross – also, of course, a
Hollywood movie – contains
so many swear words, that in
the acting world it’s acquired
the nickname ‘Death of a
“We counted how many
swear words were used,”
says Mark Benson, who
plays the role of Shelley
‘The Machine’ Levene, so
memorably performed by
Jack Lemmon in the movie.
“I had the most. It came to 74.”
If you don’t know who Mark is, you probably
haven’t watched much TV over the last
20 years. He played Eddie in Early Doors,
Howard in Northern Lights, and Chalky in
Waterloo Road. He hosted the game show The
Edge, starred in the 2017 Marks & Spencer
Christmas ad, and reached round ten of the
2013 edition of Strictly Come Dancing. More
recently, he’s played the private detective Frank
Hathaway in the BBC series Shakespeare &
Hathaway. He’s big, he’s scruffy, and, hailing
from Teesside, he’s irrevocably northern.
But not in Glengarry Glen Ross. “The play is
set in the cut-throat world of salesmen, selling
plots of land, near Chicago,” he says, “so I’ve
learnt to do a Chicago accent… The David
Mamet script has us all speaking really fast –
like people do in real life – so it’s been really
hard to learn. It’s probably the hardest part
I’ve ever had to do on stage: but when we get it
right it’s brilliant, it just goes like a train.”
Mark is the most recognisable name in a cast
of seven, but he feels that this is very much
an ‘ensemble’ production.
“What’s nice about it,” he
says, “is that there are no
egos at work. Everyone
has their moment to shine,
so everybody’s satisfied,
everybody’s happy with what
they’ve got to do. We’re like
a little gang, going round the
Mark’s character is in trouble:
Shelley Levene used to be the
top man in the sales team, but
he’s having a run of bad luck,
his leads are lousy, and he’s
facing the sack. Meanwhile, his daughter’s ill,
and the medical bills are mounting. I wonder
how easy Mark finds it to unburden himself
of his character’s problems, once he’s finished
performing the role. Or has he been taking all
Levene’s pent-up frustrations home with him?
“That could be a problem, he says, “especially
with a heavy role, like this one. But I’ll tell you
what. When I’d just started out, I worked with
[film director] Mike Leigh. You improvised
with him, and he always had a cut-off point
where he said ‘come out of character.’ So you’d
come out of character, and then you’d talk
about that character, objectively. From then on,
I’ve been able to become myself again when I
So did all the profanities not leak into Mark’s
day-to-day conversations? “Oh, that. It became
second nature, to tell you the truth. I went
home once, after rehearsals, and my wife said:
‘would you please stop swearing so much?’ It
took a while to get back to normal.” Alex Leith
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Hawkwind, those ‘space rockers’ who brought
us Silver Machine, were the poster boys of
rock ‘n’ roll hedonism in the 1970s: their
bassist Lemmy didn’t fit into the band because
he didn’t like taking hallucinogenic drugs
before, during and after gigs; he preferred
amphetamines. Nik Turner, the band’s front
man, who played improv jazz on his saxophone,
was a member from 1969 until 1976, when he
was kicked out for being ‘too outrageous’. He
liked dressing up in space suits and performing
on roller skates, next to Stacia, the band’s
Amazonian dancer, naked but for body paint.
He’s playing at the Con Club this month, with
his band Space Ritual, featuring several other
ex-Hawkwinders. He remembers those years,
down the phone from his home in Wales,
with fondness, though it sounds like much of
the acute detail has gone. “I seemed to be the
front person of the band by default, I guess,
no-one wanted to be it… It was fun and I met
interesting people and went to incredible places
and had a good time and it was very interesting
really. Something a bit different.”
It was a bit different, alright. And Hawkwind
were highly influential, with their psychedelic
wall of sound, on all sorts of future
performers, from David Bowie to John Lydon.
“Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious used to come
to our gigs. They wanted to became roadies,”
he tells me.
Nik’s mad sax was like nothing else that had
been heard or seen in a rock band before. I ask
him what the other band members thought
about it. “I’m not really sure, I never talked to
them about it, and they never discussed what
I did,” he says. “They didn’t say I was a load of
rubbish or anything like that, so I just carried
on doing it.”
Others thought Nik was something of a genius.
Experimental jazz guru Sun Ra mentions him
in his autobiography. “I’m reading it at the
moment, and he describes Hawkwind as having
a saxophone player in the band, who plays like
John Coltrane. I was very flattered, actually.”
He remembers, before he joined the band,
going to Margate beach to practice the sax. “I
wanted to be John Coltrane and Charlie Parker
and Coleman Hawkins.”
Nik was involved in a number of projects after
he left Hawkwind, but never hit the same
heights, though he did manage to make some
flute recordings inside The Great Pyramid
of Giza. In 2001 he formed ‘xhawkwind.com’
featuring other former members of the band;
founder Dave Brock responded by suing him
for using the band’s name.
It sounds like there’s bad blood: Brock wouldn’t
appear in a 2007 BBC documentary about
Hawkwind, because Nik was also involved. So,
I imagine, there’s little chance of a reunion of
the original line-up. “I haven’t closed my mind
to it,” counters Nik. “I haven’t got anything
against the guy. I think he did me a favour by
giving me a spot in his band.”
Nik Turner’s Space Ritual, Con Club, April 14th
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ON THIS MONTH: MUSIC
Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne’s fleet-fingered folk
Photo by Maria Alzamora
It’s not unusual for a child
musician to change their
mind and turn away from
their chosen instrument
as they enter their teenage
years. What you probably
wouldn’t expect is for the
child to swap his violin for
“I just loved the powerful
sound of a squeezebox in full
flight”, Cohen Braithwaite-
Kilcoyne tells me. “I loved the idea of being able
to play tunes with rich and complex accompaniments
and countermelodies, which is possible on
concertinas and melodeons – not so much on the
violin.” The timing couldn’t have been better, as
he’d just started to develop an appreciation of
English folk songs. “It’s the music that I like, the
music that I feel the strongest connection to and
the music that has had the strongest effect on
me. I love the unusual melodies, the captivating
narratives to songs and the fascinating history
that comes with every piece.”
Barely a decade has passed since Cohen fell for
the concertina, the melodeon and the traditional
music he plays on them. In that time, he’s won
Bromyard Folk Festival’s Future of Young Folk
Award, he’s studied with ‘one-man folk industry’
Pete Coe and he’s graduated from the University
of Leeds with a BA in Music. These days he’s
playing on his own and with the band Granny’s
Attic, although it’s the solo Cohen who’s coming
to Lewes this month, performing in the evening
of Saturday 13th after running a melodeon
workshop during the day.
“It’s fair to say that I have learnt a huge amount
from other players, including
John Kirkpatrick, Pete
Coe, John Spiers, Brian
Peters and Adrian Brown”,
Cohen explains. He’s also
investigated how concertinas
and melodeons were
played when they originated
around 200 years ago. One
such technique involves
vigorously moving the
instrument in a circle whilst
playing it: perhaps the Victorian equivalent
of plugging an effects pedal into an electric
guitar. “There was a time when just about every
concertina player was doing it, but now there
are only a handful of us doing it. Essentially the
movements through the air alter the sound of
the concertina; it’s all to do with the Doppler
But Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne isn’t just an
exceptionally talented player. He sings as well,
with a rich, strong voice that’s well-suited to the
traditional music he plays. “I always sang and
played around the house, but it took me a while
to be able to do it in public”, he admits. “I began
singing and playing in public when I was about
17, so about four or five years after I started
playing concertinas and melodeons.”
Yet all this would probably never have started
without those free violin lessons at primary
school. “That was my way into music. I honestly
think that if they had not been on offer, I probably
would not have ended up following this
path as a musician.” Mark Bridge
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ON THIS MONTH: FILM
Roman Holiday, At Eternity’s Gate and Hidden Figures
Dexter Lee’s cinema round-up
There are five one-off films on at the Depot
this month which would normally be given top
billing here. On the 6th, in the Saturday Night
Horror slot, there’s Carrie, that coming-of-age
chiller with Sissy Spacek and a pre-Saturday
Night Fever John Travolta. Bet you haven’t seen
that hand scene on a big screen for a while.
The dementia-friendly screening, on the 11th,
is The Wizard of Oz, Judy Garland and all; programmer
Carmen Slijpen is hoping that parents
will take their children along. Kids, apparently,
love these screenings, which come with a bag of
The Mr Voigt Film Club film (17th) is the
charming Roman Holiday, that screwball comedy
starring Gregory Peck as a roguish, impecunious
journalist who takes an incognito princess
– Audrey Hepburn – out for a night on the town
in 1950s Rome.
And there are two landmark silent films on at
Easter, with a collection afterwards for Action
for Hearing Loss. On Easter Sunday (21st) it’s
Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1928 film The Passion of
Joan of Arc; the next day you can see Murnau’s
1927 masterpiece Sunrise.
The Cinema of the Mind will have a lot to chew
over in their post-screening discussion: by all
accounts, At Eternity’s Gate (1st) starring Willem
Dafoe as Vincent Van Gogh, is a work of thoughtprovoking
beauty. The book-to-film choice this
month, meanwhile, is Hidden Figures (4th), about
three black American female mathematicians,
unsung heroines in the Space Race.
There are two live or as-live stage events worth
mentioning. All About Eve (11th) stars Gillian
Anderson and Lily James in the Bette Davis and
Anne Baxter roles in the NT adaptation of the
1950 classic movie of the same name (and the
play The Wisdom of Eve) with music by PJ Harvey.
Tickets are £20 and, for those who prefer
daytime entertainment, there’s a 1pm ‘encore’
performance on the 30th.
And there’s a double bill (14th) of Ravel minioperas,
aiming to introduce the genre to young
people. The two works, directed for the 2012
Glyndebourne Festival by Laurent Pelly, are
the farce L’heure espagnole, and the morality tale
L’enfant et les sortilèges. There are two showings,
the afternoon performance for young people and
their family only, with the prices reduced to £5
for the U25s and £10 for the oldies.
The Lewes Film Club is drawing towards the
end of a fine season. April’s offerings are Unsane
(12th), the Steven Soderbergh thriller, starring
Claire Foy, that was shot on an iPhone, and The
Nile Hilton Incident (19th), a noirish drama set in
Cairo during the 2011 insurrection.
And there are a couple of interesting documentaries
in the Attenborough Centre’s Sunday
Film Club: Gabrielle Brady’s Island of the Hungry
Ghosts (7th) takes us to Christmas Island in the
Indian Ocean, where crabs migrate from the
jungle to the sea, and Australia imprisons its
unwanted asylum seekers; The Swim, meanwhile,
sees artist He Xiangyu return to his home town
on the river-border between North Korea and
China. Please check times and dates, which may
be subject to change.
Kitchen Still Life, 1948 by William Scott
© Estate of William Scott 2019. Image courtesy of Southampton Art Gallery
In Colour – Sickert to Riley
Exhibition at Charleston
In Colour – Sickert to Riley is the second exhibition
in the new Wolfson Gallery at Charleston.
Curated by the textile designer Cressida
Bell, it runs until the 26th of August. Thirty
one paintings by thirty one twentieth century
British artists, all engaging with colour in their
sometimes very different ways.
While evoking ‘a grey dusty withered evening
in London city’ in Our Mutual Friend,
Dickens conjures up a wonderful phrase –
‘the national dread of colour’. And indeed,
we often seem to have had an ambivalent
attitude to colour. Reviewing the 1910
New English Art Club exhibition, Huntley
Carter identifies and praises a small group of
‘colourists’ within the club’s ranks – Lucien
Pissarro, Harold Gilman, Robert Bevan and
Spencer Gore (the last two also feature in
Cressida Bell’s show). However, he then cautions
that ‘three fourths of the human race
are unaffected by colour, except in a hostile
form. Pure, clean colour arouses in their
honest bosoms an exasperation only equalled
by that called forth by the so-called indecent
forms of art.’
I don’t know whether Cressida Bell would
ON THIS MONTH: ART
Portrait of a Girl, 1912 by Mark Gertler. © Tate, London 2019
agree. Viva readers may remember the (very
colourful) cover she did for the February
2019 issue. In the accompanying interview
with Joe Fuller, she expressed a wish that
people would try wearing more colour, ‘because
it’s so life enhancing’. So perhaps we’re
not there just yet. But it would be wrong to
see the Charleston exhibition as any part of a
colour crusade. True, there are big bold pictures
just bursting with colour by the likes of
Terry Frost and Howard Hodgkin. It would
be surprising if they weren’t featured. But I
think Cressida Bell is trying to do something
rather subtler, choosing paintings where the
arrangement of colours, the patterns, the
colour balance are paramount. This might
explain the presence in the show of artists
such as Charles Ginner, Ethel Sands and
Sickert, especially Sickert, that you would
not associate primarily with colour. And as
she said in the Viva interview: ‘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.’
This would apply, for example, to Stanislawa
de Karlowska’s At Churchstanton, Somerset.
What, I suspect, is of primary importance
to Cressida Bell is that we have a totally
unmediated response to the paintings. So,
for example, no distracting captions. If you
want to know the identity of the painter, the
name of the picture, where it’s usually to be
found, you have to refer to the printed handout.
Even on that, Cressida Bell’s thoughts
on individual paintings, and there are only
a handful of these, are so tentative as to be
positively endearing. It’s all tremendously
One criticism. The walls of the gallery have
been painted in four different colours, especially
for the exhibition. Far from enhancing
the paintings, it positively distracts from
them, from the colour in the paintings. A
disastrous decision? I think so, but perhaps
it wasn’t Cressida Bell’s idea. And maybe I’m
just wrong. David Jarman
The Pond at Charleston by Vanessa Bell. Estate of Vanessa Bell
courtesy of Henrietta Garnett and The Charleston Trust
Oranges and Quinces by Robert Dukes.
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light on water. ‘The movement of the tides
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Our congratulations to East Sussex College student
Imogen McIntosh Roffey, who won the Royal Opera
House Design Challenge for her Romeo & Juliet set design
(pictured). Imogen’s work was chosen from entries from 42
participating schools and colleges, with the judges remarking
that it was ‘beautiful in its simplicity’ and ‘showed clearly
how the set worked for the whole ballet.’ She, and winners in
the other categories, were treated to a matinee performance
at the ROH, a backstage tour and a visit to the production
department to gain an insight into how productions are
brought to the stage. Imogen’s, and other winning and highly
commended designs, will be on display in the Linbury Foyer of the ROH until the 4th of April.
Janice Thurston is the featured artist at Chalk Gallery from the
8th until the 28th of April. Born and raised in Sussex, Janet took
up painting later in life and describes her work as an ‘emotional
response to the landscape’. She works with both oil and acrylic
paints and fine art printmaking to
record the constantly changing
vista. ‘I am interested in the sublime
vastness of big spaces; the
transformations that are relentlessly
taking place as the seasons
evolve and the colours alter.’ She is followed by Nichola Campbell,
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Out of town
Farleys House, gallery and sculpture garden
– the Sussex home of Roland Penrose and Lee
Miller – opens for the season on Sunday the
7th of April, and then every Sunday until the
27th of October, with guided tours setting
off every half hour from 10.30am. In Farleys
gallery is Deanland; a collaborative project
between the artist, Alexander Johnson and
photographer, John Brockliss, who together
documented the ghostly WWII Sussex airfield
(see page 8 for more).
The work of Alexander
also features in
an exhibition of
artwork in the
Coach House at
Curated by artistin-residence
Jacky Misson, the show includes work
in a wide variety of media by local artists
Jenny Arran, Sarah Colbourne, Bob
Dixon, Linda Felcey, Chiara Bianchi,
Lucy Newman, Isobel Smith, Guy
Stevens, Emily Warren and Jacky herself.
The Glynde blacksmith, Thomas
Gontar, will also be opening his forge.
Opening night Friday 12th of April,
6-9pm (everyone welcome), Saturday 13th
and Sunday 14th 10.30-6pm.
There’s a last chance to see the extraordinary
maps of Max Gill at Ditching
Museum of Art + Craft. The exhibition of
work by the well-known illustrator, letterer,
map-maker, architect and decorative artist
closes on the 28th of April.
Draw Me In – Towner’s
annual schools’ exhibition
– opens on Friday the 6th
of April. Open to all local
children and young people
aged from 0 to 21, the call
for works launched last
October and the entrants
have been busily making in
artist-led workshops at schools, in the community
and at the gallery. The fruits of their creative
labours, in a multitude of sizes and formats, will
be on display until the 2nd of June.
Colour – from
Sickert to Riley
is open at the
Gallery at Charleston (see pg 52). Alongside,
in the South and Spotlight Galleries, is Land;
a selection of paintings, drawings and sketchbooks
by Philip Hughes whose pared back,
almost cartographic landscapes trace the Downs
between the Cuckmere and Ouse Valleys, and
West Penwith in the extreme west of Cornwall.
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by Philip Hughes
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Lewes Literary Society talk with author and
journalist Linda Grant. All Saints, 8pm, £10,
see page 37.
TUESDAY 2 – SATURDAY 6
My Fair Lady. Lewes Operatic Musical Theatre
Society presents the story of cockney flower
girl Eliza Doolittle and her journey to society
lady. Lewes Town Hall, times and prices vary,
see losmusicaltheatre.org.uk and page 33.
Comedy at the
Con. With Mike
Fiona Ridgewell and
The Birth of Lewes Theatre Club. A dramatised
rehearsed reading. The remarkable story
of how one of the world’s leading economists
was instrumental in the birth of Lewes Little
Theatre in the years leading up to and during
WWII. Lewes Little Theatre foyer, 2pm, £5.
Historical Fiction: What Comes First – Research
or Imagination? Lewes History Group
talk with Beverley Elphick. King’s Church
building, 7.30pm, £3/£1 for members.
MONDAY 8 – SATURDAY 13
Rock of Ages. Musical featuring over 25 classic
rock anthems. Congress Theatre, Eastbourne,
times and prices vary, see eastbournetheatres.
Sussex Nature Reserves. Talk with Michael
Blencowe, Learning and Engagement Officer
at the Sussex Wildlife Trust (and Viva’s very
own nature columnist) looking back over a
century of wildlife conservation in Sussex. The
Keep, 5.30pm, £5.
Chris Thorpe: Status. Award-winning play by
Chris Thorpe and Rachel Chavkin. Attenborough
Centre, 8pm, £12/£10.
The Art Society, Uckfield, Lewes and Newick
present ‘250 years of the Royal Academy’
a lecture by Rosalind Whyte. The Civic Centre
Uckfield, 2.30pm, £7 (free for members).
Lewes Catalyst Club. Exploring the passions
of everyday folk with three talks. Lewes Arms,
7.30pm, £7. See page 17.
Tales from the Riverbank: Past Life in the
River Ouse Valley. A Friends of Anne of
Cleves’ House talk by Ian Everest. Anne of
Cleves, 7.30pm, £8 (£5 members), contact
Film: Unsane (15). Claire Foy stars in psychological
thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh,
shot entirely on an iPhone. All Saints, 8pm,
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Come and play cricket at
Record Store Day at Union Music. A number
of special RSD releases will be on sale, as
well as instore live performances throughout
the day from Lucy Kitt (acoustic singer), Jerry
Leger & The Situation (Canadian folk/rock/
roots trio) and more to be announced. Union
Music, doors open 8am see unionmusicstore.
Linton Kwesi Johnson: Writing Reggae.
Linton Kwesi Johnson charts the history of
poetics in reggae alongside the evolution his
own career as a poet and musician. Illustrated
throughout with tracks selected by LKJ. All
Saints, 7.45pm, £12/£15.
Lewes Pilot Gig Club bless their new boat
and unveil its name. Outside John Harvey
Tavern, 3pm, all welcome.
Film: The Nile Hilton Incident (15). Cairo
crime drama. All Saints, 8pm, £5/£2.50.
FRIDAY 19 – SUNDAY 21
The Garden Show
at Firle Place. Specialist
and crafts designers,
home and garden
furniture, fashion and
country food, as well
as face painting, jugglers, puppet shows and
other activities. Firle Place, 10am-5pm, £3-£8.
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Lewes FC Quiz Night. General quiz, four
people per team max, must book in advance
– email@example.com. The Dripping Pan,
7.45pm, £2.50 each (optional £10 meal deal).
Arts & Crafts Market in the Old Georgian
Riding School. Part of the Garden Show at
Firle. Firle Place, 10am-5pm, £3-£8.
Guerilla Poetry. Spoken word
open mic. Lansdown, 7pm, free.
Lewes Death Café. Conversations around
death and dying. The Dorset, 1pm, free.
woman show, in
which poet Gus
Little Red Riding
down to create a
£7/£9. See page
Headstrong Club talk and discussion. Ben
Scott-Robinson on robot farming. Elephant &
Castle, 8pm, £3. See page 39.
Through Windows. Three-hour drawing and
painting workshop with Nick Bush (plus lunch
and refreshments) in aid of Freedom from Torture.
All abilities welcome. Keeper’s Cottage,
Alciston, 10am-2pm or 2pm-5pm, £50, contact
Day. A screening
of The True
Cost, a documentary
fast fashion’s devastating impact on people and
planet, with a Q&A workshop to discuss what
we can do. Followed by a clothes swap. Depot,
10.15am (film & Q&A) and 2pm (clothes
swap), £9 for film & talk, £6 for clothes swap.
Photo by Tom Dempsey
Pop-up Orchestra. A creative ensemble for
adult instrumentalists of any standard – no
reading required. Westgate Chapel, 3pm-5pm,
£20pp, see leweswoodwind.co.uk for more info.
play brings Thomas Paine home to Lewes. All
Saints, 7.30pm, £12 (£8 for under 25s), tickets
available from Union Music and Tourist Information
Centre. (Show also on at Attenborough
Centre on Thursday 25th, £5.) See page 43.
Dig It Q & A. With Joe Talbot and the Dig It
team from BBC Radio Sussex. South Downs
Nurseries & Garden Centre, Hassocks, 9am-
12pm, email promotions@tatesgardencentres.
Brighton Festival 2019
Guest Director is Malian
musician and songwriter
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Sat 4 May
Sat 18 May
Dream Mandé: Djata
Tue 21 May
the half moon
Traditional country pub in a 19th-century
coach house just outside Lewes.
Friday Night Jazz
Every 3rd Friday of the month
19th April – Classic Jazz Duo (sax &
guitar), Denis Primett and Peter Mahoey
Ditchling Road, Plumpton, BN7 3AF
GIG GUIDE // APRIL
GIG OF THE MONTH:
THE UNDERCOVER HIPPY
Billy Rowen (AKA The Undercover Hippy) is ‘On a
mission to make people think, laugh and dance simultaneously’.
It’s not easy to sum up his musical style in a
few words, but I think Tom Robinson (BBC6Music) has
managed it pretty well. ‘Beautifully produced agitprop
reggae flavoured rap… like the love-child of Steel
Pulse, Kate Tempest and The Sleaford Mods.’ Hailing
from a drum & bass background, in 2007 Billy put
down the decks, picked up his guitar and started song
writing. His lyrics are clever, witty, political, provocative
and full of soul, which he delivers with bags of energy
and the finesse and mastery of an experienced MC.
Con Club, Sunday 7th, 7.30pm, £12
Lawrence Jones. Jazz sax & flute. Snowdrop,
English dance tunes session – bring instruments.
Folk (English trad). John Harvey
Tavern, 8pm, free
English dance tunes session – bring instruments.
Folk (English trad). The Volunteer,
Jam Night. All welcome, free drink for all
participants. Lansdown, 7.30pm, free
The Undercover Hippy. See Gig of the
Piranhas 4 + Unorfadox. Ska/Punk. Con
Club, 9pm, £TBA
Charlotte Glasson. Jazz sax & multi-instrumental.
Snowdrop, 8pm, free
Sam Walker. Multi-instrumental songwriter
and performer. Lansdown, 7.30pm, free
Steve Ignorant’s Slice of Life (acoustic) +
The Cravats (punk). Con Club, 7.30pm, £14
Jack & Leon Hogsden. Folk (English trad).
Elephant & Castle, 8pm, £6
Concertinas Anonymous practice session.
Folk & misc. Elephant & Castle, 8pm, free
Bad Boy Boogie. AC/DC tribute. Con Club,
A creative workshop for
of any standard.
No reading required!
Saturday 27th April, 3-5pm
Westgate Chapel, Lewes
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GIG GUIDE // APRIL
FRIDAY 12 & SATURDAY 13
The Leaky Buckets. Charity gigs in aid of Chestnut
Tree House. Cash bar & handmade pizzas.
Iford Hall, 7.30pm, free
Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne. Folk (English
trad). Elephant & Castle, 8pm, £7, see page 49
Chelsea. Punk. Con Club, 9pm, £TBA
Nik Turner’s Space Ritual. Con Club, 7.30pm,
£16.50, see page 47
Chrysta Bell. Dream pop. Con Club, 7.30pm, £18
Benn Clatworthy with the John Donaldson
Trio. Jazz. Snowdrop, 8pm, free
Johnny Dowd. Alt country. Con Club, 7.30pm,
John Fairhurst. Blues/rock. Con Club, 9pm,
Denis Primett and Peter Mahoey. Background
jazz. The Half Moon, Plumpton, 7pm, free
Songs for Spring. Folk – open night. Elephant &
Castle, 8pm, £4
SUNDAY 21 & MONDAY 22
Sun Ra Arkestra. Legendary jazz troupe return to
Lewes. Con Club, 8pm, £25.50
Geoff Simkins. Jazz alto sax. Snowdrop, 8pm, free
Joey Landreth & Band. Roots-rock guitar &
vocals. Con Club, 7.30pm, £15
English tunes practice session for any instrument.
Folk (English trad). Elephant & Castle,
Slaughter & The Dogs. Punk rock. Con Club,
The Doctors. Prog/Folk rock. Con Club, 9pm,
Matt Quinn & Owen Woods. Folk (trad) – CD
launch. Elephant & Castle, 8pm, £7
Loose Caboose. Northern soul DJs. Con Club,
Sara Oschlag. Jazz. Snowdrop, 8pm, free
Johnny Dowd. Photo by Kat Dalton
ST PANCRAS CATHOLIC CHURCH
Irelands Lane, Lewes BN7 1QX
Mass at 8pm
Children’s Stations of the Cross at 10am
Stations of the Cross (Via Crucis) at 12 noon
Celebration of the Passion of the Lord at 3pm
Office of Readings and Morning Prayer at 8.30am
The Easter Vigil (8.30pm on Holy Saturday)
Mass at 9am, 10.30am, 12.30pm (Latin)
Surrexit Dominus vere, Alleluia.
The Lord has truly risen, Alleluia.
c h o i r
J S BACH
The Baroque Collective
Director - John Hancorn
Sat 13th April 2019
Town Hall, Lewes 7.30pm
Tickets from LTIC or Ring 07759 878562
or Online eastsussexbachchoir.org
Saturday 7pm, 11 May
Mozart • Webern • Brahms
THURSDAY 25, 1.10PM
George X. Fu
The St Anne’s lunchtime recitals are underway for 2019 and
this month features a piano recital by rising American star
George X. Fu. On the programme are popular works by Mozart
and Chopin, and the magnificent Iberia (Book 1) by 20th century
Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz. Debussy pronounced Iberia
to be ‘perhaps on the highest place among the more brilliant
pieces for the king of instruments’. As a piano soloist with
orchestras across the US, Europe and South America, George
X. Fu has been praised for his virtuosity; St Anne’s recital series
organiser David Ollosson confirms that he’s ‘staggeringly good.’ Hear him play for free – although
you’ll no doubt want to give something as you leave.
St Anne’s Church. Free, with a retiring collection. Refreshments available before and after performance.
Photo by Patrick Allen
FRIDAY 5, 7PM
Nature through Song. Debra Skeen (soprano)
and Peter Hanson (accompanist) present a
fundraising recital for the St. Peter’s Restoration
Fund. St. Peter’s Church, Firle. £10 (includes refreshments)
from Firle Post Office or on the door
SATURDAY 13, 7.30PM
East Sussex Bach Choir. JS Bach’s mighty St
John Passion. Nick Pritchard sings the Evangelist,
with the Baroque Collective players; John Hancorn
conducts. Lewes Town Hall. £20, £15, under
16s free, Lewes TIC or eastsussexbachchoir.org
SATURDAY 6, 7PM
Launch of Music & Word, a new music programme
at Charleston with acclaimed pianist
Melvyn Tan. The Hay Barn, Charleston. £35,
Friends £30. charleston.org.uk
SUNDAY 7, 3PM
St Michael’s Recitals. Star Baroque violinist
Julia Bishop is joined by Nick Houghton, playing
both church and chamber organs. Includes works
by Biber, Bach and Buxtehude. St Michael’s, free
with collection. stmichaelinlewes.org.uk
SUNDAY 7, 7PM
Pro Musica. Colin Moore conducts the choir
in Mozart’s Requiem, accompanied by The Florentine
Ensemble. St Andrew’s Church, Alfriston.
£12, under 12s free. On the door, or from members
of the choir. promusica.org.uk
SUNDAY 14, 3PM
Seaford Music Society. Family Concert: Hey
Diddle Diddle! Music, stories and dance. Nonmember
tickets available. St Leonard’s Church,
Seaford. £8/£5, accompanied children free.
FRIDAY 19, 7PM
New Sussex Singers. Grief and Thanks. Music for
Good Friday by Bach, Tavener and Vaughan Williams.
Baritone Peter Edge, conductor Sebastian
Charlesworth, accompanist Howard Beech.
St Mary’s, Newick. £12. newsussexsingers.org.uk
SUNDAY 28, 4.30PM
Musicians of All Saints. A special Tea Concert
showcasing students from London Music Colleges.
St Michael’s Church. £12/£9 concessions,
under 18s free. mas-lewes.co.uk Robin Houghton
FREETIME êêêê UNDER 16
MONDAY 8 – FRIDAY 12
Performers Club. Five-day intensive
performing course with experienced West End
and opera professionals. Held in a country
house in Glynde, 10am-4pm, £200, see
SATURDAY 6 – MONDAY 22
Bertram Bunny’s Easter Adventure. Fun
and nature-filled family activities, with egg
hunt, crazy golf and egg & spoon races. Borde
Hill Garden, 10am-5pm, £6.35-£9.50 (free to
Horrible Science at
Wakehurst. Based on the
best-selling books by Nick
Arnold, including wicked
weeds trail, horrid science
lab and gruesome plant
Look Think Make. Drop-in family-friendly
creative activities for all ages. Children must
be accompanied by an adult. De La Warr,
Morning Explorer: Herbs & Spices. Includes
a story, special tactile objects to feel and scents
to inhale, plus garden games and audiodescribed
tours. A special time for families with
additional needs; the castle opens between 10
& 11am exclusively for them. Lewes Castle,
10am-11am, regular admission applies.
Flowers and Fleece. Drop-in for stories
and springtime activities. All ages welcome.
Anne of Cleves, 1pm-4pm, price included in
Digging for Treasure.
Have a go at being an
archaeologist, with digging,
handling of artefacts, drawing
and making treasure to take
home. A holiday workshop for children aged
four to eight. Lewes Castle, 10.30am-12pm or
2pm-3.30pm, £5 per child.
Flint Day: Stone Age to Iron Age. Drop in
to see flint knapping demonstrations by expert
Grant Williams, as well as handling flint
artefacts in the gallery and some prehistoric
tools and weapons (ages 7+). Lewes Castle,
10.30am-3pm, price included in admission.
Spring Greens. Hands-on activities based
around springtime. Embroider a flower or
make a herb bag, have a go at still life painting
and drawing inspired by the garden. Anne of
Cleves, 1pm-4pm, price included in admission.
How to Attack
Find out how
attacked in the
(catapults) and castles to take home. Lewes
Castle, 10.30am-12pm or 2pm-3.30pm,
£5 per child.
Lewes Science, Technology, Engineering,
and Mathematics (STEM) Fair. Aimed at
families to celebrate local science, technology,
engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities
in Sussex. Lewes Town Hall, 12pm-3pm, free.
SATURDAY 27 – SUNDAY 28
Dinosaur World Live. Interactive show for all
the family. Congress Theatre, 11am & 2pm, £14.
SUNDAY 21 & MONDAY 22
Plumpton Racecourse Easter Eggstravaganza.
Seven races, fun fair, face painting, live
music, food & drink, and plenty more free
Experience Horrible Science activities this Easter holiday
6 – 22 April
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ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES
BY SABINA RADEVA
This month has brought us the first ever picture-book retelling
of Charles Darwin’s On The Origin of Species, in a beautiful
book that brings Darwin’s theories alive for young readers.
Molecular biologist and illustrator Sabina Radeva sets out
to explain the basic concepts of Charles Darwin’s theory of
evolution by means of natural selection to children of about six
years and upwards. She also outlines how evolutionary theory
has advanced since Darwin’s time, detailing how our modern
knowledge of genetics expands and confirms Darwin’s work,
and explains some common misconceptions about his theory.
This is a book you can read straight through like a story, or
spend hours poring over like an encyclopaedia – or both! The
artwork is truly lovely, keeping the same style for both pictures
and diagrams which makes it beautifully coherent. Scattered
throughout are illustrated quotes of Darwin’s original words, reminding young readers that this is
not just a story, but that Charles Darwin was a real person who wrote a really important book.
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Spring Greens -16 th April
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Digging for Treaure -11 th April
Stone Age to Iron Age -13 th April
How to Attack a Castle -18 th April
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SHOES ON NOW: UP, UP AND AWAY
THE AIRPORT AT SHOREHAM
All of my boys have had a fascination with
planes: often when they were very young,
they’d gaze skywards and point whenever a
jumbo jet passed overhead, a look of sheer
delight on their faces. The younger two (ages 6
and 11) still retain that fascination and so they
were very excited to learn that this month’s
assignment involved us visiting Brighton City
Airport at Shoreham.
Founded in 1910, this is apparently the oldest
airport in the UK and, thanks in part to its Art
Deco appearance, has even featured in various
films and TV series such as Agatha Christie’s
Poirot. Nowadays the airport is used primarily
by privately-owned light aeroplanes and flying
schools. It even offers sightseeing and pleasure
trips for the more adventurous visitor. The
boys and I, however, stayed firmly on the
Located inside the main terminal building of
the airport lies the rather nice Hummingbird
Restaurant. The restaurant is open for
breakfast, lunch, dinners and coffee and cake
and you can sit at one of its tables and view
the airstrip. Apparently, it’s a popular venue for
locals who like to come and enjoy a meal whilst
taking in the view through the huge windows.
The boys, however, decided that they wanted
to sit at a table outside on the viewing deck
to be even closer to the airport in action.
The planes looked tiny compared to the
ones we are accustomed to at commercial
airports such as Gatwick. But we were up
close: both boys were fascinated to see these
small aeroplanes refuelling and running their
engines and even more excited, of course, to
watch them taking off.
Because the planes were so near, we could see
the expressions on the pilots’ faces, as they
patiently waited for their turn on the runway –
some even giving us a friendly wave. Both boys
watched in awe as pilots steered their planes
towards the runway and then rose into the air,
soaring high above as they headed off.
After twenty minutes or so we went inside to
the café where we ordered hot chocolate and
cake. From there, we could still see what was
going on outside. I imagine lots of people
come here just because it’s an unusual and
pleasant spot for breakfast or lunch – and the
Art Deco building is classic 1930s.
We didn’t stay that long at Shoreham Airport –
it’s the type of excursion that will kill a couple
of hours, and get you and the kids out of the
house; not really a day trip. But it is novel and
special to be able to see the planes refuel and
take off. I think toddlers might love it.
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GIRLS FOR CHANGE: RIGHTS, DIGNITY, HOPE
NOT THE CHAIN, BUT CHANGE
Mayor Janet Baah has
made it her mission to
bring about change.
She is, she tells me,
young people”, and it’s
this that has led her
to invite one hundred
local girls to the Town
Hall for a day. She
wants to hear what they
have to say.
Under the banner
‘Girls for Change:
Hope’, Janet has invited girls from secondary
and primary schools across the town to come
together on 25th April to articulate their hopes
and aspirations for life ten years from now.
And she means to follow through: checking
again with these girls in 2028, on the 100th
anniversary of women getting the vote, to see
how things have crystallised.
There’s more. Also on the guest list for the 25th
are politicians, cross-party, from the Houses of
Lords and Commons. For once, though, they’ll
not be there to speak as experts; they’ll be there
to listen. And to commit to making concrete
changes in the light of what they learn. “The
adults will be stepping back”, says Janet Baah.
“It’s the girls who will be doing the talking.
One hundred years ago, a group of women put
their lives on the line for us”, says Janet, who
passionately wishes for the girls of today to
remember this, and understand its relevance to
their own lives, here and now. And it is inspiring.
What a huge difference one young person can
make, we reflect together; just take Swedish
Greta Thunberg, for
“There will always
says Janet. “But I
don’t want these
girls to think they
can’t achieve things
female. It’s about
And it’s not just about
the one date. I will
keep prodding; and I will revisit these young
women in ten years’ time. I knew what I wanted
to do when I arrived in office at the Town Hall; I
didn’t know how to do it. Now, as I near the end
of my tenure, here is my answer.”
Has she enjoyed her year as Mayor, I ask? “It’s
been fantastic. Everyone I’ve encountered has
welcomed and helped me”, she says. “And I’ve
been invited far afield to speak, often on young
people’s issues. This weekend, for instance, I was
speaking in Norbury on knife crime. Now the
time is drawing to a close, I just want to seize
every opportunity to help enable change.”
Here, Janet tells me, is her “mantra”: “It’s not
about the chain; it’s about change.” And I get
this. Every word she speaks confirms it.
At the event, there’ll also be an unveiling of a
Women’s Rights Banner, designed and made
by Heather Downie for the Reeves Suffragette
exhibition. This will hang in the Corn Exchange,
along with Human Rights information panels,
and the Reeves exhibition will also be on show
during the day. Charlotte Gann
Photo by Charlotte Gann
& CELLAR DOOR
Dine in the heart of a Sussex Vineyard from a
menu of seasonal, modern British cuisine
TWO & THREE
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The Brewers Arms
A welcoming local
The Brewers Arms feels
cosy and convivial on a
Monday night. There is
a strategic meeting of
some sort in one corner,
a family in another, and
a pair of friends catching
up at the bar. I’m happy
to discover a pool table
in the backroom, as well
as board games and a
small poster detailing a baby picture competition,
wherein people try to “guess the identities
of staff and customers from pictures when they
were younger”. It certainly feels like a communal
pub, as reflected in a local crowd familiar
enough to recognise one another as bairns.
There is a wide range of rotating guest ales
on tap, although Harvey’s Best is a permanent
fixture. I opt for Beavertown’s Gamma Ray
American Pale Ale, a refreshing pint on the
fizzier side of the pale ale spectrum. We started
with the garlic bread with cheese, featuring a
generous amount of cheddar on crunchy bread
(£3.70). My guest chose a beef burger (beef
supplied by Richards’ Butchers), and we both
enjoyed being able to select emmental cheese
on top of a toasted brioche bun, rather than
having a choice foisted upon you (4oz £4.50,
8oz £6.20). Other options include cheddar, brie,
stilton and chilli cheese, and the burger comes
packed with Romaine lettuce, beef tomato,
gherkins and red onion.
I chose the breaded whole-tail scampi, with
chunky chips and homemade tartare sauce
(£10). The scampi tasted fresh and flavourful,
melting in the mouth. The tartare sauce was a
sharp and aromatic complement
to the fish, and
the substantial, chunky
chips were nice and
crispy on the outside.
After some generous portions,
we needed a break
before our desserts: I
took the opportunity to
sample more ales. I was
chuffed to settle on a
hearty and hoppy new discovery: Side Pocket
For A Toad, a 3.6% Best. If it had been a Friday
night booze up on the cards rather than a food
review, I might have been tempted to try their
Snail’s Bank Rhubarb cider, or the more appealing
dry Biddenden cider at an eyewatering
My friend was made up with the strawberry jam
sponge pudding with custard (£4), happy that
it felt pleasantly warming, “as a pudding should
be”. I was similarly pleased with my chocolate
fudge cake with vanilla ice cream (£4), my
favourite part of the meal: the filling was satisfyingly
thick, gooey and chocolatey.
The staff were very helpful, approachable, and
informative throughout, regularly checking in
that everything was ok, happy to offer extra
sauces and to make substitutions.
The Brewers Arms does a good job of combining
a friendly and traditional local pub with a
wide-ranging menu. It’s good value too: I was
struck by the range of food options available,
from £3.50 sandwiches to £10 chicken parmigiana
or bacon and onion suet pudding mains.
91 High St, brewersarmslewes.co.uk
Photo by Joe Fuller
Photo by Chloë King
Hot Cross Bun &
Emily Clarke at Landport Community Café
Landport Community Café grew out of the
#241forFoodBanks campaign I launched to
encourage supermarket shoppers to donate food
that often gets wasted. I was looking for ways
to bring the community together and through
my work with the food banks I saw a need for
somewhere affordable to go out and eat.
It’s not about charity, it’s about making sure
that anyone and everyone can go out on a
Friday and have the night off from cooking.
Food waste was more of a driver for the project
than anything else. There is so much of it
everywhere. I recently got involved with the
Aldi Neighbourly Scheme, so now I collect
surplus food from them on Tuesdays.
This week I picked up loads of hot cross buns,
hence this pudding, which is a really tasty
way to use up stale bread. I make mine with
homemade vanilla custard with orange flower
water and then I tuck in nuggets of almond
paste. It’s the ultimate comfort food: sweet and
stodgy, warming and filling.
The other day, I was given about 80 mangoes.
They were in packets where one was ready to
eat and the other wasn’t. The home-ripening
ones weren’t even ripe and still they were about
to be chucked in the bin. My freezer is full of
delicious mango sorbet now, which will be on
the menu next week.
The café is pay by donation, so we have a
discrete tin that people pay into as they leave.
We have a lot of older people who live alone,
and we get loads of young families. It’s noisy and
informal, with big long tables so everyone sits
What’s really nice is to see people who have
lived on the same street for years but didn’t
know each other, sit together and chat. Loads of
friends have been made. We wanted it to be for
everybody and it has worked out like that.
We’re celebrating our second birthday on
26th April. We’ll have musicians performing
so people can stay on after their meal. I think
people’s perception of the café has changed.
When we started, people thought it was a soup
kitchen, but now people understand us better.
Everyone who comes here says, we’re eating
this delicious food, it’s shocking to think it
might just as easily be in the bin.
Ingredients: 300ml double cream, 600ml milk,
4 eggs, 100g golden caster sugar, 1tsp orange
flower water, 1 vanilla pod or ½ tsp vanilla
essence, 8 hot cross buns, 40g soft butter, 100g
homemade almond paste or shop-bought
marzipan, 3tbsp chunky marmalade
Method: Heat oven to 170c/150c fan. Warm
the cream, milk and vanilla in a pan over a
gentle heat until just steaming. Whisk the
eggs, sugar and orange flower water together
in a bowl, then gradually add the warm cream
mixture to make a custard.
Halve the buns and spread with butter. Put
them in a large ovenproof dish, push little blobs
of marzipan in between the buns and brush the
tops with marmalade.
Pour the custard over the buns and let them
soak it up well. Bake for about 45 mins, letting
the pudding cool a while before serving.
As told to Chloë King
a Happy Easter!
According to the Vegan Society, there are now over 542,000 vegans in the
UK. What’s more, this vanguard has buying power, with sales of vegan
food increasing by 1,500 per cent in the last year.
It’s not just the supermarkets that are expanding their free-from selections
either; it’s also become a whole lot easier to eat out for those of us following
a plant-based diet. One of the latest restaurants in Lewes to introduce
a vegan menu is Castle Chinese, whose offering boasts 10 appetisers, two
different soups and 11 mains, as well as a selection of rice and noodles.
My vegan-for-the-night friend chose the Castle Lettuce Parcel with Minced Vegetables (£7.90) as her
starter, which (amusingly) proved to be self-assembly, with a pile of lettuce leaves accompanying her veggies.
I opted for the Salt & Chilli Chips (£4.95), which were delicious and perfectly seasoned.
For the main course, my friend went for Sizzling Monk Vegetables (£9.80), while I had Mixed Vegetables
with Fried Udon Rice Noodles (£6.60), which proved pleasingly chunky with a subtle flavour.
My only misgiving was that one dish on the menu contained honey (most vegans avoid all animal-derived
products) and egg noodles were listed – but the proprietor, who was very helpful and friendly, was
already aware of the issue and assured us the menu was being revised. Anita Hall
162 High Street. castlechinese.co.uk
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I thought I’d
son has recently become vegetarian. He’s
never liked cheese, but how about eggs?
“If we know where they come from.” I’ve
only ever bought free range, but this is an
interesting challenge. I’ve cuddled and fed
Baulcombes Barn chickens. Their eggs
are organic, sold by farmer and therapist
Owena Lewis, and she doesn’t trim their
beaks. Owena sells her own meat at the
Lewes Farmers Market, runs courses on
hen husbandry and has ‘community chickens’.
Or just buy her eggs, £2 a half dozen,
at the farm gate in Hamsey, 1st and 3rd
Every Saturday in Lewes, Barcombe Nurseries
has a stall on the precinct where they
sell Demeter ‘biodynamic’ eggs (similar to
organic) from Forest Row, £2.50. Also on
the precinct, Wednesdays and Fridays, Lewesian
barrow boys Colin, Jeff and Sam sell
Holmansbridge (Barcombe) free range,
£1.50. Mac’s Farm in Ditchling sell their
own organic eggs from £1.75. At the Friday
Food Market, 9.30-1.30pm, Market Tower,
you can also buy organic local eggs from
Cheese Please (£2.25 from Barcombe).
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meals. And Café de Jardin has market day
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Photographer Benjamin Youd visited four people who work with
birds – or bats! He asked each of them: What’s the most interesting
fact you’ve learnt about them?
Susie Macmillan, Farm Manager at The Mac’s Farm
‘Hens are amazing, because they lay you a little present most days! They make
perfect pets as well, as they are so friendly, and nothing tastes as great as a freshly laid egg!’
THE WAY WE WORK
Tiger Cox, Falconer at Freedom Outdoors
‘Peregrine Falcons have a top flight speed of 242 miles per hour!’
THE WAY WE WORK
Kim Dawson, Specialist Advisor (Downland and Reserves)
and Sussex Batgroup committee member
‘Bats are a biological indicator species. This means, where there are bats, there is also
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THE WAY WE WORK
Samantha Sword, Aviaries Care Assistant
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‘We provide the best care for our rescue birds, but ultimately
they shouldn’t be kept as pets.’
A labour of love
Although I work as a structural engineer, I first
studied Mechanical Engineering, at the University
of Sussex, and have always been drawn to
things that move in the landscape, particularly if
there’s a bit of history thrown in. Steam engines
do it for some; for me it’s windmills. Ashcombe
Windmill is the distinctive white mill standing
between Lewes and Kingston. For more than a
decade, I’ve been working in my spare time on
Had I been around in the nineteenth century
I could have stood at Ashcombe Windmill and
seen around twelve other mills at work. They
almost dominated the landscape. There were
three on Juggs Road alone: Kingston Mill,
Southern Mill and Ashcombe Mill. These were
features of the landscape that did not deserve to
be lost, but little nostalgia existed for them in
the late nineteenth century. Battered by weather,
they needed constant maintenance. As soon as
there was competition from larger steam mills,
they rapidly became a financial liability.
Ashcombe may have survived longer than many
because she arrived later on the scene. Built
in 1828 by Lewes millwright Samuel Medhurst,
assisted by journeyman millwright Jesse
Pumphrey, she was a bit showy with six sweeps
instead of the usual four (which were actually
better for milling). She was built to demonstrate
the industrial rebirth of Lewes following the
Napoleonic Wars. Over time, the weight of six
sweeps made her stoop forward – she became
headsick – and would have been difficult to push
around to face the wind. Doubtless this contributed
to her collapse in the spring of 1916 during
a storm. The post on which the mill body turned
was left standing like a sentry, with scattered
millstones and timber lying on the ground. We
find small remnants to this day.
Ashcombe Mill was ideal for reconstruction.
The location had not become obscured by trees
or buildings which would obstruct the wind.
She needed to be put back to work if she was
to come back to life. Renewable energy was an
obvious choice and, in 2007, an enlightened
planning committee approved our application –
which included both electricity production and
the option to install millstones. A big day for us.
We’ve been working on the project ever since.
Medhurst also worked on Jill Mill, in Clayton,
and Cross in Hand Mill. Both these, in addition
to photos of Ashcombe – which continue to
come to light – have proved invaluable. No shots
of the interior have been found and we’ve made
no attempt to replicate it. The internal framing
is now steel: unlike the original timber construction,
this should keep the mill bolt upright.
Today, the mill is run for short periods from
time to time while the mechanical components
are being commissioned. A larger electricity
generator is currently being installed and this
summer should see the mill return to more frequent
use. We live in a troglodyte world below
the base – it’s not so bad – and invite particular
interest groups for tours of the mill.
As told by James Tasker to Charlotte Gann
Photo by Charlotte Gann
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Sheds on the Nev
Flights of fancy
Stride up over the ridge at Landport Bottom,
under a sky trilling with larks, and you see them.
There, under the downward sweep of the sheep
field they nestle in gardens on the fringes of the
town. Pastel-painted, green-roofed, plain timber
or tumbledown, they are unobtrusive outposts of
industry, cabins of contemplation, little huts of
happiness. The Sheds of the Nev.
Whether it’s for the scent of sun-warmed shiplap,
the furtive creak of roofing felt as it stretches to
greet the Spring, or the quiet crunch of last year’s
desiccated insect life underfoot, a shed is a special
place, a sanctuary, a place to create, to build, to
dream. A shed is a fortress for the soul.
“I don’t really have rules in my shed,” says Jonathan
Smith, who paints in his. “Cups of tea are
permissible, and gallery curators are allowed in.
But it’s definitely not a party shed, it’s a working
space. It’s somewhere I can go to travel to the
places I’m working on.” Jonathan is currently
transported to the Hebrides and the shed is full
of blue-violet seas and granite-grey island skies.
The canvases themselves are soon to be transported
to the Kellie Miller Gallery in Brighton.
A few doors along, saxophonist Lisa Guile says,
“I don’t mind about the dead woodlice and the
general scuzziness and oh, excuse the nail-bar,
that was for a children’s party a while ago. The
shed is definitely not a pretty space, it’s just
somewhere I can come and get on with things.
I can get some practice done up here in the
evenings without distraction.” What about the
cup of tea question? “Being up here means I’m
concentrating so I have to think twice. Shall I
have a cup of tea? No. Because I’d have to go
back through the garden and inside the house.
So it makes me keep going.”
The appeal of putting some fresh air between
oneself and one’s nearest and dearest – not to
mention a few feet of lawn, shrubs, or raised
beds – cannot be overestimated.
“Every woman should have a shed,” says herbalist
and storyteller Kym Murden, channelling
Virginia Woolf, whose room-of-one’s-own is the
most famous example locally. (Look, she called
it a ‘writing lodge’ but we all know. It’s a shed. )
Kym’s little cabin is actually rather posh – she’s
got heating. Dark glass bottles line the shelves,
in the corner there’s a herb press, and there’s
a neat desk and a couple of chairs. It’s a warm,
convivial space, with spring sunlight pouring
in over the Downs above. And like other little
wooden boxes, it turns out to be something of a
confessional as well. “People tell me all sorts of
things about their lives in here,” she explains. “A
shed is an elemental space. It’s made of wood and
you walk through the garden to get to it, so it
makes people relax.”
Philip Larkin once wrote that he saw life as
‘an affair of solitude diversified by company.’
Should’ve had a shed. Eleanor Knight
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We try Applied Kinesiology
In the 20-plus years I’ve
been a health writer, I’ve
tested out numerous
alternative therapies, from
aromatherapy to zero balancing.
Yet there’s one I’ve
never tried, and, although
I’ve done my research, I’m
not sure what to expect as
I arrive at the Lewes clinic
of Applied Kinesiologist
“Applied Kinesiology, or
AK, is used to evaluate how muscles function,”
Marek explains. The aim, he adds, is to identify
imbalances in the body, which might be
muscular in origin, or relate to deeper, organ
dysfunction, or even emotional issues.
Devised by chiropractor George Goodheart
in 1964, AK is often associated with diagnosing
food intolerances and allergies, but Marek
states that makes up “only about five per cent
of what we do. It’s useful to know what to
avoid, but we need to know much more than
that. The emphasis is very much on the structural
side of things, and the body’s biochemistry.
We treat the cause, not just the symptom,
and can help with all kinds of different things.”
In the spirit of ‘showing’ rather than ‘telling’,
he then asks me to stand, so he can assess my
posture. My other job is teaching yoga, so I
feel I have a reasonable working knowledge
of the body’s muscles, but I find myself in new
territory as Marek demonstrates how they
“switch on and off”. When I place my left foot
and right arm forward, I am able to resist easily
as he presses down on my forearm. However,
when he performs the same muscle test with
Photo by Denis Fraser
my other foot in front,
I can’t prevent my arm
from lowering. I’m
This, Marek says, is
because, when we walk,
the arms and legs work
in opposition, with
becoming active or
passive. The same
principle enables him
to determine when
muscles aren’t functioning properly.
Next I lie down while Marek checks movement
and resistance in different sets of muscles.
Each time he finds a problem, he works on it,
pressing into the trouble spot until it releases,
then retesting the muscle. He corrects a slight
twist he detects in my pelvis, massages my right
shoulder, and rebalances my neck and lower
back – and I begin to think my yogic posture
might not be quite as good as I’d imagined.
The results of Marek’s ministrations seem
almost magical, as muscles that formerly struggled
to hold steady now stay firm, while my
rotation to the right is fuller and easier, with
my neck and shoulders twisting more freely.
Based on his findings, Marek sends me away
with the recommendation to start taking a zinc
supplement. He also suggests a couple of home
tests I can perform to see if my stomach acid
levels and thyroid function are healthy, as he
suspects these may be problem areas for me.
I leave feeling impressed by my experience of
AK – although, I have to admit, I still don’t
fully understand it… Anita Hall
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A lot less bovver
Everyone loves bees don’t they? The recent
revelations that our bees are in decline has
prompted protests and petitions and highlighted
the important service these buzzing
pollinators provide to our planet. Without
them our crops and ecosystems would
collapse. Yet many other pollinators which
provide the same service don’t get the same
level of public support. So today I’m waving
my flag for the hoverflies.
There’s something about hoverflies which
just doesn’t make them as lovable as bees.
Perhaps it’s because most of the time people
mistake them for wasps. This isn’t totally
our fault because that’s exactly what the
hoverflies want you to think. It’s all a cunning
strategy called Batesian mimicry.
The 283 species of hoverfly in the UK come
in many shapes, colours and sizes but most
of them sport yellow and black stripes making
them easily confused with wasps, bees,
hornets, bumblebees or the Commercial
Square Bonfire Society. But unlike bees and
wasps, hoverflies are harmless. They don’t
sting and can’t bite but they have discovered
you don’t have to actually be dangerous to
deter predators – you just have to look like
something that’s dangerous.
Yet their devious mimicry isn’t the most
incredible thing about them. Their wings
are the things.
Hoverflies (like all flies) have just two wings
(half as many wings as bees and wasps).
Whereas other flies keep their wings
straight, hoverflies have the inclination to
incline their wings and an angled downward
stroke at a remarkable rate of 120 beats per
second allows them to fly to a most amazing
place: nowhere. Hoverflies have become the
motionless masters of mid-air.
It’s not all sitting around in the sky though.
During their few days of life hoverflies
fight, fornicate and feed. While busy collecting
energy-giving nectar and proteinrich
pollen they inadvertently provide that
vital pollination service to our flowers and
crops. And hoverflies have earned the title
of ‘The Gardener’s Friend’ because about
40% of them have a larval stage which is
basically a tiny crawling stomach that roams
around your flowerbed eating pesky aphids.
Pollination, pest control – next thing you
know these beneficial little insects will be
mowing the front lawn for us too.
Michael Blencowe, Senior Learning & Engagement
Officer, Sussex Wildlife Trust
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Lewes FC Academy
The future is bright…
“This Academy is absolutely
the real deal,” says
Charlie Dobres, Lewes
FC Director, sitting on
the grassy bank by the side
of the Dripping Pan pitch,
in the early spring sun.
There’s some big news,
which he’s clearly excited
about: Lewes FC have
teamed up with Plumpton
College in order to expand
their ‘Academy’ set up,
offering courses starting in September. I’m here
to find out more.
“We are offering young men and women, who
want to become professional footballers, the
chance to study for two years for their ‘A’ Levels
and BTEC,” he says, “whilst simultaneously receiving
intensive and high-level football coaching
from our team of experienced coaches.”
Seasoned Lewes FC-watchers might be thinking
‘hang on, wasn’t there an academy before?
Didn’t it all get folded up?’ “Yes and no,” says
Charlie. “We had a boys’ academy, where we
used virtual educational providers to teach
the lads, here at the Dripping Pan, while we
provided the football training. This was successful,
with the likes of Ronnie Conlon and
Harry Reed making it to the first team. But for
financial reasons, we realised that wasn’t the best
model for the students or for us, so we had to
have a rethink.
“More recently we have been running an
academy for young women, which has been far
more successful, because we teamed up with
an academic establishment, Newman College,
Brighton. Basically, they provide the education,
and pay us to do the football training. It’s a
much more sustainable
model.” So far Ava Rowbotham
has made it all
the way to the first-team
squad; there are sure to
be others behind her.
The link-up with
Newman will continue
for young women; the
courses at Plumpton
College will be on offer
for a new intake of both
sexes, though the Boys’
Academy won’t open its doors till 2020. Charlie
is negotiating with another local educational
establishment, so boys can also have a choice of
environments to study in.
“All the football training will take place at The
Rookery 3G training pitch on Ham Lane,” he
continues. “The girls will be given three training
sessions a week – like the first team players
– and a match. The coaches are of exceptionally
high quality. There’s Fran Alonso, the Lewes
FC Women’s manager, who used to coach the
likes of Wayne Rooney at Everton; there’s
Simon Parker, who used to be the manager of
the hugely successful Southampton Women’s
team; and there’s Jesus Cordon, another UEFAqualified
Lewes FC are not just in it for the sake of the
kids, of course. The best of these youngsters,
Charlie concludes, will graduate to play in the
first XI of both the men’s and women’s teams.
“We are doing what we can to nurture budding
talent, for the good of the players, and the good
of the club. This is the dawning of an exciting
new era.” Alex Leith
For more details, including of trials in April, see
Historic buildings ready for new businesses
One of the chief attractions of Lewes town centre is
its vibrant independent businesses. Shops with living
accommodation above them can be something of
a rarity, but may offer the ideal opportunity to work
from home. Properties like these allow easy access
to schools, railway & bus stations, shops, cafés and
walks on the South Downs. The need for a car is
reduced, commute times are minutes not hours.
Family time is extended, quality of life enhanced.
There are currently two unique properties of this
nature available. These Grade II listed buildings
demonstrate the individual character which make
Lewes so special. Both 1 Malling Street and 154
High Street are currently available through Rowland
Gorringe Estate Agents.
Whether you have an existing business or want to
start a new one, these locations can give you the
exposure needed to help grow your business.
Both the vendors have known the benefits of living
and working in the same building, allowing business
and family to grow side by side. Alternatively, living
accommodation can be rented out, helping to cover
the costs of the retail space.
These buildings will allow creative, design or artistic
minded people to find their market and develop
their business ideas. Both these properties offer
an opportunity to revitalise our High Street, the
future of which will increasingly depend on those
enterprises and services which can’t easily be
If this inspires your curiosity, then please contact
Rowland Gorringe on 01273 474101.
64 High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1XG
Lewes’ latest clothes chain, Little House of Oasis,
opened on the High Street in March, in what was
until recently Santander (and for those of you with
long memories, Marsh the butcher). I popped in for
a freebie glass of prosecco and tub of popcorn on
opening day. It’s nice and colourful, and stretches
surprisingly far back down the hill.
And welcome to two new independent shops: first
up, Organica, a ‘haven’ upstairs at the Riverside,
offering a mix of plants and fresh-cut flowers, and
environmentally-friendly fair-trade gifts from local
artists: expect vegan wax candles and organic soaps.
It’ll smell nice up there.
And also Steam Dream, who have taken the unit
by the well downstairs at the Needlemakers. Check
out owner Can’s upcycled jewellery and other doctored
accoutrements, all of a steam-punk nature.
Talking of steam dreams (thank you), the long
running plan to turn the old Turkish Baths into a
yoga and wellbeing centre – The Unity Centre –
has finally got the green light from the Council.
Founder Sevanti has been operating from Brighton
for over 20 years: she promises to aim her service at
the whole community.
And there’s a new practitioner at the Open Door
Complementary Health Centre in Church Twitten:
Amber Thorne is offering biophoton light therapy;
there’s a Viva offer on page 92.
Of course, the new Alistair Fleming store is up and
running on Cliffe High Street (see, too, page 23);
their old premises, round the corner on Malling
Street, featuring a shop downstairs and accommodation
upstairs, is now on the market. A fine spot.
Lastly, on the retail front, don’t forget it’s Record
Store Day on Sat 13th April: Union Music Store
will be opening its doors at 8am, for those who are
sniffing out the special RSD releases on offer (see
unionmusicstore.com) and there will be in-store
sessions throughout the day.
Good luck to everybody involved with Jamie’s
Farm, who’re opening up on a site between Plumpton
and Cooksbridge. These guys offer residential
courses to disadvantaged kids, with great results.
Congratulations to Oakley Property, who won
first place in the British Property Awards for both
their Lewes and Shoreham offices. This is their
third award in the last few months.
A new Lewes business is The Lewes PA – offering
personal assistance to anyone who needs it,
including help with shopping, cleaning, gardening,
admin… (See Facebook@thelewespa).
And, finally… we’re very proud to be one of eleven
global, national and local companies who have
become launch partners for Equality Supporters
Club, a Lewes FC-backed enterprise campaigning
for gender equality in football. Lewes, of course,
this season became the first club in the world to pay
their women the same as their men, and they don’t
want to stop there. We’re fully behind the scheme,
and are proud to be standing alongside the likes of
Harvey’s Brewery, Twitter, Knill James, Lucozade
Sport, Kappa, Engine Sport, Philcox, Finsbury,
Brighton & Hove Buses and Cederberg Capital. If
your business would like to invest in this process,
apparently there’s plenty more room…
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As from 1st April, all VAT-registered
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In a nutshell, VAT-registered
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Figures need to be submitted to HM Revenue
by digital link. The rules are quite complex and
there are exceptions, so it’s worth talking to your
Have you been advising small businesses
what to do about it? If so, what? Yes absolutely,
we’ve been helping clients pick the right
software for their business. Cloud-based systems
are really good for this but, contrary to the
adverts on TV, may not be the right choice for
everyone and some will be better
off using spreadsheets and ‘bridging
software’ that links them to
Is this move likely to increase
clients’ administrative burden? It
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term, but embracing technology that makes it
easier to keep an accurate track of your financial
position will definitely benefit most businesses.
What other areas do you advise on? We work
with a wide range of individuals, businesses and
charities, helping with everything from setting
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Every month we ask Tom and Tania, from
Reeves, to come up with a suggested themerelated
picture from the photography studio’s
archives. This one is listed as ‘Pelham Arms
and fowl’ and dated 1899. ‘Over to you’, said
A little detective work in The Keep is enough
to work out the probable identities of the five
people posing for Benjamin Reeves’ camera.
Five? Look carefully in the doorway, and you
can make out the portly figure of a middleaged
man: this is surely George Ade, landlord
of the Pelham at that time, according to Pike’s
Directory, and 56 years old.
According to the 1891 census, George had
four children – three girls and a boy – who
would be the following ages in 1899: Nelly,
30; Mabel, 28; Bertha, 22; and Edwin, 21.
These are surely the four in the picture, all
in their Sunday best, despite the fact they are
Which sister is which, is a matter of speculation.
Nelly (centre?) never married and
became a school mistress in Lewes. Mabel
(right?) married an ironmonger, and moved
out to Edenbridge. Bertha (left?) never married
either, or at least she hadn’t by 1911, when
she is listed as being single. Perhaps she was
enamoured by the photography business that
day: she became a photographer’s assistant,
working for Philip Ernest Smith, just a few
doors up from Reeves.
Edwin married, but sadly didn’t live to see his
children grow up. He was wounded in action
in 1917, and died in a military hospital, back in
England. He was buried in Lewes.
He outlived his father, however. George, it
is recorded in the Sussex Agricultural Express,
died of ‘heart disease, dropsy and Bright’s
Disease’ in March 1903.
So why, you may ask, all the chickens? In the
1901 census, George is listed as ‘publican and
victualler’, suggesting he sold more than just
beer and spirits. We reckon the Pelham did a
roaring trade in eggs.
Reeves, 159 High St, 01273 473274. Visit to see
more old photos on sale as cards or prints.
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