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<strong>Viva</strong> <strong>Lewes</strong> <strong>June</strong> <strong>2019</strong> | No. 153

153<br />



‘He walked alone along the Downs, this sad, ungainly man with beer-shot<br />

eyes who loved a girl in Earl’s Court – carrying an old bag of borrowed<br />

clubs and thinking of nothing but his game of golf. His face shone, his<br />

eyes gleamed…’ *<br />

Ah. The rejuvenating benefits of fresh air and exercise?<br />

Sport is our theme for this month, and it’s been fun. Joe swung a club at <strong>Lewes</strong> Golf<br />

Club. Anita Hall, a mallet, at the Cheyney Croquet Club. And I rolled up at Soulfit for<br />

a class of Iyengar Yoga with much-lauded Ali Hahlo.<br />

Meanwhile, Eleanor Knight, who starts her Keyboard worrier column this issue, shares<br />

a novel suggestion for how we all might get out on those hills. While the twitten runners<br />

have come up with an idea almost as bizarre – and made it their weekly reality.<br />

On top of all sorts of sport, we hear from <strong>Lewes</strong> Open Door on their plans, next winter,<br />

for a Night Shelter. Plus, the director of The Winter’s Tale on contemporary Shakespeare;<br />

the star of The Girl on the Train on life on the road; Helen Browning-Smith who’s,<br />

among other things, organising this month’s Gin & Fizz Festival; and the artist who’s<br />

painting The Towner. Literally. While wooden-kayak maker Chris Tipper shows us his<br />

magical workshop by the sea, in Newhaven. And Douglas Taylor shares a fine tribute to<br />

his brother-in-law, legendary Penguin Art Director, John Hamilton.<br />

* from perhaps my all-time favourite novel, Patrick Hamilton’s 1941 Hangover Square.<br />

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Bits and bobs.<br />

8-27. Cover artist Chris Lewis on the<br />

essence of good design; Helen Browning-<br />

Smith looks out onto the town she<br />

promotes; Photo of the month, from<br />

Chapel Hill; Greek Ava; <strong>Lewes</strong> Open Door<br />

Night Shelter seeks volunteers; <strong>Lewes</strong> Toad<br />

in the Hole in numbers; Jamie’s Farm on<br />

the benefits of responsibility and reflection;<br />

the word is spread to California and The<br />

Gambia; review of Louisa Thomsen Brits’<br />

Path; U3A bike rides sound lots of fun;<br />

Carlotta Luke photographs Magnificent<br />

Motors; Craig wins at everything.<br />

Columns.<br />

29-33. David Jarman on writers at the<br />

cricket; Eleanor Knight meets doom with<br />

a smile and a wave; and John Henty on<br />

editing sports rather than doing it.<br />

On this month.<br />

35-49. Sir Anthony Seldon on why being<br />

PM is an impossible job; meet 14-year old<br />

cricket prodigy, Arwyn James; Same Sky<br />

celebrates its 30th birthday; Billy Bragg<br />

53<br />

51<br />

explains Americana before appearing at<br />

Black Deer; Samantha Womack stars in<br />

The Girl on the Train at Theatre Royal;<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Skittles Tournament is at The<br />

Grange; <strong>Lewes</strong> Little Theatre reinterprets<br />

The Winter’s Tale; and Dexter Lee<br />

rounds up this month’s movies; while<br />

Chris Horlock mourns a Lost Brighton.<br />

Art.<br />

51-61. Penguin Art Director John<br />

88<br />

Hamilton, remembered by Douglas<br />

Taylor; Sir Peter Blake is at Farleys;<br />

Art and about, including Moon Gazing,<br />

Horizonalia, Sussex Printmakers, a Secret<br />

Art Auction, and many others; and Lothar<br />

Götz paints the outside of The Towner.<br />

Listings and Free time.<br />

63-79. Diary dates, including open<br />

gardens in Southover and Southease,<br />

There’s no Planet B day, Raft Race,<br />

Dalloway Day, and masses more; Classical<br />

roundup stars <strong>Lewes</strong> Chamber Music<br />

Festival celebrating Fauré, plus Hamsey<br />

Festival, Glynde Place Concerts, and<br />

others; Gig of the month is Sandra Kerr,<br />

Photo by Ben Broad<br />



plus ROME, Subhumans, English dance<br />

tunes, Capella, among others; Free time<br />

listings, including The Jungle Book,<br />

Doctor Dolittle and Teddy Bears Picnic;<br />

Bags of Books review of Football School<br />

Star Players; why to try Knockhatch;<br />

and tennis coaching for juniors at the<br />

Southdown.<br />

Food and garden.<br />

81-86. Joe eats his fill at The Pelham<br />

Arms; enjoy a Gin & Fizz cocktail recipe<br />

from The Copper Top bar; Emma<br />

Chaplin picnics; and Fiona Dennis on<br />

summer borders.<br />

The way we work.<br />

88-91. Or rather, the way we skate.<br />

Photographer Ben Broad captures<br />

99<br />

skateboarders in action at Malling<br />

skatepark. What’s so great about<br />

skateboarding?, he asks.<br />

Features.<br />

93-108. Running the twittens with<br />

Rob Read and friends; We try…<br />

Iyengar yoga; croquet in Ringmer;<br />

a round of golf at <strong>Lewes</strong> Golf Club;<br />

Patrick Gilmartin teaches front crawl<br />

Wednesday evenings at the Pells; and<br />

Chris Tipper shows us round his Selkie<br />

Kayaks; Michael Blencowe on Big Daddy<br />

the stagbeetle; Alex Leith goes businessnews<br />

walkabout.<br />

102<br />

Inside left.<br />

122. Running prevails: a vintage snap<br />

from the 80s.<br />


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Chris Lewis, who created<br />

our lovely cover, is a graphic<br />

designer, who works under<br />

the brand Studio Lewis.<br />

Until now based in Brighton,<br />

he’s just – the week we meet<br />

to chat – in the throes of<br />

moving to <strong>Lewes</strong>. “We pick<br />

up the keys on Saturday”,<br />

he says, “so I’m in the midst<br />

of packing boxes. Exciting<br />

though…”<br />

Chris has recently been<br />

working on a project all<br />

about the charms of <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

and its surrounding area.<br />

In partnership with Helen<br />

Browning-Smith (see page<br />

11), he’s been leading the<br />

rebrand of Visit <strong>Lewes</strong>. He’s<br />

also designed our excellent<br />

skittles cover. How did he<br />

arrive at the finished product,<br />

I ask?<br />

“Well, I took your theme of<br />

sport. I thought quite a bit<br />

about the <strong>Lewes</strong> women’s<br />

football team –<br />

doing something<br />

about numbers<br />

on shirts, or<br />

something. But<br />

though there’s<br />

so much to be<br />

interested in<br />

in that story,<br />

as an image, it<br />

wasn’t speaking<br />

to me.”<br />

This is often<br />

the challenge<br />

in design work, we agree.<br />

So, when Chris alighted on<br />

the idea of skittles, another<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> sport, he felt much<br />

happier. “So simple – but<br />

with an element of surprise.”<br />

Like much good design.<br />

Born in Wales, Chris moved<br />

to Sussex – Rustington, near<br />

Littlehampton – aged six.<br />

He’s always had a fascination<br />

with design and studied at<br />

Bath Spa before graduating<br />

in 2003.<br />

From 2011, he worked for<br />

seven years in Hove-based<br />

We Like Today before, a year<br />

ago, branching out alone.<br />

Chris really enjoyed his time<br />

there. “We Like Today is an<br />

architectural, interior and design<br />

agency and it was great<br />

being part of a team that had<br />

the opportunity to work on<br />

all aspects of a job, not just<br />

the print side,” he says. “I<br />

was lucky enough to work<br />

on great projects such as the<br />

redevelopment of The Bell in<br />

Ticehurst (the neon sculpture<br />



is my own handwriting which<br />

I still find thrilling), The<br />

Better Half pub in Hove, The<br />

Old Laundry at Shepherds<br />

Bush Market and Platf9rm.”<br />

So, what’s the essence of a<br />

good brand design, I ask?<br />

“A resonance with the past.<br />

A logo should make an emotional<br />

connection with the<br />

person who sees it. It should<br />

tell a story. So, with the<br />

new Visit <strong>Lewes</strong> logo, we’ve<br />

linked to the checks of the<br />

old town shields – at the same<br />

time as designing something<br />

new, and contemporary. Or,<br />

with Franklins Brewery, in<br />

Ringmer, the design plays<br />

with a little pattern that<br />

echoes the fields of the South<br />

Downs. I also really enjoyed<br />

working with the zero-waste<br />

Silo restaurant in Brighton – a<br />

restaurant unlike any other.<br />

I contributed some design<br />

to the Silo book that’s being<br />

released soon.<br />

“For the Visit <strong>Lewes</strong> rebranding,<br />

our whole focus has been<br />

on the vibrancy of the town<br />

and its environs today: all the<br />

characters who live and work<br />

here. The artists, the makers,<br />

the cyclists and the shopkeepers<br />

to name but a few. It’s<br />

about celebrating the people<br />

by sharing their stories… ”<br />

Charlotte Gann<br />

studiolewis.co.uk<br />


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waterlilies on our lakes<br />

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How long have you lived in <strong>Lewes</strong>? I’m Sussex<br />

born and bred – grew up in Burgess Hill – and<br />

have always visited <strong>Lewes</strong>. I moved here in 2006,<br />

when my daughter Flora started school. Three<br />

years ago we moved to this flat in the High Street.<br />

I look out onto Victory’s face every morning – the<br />

War Memorial is right outside my window.<br />

You work as Tourism & Arts Manager for<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> District & Eastbourne Borough<br />

Councils? Yes, I’ve been in this job since January.<br />

I concentrate on the <strong>Lewes</strong> District. It’s easy<br />

to promote a place I love so much myself. I’m<br />

passionate about the town’s unique cultural<br />

identity. I’ve always been drawn to its slight<br />

rebelliousness, as well as its wealth of art and<br />

culture. On top of that, we have the Downs – I<br />

love how you can see them from wherever you<br />

are in the town – and of course the coast nearby.<br />

It’s also great collaborating with so many<br />

excellent freelancers. I’ve been working with<br />

your cover artist, Chris Lewis, recently on<br />

rebranding <strong>Lewes</strong> tourism – bringing it up to<br />

date – including creating a new website which<br />

should be live by <strong>June</strong>. We hope people will<br />

take a look, and like what they see. Chris has<br />

been brilliant. Carlotta Luke, Nigel French<br />

and Peter Cripps have supplied some beautiful<br />

photography. Meanwhile, Galia Pike’s helping<br />

me with the Gin & Fizz Festival, and Charlotte<br />

Parsons co-ordinates Artwave. These are the two<br />

big events we organise each year, but I’m hoping<br />

we can develop more, in time.<br />

The Gin & Fizz Festival is in the Grange<br />

in <strong>June</strong>: how did it come about, and what’s<br />

involved? This is its third year (well, third and<br />

a half, because we also did a smaller version in<br />

December, at Late Night Shopping). The first<br />

summer event was in 2017. Three of us together<br />

came up with the idea (although I wasn’t yet<br />

in this role then). We wanted to find a way to<br />

celebrate all the amazing local drinks producers,<br />

and we’re thrilled with how it’s turned out. The<br />

first festival sold out. This year, we’re expanding.<br />

There’ll be a daytime event, with talks, music<br />

curated by Union Music, and a vintage ice cream<br />

van. Between 4-5pm we’ll be busy transforming<br />

for the evening: the ice cream van will make<br />

way for the Harvey’s mobile bar and a converted<br />

horsebox-bar – Coppertop, from Brighton – will<br />

serve cocktails of locally sourced drinks.<br />

Our issue theme is Sports. What’s your<br />

favourite way to exercise? Well, I’m definitely<br />

a walker – who could not be, living here? I don’t<br />

drive, so walk all over town. Climbing Chapel<br />

Hill doesn’t present too much of a challenge. I<br />

also like cycling. I’ll be pleased to see Egret’s<br />

Way open fully soon. Once it’s finished, there’ll<br />

be a direct link by bike from <strong>Lewes</strong> all the way to<br />

Paris – which seems pretty special in these, um,<br />

interesting times. Interview by Charlotte Gann<br />

Tickets to Sussex Gin & Fizz in advance<br />

from the website, Tourist Information, or<br />

Harvey’s. 29 <strong>June</strong>, Grange, 11am-4pm; 5-10pm.<br />

sussexginandfizzfestival.com; visitlewes.co.uk<br />




Mike Morton sent in this brilliant black and white photo after a walk up Chapel Hill. We love it, including<br />

the clouds and Landport Bottom in the far ground. A picture to pore over for ages.<br />

Here’s what Mike told us:<br />

‘My wife and I often walk around <strong>Lewes</strong>, and on this particular day we decided to walk up to the golf<br />

club, and then across the Downs to Glyndebourne. Being a VERY keen photographer, I always carry a<br />

camera. We kept stopping along the way up the hill to look back at the view (and catch our breath), and<br />

this great view of the town presented itself. I love the detail in the monochrome picture, because there<br />

are no distracting colours to attract the eye.’<br />

Please send your pictures, taken in and around <strong>Lewes</strong>, to photos@vivamagzines.com, or tweet<br />

@<strong>Viva</strong><strong>Lewes</strong>. We’ll choose one, which wins the photographer £20, to be picked up from our office after<br />

publication. Unless previously arranged, we reserve the right to use all pictures in future issues of <strong>Viva</strong><br />

magazines or online.<br />




Ava, 2ish, adopted earlier this year from Greece.<br />

An uncertain mix of Labrador, Spaniel and Kakoni<br />

(a Greek breed). If she likes you she’ll ‘hug’ your leg,<br />

and she sneezes when excited. Join the club, pal.<br />

Ava was brought over by Desperate Greekies Greek<br />

Dog Rescue Centre – just check out their website<br />

for gorgeous dogs needing homes (as I’ve just been<br />

doing, while periodically whimpering). Find them at<br />

desperategreekiesdogrescue.com.<br />

Back to Ava.<br />

Loves: Mrs Hinch, blanket generalisations, Welsh<br />

blankets<br />

Hates: flashers, clickbait, the novels of Walter Scott<br />

Useless dog trivia: Your dog is as intelligent as a<br />

two-year-old toddler, but without the tantrums.<br />

According to research carried out by online journal Frontiers in Zoology, dogs like to poo in alignment<br />

with Earth’s magnetic field – ideally in a north-south axis. Who funds this stuff?<br />

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The worst of the winter is well behind us, but<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong>’s own homeless charity, <strong>Lewes</strong> Open<br />

Door, is already making plans to offer a muchneeded<br />

night shelter service to support homeless<br />

people through next winter. We didn’t have one<br />

in place this last winter, though we really hoped<br />

to, and are determined to do so for the coming<br />

one. Local churches have been quick to offer<br />

the physical accommodation on a rotating basis:<br />

now, LOD is seeking volunteers to run the night<br />

shelter that will provide warmth, security and<br />

hot food when it’s most needed.<br />

The team running the night shelter project<br />

have identified the need for two very different<br />

kinds of volunteer. First, there’s the night shift<br />

trio – sleeping in shifts; at least two awake at any<br />

time – who’ll actually deliver the service, from<br />

the welcome hot drink on arrival, to breakfast<br />

the following morning. Then it’s the turn of the<br />

pack-up crew to take over, shifting camp beds<br />

and all other equipment to the next church on<br />

the night shelter circuit.<br />

Each team needs a leader – someone who’s good<br />

at working with people, both other volunteers<br />

and the guests, and has good admin skills. We’ll<br />

offer full training, and will help night shift volunteers<br />

obtain a DBS cert, which is a must.<br />

LOD’s volunteers have already discovered the<br />

work can be rewarding. One said: “Before I<br />

started helping here I was scared of the homeless<br />

people I saw in the streets, but now I’ve got<br />

to know them I can see they’re just ordinary<br />

people like me.”<br />

To find out more, please join us at the Night<br />

Shelter Mid-Summer Event, at Harvey’s rear<br />

yard off Cliffe High Street. Join us for drinks,<br />

food and live music from local indie folk duo<br />

Edenwood. The night shelter team will be on<br />

hand to answer all your questions. Come and<br />

sign up to be a volunteer!<br />

As told by David Griffiths to Charlotte Gann<br />

Mid-Summer Event, 27th <strong>June</strong>, 6.30pm, Harvey’s<br />

Yard. Or call David on 07806 777106, or email<br />

lewesopendoor@gmail.com<br />

lewesopendoor.wordpress.com<br />

facebook.com/<strong>Lewes</strong>OpenDoor<br />

Photo by Catherine Benson<br />


<strong>Lewes</strong>’s very own sport is the pub game of Toad in the Hole. The game is believed to have been played<br />

in Sussex for over 200 years, and is similar to Pitch Penny elsewhere in the UK, or Jeu de la Grenouille<br />

in France. It is played with 4 brass ‘toads’ or coins, thrown onto a lead-topped table with a hole in the<br />

middle. With a team of 4 people, each match consists of 7 games – 4 single, 2 double and 1 team game.<br />

Each game is worth 1 point to the winner, and all games are best of 3 legs.<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> has a local league, involving 18 teams in 2 divisions. About ½ the teams are from <strong>Lewes</strong> pubs,<br />

and the remainder from nearby. And the town also hosts the World Toad in the Hole Championships<br />

each April. This year’s – the 22nd world championship – attracted 48 teams and the winners were<br />

Rodmell Toad Club. Sarah Boughton<br />




25 July – 17 August<br />

Devonshire Park Theatre<br />

Jump on board –<br />

this riotous spy thriller is<br />

a comedy packed<br />

joy ride!<br />

Stars Oliver Mellor (Coronation Street)<br />

Thriller<br />

Congress Theatre<br />

1 – 6 July<br />

Dirty Dancing<br />

Congress Theatre<br />

15 – 20 July<br />

Calendar Girls<br />

Congress Theatre<br />

6 – 10 August<br />

Annie<br />

Congress Theatre<br />

13 – 17 August<br />

T.Rextasy<br />

Congress Theatre<br />

23 August<br />

Sarah Waters<br />

The Night Watch<br />

Devonshire Park<br />

Theatre<br />

22 – 31 August<br />

Beyond the Barricade<br />

Congress Theatre<br />

24 August<br />

Amélie - The Musical<br />

Devonshire Park<br />

Theatre<br />

9 – 14 September<br />

All this and more at Eastbourne Theatres<br />

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What is Jamie’s<br />

Farm? It’s best<br />

explained like this:<br />

founder Jamie Feilden<br />

was a teacher in<br />

Croydon. One day<br />

he took two lambs to<br />

his school, giving the<br />

pupils the responsibility<br />

of looking after<br />

them. It had a big<br />

positive impact on<br />

the atmosphere in<br />

the playground. So he decided to take a group<br />

of his pupils to his smallholding in Wiltshire.<br />

Here they were immersed in agricultural life<br />

and given opportunities to reflect on challenges<br />

back home and in school that may be affecting<br />

their behaviour. With his mum Tish, a trained<br />

psychotherapist, they developed the founding<br />

principles for a five-day residential, built around<br />

‘farming, family & therapy’. 2009 saw the launch<br />

of Jamie’s Farm Bath, followed by Hereford in<br />

2015, Monmouth in 2018, and now this one<br />

in <strong>Lewes</strong>. Since we started, 6000-plus young<br />

people have benefitted; <strong>Lewes</strong> will cater for<br />

450-plus a year.<br />

What sort of farm is it? Jamie’s <strong>Lewes</strong> [situated<br />

between Plumpton and Cooksbridge] was, until<br />

last year, largely an arable farm, but we’ve taken<br />

it back to grazing. It’s a fully working farm, with<br />

150 ewes (currently lambing), four pigs, 13 piglets,<br />

a herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle, five goats<br />

and 30 chickens.<br />

And you get the kids to do all the work?<br />

They do a lot of it, under the supervision of Eddie,<br />

the Farm Manager. There’s a daily round of<br />

feeding, and cleaning out, and animal care. And<br />

there are also more demanding jobs. Last week a<br />

group of pupils arrived<br />

on Monday at 2pm, and<br />

within an hour, one had<br />

delivered a lamb!<br />

What sort of children<br />

come to the farm?<br />

The pupils, aged 11-16,<br />

come for the week in<br />

groups of twelve, along<br />

with their teachers.<br />

Each group of pupils<br />

comes from the same<br />

school. They are chosen<br />

due to poor mental well-being and self-esteem,<br />

or poor behaviour and engagement, which often<br />

manifests itself as low attendance or attainment.<br />

Our job is to make them realise that, by<br />

completing real jobs with tangible outcomes, and<br />

by getting involved with group and one-to-one<br />

reflective sessions, they can develop positive patterns<br />

to carry back into their daily lives. It works!<br />

I guess you have to be strict… We set<br />

boundaries. For example, they have no phones<br />

while they are here and they are put on a virtually<br />

no-sugar diet. They soon adapt, because we<br />

keep them busy! Beyond the farm work there<br />

is cooking to do, communal meal-times, a daily<br />

walk, the reflective sessions, woodcrafts and<br />

horticulture. There is no TV.<br />

Can you tell how much the kids benefit? We<br />

have follow-up visits to the schools afterwards.<br />

Here’s a statistic we’re very proud of: 58% of<br />

those who were at risk of exclusion when they<br />

visited the farm were, six months later, no longer<br />

at risk. It’s incredible to see the change in these<br />

kids. Alex Leith interviewed Education Manager<br />

Toby Meanwell<br />

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Michael Cotgrove and Sheila<br />

Wood sent in this atmospheric<br />

shot from California. Here’s<br />

what they wrote:<br />

‘California weather not quite<br />

up to spec. so Michael took<br />

this picture of Sheila reading<br />

<strong>Viva</strong> <strong>Lewes</strong> in Mission Beach,<br />

just north of San Diego. We<br />

make the trip to the West<br />

Coast every other year or<br />

so, to meet up with Sheila’s<br />

cousin, and we love the slightly<br />

off-beat atmosphere: Mission<br />

Beach is not your typical<br />

seaside town.<br />

Because of the inclement<br />

weather there were no takers<br />

for the switchback ride in<br />

Belmont Park, but Sheila is<br />

standing in front of a newly<br />

opened café, the shopfront<br />

stunningly decorated with a<br />

surf-board motif. A bit more<br />

sunshine would have helped...’<br />

Oh dear.<br />

Meanwhile, Abi Saunders sent<br />

in this lovely picture of her<br />

daughter Tia. Looks perfectly<br />

sunny where she was.<br />

Abi told us Tia was ‘enjoying<br />

this month’s <strong>Viva</strong> at Kololi<br />

Beach Resort in The Gambia.<br />

It was her first trip to Africa,<br />

for the Easter holiday and she<br />

spent peaceful moments catching<br />

up on latest news from<br />

back home.’<br />

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keep spreading the word. Send<br />

your photos and a few words<br />

about you and your trip to<br />

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In this beautiful little book, Louisa Thomsen<br />

Brits takes the reader on a lyrical meander<br />

across the South Downs. Rather than written as<br />

an observation of the landscape from a walker’s<br />

or viewer’s perspective, Path is an incantation in<br />

the voice of one of – or all of – the chalk paths<br />

that slice through the hills. Subtitled A short<br />

story about reciprocity, the book is a call to pay attention,<br />

to be present and to be connected.<br />

Intertwining poetic language with muted photographs<br />

by Jim Marsden, and Linda Felcey’s textured<br />

artworks, there is a tactility and substance<br />

to Path that encourages us to engage all our<br />

senses as we travel through the world. Delicious<br />

local Sussex words smatter the prose, creating a<br />

rhythmic, flowing journey that demands to be<br />

read aloud to the windblown trees and trilling<br />

skylarks: ‘…up scrambly bostal,/ over rill and<br />

rimple,/ fists of thistle,/ rutted sod.’<br />

Through animating<br />

a path,<br />

Thomsen Brits<br />

creates a sense<br />

of drawing<br />

from deep time<br />

to give a backstory<br />

and character<br />

to these<br />

ever-changing,<br />

yet permanent<br />

features of the<br />

local countryside she so clearly loves. Shapeshifting<br />

with the weather, the tread of feet, the<br />

upturning of flint and the crumbling of chalk,<br />

the path tells us to mark the beats and breaths<br />

of our lives; to ‘… stand in an intimate lattice of<br />

paths,/ laced in plenitude,/ and know that you<br />

are not alone.’ Lulah Ellender<br />

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When I met John Downie, he’d just received a<br />

letter to say he’d won a <strong>Lewes</strong> Civic Award in the<br />

category of ‘Sport’, which fits in nicely with this<br />

issue’s theme.<br />

John has been organising the U3A bike rides for<br />

five years. The rides, which usually take place on<br />

Fridays and weekends, are mostly between 15<br />

and 35 miles long. John says they have around 50<br />

names on the mailing list, with about 15 regular<br />

riders. The age range is from late fifties to early<br />

eighties – it’s “sport for OAPs”, John jokes,<br />

though some participants are pretty fit, and some<br />

utilise ebikes to help with hills.<br />

“Social cycling,” is how John defines the events.<br />

“We chat, we talk about life, the universe and<br />

everything.” They generally end up cycling two<br />

abreast, then when a car comes they go single file,<br />

rejoining alongside someone else, keeping the<br />

conversation moving around.<br />

The rides take in quiet back roads and paths on<br />

the Downs, though in planning them, John says,<br />

“The key point is where we’re going to have<br />

lunch.” They do discuss notable features, but<br />

mostly it’s for exercise and socialising, with John<br />

working to “try and keep people together. My<br />

rule is to look after the person behind you.”<br />

Beyond the nominal annual subscription, the<br />

rides are also “completely free”. So older readers,<br />

why not give them a try? Daniel Etherington<br />

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‘Sport’ comes in all sorts of forms. Carlotta<br />

took these photos at the Magnificent Motors<br />

Show in Eastbourne last month. Billed as ‘one<br />

of the biggest FREE motoring spectaculars<br />

on the south coast,’ it’s a gathering of more<br />

than 900 vintage and classic cars, motorbikes<br />

and buses on Eastbourne’s Western Lawns<br />

and Wish Tower Slopes. Check out the clouds<br />

reflected in the Jaguar steering wheel hub.<br />

And the strange Freddie Mercury/postie<br />

mannequin…<br />

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COLUMN<br />

David Jarman<br />

Flannelled fools<br />

Which winner of the Nobel Prize for<br />

Literature appeared in Wisden Cricketers’<br />

Almanac? The answer, as all ‘trivia’<br />

aficionados will know, is Samuel Beckett.<br />

Representing Trinity College, Dublin against<br />

Northamptonshire in 1926/7, he made few<br />

runs and took no wickets, but even so…<br />

Beckett’s cricketing hero was, I guess, Frank<br />

Woolley, the elegant and cultured Kent and<br />

England all-rounder. Writing from Paris<br />

to a friend, on 7 July 1961, Samuel Beckett<br />

reminisced, mostly fondly, about a recent visit<br />

to England. It included a trip to the Lord’s<br />

Test Match – ‘a beautiful day but alas poor<br />

cricket’. It was something else that was going<br />

to stick in Beckett’s mind – ‘Frank Woolley<br />

was in the bar escorting blind<br />

[Wilfred] Rhodes’.<br />

Perhaps this vision of Woolley,<br />

acting as Rhodes’ ‘eyes’, made<br />

up for another visit to the cricket<br />

that Beckett describes in a letter<br />

to Harold Pinter, dated 22 March<br />

1970: ‘I hope if they fix my eyes<br />

that some day we’ll go to Lord’s<br />

together or better still the Oval<br />

where I once missed Frank Woolley<br />

just out when I arrived after having<br />

made something like 70 in half<br />

an hour.’ Pinter was certainly a<br />

cricket fanatic. The characters in<br />

his play, No Man’s Land, are, by<br />

his own admission, named after<br />

famous cricketers. He wrote a,<br />

mercifully short, poem about<br />

Leonard Hutton and an article,<br />

cloyingly nostalgic, entitled<br />

‘Hutton and the Past’. He<br />

sent a copy to Beckett who<br />

wrote back on 1st August,<br />

1973: ‘Many thanks for “Hutton and the<br />

Past”, much relished.’<br />

Someone Beckett might well have bumped<br />

into at Lord’s was Philip Larkin. A friend got<br />

Larkin tickets for the Lord’s Test every year.<br />

Thanking Harold Pinter for sending him his<br />

memoir of the Somerset cricketer, Arthur<br />

Wellard, in a letter dated 5 January 1983,<br />

Larkin wrote: ‘I love your knowing about<br />

cricket. Kingsley [Amis] once said he was in a<br />

box at Lord’s, and seeing someone hit a four,<br />

called Good Shot. (He was no doubt boozed).<br />

Round turns Pinter and says, Thick edge off a<br />

long hop, and you call that a good shot?’<br />

This reminds me of the one and only<br />

occasion I took my Canadian wife to<br />

a county cricket match. It was at<br />

Tunbridge Wells in <strong>June</strong> 1984, and<br />

we were joined by our great friend,<br />

John Grover who lived close by in<br />

Robertsbridge (source of so many<br />

cricket bats). John was the nicest<br />

man we ever knew. The other reason<br />

for choosing Tunbridge Wells was the<br />

wonderful rhododendrons gracing the<br />

ground, which would please my wife,<br />

even if the cricket didn’t grip. All<br />

was well until a comprehensively<br />

blazered buffoon exclaimed: “Well<br />

left, Sir.” Brought up on baseball, the<br />

idea that you could praise a player for<br />

not hitting the ball, was a step too far for<br />

my wife.<br />

Back to Beckett. During the time he<br />

spent in England in 1961 that included<br />

the visit to Lord’s, Beckett also went<br />

to a certain opera house. He wrote to<br />

Barbara Bray: ‘Glyndebourne Wed.<br />

in flannel bags for Donizetti’s Elixir.<br />

Picnic, at entr’acte. What a people.’<br />

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COLUMN<br />

Eleanor Knight<br />

Keyboard worrier<br />

Joie de vivre is<br />

not normally<br />

associated with<br />

apocalypse, but<br />

hear me out.<br />

I don’t know<br />

about you but<br />

to me nothing<br />

says good times<br />

like a half-naked<br />

samba band<br />

cavorting in the spicy wafts of falafel served<br />

from a flatbed truck that has a retired couple<br />

from East Dulwich glued to its rear suspension.<br />

Whatever you think of Extinction Rebellion’s<br />

methods, they brought cross-generational<br />

appeal and a long overdue burst of colour and<br />

excitement to the capital. And didn’t they have<br />

lovely weather for it.<br />

Which is the point of course. Extreme weather<br />

events now far surpass the traditionally wet first<br />

week of Wimbledon and Cliff Richard’s ironic<br />

rendition of ‘Summer Holiday’. Millions of<br />

species – humans included – are in peril from<br />

far worse, and as we know, all of us going on a<br />

summer holiday has not helped with that one<br />

little bit.<br />

What will it take for us to change? When the<br />

Ashdown Forest – aka The Hundred Acre Wood<br />

– burst into flames in April (#Winniemageddon)<br />

we might have reflected that had we but heeded<br />

the environmental message in the great flood<br />

narrative of AA Milne, in which an anxious<br />

Piglet finds himself Entirely Surrounded<br />

by Water, we might have gone some way to<br />

avoiding the altogether darker scenario in which<br />

that Very Small Animal is Entirely Surrounded<br />

by Fire.<br />

Trying to change the world’s behaviour can<br />

leave us feeling helpless. For every plastic water<br />

bottle we recycle,<br />

there are millions<br />

more clogging<br />

the South China<br />

Sea off Malaysia<br />

and Vietnam,<br />

where we – er –<br />

send our plastic<br />

for recycling.<br />

For every action<br />

we’ve organised<br />

by WhatsApp, there’s a dead yak floating<br />

downstream of the lithium mines on the<br />

Tibetan border. Indeed, lithium for phone and<br />

car batteries is in such demand that in Argentina<br />

the water needed for extraction jeopardises<br />

traditional agriculture, including – oh, <strong>Lewes</strong> –<br />

quinoa.<br />

But don’t despair. Here in <strong>Lewes</strong> we’re uniquely<br />

situated to pioneer one small behavioural change<br />

that will allow us to meet our doom with a smile<br />

and a wave should we not succeed in holding<br />

off fate altogether. It’s time to combine climate<br />

rebellion with outdoor fitness. Yes, I’m talking<br />

Semaphore, the internationally recognised<br />

code of signals using flags you can easily make<br />

at home. Switch off your phone and get up on<br />

the Downs – ideally station a friend on Firle<br />

Beacon or even out at sea. See? You’re feeling<br />

better already. And if that doesn’t raise your<br />

spirits, then the complete upper body work out<br />

you will have given yourself by the time you’ve<br />

signalled ‘The poetry of the earth is never dead,’<br />

will really get the endorphins pumping, not to<br />

mention an increase in core stability.<br />

If you’re thinking you won’t have the strength<br />

these days for a complex message, don’t worry.<br />

Dig out that old Beatles album cover and make<br />

like Piglet.<br />

HELP.<br />

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<strong>Lewes</strong> Out Loud<br />

Plenty more Henty<br />

Unlike the fellow in the<br />

pic, a rare 1905 Donald<br />

McGill postcard from<br />

my collection, I never<br />

once scored a try at<br />

rugby. Even worse, I<br />

cheated in the school<br />

cross-country race and<br />

only made the third<br />

eleven at cricket.<br />

Incidentally, McGill<br />

himself, at school in Blackheath, South London,<br />

loved the oval ball game but suffered a serious<br />

injury to his left ankle in 1891. Sadly, it failed to<br />

heal, and after a couple of months, surgeons had<br />

to amputate his foot and fit an artificial limb.<br />

I only detail my poor sporting record here to<br />

explain how surprised I was to be appointed<br />

sports editor to BBC Radio Brighton in 1968.<br />

It seems the manager was impressed by my<br />

commentating skills for hospital radio and was<br />

also seeking someone to put more emphasis on<br />

minority sports in Sussex.<br />

With this brief, I created an eclectic mix of<br />

programmes covering bowls, Sunday football,<br />

pigeon racing (honest!) and various sea-sporting<br />

activities. We built our own studio at the<br />

Goldstone ground for Albion coverage and a<br />

new commentary position at the Hove ground<br />

for county cricket.<br />

Additionally, we advertised in The Argus for<br />

volunteers to report on and present these<br />

activities. My budget for a Friday evening<br />

programme then was £12, so most recruits did<br />

it for the experience. I had a local postman<br />

responsible for boxing, a dental technician keen<br />

on bowls and a prominent Brighton solicitor who<br />

proved to be as good a cricket commentator as<br />

the great Brian Johnston.<br />

Desmond Lynam<br />

developed his laid-back<br />

style of broadcasting<br />

with us and Peter<br />

Brackley, who died<br />

earlier this year,<br />

eventually replaced<br />

me when I moved<br />

into more general<br />

programming. It was<br />

demanding work, but<br />

we never took ourselves too seriously.<br />

Today I still enjoy sport as a spectator, and at the<br />

Dripping Pan I often observe reporters filing<br />

their copy via a laptop when, in my time, it was<br />

all done by yelling down a phone. In a recent<br />

game against Merstham, for example, a stunning<br />

Charlie Coppola goal, minutes into the second<br />

half, would have warranted high praise from me.<br />

Equally I would have commented on the music<br />

played over the PA at half-time. Did the operatic<br />

arias inspire Charlie, I would have suggested, in<br />

the Rooks’ 2-1 victory?<br />

There was a musical treat for everyone who<br />

attended the sparkling version of My Fair Lady<br />

by the <strong>Lewes</strong> Operatic Musical Theatre Society<br />

recently. I was fortunate enough to see the show<br />

when it first hit London over sixty years ago. I<br />

had a seat in the balcony of the Theatre Royal,<br />

Drury Lane, on 17 May, 1958. Julie Andrews,<br />

Rex Harrison and Stanley Holloway led the<br />

original Broadway cast, and all for five shillings!<br />

I still have the ticket stub.<br />

Interesting coincidence at the valued Victoria<br />

Hospital. Previously I mentioned left-handed<br />

Lis on reception in Orchard House. Now I’ve<br />

encountered, equally friendly Lisa on duty in<br />

main reception. Guess what, she’s left-handed<br />

too! John Henty<br />


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Sir Anthony Seldon<br />

300 years of British Prime Ministers<br />

“Walpole didn’t have it,<br />

Gladstone didn’t have it,<br />

Disraeli, Lloyd George,<br />

Churchill didn’t have it,<br />

Thatcher didn’t, Tony Blair<br />

didn’t.”<br />

On <strong>June</strong> 21st, the political<br />

biographer Sir Anthony Seldon<br />

is giving a talk on ‘300 years<br />

of British Prime Ministers’ at<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Town Hall. He reckons,<br />

he says, being PM is an<br />

impossible job to do perfectly.<br />

“There have been 52 Prime Ministers between<br />

Walpole and Theresa May,” he tells me, and in<br />

his opinion, none of them has had the ‘complete<br />

skill set’ that you need to run the country.<br />

This set includes the need “to be able to<br />

communicate very clearly, to be able to persuade<br />

people, to have a physical resilience, to take the<br />

extraordinary battering the PM has [to take],<br />

to be physically very healthy; you need to have<br />

a very calm and clear mind, to… be highly<br />

intelligent, to process a lot of paperwork, you<br />

need to be able to give a clear vision.”<br />

He’s written political biographies of the last<br />

five outgoing Prime Ministers. I wonder:<br />

which one he has liked the most? “I like all<br />

of them in different ways,” he says, “and they<br />

all had extraordinary qualities. I mean world<br />

class qualities.” He gives particular attention<br />

to Gordon Brown, “who had a very powerful<br />

intellect and a very deep compassion, but he<br />

had the fatal flaw of not being able to control<br />

his temper and being overly suspicious and<br />

resentful of other people.”<br />

Every Prime Minister, he suggests, has their<br />

own fatal flaw. One problem with our system,<br />

he feels, is that “the skills<br />

that you need to get to<br />

become Prime Minister are<br />

very different from the skills<br />

that you need to be Prime<br />

Minister. And the system is<br />

much better at identifying<br />

people who have the skills to<br />

get through the race rather<br />

than people who have the<br />

skills of leadership.”<br />

And, like in a Shakespearian<br />

tragedy, “it’s the flaws that<br />

bring them down. Since 1945 every Prime<br />

Minister has left prematurely, none of them<br />

have left at a time of their choosing, with the<br />

exception of Harold Wilson in 1976.”<br />

We get onto the subject of power, and how<br />

much rests in the hands of our PM. “The Prime<br />

Minister’s power waxes and wanes,” he says.<br />

Thatcher earned a massive amount of power,<br />

then lost it. “When [Theresa May] became PM<br />

on the 13th of July 2016 she was very powerful<br />

indeed, and now she is very lacking in power<br />

because she has lost so much authority.”<br />

He takes pains to praise May for reaching such<br />

an exalted position without having enjoyed the<br />

privilege of a private education, but doesn’t go<br />

much further. As a parting shot (he’s pushed for<br />

time) I throw in a last question which, I promise,<br />

requires a one-word answer. What percentage<br />

chance has May – surely soon the subject of<br />

his next political biography – of still being PM<br />

when he comes to <strong>Lewes</strong>? There follows a long<br />

silence as he computes the answer. “98%” he<br />

says. Alex Leith<br />

21st <strong>June</strong>, Town Hall, 7pm. Free, public talk<br />

organised by <strong>Lewes</strong> U3A<br />


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Girl Power<br />

Arwyn James, fast bowler<br />

“I was… surprised,” says Arwyn James, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

Priory CC’s secret weapon, on her reaction to<br />

getting her first wicket for the club’s first team.<br />

This month is the Cricket World Cup, and we<br />

decided to mark it by interviewing a remarkable<br />

local star. So I’m sitting in the Stanley Turner<br />

clubhouse, with Arwyn and Jay James, Priory<br />

groundsman and proud dad.<br />

“It was the last day of the 2017 season, and<br />

Arwyn, despite being a 13-year-old girl – was<br />

picked to play.” he adds. All the other players, it<br />

must be said, in both teams, were adult men.<br />

“I was given the ball to bowl the first over,” says<br />

Arwyn. “You should have seen their opening<br />

batsman’s face when he realised he was up<br />

against a little girl,” continues Jay. “And you<br />

should have seen it when she clean-bowled him,<br />

first ball.”<br />

“All his team mates were laughing,” she<br />

remembers. But not for long… soon it would be<br />

their turn to face her.<br />

It became a familiar routine last season when<br />

Arwyn became a fixture in the second XI, for<br />

whom she won the ‘Outstanding Player of<br />

the Year’ award. And no wonder: her bowling<br />

stats were outstanding, with a collection of<br />

five wicket hauls, including an incredible<br />

season-best of five wickets for four runs against<br />

Tunbridge Wells side Crowhurst Park.<br />

Arwyn discovered cricket four years ago when<br />

she joined in a scratch game on the Convent<br />

Field, and loved the experience. She joined<br />

the <strong>Lewes</strong> Priory under 10s, and progressed<br />

through the age groups, until she was deemed<br />

good enough to play with the adult teams, and<br />

help out with the coaching.<br />

Now 14, she is about to make her debut for the<br />

Sussex CC Under 15 team. “It’s long been my<br />

ambition to play for my county, and hopefully<br />

my country, too,” she says. “It’ll mean a lot of<br />

training and work, but it’s where I want to be.”<br />

She’s no slouch with a bat – last season she<br />

posted scores of twenty-odd not out on the<br />

two occasions she was called upon – but it’s<br />

her consistent pace bowling which sets her<br />

apart. “I have reached a top speed of around<br />

60mph,” she says. I ask her, but she won’t reveal<br />

the secret of her ‘killer ball’, a surprise action<br />

which flummoxes the best of batsmen. “Let’s<br />

keep it a secret,” she says. Alex Leith<br />

Photo by Jay James<br />


<strong>Lewes</strong> Priory CC are recruiting players of all ages, and are particularly keen for<br />

young girl players to play in their many age groups, from Under 9s upwards. Initial<br />

games are ‘soft’ ball, and there are drop-in sessions every Friday evening at<br />

5.45pm (weather permitting). On Sunday 9th <strong>June</strong>, as part of a celebration of the<br />

World Cup, teams are coming to the Stanley Turner from all round the county to<br />

perform in a ‘soft’ ball tournament: there will be stalls and bouncy castles, and<br />

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Same Sky<br />

Community art activism<br />

John Varah, Artistic Director at community arts<br />

charity Same Sky, is happy to be unknown (in<br />

part at least). “One of our biggest successes is<br />

the fact that no one knows who we are. No one<br />

really knows we do Burning the Clocks [and<br />

Brighton’s annual Children’s Parade] because<br />

it’s supposed to feel like something that’s always<br />

happened... Everyone thinks they own it, and<br />

that’s great. But that’s become the problem<br />

when we try to raise money.”<br />

The funding challenges facing community arts<br />

charities will be one of the topics discussed at<br />

Pure Enchantment: A Same Sky 30th Anniversary<br />

Symposium, being held at ACCA. The event is<br />

open to everyone with an interest in community<br />

arts, with the morning focusing on talks and<br />

discussion, and the second half focusing on<br />

practical matters such as workshops for making<br />

lanterns or applying for funding.<br />

Confirmed speakers include Lucy Bear, a<br />

Maths teacher in Crawley who set up LPK<br />

Learning (who deliver innovative learning<br />

opportunities across Sussex), Tom Andrews<br />

from People United (who look at how<br />

participatory arts can promote kindness),<br />

and Daniel Bernstein, Executive Director of<br />

outside arts company Emergency Exit Arts.<br />

John tells me that one of the biggest changes<br />

over the last 30 years is the “consistent<br />

reductions in funding”. Jonathan Swain,<br />

Same Sky Associate Artist, sees some hope<br />

in changing attitudes however. “There’s<br />

an encouragement for participatory arts.<br />

They [councils] actively want it, because<br />

they can see its value. Partly from a health<br />

perspective, partly because there’s a dwindling<br />

in communities and they’re wondering why.”<br />

Alistair Hill, Director of Public Health at<br />

Brighton & Hove City Council, will discuss his<br />

2018 annual report, ‘The Art of Good Health’.<br />

There is a need for “doers”, as Jonathan<br />

describes them, to encourage creativity and<br />

participation in communities. “We call them<br />

community activists”, says John. “They can be<br />

of any political persuasion, but they’re doing<br />

stuff in their community, they’re running a<br />

football club, they’re engaged, they want things<br />

to happen. We did some work with Tide of<br />

Light in Lancing: it was a couple of mums with<br />

kids setting it up because they thought Brighton<br />

had all these things and they didn’t. Our role is<br />

always to support people like that.”<br />

The symposium also offers what Jonathan<br />

terms an “indulgence” once the daytime event<br />

ends, with food, drink, fire and music. John<br />

compares the symposium to training courses<br />

that Same Sky have run, with artists who<br />

wanted to work in communities meeting people<br />

in those communities who weren’t confident<br />

about the art side of things. “That combination<br />

of working together meant that they all enjoyed<br />

learning from each other”.<br />

Jonathan sees that as a neat summary of what<br />

they are aiming at in the symposium: “It’s<br />

creating a space for magic. It gives John an<br />

opportunity to say this is what we’ve done,<br />

you’re here together in this symposium, perhaps<br />

we can go forwards and make something from<br />

that. It’s as hippy as that.” Joe Fuller<br />

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Billy Bragg<br />

Anglo-Americana<br />

It’s hard to think of a performer who is as quintessentially<br />

English as Billy Bragg, that singer of<br />

Jerusalem, and vociferous purveyor of ‘progressive<br />

patriotism’. So what, I ask him down the<br />

phone, is he doing performing at the Black Deer<br />

Americana and Country Music Festival?<br />

“Americana is country music for Smiths fans,”<br />

he quips. “It’s what we used to call singersongwriting.<br />

But singer-songwriters in cowboy<br />

boots, and shirts with pearl-snap buttons. I fit<br />

in because I made an album of Woody Guthrie<br />

songs, with [American band] Wilco, who had a<br />

role in founding the alt.country thing. I qualify<br />

as an in-law, if you like.”<br />

He even changed his accent, for the part. “With<br />

the Woody Guthrie songs I found it was impossible<br />

to sing his songs in my accent, so I kind of<br />

leaned over a little bit more to that mid-Atlantic<br />

twang and I’ve found since then that I go in and<br />

out of it depending on what song it is and what<br />

the nature of it is.<br />

“Americana isn’t something that is geo-specific,”<br />

he adds. “You can be an Americana artist anywhere<br />

if you were influenced by the Roots music<br />

of America. Think about the first Beatles album:<br />

what would that have sounded like if they’d only<br />

played English music and only worn English<br />

clothes? It would have been pretty boring,<br />

wouldn’t it? Everyone knew they were inspired<br />

by the music of black America.”<br />

Like Woody Guthrie, Bragg has been labelled a<br />

‘protest singer’, a term he’s not entirely comfortable<br />

with, as he finds it ‘pigeon-holing’. “I’d<br />

rather you put me down as a dissenter,” he says.<br />

“In fact I would argue that dissent is the tradition<br />

that defines the English.”<br />

Tom Paine comes up in the conversation. Bragg<br />

cites the 18th-century English activist in the<br />

pamphlet he’s recently written for Faber &<br />

Faber, The Three Dimensions of Freedom, describing<br />

him as ‘the greatest revolutionary England<br />

ever produced’. “I wish he’d been born 150 years<br />

before so he could have written his pamphlet<br />

and given it to the New Model Army at Naseby:<br />

then we may have had a republic that lasted,” he<br />

says. Instead, of course, he helped the United<br />

States of America to become one.<br />

Bragg’s sets have always been punctuated by<br />

political diatribes, and he’s going to make no<br />

exception to this practice, he says, at the Black<br />

Deer Festival. He’ll not decide on his set until<br />

the day of the performance. “When I arrive at a<br />

festival I have a long walk around the site. I try<br />

and suss out the audience… are they soaking<br />

wet, are they pissed off, are they chilled out?<br />

Then I decide how I pitch the set to them.”<br />

So will he ‘countrify’ himself up, I wonder, to<br />

fit in with the likes of Kris Kristofferson and<br />

Hayseed Dixie, also on the line-up? “I won’t be<br />

wearing cowboy boots,” he says, “but I will undoubtedly<br />

have a shirt with pearl-snap buttons<br />

on it.” Alex Leith<br />

Eridge Park, 21-23 <strong>June</strong>, blackdeerfestival.com<br />

Photo by Jacob Blickenstaff<br />



The Girl on the Train<br />

Samantha Womack talks about life on tour<br />

This month, ex-EastEnders<br />

star Samantha Womack<br />

comes to Brighton in The<br />

Girl on the Train, a play<br />

based on the best-selling<br />

novel by Paula Hawkins.<br />

She’s been playing the role<br />

of Rachel Watson in this<br />

touring production since it<br />

opened in January.<br />

The main thing about<br />

Rachel is that she’s<br />

broken by circumstances.<br />

She’s very devil-maycare<br />

and rebellious but<br />

there’s something quite<br />

vulnerable about her.<br />

Some performances I’ll start with a slightly<br />

more accessible Rachel, or I can be very surly<br />

and aggressive – and the play will unfold with<br />

that starting point. That keeps my attention<br />

completely riveted to the dialogue as if it was<br />

fresh for the first time. Anthony Banks, the<br />

director, has been very clever: he’s cast actors<br />

who are actually quite malleable. We all bend<br />

and adapt to our spaces. We’re not militant<br />

in keeping everything too set in stone, which<br />

would be very boring for me.<br />

The concept is ‘thriller’ but it’s a<br />

psychological drama as well. Anthony wanted<br />

the set to feel like pieces of the jigsaw puzzle<br />

that Rachel is trying to manage in her head,<br />

because she has these large holes in her<br />

memory. So bits of it glide on and glide off.<br />

The sets themselves are quite barren: they have<br />

an almost a book-like quality.<br />

I love the freedom of a stage. It’s working<br />

with a story chronologically,<br />

as well. With a soap, you’ll be<br />

filming six to eight episodes<br />

in a day, so in the morning<br />

you’ll be doing stuff where<br />

you’ve lost a baby and in the<br />

afternoon you’ll be doing stuff<br />

where you’re still pregnant. It<br />

can be that crude. Whereas<br />

with a play, the minute you<br />

set foot on that stage, it’s a<br />

rollercoaster ride and you<br />

don’t get off until the end.<br />

There’s a lot of<br />

competition, so I try really<br />

hard not to get typecast. I<br />

understood very early on that<br />

I had to diversify if I wanted to survive, but it<br />

kept me interested creatively as well. I’m the<br />

breadwinner, I’m a mum and acting is really<br />

hard to get employed in now.<br />

I can drive through the night on Saturday<br />

night and wake up at home on Sunday. It’s<br />

tough; at weekends I just want to collapse into<br />

a little ball. But I’m very lucky, I have a very<br />

supportive husband who’s also an actor, the kids<br />

are great too, we all pull together.<br />

For me, Brighton is synonymous with my<br />

father. He was a very eccentric, sweet musician.<br />

Every time I turned up in Brighton, he’d come<br />

and meet me on the pier with his cowboy hat<br />

and his guitar and his Dalmatian dog. And<br />

he’s not with us now. So I have these poignant<br />

memories. As told to Mark Bridge<br />

The Girl on the Train is at the Theatre Royal<br />

Brighton from Monday 17th until Saturday 22nd<br />

<strong>June</strong>. atgtickets.com<br />



Skittles<br />

A sporting event<br />

Illustration by Chris Lewis<br />

The <strong>Lewes</strong> Skittles Tournament has been<br />

running in the Grange every <strong>June</strong> since the<br />

1960s. Peter Boyse, the teams-organiser at<br />

the Rotary, which has overseen the event<br />

since the 1980s, told me he himself first<br />

took part in 1968. “The lanes have got a bit<br />

bumpier since then,” he says. “There’s been a<br />

bit of subsidence!”<br />

Peter describes the five-day nine-skittles<br />

tournament – which takes place in the<br />

far corner of the gardens, beside the<br />

Winterbourne – as “a fun, competitive event<br />

in aid of charity”. This year he’s expecting<br />

about 120 teams (six people per team) to take<br />

part, and to raise £6,000-£7,000.<br />

Each team pays a £30 entry fee. There are<br />

also buckets on the gate, to which anyone can<br />

contribute – and participants and spectators<br />

do, “generously”, Peter says. There’s a bar,<br />

run by Commercial Square Bonfire Society,<br />

and a burger store, by Waterloo. “They keep<br />

the proceeds for their own fundraising, but<br />

also give a cut to us”, he says.<br />

“It’s a sporting event,” he laughs, “as in goodnatured.<br />

There’s an element of luck, because<br />

of the undulation of the ground. But<br />

there must be skill involved too,<br />

because we often see the same<br />

teams come through.”<br />

Anyone can enter – new teams<br />

appear every year – and local<br />

businesses also contribute by<br />

advertising on the (now sixteen)<br />

lane and back boards.<br />

If you’re interested in any<br />

aspect, Peter says, do email:<br />

peter.boyse@farmline.com.<br />

Charlotte Gann<br />

17-21 <strong>June</strong>, 7pm. lewes-rotary.<br />

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Exit, pursued by an implied bear<br />

A new look at a Shakespeare classic<br />

In Elizabethan England, you might have<br />

expected a play called The Winter’s Tale to<br />

be some kind of upbeat urban myth; fantasy<br />

folklore with a moral core. Shakespeare,<br />

subversive as ever, delivered the unexpected.<br />

“Basically, it’s two stories. That’s one of the<br />

reasons it’s been criticised over the years”,<br />

Chris Weber Brown tells me. He’s directing<br />

the play at <strong>Lewes</strong> Little Theatre, where the<br />

curtain rises at the end of this month. “There’s<br />

all sorts of drama and tyranny and horrible<br />

stuff in the first half.” Leontes, the King of<br />

Sicilia, thinks his pregnant wife has been<br />

having an affair with his old friend, Polixenes.<br />

Despite a total lack of evidence, Leontes orders<br />

the friend to be poisoned, puts his wife on<br />

trial for treason and abandons his new-born<br />

daughter. “The audience have to sit through<br />

this doom and gloom... we need to lighten up in<br />

the second half”, says Chris.<br />

Shakespeare obliges by ensuring the baby<br />

daughter is adopted by an elderly shepherd and<br />

his clownish son, changing the mood instantly<br />

from dark tragedy to upbeat comedy. “We are<br />

going to have a sort-of rustic dance, I have a<br />

movement coach, and there’s going to be music<br />

and some singing.” Ultimately, the two stories<br />

are reconciled, as are the king and his daughter.<br />

“It all kind-of ends happily. But it isn’t really a<br />

happy ending in my view.”<br />

Why does Chris think this 400-year-old play<br />

and its magical world is still relevant today?<br />

“I could see echoes of Leontes’s tyranny and<br />

power with present-day dictators who will<br />

hold on to power at any cost – any cost to the<br />

people and the country.” In fact, he’s updated<br />

the setting to <strong>2019</strong> and is working without<br />

a conventional set. “I just love the idea of<br />

having a completely open stage where you<br />

can move and you’re not constricted in any<br />

way. It’s the first time I’ve done it. Very often<br />

with Shakespeare, they have a raised dais at<br />

the rear of the stage – but I don’t want that.<br />

It’ll all be done by lighting.” This includes<br />

the famous stage direction ‘Exit, pursued by<br />

a bear’. “A very dark shadow will move across<br />

the back”, says Chris. “We will not be having<br />

the bear because that would become rather<br />

like pantomime.” There’ll be quite a few other<br />

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contemporary audiences. “It’s about the text<br />

and the feelings and the characterisations. Not<br />

the dressing-up box!” Mark Bridge<br />

The Winter’s Tale runs from 29th <strong>June</strong> until 6th<br />

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There’s No Business Like Show Business, Moon, Freaks<br />

Film ’19<br />

Dexter Lee’s cinema round-up<br />

It was the first horror film to win an Oscar (or<br />

two to be exact), it’s Mark Kermode’s favourite<br />

movie, and it’s one of the highest-grossing Hollywood<br />

franchises of all time, but I wouldn’t<br />

necessarily recommend you watch The Exorcist<br />

(<strong>June</strong> 1st). It’s the stuff of nightmares: that<br />

head-spinning scene, in particular, will never<br />

leave you.<br />

Of a rather gentler nature, earlier in the same<br />

day, are four films about the octogenarian<br />

water-sculptor William Pye, with a Q&A between<br />

the director and the artist, among others,<br />

afterwards. Will anyone, I wonder, attend both<br />

events?<br />

Sunday afternoon has become the time to<br />

stretch out your legs and enjoy old classics on<br />

the big screen. On the 2nd, Depot are showing<br />

Monty Python’s musical The Life of Brian,<br />

which struck one religious commentator at the<br />

time as being ‘foul, disgusting and blasphemous’,<br />

but most viewers as being light-hearted<br />

parody. Altogether now: ‘always look on the…’<br />

Talking singalong, <strong>June</strong>’s dementia-friendly<br />

movie, open to everyone, particularly those not<br />

afraid to participate, is Irving Berlin’s 1954 musical<br />

There’s No Business like Show Business (4th),<br />

starring, among many others, Marilyn Monroe.<br />

The book-to-film offering, meanwhile, is The<br />

Last Picture Show, a gritty b&w coming-of-age<br />

movie, directed by Peter Bogdanovic in 1971,<br />

with Jeff Bridges and Ellen Burstyn among an<br />

ensemble cast, and music by Hank Williams Jr.<br />

On the same day, to celebrate the anniversary<br />

of D-Day, there’s a showing of Spielberg’s Saving<br />

Private Ryan, whose first scene is regarded<br />

as one of the most uncomfortable in war movie<br />

history, with Allied troops pinned down under<br />

machine-gun fire.<br />

On Friday 7th there’s the last of a trilogy of<br />

U3A films, whose subject has been science. It’s<br />

Duncan Jones’ Moon, a tale of an engineer who<br />

starts losing his mind as he nears the end of a<br />

three-year stint mining helium-3 on the dark<br />

side of the moon.<br />

On the 10th is the disturbing, controversial<br />

1932 horror film Freaks, featuring among its<br />

cast carnival sideshow performers with very<br />

real deformities. The film is presented by<br />

Brighton’s Doctor of Quirk, David Bramwell.<br />

Father’s Day (16th, put it in your diaries)<br />

is celebrated by the one-off screening of a<br />

documentary, The Yukon Assignment, which<br />

sees a father and son canoeing 500 miles into<br />

the Canadian wilderness, bonding deeply on<br />

the way. And on the 29th, the Depot’s Young<br />

Programmers take over Screen 2 for the whole<br />

day, with three movies on the theme of ‘obsession’.<br />

Check the Depot website for those titles,<br />

plus for what’s going on during their Green<br />

Day, on the 22nd.<br />

Perhaps the coolest show in the month’s calendar<br />

is Ibiza – The Silent Movie (26th), Julian<br />

Temple’s collaboration with Norman ‘Fatboy<br />

Slim’ Cook, taking the audience on a journey<br />

into the heart of the soulful Balearic island.<br />

This will be shown at selected cinemas around<br />

the country, simultaneously with a screening at<br />

the Glastonbury Festival. No wellies required.<br />




How to navigate the end<br />

of a relationship<br />

What’s going on with the weather in <strong>Lewes</strong>?<br />

One day it is glorious sunshine, and another<br />

it’s cold and rainy. As soon as I get my<br />

sandals out it seems to always pour down<br />

with rain.<br />

As a Collaborative Family Lawyer and<br />

Mediator, I work with couples ending<br />

their relationship. Many will describe<br />

their relationship as having been like our<br />

changing weather... unpredictable and<br />

exhausting.<br />

Clients sometimes come to see me after a<br />

particularly big row or a bad period – should<br />

they stay or should they leave? How do they<br />

know if the scales are tipped just too far in<br />

wrong direction?<br />

Remain or leave (no Brexit pun intended)?<br />

Not an easy decision to make, with or without<br />

children.<br />

Many clients see me when they really are<br />

not sure about what to do. Often I suggest<br />

seeking couples or individual counselling<br />

before going down any legal route.<br />

Even if clients are not sure they may just<br />

need to explore what ending a relationship<br />

would involve, what are their rights and<br />

responsibilities? I can certainly help with that.<br />

More importantly, the process they choose<br />

will dictate how they move forward as a<br />

separated couple or as separated parents.<br />

My view is that engaging a solicitor in a<br />

campaign of letter writing will do little to<br />

help and may well cause harm. Consider<br />

‘round the table’ ways of working; including<br />

mediation or collaborative practice.<br />

Timing is important too – sometimes people<br />

meet me and want to get on with things<br />

straight away whilst others need more time<br />

and only start things off months or even years<br />

later. As I always say, ‘here if you need me’.<br />

Please call to discuss what might be the best process for you<br />

on 07780676212 or email jo@osullivanfamilylaw.com<br />

For more details about how I work visit<br />



Chris Horlock<br />

Lost Brighton author<br />

You’re a postcard<br />

collector, I hear.<br />

I collect images of<br />

Brighton, whether<br />

prints, maps, postcards<br />

or photos, from the<br />

eighteenth century to<br />

the present day. I have<br />

a ridiculous number of<br />

images – over 30,000 –<br />

which I am always busy<br />

digitising and captioning.<br />

A bit like the James Gray collection, held<br />

by the Regency Society? I limit myself to<br />

Brighton, while James’ collection includes<br />

Hove and Portslade and suchlike. I used to take<br />

pictures for James, who I knew for twenty years<br />

before he died. He’d want somewhere recorded<br />

for posterity, before it was demolished.<br />

Brighton used to be more industrial…<br />

There’s a whole section relating to industry<br />

in Brighton in my new book. In 1891 the<br />

railway works produced a locomotive engine,<br />

from scratch, every month, employing over<br />

2,500 people; there were still 650 people at<br />

work there in 1952. Allen West, along the<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Road, employed 3,000 workers, making<br />

electrical switches. Cox’s pill factory, also in<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Road, was a big employer until the 70s…<br />

And this, presumably, altered the city’s<br />

demographics? Its purpose keeps shifting.<br />

Brighton has been a resort since the early<br />

1700s. But once it was a royal town. It’s been<br />

a military base, then an industrial town; now<br />

it’s a university city, catering for young people<br />

who are here for a limited period of time and<br />

don’t particularly care about the long-term<br />

infrastructure of the place.<br />

Do you think much of the change is for<br />

the better? It’s difficult to think of any<br />

post-war buildings and<br />

developments that are<br />

of any significance.<br />

When you think of all<br />

the detail and nuance<br />

that went into pre-war<br />

buildings, and compare<br />

them to what’s gone<br />

up since… In the past,<br />

buildings were made<br />

to make you stop and<br />

look at them. Now they<br />

barely warrant a glance as you walk by.<br />

What disappeared buildings, in particular,<br />

do you lament? So many! Brighton used to<br />

be so different. Let’s take 1960, as an example.<br />

Just thinking about entertainment: there were<br />

still five full-sized purpose-built theatres;<br />

there were thirteen single-screen cinemas; The<br />

Hippodrome was up and running; there was<br />

the SS Brighton, a highly-popular ice rink at<br />

the bottom of West Street, home to the famous<br />

Brighton Tigers. And of course, Brighton still<br />

had the West Pier.<br />

Why were people so keen to pull things<br />

down in the 60s? When Harold Wilson came<br />

to power, he promised a technological revolution<br />

on a large scale. There were high-speed trains,<br />

oil rigs and by the end of the decade, men on the<br />

moon. So when they put up the first high-rise<br />

blocks in the 60s, no-one batted an eyelid. This<br />

was the future, a brave new world.<br />

Any post-war buildings you do like? The<br />

Jubilee Library isn’t bad. Duke’s Lane is a good<br />

redevelopment. And the 1970s Amex ‘wedding<br />

cake’ soon became a landmark building. But of<br />

course, that’s recently gone.<br />

Interview by Alex Leith<br />

Lost Brighton at The Keep, 26th <strong>June</strong>, 5.30pm,<br />

£5. thekeep.info<br />

Photo: Brighton Railway Works, 1912<br />


"Never doubt that a<br />

small group of<br />

thoughtful, committed<br />

citizens can change the<br />

world; indeed, it's the<br />

only thing that ever has."<br />

Margaret Mead<br />

Own it:<br />



John Hamilton<br />

Legendary book designer<br />

John Hamilton, Art Director at Penguin Random<br />

House, born in Glasgow and <strong>Lewes</strong> resident for<br />

15 years, died suddenly in February, aged 55.<br />

John was great company, always ready with a<br />

story, generous and spirited, but he was also so<br />

modest and self-effacing that few of his many<br />

friends and acquaintances truly knew the extent<br />

of his reputation.<br />

Penguin CEO, Tom Weldon, remembered John<br />

as ‘much loved and respected across the wider<br />

industry; helping to discover talented designers,<br />

illustrators, photographers and artists right at the<br />

beginning of their careers.’ When John joined<br />

Penguin in 1997, he took charge of the Penguin<br />

Essentials series with a mandate to follow his<br />

instinct and ignore precedent. He commissioned<br />

graffiti artists, tattooists, fashion and record cover<br />

designers and those on the edges of the artistic<br />

community; he took creative risks at a time<br />

when publishing was in peril, and his approach<br />

caused an excitement across the industry that still<br />

resonates today. One of those risks was to commission<br />

an unknown street artist: Banksy recently<br />

acknowledged this debt.<br />

When news of John’s death broke, many authors,<br />

including William Boyd and Will Self, wrote<br />

about his ability to communicate with each of<br />

them and translate their work into the visual, his<br />

professionalism and his sense of fun. The Penguin<br />

press release said: ‘John created timeless,<br />

iconic covers which have become synonymous<br />

with the texts themselves.’<br />

He was also instrumental in bringing Jamie<br />

Oliver to Penguin. Then, a lively young chef,<br />

looking for a book deal, Oliver was courted by all<br />

publishers; it was John’s enthusiasm for cooking<br />

(he was himself a wonderful cook) and ability to<br />

translate that into design that helped convince<br />

Oliver to sign for Penguin. Over the next 20<br />

years John was the Art Director for all his cookbooks.<br />

They became close friends, travelling the<br />

world in search of new culinary horizons.<br />

John was talented but also hard-working. He<br />

oversaw 500 books a year and it was hugely challenging<br />

to come up with original concepts every<br />

day. He looked for visual inspiration everywhere<br />

and was always thinking and dreaming up new<br />

ideas. In <strong>Lewes</strong> he found a life where he could<br />

relax, recalibrate and pursue his interests quietly<br />

with his family. He was a familiar figure round<br />

town in his plain khaki jacket and baseball cap,<br />

and with his dog Tess, svelte alter ego, at his side.<br />

Much of his socialising was done about town, or<br />

in his favourite shops – Richards, Bow Windows<br />

– and pubs: the Lansdown, the Brewers and the<br />

Gardeners. Often described as a maverick, John<br />

was also a kind, courteous and thoughtful man.<br />

He loved Bonfire. Although a committed member<br />

of Southover, which he joined when his children<br />

were young, he admired Cliffe’s anarchic<br />

approach, which suited his own. He travelled<br />

back to his hometown Glasgow whenever possible<br />

to watch his beloved Rangers. He was proud<br />

of his roots, his city, its politics and his family<br />

history entwined with Clydebank. However,<br />

despite a healthy suspicion of the English ruling<br />

class, he was no nationalist and loved <strong>Lewes</strong>, the<br />

town he made his home. Douglas Taylor<br />

Photo by Mark Read<br />



Peter Blake<br />

Joseph Cornell’s imaginary Sussex day-trip<br />

© Peter Blake, <strong>2019</strong>. All rights reserved<br />

At the age of 75, Sir Peter<br />

Blake, ‘the godfather of<br />

British Pop Art’ announced<br />

that he had entered his ‘late<br />

period’, a term usually used<br />

by critics after painters have<br />

died. “Artists go a bit crazy,<br />

so I gave myself the licence<br />

to do that,” he says.<br />

Now he’s 90, so you might<br />

say he’s in his ‘late, late’<br />

period: his most recent body<br />

of work, some of which is<br />

being shown for the first time over the summer<br />

at Farleys House and Gallery, sounds like he’s<br />

getting good value from that licence.<br />

“It’s called Joseph Cornell’s Holiday,” he tells<br />

me, revealing that the idea came to him after<br />

attending an exhibition about the American<br />

‘shadow-box’ artist, Wanderlust, at the Royal<br />

Academy, in 2015.<br />

There were two elements of Cornell’s life that<br />

Blake wanted to change, for the better. The<br />

first was that “he loved the idea of travelling,<br />

and Europe, but never ventured far from his<br />

home on Long Island” (the artist was devoted to<br />

his mother and had to take care of his disabled<br />

brother). And then “he fell in love constantly<br />

with women… but never consummated a<br />

relationship. He died a virgin.”<br />

So Blake is posthumously treating Cornell, in<br />

this series of artworks, to everything he missed<br />

while alive: “he meets lots of women all the<br />

time, and has lots of affairs, all around Europe.”<br />

Back in the sixties, the British surrealist Roland<br />

Penrose, the co-founder of the Institute of<br />

Contemporary Arts, acted as something of<br />

a ‘mentor’ to Blake and the generation of<br />

young artists involved in the British pop<br />

art movement. “I went<br />

to their [Penrose and<br />

his photographer wife<br />

Lee Miller’s] flat in<br />

Kensington a number of<br />

times,” he says, “and saw<br />

their amazing collection<br />

of Picassos and Dalis,<br />

wonderful pictures. I’d say<br />

he was a friend.”<br />

Blake didn’t, however,<br />

visit the couple’s Sussex<br />

residence in Chiddingly<br />

until recently, and it was after that visit he<br />

decided, with the collaboration of Roland’s son<br />

Antony Penrose, to make part of the Joseph<br />

Cornell series site-specific to Farley Farm,<br />

which now has an exhibition space. “A lot of the<br />

surrealists visited Roland and Lee in Sussex,<br />

as did Picasso, and were photographed by Lee<br />

Miller, and what I’ve done is a kind of sub-story<br />

imagining Cornell visiting Farley Farm, and<br />

meeting them.”<br />

Cornell, it so happens, already knew Lee<br />

Miller, who also hailed from New York State,<br />

and, among the twenty or so paintings in the<br />

exhibition, “there’s an image of him, at Farley<br />

Farm, holding a collage with the image that Lee<br />

Miller took of him when he was a young man.”<br />

Had the artist ever made it to Europe, Blake<br />

reckons Cornell would have jumped at the<br />

chance to make a real visit to Farley Farm.<br />

“Lee was very beautiful,” he concludes. “I’m<br />

absolutely convinced she was one of the many<br />

women he fell in love with”. Alex Leith<br />

Day Trip to Farley Farm, Sundays 9th <strong>June</strong> to<br />

4th August. Farleys House and Gallery, Muddles<br />

Green, Chiddingly<br />

farleyshouseandgallery.co.uk<br />


NF<br />

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Studio+<br />

Gallery<br />





Over two weeks of arts &<br />

culture in Newhaven.<br />

Walks, talks, exhibitions<br />

& workshops. Plus artwave<br />

open houses.<br />

August 17 – September 1<br />

The eagerly awaited opening of<br />


Two brilliant contemporary abstract artists spanning a generation.<br />

Studio+Gallery<br />

21 Church Street<br />

SEAFORD BN25 1HD<br />


www.studioplusgallery.co.uk<br />

JUNE 6th to JULY 7th <strong>2019</strong><br />

Every Thursday to Sunday<br />

11.00 – 17.00<br />



20 th ANNIVERSARY<br />

10 May - 30 Sept<br />

An enticing<br />

collection of<br />

sculpture displayed<br />

within a stunning<br />

historic garden.<br />

Exhibition sponsored by:<br />

newhavenfestival.co.uk<br />

newhavenfestival<br />

newhaven festival<br />

illustration © Olivia Waller<br />


17 - 28 Jun<br />

See website for details<br />

@bordehillgarden<br />

Registered Charity No: 246589<br />

www.bordehill.co.uk 01444 450326 RH16 1XP

ART<br />

ART & ABOUT<br />

In town this month<br />

Night Bloomer by Julian Brown<br />

Over three weekends this month, Fitzroy House hosts Moon Gazing<br />

– an exhibition celebrating the moon and some of its many manifestations<br />

in art, culture and science. Curated by Sarah O’Kane to coincide<br />

with the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing, the exhibition<br />

features artworks by twelve contemporary artists – some specially<br />

commissioned for the event – including Julian Bell, Peter Messer and<br />

Charlotte Snook. A series of lunar-related events accompanies the<br />

exhibition, including the launch of poetry anthology Pale Fire (published<br />

by <strong>Lewes</strong>-based The Frogmore Press), moon-making workshops for<br />

children and a talk by Robert Massey of the Royal Astronomical Society,<br />

and Royal Pavilion curator Alexandra Loske, who together wrote<br />

the recently-published book Moon: Art, Science, Culture. Visit sarahokane.<br />

co.uk for more details of the events. Fitzroy House, 10 High Street,<br />

from the 8th until the 23rd of <strong>June</strong>. (Open 10am-5pm Saturdays and Sundays.)<br />

The Chalk Cliffs by Sue Collins<br />

Katie<br />

Whitbread<br />

is the featured<br />

artist<br />

at Chalk<br />

Gallery until<br />

the 9th of<br />

<strong>June</strong>, swiftly<br />

followed by Sue Collins, whose exhibition<br />

opens on the 10th. Sue is based in Hassocks,<br />

and her stylised linocuts are inspired by the<br />

Downland views she can see from her studio<br />

window. Sue will be at the gallery for a ‘meet<br />

the artist’ event at 2pm on Tuesday 11th,<br />

when she will be giving a short demonstration<br />

of her reduction printmaking process.<br />

Starlings on Downs by Fiona Richardson<br />

Also in town<br />

this month,<br />

Sussex Printmakers<br />

is an<br />

exhibition<br />

of work by<br />

five local<br />

printmakers<br />

at Keizer<br />

Frames. Expect<br />

distinctive linocuts by Rachel Clark, photopolymer<br />

and solar etchings by Kate Osborne, etchings by<br />

Fiona Richardson and Elaine Foster-Gandey and<br />

linocuts, woodcuts and wood engravings by the late<br />

James T. A. Osborne (1907-1979). 1st-30th <strong>June</strong>.<br />

St Anne’s Galleries present Horizonalia; a celebration of<br />

the skyline in paint. This solo exhibition of oil paintings<br />

on wood by Christopher McHugh explores the artist’s<br />

long-running fascination with the dividing line between<br />

earth and sky. 1st-30th <strong>June</strong>, Saturdays & Sundays 10am-<br />

5pm, or at other times by appointment.<br />

Cameo Horizon: Crooning by Christopher McHugh<br />


Moongazing<br />

A group exhibition<br />

celebrating the moon<br />

8 – 23 <strong>June</strong><br />

10am – 5pm Saturdays and Sundays<br />

Fitzroy House<br />

10 High Street<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> BN7 2AD<br />

Sarah O’Kane Contemporary Fine Art<br />

07777 691 050 | sarahokane.co.uk

ART<br />

ART & ABOUT<br />

Susan Ashworth<br />

Susan Ashworth is holding an oil painting<br />

workshop at Paddock Studios on Saturday<br />

the 22nd of <strong>June</strong> from 10am-4pm. Whether<br />

you’re an experienced painter or an absolute<br />

beginner, Susan will guide you in the creation<br />

of distinctive still life images. All materials are<br />

provided. (£95, contact stories@jamiecrawford.<br />

co.uk for more information.) Also at Paddock Studios, Emma Carlow<br />

and Chris Arran – both seasoned <strong>Viva</strong> cover artists – hold a joint exhibition<br />

on the 29th and 30th of <strong>June</strong> (10am-5pm). Expect new works by<br />

Chris, whose art incorporates paint, collage and digital techniques, and<br />

lino cuts by Emma, who is exhibiting her work for the first time.<br />

Emma Carlow<br />

The Wallands and Priory Secret Art Auction goes<br />

live on <strong>June</strong> 3rd. Bid online at jumblebee.co.uk/wallandsprioryart<br />

for paintings, prints, jewellery, pottery and<br />

sculptures, including works by Julian Bell, Peter Messer,<br />

Nick Bodimeade, Alexis Dove and Leigh Hodgkinson.<br />

There’s a chance to see the artworks at a private view at<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> House, on Friday 21st (5-9pm) and Saturday 22nd<br />

(9.30am-3pm) of <strong>June</strong>. The Auction closes 23rd <strong>June</strong>, so<br />

make sure to get your bids in early.<br />

Out of town<br />

David Armitage<br />

On the 6th of <strong>June</strong>,<br />

Studio+Gallery<br />

opens its doors at<br />

21 Church Street<br />

in Seaford. Their<br />

opening exhibition is<br />

Abstract Generations<br />

– works by David<br />

Armitage and Aby Myers, with shows<br />

by Karen Potter, Peter Messer, and<br />

a collection of drawings by Stanley<br />

Spencer to follow later in the season.<br />

David Armitage and Aby Myers will<br />

hold a Q&A at 3.30pm on Saturday the<br />

22nd <strong>June</strong> and a walk and talk session<br />

at 3.30pm on Saturday 6th July. (Gallery<br />

opening times Thursday to Sunday,<br />

11am-5pm. studioplusgallery.co.uk)<br />

Juliet Forrest<br />

Inspired by Burne-Jones<br />

– an exhibition of contemporary<br />

stained glass<br />

– is at the Grange Museum<br />

and Gallery in<br />

Rottingdean, from the<br />

6-14 <strong>June</strong>. Featuring<br />

work by 25 glass artists<br />

from all over the<br />

country (and one from<br />

Chicago), the exhibition<br />

is part of a two-year<br />

programme of events<br />

relating to Edward<br />

Burne-Jones, one of<br />

Rottingdean’s most<br />

famous residents. For<br />

a full list of exhibiting<br />

artists, visit rottingdeanpreservationsociety.<br />


Christopher McHugh Horizonalia<br />

A celebration of the skyline in paint<br />

1 - 30 <strong>June</strong> <strong>2019</strong>, Saturdays & Sundays 10am - 5pm or by appointment<br />


07860 728220 stannesgalleries.com<br />

Summer <strong>2019</strong> Towner Art Gallery<br />

TEN<br />

Towner curates<br />

the collection<br />

Phoebe Unwin<br />

Iris<br />

Lothar Götz<br />

Dance Diagonal<br />

Image: courtesy Lothar Götz<br />

Dineo Seshee Bopape<br />

Sedibeng, it comes with the rain<br />

www.townereastbourne.org.uk @ townergallery<br />

Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4JJ

ART<br />

Out of town<br />

Towner are celebrating their tenth anniversary in their<br />

‘new’, Rick Mather-designed building with a busy summer<br />

season. Exhibitions include a large-scale installation<br />

by South African artist Dineo Seshee Bopape; an<br />

exhibition of works from the Towner collection, curated<br />

by the gallery’s own team; a presentation of new paintings<br />

by London-based artist Phoebe Unwin and a major<br />

outdoor commission by Lothar Götz (see pg 60). Join<br />

them for a celebratory summer party marking the launch<br />

of the exhibitions on the 15th of <strong>June</strong> (6pm-late).<br />

Harold Mockford<br />

Plinth Home<br />

Charleston hold their second Designer & Maker Fair<br />

on Saturday the 22nd of <strong>June</strong> (11am-<br />

5pm). Thirty carefully curated<br />

designers and makers present<br />

a selection of ceramics,<br />

textiles, jewellery, clothing,<br />

prints and home wares.<br />

If the success of their<br />

Christmas makers’ fair<br />

is anything to go by, you<br />

might want to book early.<br />

(Tickets £5 in advance, £6 on<br />

the door.)<br />

Lucy Ogden<br />

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft<br />

present Women’s Work, an exhibition<br />

of work by a pioneering group of<br />

women in craft, who turned their<br />

practice into successful businesses<br />

between the two world wars. Many<br />

of the featured artists are relatively<br />

unknown, and yet hugely significant<br />

to the development of the Arts and<br />

Crafts movement. Drawing on the<br />

museum’s own, and other specialist<br />

collections, the exhibition features<br />

more than 100 pieces of textiles, ceramics<br />

and jewellery, made by craftswomen<br />

including Ethel Mairet,<br />

Alice Hindson, Phyllis Baron and Dorothy Larcher, Enid Marx and Denise Wren. A series of<br />

events accompanies the exhibition, including a weaving residency using an historic loom.<br />

Continues until 6th October.<br />

Image kindly provided by the Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts<br />


Lothar Götz, in front of his installation at the MAC Belfast . Photo by Jordan Hutchins<br />

Lothar Götz<br />

Transforming the Towner<br />

“I like the Bauhaus idea of Gesamtkunstwerk”<br />

says the artist Lothar Götz when I ask him<br />

how he describes his large, site-specific wall<br />

paintings. “An artwork where different areas<br />

– architecture, design, painting, colour – meet<br />

without a clear border. I was always interested<br />

in that crossover.”<br />

Citing influences as diverse as the aweinspiring<br />

painted interiors of Baroque<br />

churches, to the pared-back modernist<br />

aesthetic of the Bauhaus, Lothar creates<br />

bright, geometric abstract artworks on an epic<br />

scale. This month sees the unveiling of his<br />

largest painting to date: the transformation<br />

of the entire exterior of the Towner Gallery<br />

in Eastbourne. Commissioned to celebrate<br />

the gallery’s tenth anniversary in its current<br />

building, the painted façade will remain in situ<br />

until May 2020.<br />

As we chat on Skype, Lothar holds up a sketch<br />

for ‘Dance Diagonal’, which will, by the time<br />

you read this, wrap the gallery’s huge walls in<br />

converging, technicolour diagonals. His design<br />

responds to different architectural details<br />

on the building: the curved window alcoves,<br />

the jutting balcony and the unpredictable<br />

movement that will be created by the curved<br />

gallery walls. “The exciting thing with these<br />

wall paintings and site-specific works on this<br />

scale is that you can plan them – and you have<br />

to plan them quite precisely so that you know<br />

where to start – but there is still this element of<br />

surprise, where you don’t know exactly what it<br />

will look like.”<br />



Lothar is well used to creating large-scale<br />

works – previous commissions include the<br />

Southbank Centre in London, and Leeds Art<br />

Gallery – but the Towner will be a first for<br />

the artist. “What is very unusual about this<br />

project is that I’m painting the whole of the<br />

outside, which will turn the building itself into<br />

a giant public art sculpture. It crosses over<br />

from architecture or painting and becomes<br />

part of the topography of the town. It’s not like<br />

going into a gallery and saying, ‘there are the<br />

paintings’. People will walk along the street,<br />

not necessarily expecting to look at art, but<br />

then suddenly there it is.<br />

“It will create quite a landmark in the town<br />

centre and that’s very special. It doesn’t happen<br />

very often, to have an opportunity to do<br />

something which is so visible to the public.”<br />

The installation is set to take three weeks<br />

and, when we speak in early May, Lothar isn’t<br />

sure how much paint he will need for each of<br />

the 15 colours, each needing four coats. But,<br />

with Brewers Decorator Centres sponsoring<br />

the commission, he is guaranteed a sufficient<br />

supply. Nor does he know how much tape it<br />

will take to mask the crisp diagonal lines across<br />

such distances (one of the walls is more than 30<br />

metres wide and 15 metres high), but he’ll be<br />

working with an expert team from the London<br />

Mural Company to manage the process. What<br />

is certain is that the Towner – always a striking<br />

building – is about to become an artwork in its<br />

own right. And an eye-catching centrepiece for<br />

Eastbourne’s new Devonshire Quarter.<br />

Towner’s celebratory summer season<br />

launches on the 15th of <strong>June</strong>. Lizzie Lower<br />

townereastbourne.org.uk<br />

Crash: Acrylic and Emulsion on wall, Küstlerhaus / Kunstverein Hanover, 2012photo by Raimund Zakowski<br />

Double-Take:Acrylic and emulsion on wall, MAC Belfast, 2013, photo by Jordan Hutchins<br />

....61....<br />


Sussex<br />

Printmakers<br />

1 st - 30 th <strong>June</strong> <strong>2019</strong><br />

Open daily<br />

An exhibition of work<br />

by five modern<br />

and contemporary<br />

Sussex printmakers<br />


Rachel Clark<br />

linocuts and etchings<br />

Kate Osborne<br />

photopolymer and solar etchings<br />

Fiona Richardson<br />

drypoint etchings<br />

Elaine Foster-Gandey<br />

etchings<br />

James T. A. Osborne (1907-1979)<br />

linocuts, woodcuts and<br />

wood engravings<br />


Sat 1 st <strong>June</strong>, 4-7pm<br />

James T. A. Osborne<br />

15 Malling Street, Pastorale Antiques, <strong>Lewes</strong>, BN7 2RA | 01273 471647<br />

@keizerframeslimited<br />


<strong>June</strong> listings<br />

SATURDAY 1<br />

‘There’s no Planet B’:<br />

A day of speakers and<br />

stalls hosted by Plastic<br />

Free <strong>Lewes</strong>, exploring<br />

practical ideas for living<br />

more sustainably. Visitors<br />

can sign up to the<br />

Plastic Free <strong>Lewes</strong> Pledge, and at 3pm, listen<br />

to <strong>Lewes</strong> District Councillors debate what a<br />

‘climate emergency’ should look like at the<br />

local level. <strong>Lewes</strong> Town Hall, 11am-4pm, free<br />

(donations welcome).<br />

THURSDAY 6<br />

Comedy at the Con. With<br />

Stefano Paolini, Dave Chawner<br />

and Mark Maier. Con Club,<br />

7.30pm, £8-£12.<br />


South of England Show. The best of British<br />

countryside living, with a packed schedule of<br />

events and activities over three days. At the<br />

South of England Showground, Ardingly, see<br />

seas.org.uk.<br />

FRIDAY 7<br />

Headstrong Club. Suramayi on Auroville, a<br />

50-year-old experiment in alternative society.<br />

Elephant and Castle, 8pm, £3.<br />

SATURDAY 8<br />

Corbynomics.<br />

Paul Mason speaks<br />

at a <strong>Lewes</strong> Labour<br />

party event about<br />

his new book<br />

Clear Bright<br />

Future: A Radical<br />

Defence of the Human Being. Followed by<br />

book signing. <strong>Lewes</strong> Town Hall, 5pm, £5.<br />


Waterlily Festival. Enjoy<br />

the waterlilies on the lakes at<br />

Sheffield Park and Garden,<br />

through a variety of tours,<br />

events and workshops. See<br />

nationaltrust.org.uk/sheffield-park-and-garden.<br />

SUNDAY 9<br />

Railway Land Festival. Activities and walks for<br />

all ages, live music, refreshments and information<br />

stands. At 4pm there will be a Grand Postcard<br />

Auction featuring anonymous artwork by<br />

professionals and amateurs alike, inspired by the<br />

‘Looking Out’ theme. Linklater, 2pm-5pm, free.<br />

Illustrated talk by Robert Massey of the Royal<br />

Astronomical Society and The Royal Pavilion<br />

Brighton curator Alexandra Loske, who are coauthors<br />

of the recently published book Moon: Art,<br />

Science, Culture. Fitzroy House, 2.30pm, £3, contact<br />

sarah@sarahokane.co.uk to pre-book places.<br />

Pale Fire launch. Anthology<br />

of moon poems<br />

published by <strong>Lewes</strong>-based<br />

The Frogmore Press, with<br />

readings by contributors.<br />

Fitzroy House, 7.30pm,<br />

free, pre-book alexbythesea@hotmail.com<br />

Poetry & All That Jazz magazine launch,<br />

as part of the South Downs Poetry Festival.<br />

Readers include Robyn Bolam, Charlotte Gann<br />

and Stephanie Norgate, plus jazzy guitar from<br />

Geoff Robb. John Harvey Tavern, 4.30-6pm,<br />

free. sdpf.org.uk<br />

MONDAY 10<br />

‘Floreat Lewys’: <strong>Lewes</strong> History Group talk<br />

with local author David Arscott, recalling his<br />

research into the history of <strong>Lewes</strong> Old Grammar<br />

School. King’s Church, 7pm for 7.30pm,<br />

£1/£3.<br />


<strong>June</strong> listings (cont.)<br />

WEDNESDAY 12<br />

Uckfield <strong>Lewes</strong> and Newick Arts Society.<br />

‘Augustus John, King of Bohemia’, a lecture by<br />

Jennifer Toynbee-Holmes. The Civic Centre,<br />

Uckfield, 2.30pm, £7 (members free).<br />

The Paint Club.<br />

Relaxed painting class.<br />

All materials provided,<br />

no artistic experience<br />

required. Fuego Lounge,<br />

7pm-9pm, £20.<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong><br />

Little<br />

Theatre<br />

THURSDAY 13<br />

Needlewriters. Featuring readings from Beth<br />

Miller, Kate Ashton and Jacq Molloy. John<br />

Harvey Tavern, 7pm for 7.45pm, £5/£3.<br />

SATURDAY 15<br />

Mind Body Spirit Sussex Festival. Therapies,<br />

readings, holistic goods & produce. <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

Town Hall, 10am-4pm, free entry.<br />

Voodoo Vaudeville presents: Church House<br />

Gin House. A dark and twisted circus cabaret.<br />

All Saints, 7.30pm, £14.<br />

SUNDAY 16<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> to Newhaven Raft Race. Annual free<br />

event for all the family, raising funds for local<br />

good causes. Contact lewesraftrace@gmail.com<br />

for more information.<br />

The Winter’s<br />

Tale<br />

By William<br />

Shakespeare<br />

Directed by<br />

Chris Weber Brown<br />

MONDAY 17 – FRIDAY 28<br />

Rose celebrations. Admire the beauty of the<br />

Rose Garden at its peak with 750 David Austin<br />

rose plants and 100 varieties. Borde Hill Garden,<br />

see bordehill.co.uk.<br />

Saturday 29 <strong>June</strong> - Saturday 6 July<br />

7:45pm excluding Sunday. Matinee<br />

Saturday 6 July 2:45pm.<br />

www.lewestheatre.org<br />

Box Office: 01273 474826<br />

£12<br />

Members £8

WEDNESDAY 19<br />

FRIDAY 21<br />

Dalloway Day. Celebrating<br />

the life and works<br />

of Virginia Woolf in the<br />

style of Clarissa Dalloway.<br />

Monk’s House, 12.30pm-<br />

5pm, nationaltrust.org.uk/<br />

monks-house.<br />

300 Years of British Prime Ministers. Free<br />

public lecture with leading British historian<br />

Sir Anthony Seldon. <strong>Lewes</strong> Town Hall Lecture<br />

Room, 7pm, free. See page 35.<br />

FRIDAY 21 & SATURDAY 22<br />

South Downs Beer<br />

& Cider Festival.<br />

Selection of 80 different<br />

beers on sale.<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Town Hall,<br />

brightoncamra.<br />

org.uk.<br />

FRIDAY 21 – SUNDAY 23<br />

Black Deer Festival. Weekend of Americana<br />

and country music, food and activities for the<br />

whole family. Eridge Park, Kent,<br />

blackdeerfestival.com. See page 41.<br />

SATURDAY 22 & SUNDAY 23<br />

Charleston Designer & Maker Fair.<br />

Unique wares from designers and makers in<br />

the South. Charleston, 11am-5pm, £5/£6.<br />

SUNDAY 23<br />

St Peter & St James Hospice Midsummer<br />

Stroll. Enjoy a two, seven or ten mile<br />

sponsored walk through the parkland of<br />

Borde Hill and beyond. Borde Hill Garden,<br />

9am-5pm, £18 (£5 for kids).<br />

WEDNESDAY 26<br />

Lost Brighton. Chris Horlock looks at some<br />

of Brighton’s most significant losses. The<br />

Keep,5.30pm, £5. See page 49.<br />

Open Sundays from 7th April - 27th October<br />

Opening 9th <strong>June</strong><br />

Farleys House & Gallery tickets available online<br />

or in the gallery on arrival.<br />

See our website for details and bookings for<br />

Farleys Supper Club - Sunday 23rd <strong>June</strong> <strong>2019</strong><br />

Join us for a special evening and enjoy Lee<br />

Miller’s Surrealist cuisine.<br />

Muddles Green, Chiddingly<br />

East Sussex, BN8 6HW<br />

Tel: 01825 872856<br />

www.farleyshouseandgallery.co.uk<br />

@ FarleysHG<br />





Speakers include:<br />

Jinny Blom<br />

Rachel de Thame<br />

Caroline Lucas<br />

Andy Sturgeon<br />

Derry Watkins<br />

Cleve West<br />

Christopher Woodward<br />

13 & 14 JULY<br />

TICKETS £12/£10<br />

CHARLESTON.ORG.UK 01323 815144<br />

Image © Penelope Fewster

<strong>June</strong> listings (cont.)<br />

Open Gardens<br />

FRIDAY 28 – SUNDAY 30<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Tap Takeover. Participating pubs: Black<br />

Horse, Brewers Arms, The Patch, Elephant &<br />

Castle, The Gardeners Arms, Royal Oak.<br />

SATURDAY 29<br />

Sussex Gin & Fizz Festival.<br />

Samples of local gin<br />

and sparkling wine, local<br />

producers, artisan food<br />

stalls and live music. Southover<br />

Grange Gardens,<br />

morning and evening session,<br />

sussexginandfizzfestival.com.<br />

See pages 11 and 82.<br />

Midsummer Madness. Fundraiser for local<br />

youth charity. Featuring Tongue & Groove,<br />

Starfish bands, food/BBQ, bar and a surprise.<br />

(Please note the pool closes 5pm and re-opens<br />

at noon the next day). Pells, 7.30pm, £12/£6.<br />

SAT 29 – SAT 6 JULY<br />

The Winter’s Tale. Shakespeare classic<br />

directed by Chris Weber Brown. <strong>Lewes</strong> Little<br />

Theatre, see lewestheatre.org for times and<br />

prices. See page 45.<br />

SUNDAY 30<br />

Pro Musica Summer Concert. <strong>Lewes</strong>-based<br />

chamber choir will sing favourites from The<br />

Sound of Music and Oliver! as well as John<br />

Rutter’s folksong cycle The Sprig of Thyme. St.<br />

Andrew’s Church, The Tye, Alfriston, 6pm, £12.<br />


Southease Open<br />

Gardens. Seven<br />

gardens to explore, tea<br />

and cakes, plant sales,<br />

stalls on the green and<br />

garden crafts. In aid<br />

of Southease Church<br />

fabric repair and general<br />

fund. 1pm-6pm, entry by donation £6,<br />

accompanied under 16s free.<br />

Holford Manor Open Garden. In aid of<br />

The Bevern Trust. Holford Manor, 11am-<br />

4pm, £5. (plus Saturday 22 & Sunday 23)<br />

SUNDAY 9<br />

Fletching Garden Trail. With plant stalls,<br />

games, homemade lunches, cakes, tea and<br />

coffee. 11am-5pm, £6 (kids free).<br />

Southover Open<br />

Gardens. Secret<br />

garden trail hosted<br />

by Southover Bonfire<br />

Society. 2pm-<br />

5pm (some until<br />

6pm), £5 (kids free).<br />

Rodmell Open Gardens. Gardens to visit,<br />

arts, crafts and plants for sale. 2pm-5pm, £5<br />

(under 14s free).<br />

SUNDAY 16<br />

Glynde, Beddingham<br />

&<br />

Firle Garden<br />

Trail. Over 20<br />

open gardens,<br />

tea & refreshments,<br />

raffle,<br />

plants & produce for sale. Raising funds for<br />

Glynde Community Swimming Pool and<br />

Firle Primary School. 11am-4pm, £5 suggested<br />

donation (under 16s free).<br />


St. Anne’s Church, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

Friday 5th at 7.30pm<br />


Purcell, Dowland, Britten,<br />

Tippett and Gurney<br />

with counter-tenor Erik Kallo, tenor<br />

Michael Bell, pianist Ana Manastireanu<br />

and lutenist Augustin Cornwall-Irving<br />

Saturday 6th at 1pm<br />


Women’s lives glimpsed in a<br />

kaleidoscope of song<br />

with mezzo Lucy Schaufer, soprano<br />

Lucy Hall and pianist Nancy Cooley<br />

Saturday 6th at 7.30pm<br />


Schubert, Brahms, Ravel, Strauss<br />

and Finzi<br />

with baritone James Newby and<br />

pianist Ian Tindale<br />

5-7 TH JULY<br />

Sunday 7th at 1pm<br />


TAUGHT ME’<br />

Dvorák, Debussy, Barber and<br />

English songs<br />

with mezzo Rebecca Leggett and<br />

pianist Ella O’Neill<br />

Sunday 7th at 7.30pm<br />



Britten: Les Illuminations and<br />

Serenade for tenor, horn and strings<br />

Holst: St Paul’s Suite<br />

Ed Hughes: Flint<br />

with The Corelli Ensemble,<br />

conductor Sian Edwards,<br />

tenor William Morgan,<br />

soprano Alison Rose,<br />

and horn player<br />

Zachary Hayward<br />

Festival Pass £65<br />

Fri / Sat evening £15<br />

Sun evening £20<br />

Lunchtimes £12<br />

Under 16s half-price<br />


www.lewesfestivalofsong.co.uk<br />

or from <strong>Lewes</strong> Tourist Information<br />

Centre (01273 483448)<br />

www.lewesfestivalofsong.co.uk<br />

Patron: Mark Padmore | LEWES TOWN COUNCIL |<br />


MUSIC<br />

Classical round-up<br />


<strong>Lewes</strong> Chamber Music Festival<br />

The annual festival returns, this year celebrating in particular<br />

Gabriel Fauré and the music of his time. Artistic Director<br />

Beatrice Philips says: “There’s a hugely rich chamber music<br />

repertoire from late 19th Century France – it was very difficult<br />

to decide what to programme and what to exclude!”<br />

Don’t miss Fauré’s mighty Piano Quintet no.1, Op. 89 on<br />

Friday 7th at 6pm, although the whole festival promises some<br />

memorable gigs, such as pianist Alasdair Beatson playing<br />

Birtwistle’s fiendish Harrison’s Clocks, and a festival finale at<br />

which the Eusebius Quartet perform Bartok’s final String Quartet, No. 6. Seventeen artists,<br />

seven concerts, three days. Catch it if you can.<br />

Trinity St John Sub Castro and All Saints Centre. £15-£17. leweschambermusicfestival.com<br />

PICK<br />

OF THE<br />

MONTH<br />

Photo of Alasdair Beatson by Kaupo Kikkas<br />

SATURDAY 1, 7PM<br />

& SUNDAY 16, 5PM<br />

La Traviata. The NSO Orchestra and Chorus,<br />

conducted by Ben Knowles, present Verdi’s<br />

great romantic tragedy. These two fully staged<br />

performances in <strong>Lewes</strong> are part of a tour taking<br />

in Brighton, Eastbourne and East Grinstead.<br />

Directed by Cate Couch. All Saints Centre. £22<br />

(£11 students; accompanied child under 16 free)<br />

newsussexopera.org<br />

SUNDAY 2, 3PM<br />

St Michael’s Recitals. Anne Hodgson (Flute)<br />

and Nick Houghton (Piano). St Michael’s, free.<br />

stmichaelinlewes.org.uk<br />

SATURDAY 8, 5PM<br />

Glyndebourne Festival. Massenet’s Cendrillon<br />

(Cinderella) makes its Festival debut, and<br />

Dvorak’s Rusalka opens on Saturday 29th.<br />

Glyndebourne Opera House. £15-£230<br />

glyndebourne.com<br />

SUNDAY 9, 4PM<br />

The Corelli Ensemble. The Corellis’ final<br />

concert of the season featuring Sussex Composers.<br />

Seaford Baptist Church. £10 in advance,<br />

£12 on the door. Children free.<br />

corelliensemble.co.uk<br />

SUNDAY 9, 6PM<br />

& SUNDAY 16, 6PM<br />

Hamsey Festival. Musicians of All Saints.<br />

The first of the two concerts in Hamsey<br />

Church features music for wind quartet,<br />

including Peter Copley’s Die Nacht ist kommen.<br />

The following week a string quartet from MAS<br />

plays music by Haydn, Frank Bridge and Guy<br />

Richardson. Hamsey Church. £12 regular, £9<br />

concession, under 18s free on the door only.<br />

mas-lewes.co.uk<br />

SATURDAY 22, 7PM<br />

Glynde Place Concert Series. BBC Radio<br />

3 New Generation Artist Elisabeth Brauss<br />

(piano) in concert. The programme includes<br />

works by Scarlatti, Schubert and Beethoven.<br />

Glynde Place. £30, under 16s £15. glynde.co.uk<br />

SATURDAY 22, 7.30PM<br />

Rachmaninov Vespers. Esterhazy Chamber<br />

Choir conducted by Richard Dawson.<br />

St Anne’s Church. £15 on door, £12 in advance.<br />

esterhazychoir.org<br />


Grieg • Ravel • Ysaye<br />

Wagner • Tchaikovsky<br />



Saturday 7pm, 13 July<br />


New Sussex Opera Chorus presents<br />

Verdi’s favourite opera<br />

Fully staged · live · sung in English<br />

professional soloists & orchestra<br />

www.NewSussexOpera.org<br />

All Saints Centre<br />

LEWES<br />

Saturday <strong>June</strong> 1 7pm<br />

Sunday <strong>June</strong> 16 5pm<br />

Birley Centre<br />


Sunday <strong>June</strong> 2 4pm<br />

Chequer Mead<br />


Saturday <strong>June</strong> 8 7pm<br />

S George’s Kemp Town<br />


Saturday <strong>June</strong> 15 7pm

MUSIC<br />

Classical round-up (cont.)<br />

Ruth Kerr and the Paddock Singers. Photo by Katie Vandyke<br />

SUNDAY 23, 5PM<br />

Paddock Singers. Women & Song – a celebration<br />

of women composers and songwriters.<br />

Music through the centuries from Hildegard<br />

of Bingen to Carole King, including local<br />

composer Helen Glavin. With Paul Austin<br />

Kelly, Carol Kelly and Ruth Kerr, who also<br />

directs. All Saints Centre. £12, to include cake<br />

and fizz. paddocksingers.co.uk<br />

THURSDAY 27, 1.10PM<br />

St Anne’s Lunchtime Concerts. The Kelleth<br />

Trio perform Schubert’s Piano Trio in E<br />

flat. St Anne’s Church, free. stannelewes.org.uk<br />

SATURDAY 29, 7.00PM<br />

Orff Carmina Burana. The massed forces<br />

of East Sussex Community Choir, Brighton<br />

Orpheus Choir, Wallands School Choir and<br />

South Downs Youth Orchestra take on the<br />

Orff classic. Programme includes a new commission<br />

by Siobhan Connellan. Conducted<br />

by Nicholas Houghton and Malcolm Warnes.<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Town Hall. £15 / £10 (unwaged £5).<br />

eastsussexcommunitychoir.org<br />

SATURDAY 29, 7.30PM<br />

As Shadows Fall. Music for dusk, evening<br />

and the night. In another collaborative<br />

venture, the Brighton Consort and New<br />

Sussex Singers sing together under their<br />

Music Directors James Dixon and Sebastian<br />

Charlesworth, in a programme of choral<br />

music spanning six centuries from Tallis<br />

to Whitacre.<br />

Trinity St John-sub-Castro. £12.<br />

brightonconsort.org.uk<br />

SATURDAY 29, 7.30PM<br />

Seaford Music Society presents Melvyn<br />

Tan (piano) and Friends. International<br />

star Melvyn Tan is joined by Ruth Rogers<br />

on violin and cellist Sebastian Comberti.<br />

The gala concert includes Beethoven’s Piano<br />

Trio Number 4 in B Flat Major, Op. 11 and<br />

Debussy’s Reflets Dans L’Eau and Mouvement,<br />

No.s 1 and 3.<br />

St Leonard’s Church, Seaford. £32.50,<br />

Students in full-time education £15.<br />

seafordmusicsociety.com<br />

Robin Houghton




This month we’re heading to the Elephant &<br />

Castle for another exciting <strong>Lewes</strong> Saturday<br />

Folk Club guest. Sandra Kerr has many strings<br />

to her bow: singer, concertina player, songwriter,<br />

teacher… the list goes on. Perhaps best<br />

known for her work co-writing the songs and<br />

music for the much-loved children’s TV show<br />

Bagpuss, Sandra was also a member of Ewan<br />

MacColl’s Critics Group in the 70s, who met<br />

to explore ‘how best to apply the techniques<br />

of folk-music and drama to the folk revival’.<br />

A fine, expressive voice and mastery of her<br />

craft will surely make for a memorable gig. On<br />

Sunday 23rd Sandra will also lead an all-day<br />

workshop on concertina-playing & singing.<br />

Saturday 22, Elephant & Castle, 8pm, £9<br />

SATURDAY 1<br />

Morrissey Indeed. The Smiths & Morrissey tribute.<br />

Con Club, 7.30pm, £15 advance/£20<br />

Jerry Jordan. English Folk – unaccompanied traditional.<br />

Elephant & Castle, 8pm, £6<br />

SUNDAY 2<br />

English dance tunes session – bring instruments.<br />

Folk (English Trad). The Volunteer, 12pm, free<br />

ROME. Latin, swing & blues jam. Royal Oak, 7pm,<br />

free<br />

Jam Night. Free drink for all participants. Lansdown,<br />

7.30pm, free<br />

Subhumans. Punk. Con Club, 7.30pm, £14<br />

MONDAY 3<br />

Simon Spillett, Alex Eberhard & Nigel Thomas.<br />

Jazz. Snowdrop, 8pm, free<br />

TUESDAY 4<br />

English dance tunes session – bring instruments.<br />

Folk (English trad). John Harvey Tavern, 8pm, free<br />

FRIDAY 7<br />

Turning Green. Dirty grooving rock ‘n’ roll.<br />

Lansdown, 7.30pm, free<br />

Jacquemo. Ska & funk. Royal Oak, 8pm, free<br />

SATURDAY 8<br />

Kit Trigg. Blues/rock. Lansdown, 7.30pm, free<br />

Jez Lowe. Geordie Folk, guitar, mandolin, harmonica.<br />

Elephant & Castle, 8pm, £8<br />

SUNDAY 9<br />

ROME. Latin, swing & blues jam. Royal Oak,<br />

7pm, free<br />

Peter Bruntnell. Americana. Con Club, 7.30pm, £12<br />



Arcelia<br />

MONDAY 10<br />

Raul D’Oliviera’s Quinto. Jazz. Snowdrop, 8pm,<br />

free<br />

TUESDAY 11<br />

Concertinas Anonymous practice session. Folk &<br />

misc. Elephant & Castle, 8pm, free<br />

WEDNESDAY 12<br />

Los Kamer. Energetic Balkan/Mexican gypsy swing.<br />

Lansdown, 7.30pm, free<br />

SATURDAY 15<br />

Don Letts DJ set. Con Club, 7.30pm, £15<br />

Charlie Quinnell. Folk – English & Scottish unaccompanied.<br />

Elephant & Castle, 8pm, £6<br />

SUNDAY 16<br />

Sepia Shadows. Sunday in the bar session with a mix<br />

of blues, jazz and R&B. Con Club, 3pm, free<br />

MONDAY 17<br />

Josephine Davies, Spike Wells & Nigel Thomas.<br />

Jazz. Snowdrop, 8pm, free<br />

SATURDAY 22<br />

Sandra Kerr. See Gig of the Month<br />

Supernatural Things. Funk, soul & blues. Royal<br />

Oak, 8pm, free<br />

MONDAY 24<br />

Cameron Pierre & Terry Seabrook. Jazz. Snowdrop,<br />

8pm, free<br />

TUESDAY 25<br />

English tunes practice session for any instrument.<br />

Folk (English trad). Elephant & Castle, 8pm,<br />

free<br />

SATURDAY 29<br />

Capella. Folk old & new, vocal harmony. Elephant<br />

& Castle, 8pm, £7<br />

Loose Caboose. DJ night featuring 60s soul, northern,<br />

R&B, Latin & jazz. Con Club, 7.30pm, £6<br />

Love Action with Fruitful Sounds. Royal Oak,<br />

8pm, £5<br />

SUNDAY 30<br />

Arcelia. Sunday in the<br />

bar session with folk/<br />

soul harmony trio.<br />

Con Club, 3.30pm,<br />

free<br />

The SoapGirls. Punk.<br />

Con Club, 7.30pm,<br />

£12<br />

Jez Lowe<br />



Hotel Paradiso<br />

Eastbourne College presents their annual Summer production in<br />

the grounds of the college and their outdoor theatre The Dell.<br />

This mad French bedroom frolic finds an assortment of refined<br />

people stealing through the halls and rooms of a cheap hotel<br />

comically intent on assignations.<br />

In Paris in 1910, Marcelle Cot becomes<br />

so annoyed with her neglectful<br />

husband Henri, a pompous architect,<br />

that she consents to a rendezvous<br />

with her timorous neighbour, Benedict<br />

Boniface, who has learned that<br />

his domineering wife Angélique is<br />

spending the night with her ailing<br />

sister. Unfortunately the arrival of<br />

several people they know set about a<br />

farcical adventure around the hotel.<br />

Claudine Sinnett, Director of Drama<br />

at Eastbourne College and Gavin<br />

Robertson the resident practitioner<br />

have adapted and directed this farce<br />

and worked closely with the cast and<br />

technical team to create a colourful,<br />

loud and funny production. Hotel<br />

Paradiso blends spectacular physical<br />

comedy, theatrical storytelling and<br />

slapstick. Madame and the charming<br />

staff of the quirkily ineffective Hotel<br />

Paradiso combat their arch enemy<br />

The Banker who is trying to repossess<br />

their beloved home. With thrills,<br />

gasps, laughs and drama there’s<br />

plenty for both adults and children to<br />

enjoy.<br />

Wednesday 26 – Friday 28 <strong>June</strong> <strong>2019</strong>, 8.15pm<br />

Refreshments from 7.45pm, bring a blanket<br />

College Theatre. Tickets £5<br />

boxoffice@eastbourne-college.co.uk<br />


FreeTIME êêêê under 16<br />

MONDAY 17 – SUNDAY 23<br />

Teddy Bears Picnic. Local children’s hospice<br />

charity Chestnut Tree House encourage you to<br />

support them by holding your own picnic. For<br />

some fun ideas see chestnut-tree-house.org.<br />

uk/teddybearspicnic.<br />

SATURDAY 22<br />


The Jungle Book. Join Mowgli and friends<br />

on the adventure of a lifetime. Devonshire<br />

Park Theatre, see eastbournetheatres.co.uk.<br />


Doctor Dolittle. Musical based on the<br />

classic tale, presented by Eastbourne<br />

Stagers. Devonshire Park Theatre, see<br />

eastbournetheatres.co.uk.<br />

SATURDAY 8<br />

Film: The Secret of Kells (PG). Animated<br />

fantasy. Towner Gallery, 10.30am, £4.<br />

Denton<br />

Community<br />

Challenge. Familyfun<br />

day themed<br />

‘Let’s Score!’, with<br />

various sporting<br />

activities to take<br />

part in, a variety of<br />

stalls, bouncy castle,<br />

BBQ and licenced bar. Avis Road Recreation<br />

Ground, Denton, Newhaven, 1pm-5pm, £1.50<br />

to enter the challenge (collect a scorecard from<br />

the main tent).<br />

Michael Hall Midsummer Festival.<br />

Exhibitions of work and crafts, Estate and<br />

garden walks, sideshows, lunches and cream<br />

teas. 11am-5pm, see michaelhall.co.uk.<br />

SUNDAY 23<br />

Isfield Village Fête. Fun for all the family<br />

with novelty dog show, tug of war, stocks,<br />

stalls, beer tent, local ice cream, BBQ, tea &<br />

cake and more. In the ICE field behind the<br />

The Laughing Fish, Isfield, 12pm, £2 (under<br />

16 50p, under 5 free).<br />

SATURDAY 29 & SUNDAY 30<br />

Raystede Summer Fair. Fun-packed<br />

weekend with a range of activities, stalls and<br />

entertainment. See raystede.org.<br />

Ben &<br />

Holly’s Little<br />

Kingdom.<br />

From the<br />

makers of<br />

Peppa Pig<br />

comes this<br />

BAFTA<br />

award-winning<br />

television<br />

animation live on stage. Devonshire Park<br />

Theatre, see eastbournetheatres.co.uk.<br />


Football School Star Players<br />

by Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton<br />

book review<br />

The Football School books aim to teach young readers all about the<br />

world through football. Authors Alex Bellow and Ben Lyttleton<br />

manage to cleverly explain all sorts of different subjects and<br />

themes through fascinating football-related information. The<br />

books are divided into ‘lessons’ where, for example, Business Studies<br />

looks at footballers’ wages, why they’re paid so much, and where<br />

the money comes from; Zoology considers famous club mascots;<br />

Physics is all about gravity, and asking what it would be like to play<br />

football on Mars; Drama looks at goal celebrations (the Oscar<br />

goes to the Icelandic team of Stjarnan and it’s well worth googling<br />

them to see why!). There are lots of diagrams, brilliant cartoon illustrations<br />

and jokes throughout, making them perfectly ‘pitched’<br />

for 8-12 year olds. This month sees the release of the latest book<br />

in the series, Football School: Star Players, a collection of 50 of the<br />

inspiring stories of some of the game’s greatest players.<br />

Anna, Bags of Books<br />

Find the Football School books with 20% off at Bags of Books throughout <strong>June</strong>.<br />

Midsummer Festival<br />

Saturday 22nd <strong>June</strong> <strong>2019</strong><br />

11:00 - 17:00<br />

Exhibitions of work and crafts from Kindergarten to A-Level<br />

Pageant ~ Sideshows ~ Estate & Garden Walks ~ Alumni Tours<br />

Lunches ~ Cream Teas ~ Strawberries & Ice-Cream<br />

There will be an evening performance from Class 9 & 11<br />

‘Les Miserables’ Theatre at 19:00 (suitable for age 14 upwards) Ticketed<br />

www.michaelhall.co.uk/school-open-days<br />

Kidbrooke Park, Priory Road, Forest Row. East Sussex, RH18 5JA<br />

Tel: 01342 822275 - Registered Charity Number 307006

day out<br />

Adventures at Knockhatch<br />

stacks of activities to choose from<br />

My six-year-old and I enjoyed a family day out<br />

at Knockhatch Adventure Park recently. We<br />

pre-paid online. And were blown away by the<br />

range of activities that were on offer.<br />

We started our day focusing on the animals.<br />

From supersized rabbits, to a strutting turkey;<br />

from ducks in a pond to hand-feeding a llama,<br />

there were a lot of animals with which we<br />

could get up close and personal. We loved<br />

the wallaby walk-through area, where several<br />

female wallabies, carrying their babies in their<br />

pouches, bounded towards us in their hunt for<br />

some of the food that we’d bought on entry.<br />

We also enjoyed looking at the statue-like<br />

owls, unblinking on their perches.<br />

After enjoying the animals, we were spoilt for<br />

choice as to what to do next. We spent time<br />

in one of the best adventure play castles I’ve<br />

seen – complete with its own ‘fire breathing’<br />

dragon. My son ran around the structure,<br />

clambering up the stairs, negotiating walkways<br />

and generally having fun exploring. After this<br />

he had a quick turn on the flying fox where<br />

we noticed some high ropes activities were<br />

under construction – something for a future<br />

visit with my older two – then headed off<br />

towards the jumping pillows and the outdoor<br />

bungee trampoline for which we had to pay a<br />

bit extra. Another highlight was the avalanche<br />

slide which involved racing down a slope on a<br />

Ringo (a type of inflated tyre) – my son had at<br />

least five or six goes on this one.<br />

After that, we had a quick lunch – chips and<br />

beans – at one of the many food outlets, before<br />

hiring a rowing boat to explore the lake. We<br />

continued with this water theme with the<br />

Wave Runner waterslide. Children climb up<br />

the 32-feet tower then launch themselves at<br />

great speed down the slide; then skip across a<br />

pool of water before finally coming to a safe<br />

landing.<br />

And there were lots of things we didn’t go on<br />

due to a lack of time: Froggies, the indoors<br />

soft play area; the splash zones for younger<br />

children; and the Quadapillar Barrel Ride<br />

which looked exciting. And there was the owl<br />

display, the go-karts (age restrictions; good for<br />

older ones, age 13+) and the mini quads (ages<br />

4 to 12).<br />

We left with a determination to return and<br />

this time to bring all three children for a fun<br />

day out with lots to see and do. Not all rides<br />

are open on every day so it’s a good idea to<br />

check the website before you head off and<br />

from which you can purchase discounted<br />

tickets. Happy adventuring! Jacky Adams<br />

Free entry for dads on Father’s Day, 16th <strong>June</strong><br />


Michelham<br />

Priory<br />

House & Gardens<br />

Indoor & Outdoor Events &<br />

Activities for all the Family!<br />

Sussex Day - Wildlife Wednesday<br />

Craft Activities - Father’s Day Picnic<br />

Homefront Weekend<br />

Archaeology Day<br />

Children’s Trails<br />

Family Games Fest<br />

Theatre Shows<br />

Face Painting<br />

Classic Cars -<br />

Pirate & Princess Day<br />

Upper Dicker, BN27 3QS<br />

01323 844 224<br />

www.sussexpast.co.uk<br />

Your all<br />

weather<br />

Summer<br />

Fun!<br />

Teddy Bears<br />

Picnic<br />

17–23 <strong>June</strong> <strong>2019</strong><br />

Support your local children’s hospice during Children’s<br />

Hospice Week by holding a Teddy Bears Picnic!<br />

Create special memories. Moments that Matter.<br />

For today. For tomorrow. For the Now.<br />

For more information and fun ideas for<br />

making your picnic one to remember, visit<br />

chestnut-tree-house.org.uk/teddybearspicnic<br />

Registered charity no 256789

êêêê<br />

Tennis<br />

a sport for life<br />

When I ask Luke Milligan what’s brilliant about<br />

tennis, he replies, “Currently, at the club here<br />

I coach kids who are 4 years old and adults of<br />

75 plus. It’s a sport you can play, and love, your<br />

whole life.”<br />

Luke Milligan is the force behind Milligan<br />

Tennis, which offers all the junior tennis training<br />

at the Southdown Club. He’s been doing so for<br />

the last four or more years, but this isn’t his first<br />

connection to the club.<br />

Luke first played here when he was fifteen,<br />

and moved from North London to lodge with<br />

a family in Barcombe while he trained for the<br />

national training squad in Brighton. Playing at<br />

the Southdown was part of his routine, and he<br />

always liked it. It’s felt right to return, he tells<br />

me, “and Dave the Groundsman is still here!”<br />

Luke played tennis seriously for about ten years<br />

– he represented GB in the Davis Cup, and in<br />

1996 made the third round of the Men’s Singles<br />

at Wimbledon. Then he turned to coaching. “I<br />

coached a lot of girls and women, especially, for<br />

the LTA National Tennis Centre.”<br />

Southdown is, today “very, very junior-friendly”,<br />

Luke says. He loves being part of what he tells<br />

me is a great community around the club. “It’s<br />

like an oasis: a friendly, safe environment”. And<br />

that’s certainly my impression, as we sit chatting<br />

in the clubhouse – today, Caffé Lazzati. People<br />

keep stopping to speak to Luke as they pass. One<br />

– Ellie – is now training to be a coach herself,<br />

and has returned to be part of Milligan Tennis,<br />

after completing a scholarship to Eastbourne<br />

College.<br />

So what coaching is available for young people<br />

interested in tennis, at the Southdown? “We<br />

train all ages” Luke tells me, “starting with Tots<br />

Tennis drop-in, for the 3s to 5s”. Mini Tennis on<br />

smaller courts caters for 5-8s (Red) and Orange,<br />

8s-9s. Greens plus are on full-sized courts, for<br />

the 10s to 18s.<br />

The facilities are great – and a picturesque<br />

bubble – geodesic dome – covers two courts<br />

for six months of the year (October-March), so<br />

the classes can run, between 4 and 7.30pm on<br />

school nights, and on Saturday mornings, all<br />

year round. There are also Easter and Summer<br />

camps which are “very popular”, Luke tells me;<br />

“sometimes, fifty to sixty kids a day.”<br />

Summing up Junior Tennis at the club today,<br />

he says: “There’s this recreational, fun side.<br />

Then there are some kids taking the sport very<br />

seriously – representing the county, and country.<br />

But underpinning it all is this family feel – which<br />

works really well. Ellie runs the tots groups, and<br />

she’s brilliant at that. They all love her!”<br />

Luke says he’d like to start a Junior Club night<br />

soon – maybe on Friday evenings. Something<br />

to bridge the holiday camps, and the squads. I<br />

suspect he will… Charlotte Gann<br />

southdownsportsclub.co.uk<br />



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Pelham Arms<br />

A carnivore’s delight<br />

Photo by Joe Fuller<br />

A table at The Pelham<br />

Arms is a hot ticket<br />

at the moment. Attempting<br />

to fit in an<br />

early booking before a<br />

show proved difficult,<br />

so two of <strong>Viva</strong>’s own<br />

decided to go for a<br />

Friday afternoon lunch<br />

instead. You wouldn’t<br />

have known it from<br />

the ambiance however,<br />

the pub was bustling<br />

with citizens commencing their early May bank<br />

holiday festivities early.<br />

Sat at a nice table by a window, we are told about<br />

the ale options on tap. I go for an Abyss Brewing<br />

Tropical Thunder IPA (6.2%, £3.50 for a 2/3<br />

pint), a concoction by landlord, Andrew, which<br />

originated from the cellars of The Pelham Arms<br />

itself. It’s smoother and more floral than many<br />

pale ales, and goes down very easily indeed. Kelly<br />

opts for the fair-traded Karma Gingerella (£3),<br />

one of the “nicest ginger beers I’ve ever had”.<br />

We take different paths on the mains. I am curious<br />

about Pelham’s own smokehouse, so go all-in<br />

on a barbeque platter (£18), while Kelly settles<br />

on a spiced bean burger (£12). I missed the line<br />

on the menu suggesting that the platter is a ‘great<br />

one to share’ and am bowled over when the feast<br />

arrives. The smokehouse has worked wonders on<br />

this carnivore’s delight: the pork belly is heavily<br />

smoked, resulting in a distinctly scrumptious,<br />

memorable flavour. It is crisply coated, almost<br />

to the point of being burnt, which complements<br />

the succulent texture of the meat. The quantity<br />

is noteworthy, coming in at approximately<br />

quadruple the size of<br />

a typical pork belly<br />

portion.<br />

The chicken leg is a<br />

subtler counterpoint to<br />

the pork belly – tasty in<br />

a quieter way – whereas<br />

the chunky Holmansbridge<br />

Farm sausages<br />

have a hearty flavour<br />

and a satisfying crumbly<br />

texture to them.<br />

The slaw is fresh and<br />

lemony, and the dish is topped by house pickles,<br />

which do a good job of soaking up the flavour of<br />

the sausages. I suggest getting some house chips<br />

(£3.50), and sharing the platter.<br />

The spiced bean burger has a small kick to it<br />

– but “not too spicy” – and is certainly big and<br />

messy, as the menu warns. Kelly explains that<br />

this is a good thing, when compared to the dry<br />

patties that vegetarians are often saddled with; the<br />

chunky guacamole, cheese and chipotle mayo on<br />

the burger – and the house chips included in the<br />

£12 price – add to the indulgent effect.<br />

Our paths converge when it comes to dessert,<br />

with neither of us able to look past the sticky<br />

toffee pudding with toffee sauce and Downsview<br />

Farm vanilla ice cream (£6.50). The sponge is<br />

gooey and not too dense, and the pudding swam<br />

happily in a lovely, sweet and sugary toffee sauce.<br />

Finally, I’d like to pass on my thanks to the<br />

person or algorithm behind the music. She’s a<br />

Mystery to Me by Roy Orbison was one highlight,<br />

alongside one of the best pop songs ever: Up on<br />

the Roof by The Drifters. Joe Fuller<br />

thepelhamarms.co.uk, 01273 476149<br />


82<br />

Photo by Danny Arter

RECIPE<br />

Ruaridh Wightman<br />

The Copper Top Bar<br />

My partner, Tilly Webster and I worked in<br />

and managed bars across France, Switzerland<br />

and the UK and had wanted to do something<br />

together as a project for a while. We weren’t<br />

sure what, but we always wanted our<br />

own venture together. At a street party in<br />

Brighton, we saw a basic converted horse box<br />

bar and we immediately started discussing<br />

what we would do differently and what kind<br />

of bar we would have (fresh cocktails and<br />

gin it turns out). As soon as we got home,<br />

we were so excited, we started searching for<br />

vintage horse boxes and spent hours until<br />

we found the perfect one. That was two<br />

years ago, then we spent just under a year<br />

renovating it ourselves and have been up and<br />

running for a year now and we’re almost fully<br />

booked for this year, which is great.<br />

A renovated vintage Rice horse trailer, the<br />

bar has been fitted out using local, reclaimed<br />

wood and copper coins. It took almost a<br />

year of us working up there each weekend,<br />

designing, stripping it out, building the bar<br />

and worktops, painting, salvaging reclaimed<br />

pallet wood and creating the bar top and<br />

light feature. All of it was done by ourselves,<br />

or with friends and it’s an important reason<br />

the bar looks the way it does. This meant<br />

our idea of the finished product was able to<br />

evolve slowly and had a lot more additions<br />

and custom bits we wouldn’t have thought of<br />

had someone else done it for us.<br />

Sustainability is a huge thing for us. Tilly’s<br />

background is in Ecology, and this informs<br />

a strong and simple aim to minimise our<br />

impact on the environment. My background<br />

in events always infuriated me because of all<br />

the wastage. We use biodegradable straws<br />

made from paper or crushed sea shells, and all<br />

our cups are recyclable.<br />

There are so many cocktails we could choose,<br />

but this one jumps out because it’s perfect for<br />

the summer season. As a bar, we’re mainly<br />

outside so good weather and good cocktails<br />

is what everyone is after. At a summer event,<br />

this seems to catch the mood and we can’t<br />

make them fast enough. Raspberries, mint<br />

and gin work brilliantly together and the<br />

Prosecco just tops it off perfectly. If you like<br />

the look of it, come down and see us at the<br />

Gin & Fizz festival (29th <strong>June</strong>; see pg 11).<br />

Mention <strong>Viva</strong> <strong>Lewes</strong> and we’ll make you an<br />

extra special one! As told to Charlotte Gann<br />

thecoppertopbar.co.uk<br />


The recipe is as follows:<br />

- Muddle fresh limes, mint and brown sugar<br />

- Add in fresh raspberries and muddle them in too<br />

- 2 shots of good quality local gin<br />

- Shake with ice, then pour into glass<br />

- Top up with fresh ice, some tonic water and a splash of Prosecco<br />

- Garnish with a fresh sprig of mint<br />


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FOOD 12 NOON TO 2.30PM & 6 TO 9.30PM<br />


BAR 12 NOON TO 11PM<br />

FOOD 12 NOON TO 2.30PM & 6 TO 9.30PM<br />

SUNDAY<br />

BAR 12 NOON TO 10.30PM<br />

FOOD 12 NOON TO 8PM<br />




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FOOD<br />

Edible updates<br />

Eating out<br />

As someone who prefers lounging comfortably to<br />

leaping about, I’m stretching the theme of ‘sport’ to<br />

mean outdoor activity. We have unpredictable summer<br />

weather, but that adds a thrill of danger to plans<br />

for a Glyndebourne picnic, a walk under the Downs<br />

near Firle to the magical Beanstalk Café, collecting a tray from the Grange Gardens tea hatch, or<br />

sitting outside in the garden of Anne of Cleves House (where their café now has a loyalty card).<br />

For picnic fare, the Friday Food Market stalls offer all kinds of bits and pieces, from bread, pitta, meats<br />

and cheeses, to mini-pies, tarts and dumplings. A Meze Box at Kabak includes mejadra Arabic rice,<br />

three excellent salads, humous and harissa. This Little Piggy is new, selling sausage rolls that are a lot<br />

more exciting than the limp effort you get in supermarkets. Five mini-rolls for £3.50. I chose: American<br />

Breakfast, Smokey Joe, Peking Pork, Spanish Senorita and Green Chilli. Delicious. They also make<br />

large, veggie ones.<br />

I’m a fan of Caccia & Tails on Station Street for items to pep up your picnic – focaccia, obviously,<br />

but also cocktails. The bobbly glass Campari and soda bottle is a personal favourite.<br />

In local food news, Aqua under the Premier Inn has shut, whilst Fuego Lounge seems to be thriving.<br />

The third restaurant space in that row has never even been occupied. Seems a shame that such a<br />

central, prime location is only patchily successful. @<strong>Lewes</strong>Nibbler<br />

Illustration by Clare Dales<br />

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Summer borders<br />

Zinging Zinnias and fragrant Pinks<br />

As the first shoots of bindweed surface and the<br />

ground-elder starts to erupt in the border, take<br />

comfort in those fresh young seedlings emerging<br />

in the seed trays demanding to be potted up.<br />

Such vigorous and optimistic growth bursting<br />

to get on with painting the summer red… and<br />

purple, orange! My Zinnias are of deep purple<br />

and a pure orange, and will blaze in the borders<br />

sending shock waves down the garden path.<br />

When potting-on try to grip the plain seed leaf<br />

– that is, the very first leaf – gently, and dangle<br />

the root into the pot as you pile in the compost.<br />

This avoids bending the delicate roots and helps<br />

the plant to establish quickly.<br />

Keep them under cover for a week or so, then<br />

stand them in the cold frame for a further<br />

couple of weeks. Plant them where you want a<br />

real splash of colour. They will become tall and<br />

vigorous so provide a little staking: pea sticks<br />

will do. As long as you keep up the deadheading<br />

their bold flowers will bloom profusely for the<br />

rest of the summer.<br />

It is a common misconception that Pinks are<br />

called Pinks because they are pink. They’re not.<br />

Well, not always. ‘Mrs Sinkins’ is pure white,<br />

whilst ‘Susan’ is a gaudy salmon red. The name<br />

actually refers to the act of ‘pinking’ using cotton<br />

pinking shears, which make a zigzag cut to<br />

prevent fraying: a pattern reflected in the jagged<br />

edges of the fragrant petals.<br />

Pinks have a special place at Charleston. One<br />

of the finest pictures of the garden, showing it<br />

at its very best, is in the Tate collection. Painted<br />

by Duncan Grant in the 1940s, this shows a<br />

blossom-filled garden with rich herbaceous<br />

borders and a silvery ruff of Pinks running down<br />

the length of the main path. Vanessa Bell wrote<br />

in 1940, ‘It’s a hot summer evening, I have pulled<br />

up the wallflowers regretfully and now the pinks<br />

are making the whole place smell’.<br />

The picture was painted in May 1944, before the<br />

pinks were flowering, so sourcing the historically<br />

correct variety has been a challenge. Allwoods, a<br />

family-run nursery, based in Hassocks, have been<br />

specialist growers of Pinks since 1910. Though<br />

many of the old varieties have disappeared,<br />

Allwoods Nursery still hold over 400 and their<br />

knowledge is second to none.<br />

I showed a painting of Pinks by Vanessa Bell to<br />

the proprietor and she was immediately able<br />

to identify the three varieties in the flower arrangement<br />

including ‘Alice’, bred by Allwoods<br />

in 1930. Today, two years later, I have finally<br />

finished propagating enough ‘Alice’ to reinstate<br />

this lovely border. This month, the scent can<br />

once again be found lingering in the warm, still<br />

air of the walled garden.<br />

Fiona Dennis is Head Gardener at Charleston<br />

Photo of Fiona Dennis by Maggie Tran<br />


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Photographer Ben Broad visited four fantastic skateboarders down on<br />

Malling skatepark. He asked each: what do you love about skateboarding?<br />

benjdbroad.wixsite.com/explorecapturecreate<br />

Felix Turko<br />

‘It makes you feel free’


Diggs English (Semi-finalist at this year’s Olympic qualifier)<br />

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Twitten runners<br />

Medieval stairmasters? Fools on the hills?<br />

Have you spotted ‘We run<br />

the Twittens’ on Twitter? Or<br />

maybe you’ve even seen them<br />

in the flesh? Of a Sunday<br />

morning? A crooked line of<br />

figures silhouetted on the<br />

horizon – somewhat incredibly<br />

running up a twitten?<br />

I spoke to twitten runner<br />

extraordinaire, Rob Read, to<br />

find out all about it, and how<br />

a ‘twitten run’ actually works.<br />

“We’ve been doing them every<br />

Sunday morning since November<br />

2015”, he told me. “That’s<br />

168 runs”, at our time of<br />

speaking. “Anyone’s welcome.<br />

Just join us at 9am any Sunday<br />

– we gather at All Saints, then<br />

head to Broomans Lane.<br />

“Most Sundays there are half<br />

a dozen runners – the most<br />

we’ve had is ten (on six occasions).<br />

We basically run up one<br />

twitten, all gather at the top,<br />

walk along to the next, and jog<br />

down – until we’ve run up or<br />

down all 12 twittens, (12½ if<br />

you count Bull Lane, which we<br />

do). Then we turn around and<br />

do the whole ladder in reverse,<br />

before coffee in Ground Coffee<br />

at the end.”<br />

In total, 59 different people<br />

have taken part at one time<br />

or another, Rob tells me. He<br />

himself has completed more<br />

twitten runs than anyone else<br />

– at 111. “Since March 2018,<br />

we’ve had 58 consecutive runs<br />

without a break”, he says.<br />

So how did the idea first<br />

come about, and who had it?<br />

“It was Duncan Rawson who<br />

first thought of it. After he<br />

did a similar training run with<br />

the <strong>Lewes</strong> Athletics Club, he<br />

suggested it to me and Ashley<br />

Head. Since then, we’ve all<br />

completed more than fifty<br />

twitten runs, as have David<br />

Stacey, James McCauley and<br />

Tom Roper.”<br />

Many women take part, I ask?<br />

“Oh yes,” he laughs; “some…”<br />

He also tells me about the time<br />

he did the twitten run “Marathon<br />

in a Day” – ie nine runs<br />

in 24 hours (five on Saturday<br />

afternoon, four on Sunday<br />

morning). “Only one counted<br />

as an official run, because<br />

that has to take place at 9am<br />

on a Sunday morning”, says<br />

Rob, a self-confessed twitten<br />

run-numbers nerd. “There are<br />

strict rules which need adhering<br />

to,” he grins.<br />

“And we also have a twiathlon<br />

once a year – where after the<br />

12 twittens we swim 12 lengths<br />

of the Pells…”<br />

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WE TRY<br />

Iyengar yoga<br />

with Ali Hahlo<br />

Have you wondered about yoga, but never<br />

quite taken the plunge, or known where to begin?<br />

I’m a hard nut to crack. Indeed, probably<br />

about the least yoga-friendly soul you might<br />

find wandering these <strong>Lewes</strong> streets, never a mat<br />

roll under my arm. BUT I have heard nothing<br />

but good things about Ali Hahlo and her classes<br />

and, as my bones age, have an increasing awareness<br />

there may be a need for new habits.<br />

So it was that I rolled up at 9.15 one Thursday<br />

morning at Soulfit in Western Road – in the<br />

beautifully-renovated building where we all<br />

used to sign on, many moons ago – to try out<br />

a one and a half hour class. The environment<br />

could not be more open and welcoming. Fiona,<br />

who runs Soulfit with her husband, personal<br />

fitness trainer Gyles, assured me absolutely<br />

anyone is welcome to wander in and have a try<br />

– and I really recommend doing so.<br />

As for the class itself, it was an education. Ali is,<br />

as folk had told me, extraordinarily warm and<br />

welcoming. She seems to take any new arrival<br />

– including this, blustering one – at face value.<br />

You get the immediate sense she’s seen it all<br />

before, and she exudes calm equilibrium.<br />

Ali seems to know everyone’s name but, that<br />

said, she also instantly learnt mine. The group<br />

was made up of all sorts of ages and levels of<br />

experience. People were friendly, without being<br />

overfriendly; I didn’t feel self-conscious.<br />

We started sitting on mats (provided) and<br />

listening to Ali who told us this lesson was<br />

going to focus on the spine. She explained how<br />

the spine was constructed – compellingly and<br />

instructively – and I instantly felt in the presence<br />

of something, to me, new and useful. The<br />

whole series of exercises – mainly rotations –<br />

that followed made sense, in this broad context.<br />

The early part of the class was spent sitting,<br />

mainly cross-legged, striking positions to<br />

straighten the spine and stretch its muscles.<br />

I found I could (just about) manage. Then<br />

we stood on our mats, and, using belts to<br />

bring awareness to the zone around our hips,<br />

followed Ali’s demonstrations, then close<br />

instructions, to try positions that I found pretty<br />

challenging.<br />

None of it was too much, however, though my<br />

body let me know in detail how little attention<br />

I customarily pay it. That said, each time we<br />

tried a pose a second time I found it marginally<br />

easier than the first – which was in itself<br />

encouraging. I would like to master poses like<br />

‘Warrior’! On Ali’s website she writes ‘The<br />

benefits in terms of physical well being are<br />

rapid, palpable and irrefutable.’ I’m sure that’s<br />

true. I could tell, even from the experience of<br />

this one class, that my confidence might grow<br />

with familiarity.<br />

As we were leaving, someone friendly said to<br />

me “That was a hard class – I found it hard and<br />

I’ve been doing yoga for years. Don’t be put<br />

off!”<br />

I really will try not to be… Charlotte Gann<br />

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WE TRY<br />

Croquet<br />

at the Cheyney Croquet Club<br />

It’s overcast but dry when<br />

I reach the headquarters of<br />

Cheyney Croquet Club at<br />

Cheyney Field in Ringmer.<br />

Croquet is, I have been<br />

told, a fair-weather game, so<br />

it’s a relief that rain hasn’t<br />

stopped play.<br />

A handful of people are<br />

milling around, each holding<br />

a rectangular-headed<br />

mallet. The smooth square<br />

of lawn sports six white<br />

hoops, as well as a central<br />

peg banded in blue, red,<br />

black and yellow. These<br />

stripes, I later learn, correspond<br />

to the colours of the four balls and<br />

the order of play.<br />

I am met by Cheyney Croquet Club’s Christine<br />

and Graham, who are keen to attract new<br />

members to the club. “There are two main<br />

kinds of croquet,” Christine explains, “association<br />

croquet and golf croquet. Both are played<br />

here, but mostly we play golf croquet, which is<br />

simpler. Association croquet has been likened<br />

to billiards on grass and is usually one on one.<br />

It’s very strategic and requires a lot of skill.<br />

“In golf croquet, you can play singles or doubles,<br />

and the aim is to get the ball through the<br />

hoop – what we call ‘running the hoop’. There<br />

are six hoops, and you go round clockwise,<br />

then back anticlockwise. If association croquet<br />

is more like chess, then golf croquet is more<br />

like draughts. It’s very accessible, as well as<br />

being sociable and a lot of fun.”<br />

Thought to have originated in Ireland in<br />

the1830s, croquet took off in England in the<br />

mid 19th century, when it<br />

became hugely fashionable.<br />

However, it may date back<br />

to the middle ages, sharing<br />

its roots with other stickand-ball<br />

sports such as golf<br />

and hockey, as well as the<br />

17th-century game of ‘pall<br />

mall’, which gave its name<br />

to the Mall in St James’s<br />

Park, London, where it was<br />

played and popularised by<br />

King Charles II.<br />

To me, croquet retains<br />

an air of gentility (as well<br />

as an association with<br />

flamingoes and hedgehogs,<br />

courtesy of Lewis Carroll), but I soon find out<br />

it isn’t quite as effortless as it looks.<br />

Equipped with an unexpectedly heavy mallet,<br />

I stand facing the first hoop, as Graham helps<br />

me set up my shot – preparation which is<br />

known as ‘stalking the ball’. “You don’t need to<br />

be strong or have any special skills,” he assures<br />

me, as I take a feeble swipe. “Anyone can pick<br />

it up. Just swing the mallet back, and keep<br />

your eye on the ball until you’ve hit it.”<br />

After a few attempts, I manage to make contact<br />

with a satisfying clunk that sends the ball at<br />

least vaguely in the direction of the hoop.<br />

“Most people will find they can knock the<br />

ball around after a couple of afternoons,” says<br />

Christine encouragingly. “And they will have<br />

had a good time and met some nice people.”<br />

Graham agrees. “It can be as competitive as<br />

you want, or a relaxing bit of fun. We’d say to<br />

anyone to come along and have a go.”Anita Hall<br />

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WE TRY<br />

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Golf<br />

Failing, with style<br />

Whilst walking up Chapel Hill, I mull over my<br />

preconceptions. Not being well versed in golf, I<br />

imagine that it is expensive, elitist and exclusive.<br />

Thankfully, a 90-minute lesson with Tony Hilton<br />

at <strong>Lewes</strong> Golf Club dispels many of my concerns.<br />

First of all, it’s a really fun 90 minutes, aided by<br />

stunning views over <strong>Lewes</strong> and the Downs. On<br />

the driving range, Tony judges my swing to see<br />

what I’m about. I then aim to hit a ball, a strike<br />

which thunks away sadly, about 30 feet off to<br />

the left. He then asks me to intentionally skew<br />

further right rather than aiming straight, so as<br />

to get a feel for how ‘open’ or ‘closed’ striking<br />

of the ball affects its trajectory. His tuition<br />

is friendly and patient throughout: he offers<br />

enthusiastic encouragement when I miss the ball<br />

wildly. It’s immensely satisfying when I finally<br />

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We then head out onto the main course on a<br />

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We rock up at a hole and I aim for a green,<br />

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After trying out putting, Tony tells me about the<br />

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Swim Better<br />

at the Pells<br />

“It’s all about the fundamentals”, Pells Pool<br />

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tells me, as we sit on the paving stones at the top<br />

of the pool in a sudden surprise of early evening<br />

sunshine. “I mainly concentrate on teaching front<br />

crawl. And my approach is to break the stroke<br />

down into its basic pieces. Learn one bit well at<br />

a time. Get each piece of the technique, and the<br />

whole stroke will come right.”<br />

Patrick has worked in the leisure industry for<br />

a long time, he tells me, though this is only his<br />

third season at the Pells. He clearly loves it. And,<br />

every Wednesday evening, runs adult coaching<br />

sessions for anyone interested in strengthening<br />

their swimming – specifically front crawl.<br />

After 25 years of teaching swimming, Patrick,<br />

who also operates under the Life Green Events<br />

banner, has, understandably, developed a system<br />

of teaching. “This I call ‘Swim Better’. And the<br />

principle is, as I’ve said, to take each part of the<br />

stroke, and bring that up to scratch.” He happily<br />

welcomes up to 25 or more people to each coaching<br />

session, and you’re welcome to sign up for the<br />

season, or drop in as and when able.<br />

Patrick commutes each day from Brighton. He<br />

says he used to swim here, and was thrilled when<br />

the opportunity came to join the team. He loves<br />

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the season. “There’s so much enjoyment”, he says,<br />

“around this body of water”, and we both gaze<br />

out across it – clean, twinkling, awaiting the first<br />

plunge of the <strong>2019</strong> season.<br />

“The Pells has become an institution”, he says.<br />

Well, it always was, in its way, I argue. But no,<br />

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Chris Tipper<br />

Selkie Kayaks<br />

Chris Tipper works in the most amazing<br />

space – for the last 22 years, he’s rented<br />

this workshop from Newhaven Port and<br />

Properties. It’s right at the end of Fort Road,<br />

a stone’s throw from the sea, just before Newhaven<br />

West Beach, and beyond Newhaven<br />

Fort. A glorious spot (“yes,” Chris agrees;<br />

“certainly, on a fine day!”).<br />

And what does he do here? He builds kayaks.<br />

Selkie Kayaks is the brand Chris set up a<br />

couple of years ago. But he’s long been a<br />

wooden-boat builder. He grew up locally,<br />

and has always, he says, “messed around<br />

in boats”. He remembers Newhaven port<br />

from childhood, and the evocative sight of<br />

“loads of old boats rotting in the mud. That,<br />

I think,” he says, “marked the beginnings of<br />

this whole aesthetic for me, around boats.”<br />

Chris studied at the International Boatbuilding<br />

Training College in Lowestoft. He<br />

then went on to build an ocean pedal boat<br />

– Moksha – for a project called Expedition<br />

360. This was the first successful circumnavigation<br />

of the globe using only human power,<br />

explains the (expedition360.com) website,<br />

and I was thrilled to encounter the unique<br />

boat itself, for now at rest, under cover,<br />

outside Chris’s studio.<br />

He also, he says, owned a sailing boat for<br />

twenty years, which he himself restored,<br />

rebuilding the whole top half by hand. But<br />

today his main focus is on building kayaks.<br />

He shows us round his workshop where<br />

there’s a lovely range.<br />


MY SPACE<br />

These are sea kayaks – longer, at 17-<br />

19ft, and narrower than recreational<br />

ones – based on West Greenland Inuit<br />

hunting boats. The design, Chris tells<br />

me, first arrived on these shores in the<br />

1950s and 60s; from that, the sport of<br />

sea kayaking has evolved. He shows us<br />

one “Shrike” in “survival orange”, and a<br />

couple of skin-on-frame models – which<br />

he personally favours making, he says.<br />

“They’re very close to the Inuit originals,<br />

and also give the option of working<br />

in recycled materials. I want to promote<br />

the idea of skin-on-frame and wood<br />

composite boats. It’s a really well-known<br />

technology in the States, but still quite<br />

new here.”<br />

Each kayak takes Chris between two<br />

weeks and two months to build. Varnishing<br />

makes a really big difference<br />

in terms of labour time and cost – the<br />

kayak he’s holding in the photo has<br />

seven coats, he says. Mostly these kayaks<br />

will sell for between £1,800 and £3,800.<br />

Today, however, Chris is exploring a<br />

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excited. Flatpack kayaks (boat kits). We see one<br />

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These he plans to sell for nearer £600 each – and<br />

he’s hopeful they might also attract a European<br />

as well as a domestic market.<br />

But, when we meet, Chris is just off to Sweden<br />

for a week – to work with a friend there, who<br />

makes gypsy jazz guitars – a strangely complementary<br />

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Michael Blencowe<br />

I’ve only ever had one sporting hero. In the red<br />

corner, standing 6ft 6 and weighing in at 365lbs,<br />

Big Daddy kept my Gran and I glued to the TV<br />

set on wet Saturday afternoons, as he wrestled Giant<br />

Haystacks or Kendo Nagasaki in his sequined<br />

spandex.<br />

In <strong>June</strong>, Stag Beetles – the big daddies of the<br />

beetle world – are emerging from the ground and<br />

getting ready to rumble. There’s around 3,000<br />

different species of beetle in Sussex and an estimated<br />

29,000 species across Europe. Just as Big<br />

Daddy’s 64-inch chest earned him a place in the<br />

Guinness Book of Records, the 2.5 inch long Stag<br />

Beetle holds the coveted title of Europe’s Biggest<br />

Beetle. And, like a 26 stone man in a spangly<br />

leotard, the adult male Stag Beetle is equally<br />

impressive and ludicrous. Its 3-segmented black<br />

and maroon armoured body is crowned with a<br />

ridiculous pair of trademark stag-like ‘antlers’.<br />

They are actually modified mandible mouthparts<br />

and are used to impress the antler-less females<br />

and to grapple rival males.<br />

Before these tiny titans step into the ring they<br />

have to put in some long hours in training. The<br />

beetle’s larvae spend an incredible 5-6 years<br />

munching on a deadwood diet of buried logs and<br />

roots, building the bulky body that will sustain<br />

them to survive above ground. As adults they will<br />

live for just a few weeks without feeding, relying<br />

solely on the fuel tanks accumulated underground.<br />

In early summer, after pupation and<br />

transformation, they burst from the ground and<br />

go looking for a fight. I always find it incredible<br />

that these chunky, bulky beetles can fly, but on<br />

warm evenings they whir through the air with the<br />

grace and subtlety of a Chinook on aerial reconnaissance<br />

for females. But if another male beats<br />

them to it, that’s when things get nasty.<br />

In my fantasies I imagine these beetle brawls<br />

to play out on a dead tree stump. A crowd of<br />

over-excited elderly invertebrates gather round;<br />

the grasshoppers and crickets chirping in with<br />

a chorus of “We shall not be moved” while the<br />

earthworms and earwigs chant “Eas-eh! Eas-eh!”<br />

The fighters face off, before charging and locking<br />

antlers. With incredible strength a Stag Beetle can<br />

lift his opponent into the air, holding him there<br />

heroically before spectacularly body-slamming<br />

them down onto the stump.<br />

We’re fortunate that southeast England is a<br />

hotspot for these Herculean heavyweights, but<br />

sadly our Stag Beetles are on the ropes. The<br />

loss of old trees from the countryside has had a<br />

dramatic impact on the survival of the beetles’<br />

underground larvae, and their numbers are<br />

declining. So, if you see a Stag Beetle we’d really<br />

like to hear about it. Send details and a photo to<br />

wildcall@sussexwt.org.uk<br />

Michael Blencowe, Senior Learning & Engagement<br />

Officer, Sussex Wildlife Trust<br />



You win some, you lose some. Let’s start with the<br />

latest big closure in town, that of the Italian-style<br />

restaurant Aqua, who painted up their windows<br />

on May 1st, leaving a sign thanking everyone for<br />

their custom. The Worthing branch closed down,<br />

it seems, on the same day, leaving the company<br />

with their four businesses in Avon and Somerset.<br />

It all started promisingly enough in autumn<br />

2016, but the arrival of Côte and Fuego Lounge<br />

meant, presumably, that you can have one too<br />

many chain eateries in town.<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> thrives on a good balance of chains and<br />

indies, and we’ll always champion a new venture<br />

by local entrepreneurs, so here’s wishing all<br />

the best to Irma’s Kitchen, a Caribbean café<br />

opening this month in the building that was, until<br />

recently, The Nutty Wizard, on the corner of<br />

Cliffe High Street and South Street. Ringmerites<br />

Nathalie and Simon previously ran a wonderful<br />

little café of the same name on St James’ Street,<br />

in Brighton, which I enjoyed reviewing in <strong>Viva</strong><br />

Brighton #69. The place will be open all day every<br />

day, selling traditional English breakfasts and<br />

lunches, as well as Caribbean fare. They aim to<br />

open in the weekend evenings after the summer.<br />

I’ll be queuing for their jerk chicken.<br />

Meanwhile, Martin Thomas and Samira Harris,<br />

formerly behind that ultra-alternative, ultra-cool<br />

venue Zu Studios, in the Phoenix Industrial<br />

Estate, are to take over the space formerly run by<br />

Bus Club, and The Hearth, at the Bus Station.<br />

Upstairs, they will run a ‘good, healthy’ vegetarian<br />

restaurant/café (no pizzas, they’ll remove<br />

the oven) while downstairs, in the kiosk, they<br />

will continue selling coffee and pastries, as well<br />

as operating a creperie. “There’s a little stage,<br />

which will enable us to put on talks, open mic acts<br />

and maybe comedy,” says Martin. The kiosk is<br />

scheduled to open in <strong>June</strong>, the restaurant later in<br />

the summer.<br />

Finally, on the food front, happy birthday to<br />

Chaula’s: we’ve now been enjoying her Gujaratistyle<br />

curries – originally from St Pancras Store,<br />

but more recently from the restaurant on Eastgate<br />

Street – for a quarter of a century.<br />

Meanwhile a big welcome to Hamblin’s Tree<br />

Care, run by partners Nathan and Sarah. He’s the<br />

expert arborist, she runs the office.<br />

By the time this mag comes out, David Smith –<br />

as we announced a couple of months ago – will<br />

be leaving his premises in the High Street, so<br />

we’ll be looking with interest to see who fills that<br />

prominent space. David is moving his operation<br />

to the Star Gallery. Another change on the High<br />

Street is a new location for the <strong>Lewes</strong>-based<br />

chartered financial planning firm, Herbert Scott,<br />

established in 1996 and now moving to 173 High<br />

Street, until recently home to Prezzo. Good luck<br />

to them!<br />

And finally, congratulations to <strong>Lewes</strong> Depot,<br />

who have won a design award from Friends of<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong>. The other such award was given to Hill<br />

House, featured in <strong>Viva</strong> <strong>Lewes</strong> #152. And there<br />

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The likely lad in the centre of the picture, in<br />

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Kingston Downland Run, 1980, is Jonathan<br />

Burrell (wearing 267). He eventually came<br />

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and in 1989.<br />

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stricken with Myalgic Encephalomyeletis (ME)<br />

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