Viva Lewes Issue #156 September 2019

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Image: Painted collage by Shadric Toop<br />

No Ordinary Opera<br />

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I love the Downs. Am always up there stomping in my boots. This is one kind of<br />

footprint, of course – and there’re plenty in this issue – from ‘The way we walk’, to<br />

the Eastbourne and <strong>Lewes</strong> ‘Walk Fest’ to John Worth’s daily, meditative loop around<br />

Mt Caburn, to ‘wildlife detective’ Michael Blencowe’s excellent research in the field.<br />

(This is Michael’s one hundredth piece for <strong>Viva</strong>, and we’re endlessly grateful.)<br />

For those preferring town trails, there’s Reeves’ new lightbox exhibition, or the Heritage<br />

Open Days (a number of Heritage Walks too, that weekend). While Gerry Bennett does<br />

a bit of both – over recent months, watching and photographing nesting peregrines.<br />

Then there’s the other sort (of footprint), where we’re all encouraged to tread more<br />

lightly. The excellent <strong>Lewes</strong> Repair Café sets the pace. If you’re into building from<br />

either side of the skip, DIYgogo sets out to make freecycling simple.<br />

We visit eco paint shop Marchand Son. <strong>Lewes</strong> hosts its second Electric Car Show. And<br />

Moixa is appealing to anyone with solar panels. The South Downs National Park shares its<br />

campaign to replenish the bees. We ask the council how those recycling wheelie bins work –<br />

now we’re chucking everything in together. And the new Leader of our District Council, and<br />

first Green to hold the role, Zoe Nicholson shares her hopes (and fears).<br />

By the way, I wonder who put that old piano in the Market Tower in August? An ingenious<br />

bit of recycling? (Though it disappeared rather quickly.) Still I enjoyed its brief sojourn.<br />

Every time I walked by (at least two, often four times a day) someone had stopped to play.<br />

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CONTRIBUTORS: Michael Blencowe, Mark Bridge, Julie Bull, Emma Chaplin, Rebecca Cunningham, Hasia Curtis,<br />

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Bits and bobs.<br />

8-28. Cover artist Kid Squid enjoys<br />

Inktober; John Worth on health and<br />

walking and art; new Green leader<br />

of our District Council shares her<br />

thoughts (and footprint); the word is<br />

spread; our pet’s called Ted; Community<br />

Kitchen starts Man with a Pan; walkers<br />

and cyclists across the South Downs<br />

National Park; <strong>Lewes</strong> Repair Café;<br />

new series ‘Five minutes with...’ kicks<br />

off with a local teacher; Carlotta Luke<br />

at the edges of the Beach Life Festival;<br />

Craig goes Green; and the second<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Electric Car Show.<br />

Columns.<br />

31-35. David Jarman visits an old friend;<br />

Eleanor Knight can’t walk in Kim<br />

Kardashian’s shoes; and John Henty<br />

takes a walk on the wild side.<br />

On this month.<br />

37-51. Eastbourne & <strong>Lewes</strong> Walking<br />

Festival; Mad Hatters in Polegate; a<br />

‘joyous romp’ with Bernard Shaw;<br />

Constable Twitten at Shoreham<br />

Wordfest; Polly Wiseman in Femme<br />

Fatale; Women Over Fifty Film Festival<br />

returns to the Depot; plus Dexter Lee’s<br />

69<br />

round-up; and Heritage Open Days<br />

through the arched window of Trinity<br />

House.<br />

Art.<br />

53-63. Three interesting exhibitions at<br />

Pallant House; Hong Kong Sunrise by<br />

Jessica Zoob; Art and about includes the<br />

Summer Selfie, Samantha Stas, Star Life<br />

and many others. Marchand Son talks<br />

shop: fancy doing your house out like<br />

The Shining?<br />

104 88<br />

Listings and Free time.<br />

65-89. Herstmonceux Astronomy<br />

Festival, West Dean Dovecote Heritage<br />

Weekend, Extinction Rebellion and<br />

many more dates for your diary; Reeves<br />

lightboxes map; tons of gigs to choose<br />

from, including Chill Down Sundays<br />

at The Lamb, The Reform Club, Zion<br />

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Illustration by Hasia Curtis<br />



Train and Femme Brûlée; music in a<br />

town-wide Ripple; Classical round-up<br />

pick is Pippa Dames-Longworth and<br />

the Singing Salon; opera bringing<br />

elderly and young together; for the<br />

family, Gangsta Granny, or a Medieval<br />

Weekend at Michelham Priory, Sooty<br />

and Friends in Eastbourne, Bentley<br />

Wood Fair, and Family Raceday at<br />

Plumpton; Bags of Books reviews<br />

A Planet full of Plastic; Into the<br />

Trees festival, the smaller sibling of<br />

Elderflower Fields.<br />

Food.<br />

93-97. Côte lunch review; a recipe<br />

from Hunter Gather Cook; and <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

Patisserie Macaroons.<br />

The way we walk.<br />

98-101. Photographer Aiste Saulyte<br />

meets some local hikers.<br />

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Features.<br />

103-117. Bee Lines campaign; Gerry<br />

Bennett shares his stunning peregrines;<br />

Wildlife and the nature detective;<br />

Thomas Broad explains our wheelie<br />

bins; Alexander Thomson explains<br />

DIYgogo; and Anita Hall talks to<br />

98<br />

Moixa; Business news from around the<br />

town; and <strong>Lewes</strong> FC women’s captain.<br />

Inside left.<br />

130. Did you know Russell & Bromley<br />

shoe store (sort of) started in <strong>Lewes</strong>?<br />

Photo by Aiste Saulyte<br />


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TATLER<br />

“SUCH A FUN<br />

PLACE TO BE”<br />






England’s Independent School of the Year <strong>2019</strong><br />




“I really like drawing dead things,” says Kid<br />

Squid, the illustrator of this month’s<br />

cover. “Natural history, bones<br />

and animals and stuff like<br />

that. Scientific illustrations<br />

and Victorian botanical<br />

drawings are my<br />

favourite. Most<br />

of my work has<br />

a bit of a dark<br />

side to it, but it’s<br />

not macabre; it<br />

can be a little<br />

bit gothic,<br />

in a kind of<br />

delicate way.<br />

But then I like doing things which are a little<br />

bit weird and quirky as well...” Her sketchbooks<br />

demonstrate exactly what she means. On one<br />

page lies a dead sparrow, intricately drawn in<br />

black ink with only its red breast highlighted<br />

in watercolour; on the next, an elegant swan,<br />

equally intricate, but it’s puking. The swan is<br />

puking a rainbow.<br />

“It’s a niche style that I’m trying out,” she<br />

explains. “Every October I do this thing called<br />

Inktober, which is where you do an ink drawing<br />

every single day for the whole month and<br />

post each one on Instagram. It’s really good for<br />

developing a style and there are prompts for<br />

every day. For some of the prompts, I had no<br />

idea what to draw and a friend said, ‘you know<br />



what you should do? A puking animal.’ So I<br />

decided that for every day I didn’t know what<br />

to draw I would draw a puking animal. It either<br />

makes people really uncomfortable or they love<br />

it.” The full set of puking animals (including a<br />

puking Godzilla and a puking Alien) are being<br />

exhibited in all their rainbow-coloured glory<br />

at Brighton’s new Conclave Gallery on Queens<br />

Road until October 2nd.<br />

This design for our ‘Footprint’ cover is a<br />

stride away from her normal style. It’s far more<br />

colourful, for a start. “I used to be terrified<br />

of using colour,” she says. “It felt like such<br />

a commitment, which is why I often just<br />

work with little pops of colour. But recently<br />

someone introduced me to watercolour and<br />

showed me the basics, and since then I’ve<br />

been playing around with it. It’s a weird medium<br />

to work with – it can be quite unpredictable<br />

at times – but I’m a lot more confident<br />

with it now!” The vibrant oranges and yellows<br />

are meant to show the seasonal transition, from<br />

summer’s gladioli to the autumnal leaves, but<br />

the fiery colours have a deeper message as well.<br />

“I’ve been really noticing the Extinction Rebellion<br />

artwork that’s appearing all over the town<br />

at the moment,” she says, “and what I wanted<br />

to create was not only the idea of summer turning<br />

into autumn, but the vibrant flowers and<br />

nature heading towards the dark autumn of the<br />

climate crisis that we’re in.” The heavy, punchy<br />

footprints represent her more rebellious side.<br />

“It’s really incredible what ER are doing. I<br />

think they get a bit of a bad rep for being quite<br />

‘extreme’ – but it isn’t that they are extreme, it’s<br />

that the situation is extreme. It’s a really difficult<br />

thing for everyone to come to terms with,<br />

but someone needs to say ‘hey everyone, we<br />

need to wake up now’.”<br />

Rebecca Cunningham<br />

See more of Kid Squid’s work on her website<br />

kidsquidillustration.com or on Instagram:<br />

@kidsquidillustration<br />

She also creates fabulous pet portraits; see more<br />

examples on her website or contact her at kidsquidillustration@gmail.com<br />

to discuss<br />

a commission.<br />


Photo by Charlotte Gann<br />


What brought you to <strong>Lewes</strong>, and when?<br />

I grew up in Lindfield and went to school in<br />

Haywards Heath. I worked in the Australian<br />

Outback in my twenties, which had a big<br />

impact, and later in London. We moved to<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> in 1996 with a young family and started<br />

a business. We lived in St Swithun’s Terrace,<br />

then Kingston. I’ve been in the High Street for<br />

about five years.<br />

What business? We used to run one of<br />

the first digital agencies – Worth Digital in<br />

Brighton – working primarily with the NHS<br />

and Department of Health. In 2010 we started<br />

working with founding members of the Expert<br />

Patient Programme on a new enterprise,<br />

Know Your Own Health. We focus specifically<br />

on supporting people who are struggling to<br />

manage with one or more long term health<br />

conditions. In those circumstances, it can be<br />

easy to feel ‘disempowered’ and dependent<br />

on health services. The health coaching is a<br />

personalised one-to-one intervention that<br />

supports the individual to take back control.<br />

As one person said, “the coaching helped me<br />

to realise I still had choice(s) and power over<br />

my life – I thought I’d lost that”. It’s still a very<br />

new approach, although based on many years’<br />

research and a growing body of evidence of<br />

improved outcomes. It was great being able<br />

to run such a ground-breaking project locally,<br />

working with GPs across <strong>Lewes</strong> and the<br />

Havens. Hopefully it will be continued here.<br />

You also paint. Is your art a way of managing<br />

your own health? Definitely. It’s my way of<br />

reaching out to myself, identifying what’s going<br />

on for me. I only started painting a year or<br />

two ago – I’d never painted before or thought<br />

about it really – but it’s central to me now.<br />

I’ve stumbled on a new side of myself: a whole<br />

world I didn’t know was there. My pictures<br />

are inspired by the landscape – particularly<br />

the Downs – though they’re abstract. Some<br />

are based on maps, which I see as kind of<br />

musical scores. I paint from my heart not my<br />

head – and rarely with a paintbrush. Mostly<br />

my work is about applying layers – both paint,<br />

but also materials, like calico, or egg shell, for<br />

instance, then scraping back to reveal colours<br />

and textures. The work’s highly tactile. We can<br />

make up any stories we want in our heads; our<br />

hearts are where the truth is.<br />

You walk most days. Why? Where? I’ve<br />

always walked. But it’s never been more<br />

important to me than now. It’s completely tied<br />

up in the art. For the last year or so I have,<br />

almost religiously, done the same five-mile walk<br />

nearly every morning – up Chapel Hill, round<br />

Mt Caburn, towards Glynde, and back into<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong>. It’s absolutely glorious – every season –<br />

and I sketch every day too, as I go. This walk is<br />

my meditation.<br />

Interview by Charlotte Gann<br />

John’s exhibition of his paintings titled ‘Rhythms<br />

of the Land and Heart’ is in the Blue Room,<br />

Watercourt (the old Post Office) 65 High Street<br />

between 6th and 29th <strong>September</strong>.<br />





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We thought our Footprint<br />

issue was the perfect<br />

moment to ask a few<br />

questions of the <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

District Council new and<br />

first Green leader Zoe<br />

Nicholson, who heads the<br />

cooperative alliance.<br />

Zoe, you’re leading<br />

a council made up of<br />

an alliance of Greens,<br />

Lib Dems, Labour and<br />

independents. This has recently taken over<br />

after eight years of a Conservative District<br />

Council. How long is your term? Four years.<br />

We’re rotating leadership between Greens and<br />

the Lib Dems, so my personal term as leader<br />

is 12 months and then my Lib Dem colleague,<br />

James MacCleary (also pictured), who’s currently<br />

Deputy becomes Leader.<br />

What are your three top hopes for that<br />

time? Can I have four please? Making sure our<br />

Council takes every action it can to address the<br />

impact on our communities of climate change;<br />

it’s real, it’s happening now.<br />

Building truly affordable and high quality<br />

sustainable homes that bring work, services and<br />

things we need to our communities.<br />

Being creative with the resources we have to<br />

deliver meaningful sustainable prosperity for our<br />

communities, especially those hit hard by the<br />

economic times and by planning policies of the<br />

past, like Newhaven.<br />

That politics can be done differently, fairly and<br />

justly. That by working together we can create<br />

solutions that are better than those we could<br />

dream up on our own.<br />

What are the biggest challenges?<br />

The biggest challenge is the context in which<br />

our Council operates, where we have a national<br />

government that is hell bent on taking us off a<br />

Photo by Carlotta Luke<br />

Brexit cliff, national policies<br />

of austerity that have meant<br />

that Councils like ours have<br />

to deliver essential services<br />

with very little support<br />

from government and on<br />

top of that a set of national<br />

planning policies that do not<br />

make it essential that all new<br />

developments have net zero<br />

carbon emissions. Despite<br />

all that, the challenge is to<br />

deliver what matters to local people first time,<br />

and create a sustainable, vibrant community and<br />

places to live and work.<br />

These are interesting times. How do you<br />

remain motivated when central, indeed<br />

international, government can seem to<br />

be moving in such different directions? I<br />

suppose finding the motivation doesn’t feel like<br />

a choice, it’s an intrinsic sense of opportunity<br />

and doing the right thing. I have a strong<br />

sense of purpose and being in service to others.<br />

Greens come with a deep sense of community<br />

and purpose and I guess I’m built in that way.<br />

These are unprecedented times, with people<br />

waking up to the realities of climate change,<br />

the years of austerity. It’s time to be creative,<br />

courageous. To put our best selves to work for<br />

the common good.<br />

What do you personally prioritise to<br />

minimise your footprint? Every spare waking<br />

moment, after being a mum, partner, councillor,<br />

chief executive, leader of a council, I spend<br />

getting more Greens elected. I’m all about the<br />

policies. Whilst I can and do do my part, any<br />

amount of recycling, flight reduction, travelling<br />

by train pales into insignificance compared<br />

to the impact of the policies of national, local<br />

government and big business.<br />

Interview by Charlotte Gann<br />





Wendy Vince of Horsted<br />

Keynes finds a cool spot in the<br />

mountains of southern Corsica<br />

to spread the word. That said,<br />

‘with 30 degree heat at the<br />

coast’, wrote Peter, who took<br />

this picture, ‘everyone is on the<br />

beach – so it’s not all that easy<br />

Spreading the Word in the<br />

mountains’.<br />

And Felicity Jackson took the<br />

June issue of <strong>Viva</strong> on her recent<br />

trip to Mongolia and Tibet.<br />

‘This pic was taken at Everest<br />

Base Camp, Tibet,’ she wrote,<br />

‘as the morning sun reached<br />

Everest. Unfortunately, I forgot<br />

to take the mag with me when<br />

I went down to the viewpoint;<br />

then, clouds hid the peak. Trust<br />

me: it looked awesome!’<br />

Meanwhile, Callum Mechen<br />

spread his <strong>Viva</strong> on the roof<br />

terrace of Gloria Palace Hotel,<br />

San Agustin, Gran Canaria.<br />

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This is Ted, a 10 year old Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen. He<br />

was rescued two years ago after his owners returned him to<br />

his breeder. He was overweight and rather sad, but his new<br />

owners have helped him to tone up and regain his puppyish<br />

lust for life using Davina McCall fitness DVDs and a balanced<br />

Mediterranean diet.<br />

Loves: Roland Rivron, maths, open plan living, angels.<br />

Dislikes: isolation and despair, Mike Leigh films, cognitive<br />

dissonance, faint praise, all Snapchat filters.<br />

Niche dog tongue trivia: some dogs have blue tongues.<br />

There is no clear genetic explanation, but I haven’t seen those raspberry Chupa Chups for a while<br />

and I left them right here.<br />

A commonly held belief is that dogs have cleaner mouths than humans, but it’s nonsense – both<br />

contain more than 600 types of bacteria and are absolutely disgusting.<br />

Dogs can’t sweat through their skin to cool off. Instead, they rely on panting. When dogs pant, the<br />

air moves quickly over their tongue, mouth and lungs and allows moisture to evaporate and cool<br />

them down. The process is known as thermoregulation. Your dog will be delighted if you use this<br />

technical term. @dogs of lewes<br />


A great new initiative is starting at the Community<br />

Kitchen on North Street this month. Man with a Pan is<br />

being organised by Community Chef Robin Van Creveld.<br />

“It’s a programme of five week cookery courses for<br />

older men who are carers, bereaved or in other ways<br />

vulnerable”, he says. That’s the first wave, but there’s more to the project than that.<br />

After completing the course, there’ll be ongoing support – and the opportunity to turn newfound<br />

skills to great use. “We’ll be hosting regular reunions”, Robin says, “and community activities where<br />

graduates cook for homeless people and other vulnerable groups. The aim is to enable peer support,<br />

community and positive action.”<br />

Robin’s been running this programme elsewhere across the South East for the last three years, and he’s<br />

seen it work. It supports everyone who gets involved, and has also received lots of interest and encouragement<br />

– including national media coverage. Now he’s secured funding to provide it in Sussex.<br />

It clearly is a formula that works. But finding the right recruits needs managing. “Reaching the target<br />

audience of older men is actually quite difficult”, says Robin – which is why he’s keen to feature<br />

in <strong>Viva</strong>. “The courses are free to the men in need.” Are you one? Do you know any? The Community<br />

Chef would love to hear from you. Charlotte Gann<br />

Thurs 19 Sep-24 Oct. Call 0766 526217, or email office@communitychef.org.uk. communitychef.org.uk<br />

Photo by Gani Naylor<br />


At St Andrew’s Prep we encourage our pupils to build lines of<br />

character that help them be who they want to be.<br />


Visit our open mornings on 11 and 12 October <strong>2019</strong><br />

Book your place today<br />


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Jewellery and Fine Art<br />

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The South Downs Way is the best known element of our<br />

wonderful National Park. Alister Linton-Crook , Cycling<br />

Project Officer at the South Downs National Park Authority<br />

(SDNPA), says, “We estimate that around 20 million<br />

visits take place on the South Downs Way every year.” He<br />

says their data shows a breakdown of “approximately 65<br />

to 70 per cent pedestrians or runners, 25 to 30 per cent<br />

cyclists and 1 to 2 per cent horse riders.”<br />

So while the majority are those leaving footprints, a good chunk are leaving tyre tracks. And cyclists<br />

are not just using the South Downs Way. Alister says, “the cornucopia of quiet roads and lanes attract<br />

many leisure cyclists and cycle clubs, while off-road cyclists have over 1,350km of bridleways and<br />

byways to explore.” And there are even the surfaced, off-highway tracks, some on nice level former<br />

railway lines, totalling around 35km. These include the burgeoning Egret’s Way and the Downs Link.<br />

The Authority also has around 35 Cycle Ambassadors, “who encourage individuals and communities<br />

to enjoy the National Park through cycling. Their role is to demonstrate best cycling practice, lead<br />

by example and, where appropriate, share knowledge about the special qualities of the National Park<br />

such as the biodiversity, landscape and cultural heritage.” All in all, the National Park is a joy for<br />

cycling. Daniel Etherington<br />

Focusing<br />

on you<br />

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Counselling, Psychotherapy<br />

and Psychological services<br />

in central <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

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‘A burden once lifted is lighter than air.’<br />

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Gemma Day<br />

Susie Boyt Jacqueline Wilson Ruth Ware<br />

Sathnam Sanghera Fiona Sampson Alexander Masters<br />

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Great<br />

talks<br />

by<br />

great<br />

writers<br />

<strong>2019</strong>-2020 Programme<br />

8 October Susie Boyt Novelist, author of Love & Fame and My Judy Garland Life<br />

12 November Jacqueline Wilson Celebrated children’s novelist (limited to over 16s)<br />

21 January Ruth Ware International bestselling thriller writer<br />

11 February Sathnam Sanghera Times journalist, author of The Boy With The Topknot<br />

10 March Fiona Sampson Poet, biographer, author of In Search of Mary Shelley<br />

21 April Alexander Masters Author of Stuart: A Life Backwards and A Life Discarded<br />

All events start at 8pm, All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, <strong>Lewes</strong> BN7 2LE.<br />

Doors open 7.30pm Season tickets £40, single events £10, under 25s £5<br />

Information & tickets: www.lewesliterarysociety.co.uk<br />

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Susanne is using a needle and colour-coordinated<br />

cotton to reattach the paw of a pastel-striped<br />

cuddly sloth. At a table next to her, Fran is ready<br />

with a cocktail of adhesives guaranteed to eliminate<br />

the wobble from the second-hand table<br />

lamp she’s disassembling. On the other side of<br />

the room, Paul’s putting a revitalised vacuum<br />

cleaner back together, while Roy is delivering a<br />

generous squirt of switch-cleaning lubricant to<br />

the innards of a noisy wind-up radio.<br />

This is the monthly <strong>Lewes</strong> Repair Café at<br />

Landport Community Hub, where a team of<br />

enthusiastic and capable volunteers fix anything<br />

from toasters to trousers, from chairs to china.<br />

Currently, around 30 people are involved or<br />

ready to lend a hand, organiser Tony tells me.<br />

“We’ve got into a sort-of throwaway culture,<br />

because sometimes things are very cheap”, he<br />

explains. “The café seemed a way of subverting<br />

manufacturers’ ways of getting us to buy new<br />

stuff.” Although having an item repaired can<br />

save the price of a new purchase, even the cost<br />

of repairs may be prohibitive. As a result, the<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> service is free, although donations towards<br />

the running costs are appreciated. There’s<br />

also a social angle – “getting the community to<br />

come together, interacting with each other”,<br />

says Tony – as well as a hope that some visitors<br />

might learn from the people doing repairs. And<br />

yes, calling the event a ‘café’ is entirely accurate:<br />

you’ll find tea, coffee and an assortment of<br />

home-made cakes on offer while waiting for<br />

your broken items to be fixed.<br />

“It can sometimes be more expensive to repair<br />

things than buy new stuff”, Tony admits. Indeed,<br />

some products seem designed deliberately<br />

to frustrate the non-professional fixer. Take the<br />

iPhone, for example, which requires specialist<br />

tools to disassemble it and has key parts glued in<br />

place. This type of complexity has even become<br />

an election issue in the USA, with politicians<br />

arguing that manufacturers should be obliged<br />

to provide repair manuals and diagnostic tools<br />

rather than forcing customers to rely on authorised<br />

service agents.<br />

But repairs aren’t just about fixing a fault. They<br />

can restore happy memories, as Fran has found.<br />

“I’m usually dealing with people’s sentimental<br />

items. If it’s china, it’s always something from<br />

their family history. It’s so rewarding – and<br />

they’re so grateful.” In some cases, repairs<br />

can even improve the original item. Imogen,<br />

another of the volunteer menders, chats to me<br />

about the Japanese art of kintsugi, where broken<br />

pottery is repaired with precious metal – often<br />

liquid gold or a mixture of lacquer and powdered<br />

gold – to enhance rather than disguise<br />

the joins. The same applies to her dressmaking<br />

skills, she insists. “You grow more in love with<br />

clothes you’ve repaired. You like them better.”<br />

Mark Bridge<br />

The next <strong>Lewes</strong> Repair Café takes place at the<br />

Landport Community Hub on Landport Road<br />

from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday 21st <strong>September</strong>,<br />

then again on Saturday 19th October.<br />

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Originally from Paisley<br />

in Scotland, Maxine Hunt<br />

moved to <strong>Lewes</strong> in 1991.<br />

While training to be a<br />

teacher as a mature student<br />

at Brighton University she<br />

met husband Stewart. They<br />

have two teenage sons,<br />

Lewis and Ewan. Today she’s responsible for Outdoor<br />

Learning at South Malling Primary School,<br />

where she also teaches Science – ‘a great subject to<br />

do outdoors!’, she tells us.<br />


Early morning walks on Malling Down with my<br />

dog Tess, spending time with family and friends,<br />

dancing – Disco & Swing, regular trips to the cinema,<br />

especially the Depot, and seeing the smile on<br />

a child’s face when they discover or do something<br />

for the first time!<br />


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All about Eve – Mankiewicz, 1950<br />

Shawshank Redemption – Darabont 1994<br />

Books: A Scots Quair – Lewis Grassic Gibbon<br />

The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy<br />

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox – Maggie<br />

O’Farrell<br />


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Carlotta did a spot of people-watching at the<br />

Beach Life Festival Eastbourne this summer.<br />

‘I have a hunch that many people harbour a<br />

dream of driving off into the sunset in a VW<br />

bus – or maybe that’s just me’, she writes. ‘At<br />

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“Already a pure electric car is cheaper to own and run<br />

than a new petrol or diesel car over a period of four years,<br />

despite electric cars costing more”, Transition Town<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong>’ Julia Waterlow tells me. “Prices are set to fall as<br />

manufacturers produce more cars. For now, the government<br />

helps the purchase with a grant of up to £3,500.”<br />

Julia is preparing for <strong>Lewes</strong>’ second Electric Car Show – a<br />

free event organised by Transition Town and renewable<br />

energy company Ovesco, and held in the large rear yard<br />

at Harvey’s Brewery on Saturday 7th <strong>September</strong>. “And the<br />

market in second-hand cars is growing fast”, she adds. “A friend of mine in <strong>Lewes</strong> has just bought a<br />

second-hand one which he’s thrilled with.”<br />

The show features electric and hybrid cars – from the best-selling Nissan Leaf to high-end Teslas<br />

and BMWs – as well as other electric vehicles such as bikes, scooters and motorbikes. There’ll also<br />

be info on all related issues – local and national charging networks, innovations, running costs – and<br />

savings. And the controversy around mining for lithium. The cars will be there with their proud<br />

owners – “most coming belong to a group called Sussex EVs who are electric car enthusiasts”, says<br />

Julia. “We aim to have around 15 to 20 cars on show.” Charlotte Gann<br />

Sat 7th Sep, 10.30-2.30, Harvey’s Brewery, Rear Yard. transitiontownlewes.org

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COLUMN<br />

David Jarman<br />

My back pages<br />

A visit to a Canadian friend, Maggie Delahey<br />

who is now in a nursing home that lies in<br />

the shadow of the Chelsea and Westminster<br />

Hospital, just off the Fulham Road. Now<br />

93, Maggie has definitely reached that age<br />

when the birthday candles cost more than<br />

the cake. She is certainly more likely to be<br />

wearing a dressing gown than the leather<br />

jacket that she carried off with such panache,<br />

well into her eighties. But she seems happy<br />

enough, working her way through a stack of<br />

thrillers and listening to all the jazz on Radio<br />

3, especially Geoffrey Smith. My mother died<br />

at the age of 90, having achieved her ambition<br />

of not ending up in a nursing home. Living<br />

independently as well, the only outside help<br />

being meals-on-wheels deliveries, some<br />

of which she would eat. She didn’t leave<br />

her house for the last two years of her life,<br />

perhaps worried that, once outside her front<br />

door, she would be bundled into the back<br />

of a van and carted off to the nursing home<br />

that she feared so much. Maggie Delahey, by<br />

contrast, seems determined to never leave<br />

her nursing home again. Alas, she finds it’s<br />

not always possible. She’s always been prone<br />

to falls. She once showed me the steps in<br />

Tate Britain where she had suffered one of<br />

her more spectacular upsets. She pointed out<br />

a dullish, red stain that she was convinced<br />

was the residue of blood from her gashed<br />

forehead. Now, every time she has a fall in her<br />

room she has to be checked into the Chelsea<br />

and Westminster for a couple of nights<br />

while x-rays are carried out. She resents this<br />

upheaval bitterly, she tells me, but even so,<br />

there is one consolation. The hospital food is<br />

superior to that of the nursing home.<br />

Adjacent to the hospital is a small garden.<br />

The benches have plaques commemorating<br />

hospital employees. It’s rather charming that<br />

the workers so remembered seem to have<br />

been employed in rather lowly capacities –<br />

assistant porters and the like. One exception<br />

is a bench devoted to the author, Bea Howe.<br />

The name rang a bell, but I was sure I had<br />

never read any of her books. Then, on the<br />

train home, somewhere near Plumpton, it<br />

came to me. She was the dedicatee of Sylvia<br />

Townsend Warner’s delightful first novel,<br />

Lolly Willowes (1926). It’s the story of a<br />

woman who loses her beloved father when<br />

she’s 28, spends twenty years as a maiden aunt<br />

before moving to the country and finding her<br />

vocation. She becomes a witch.<br />

Having reread it – it tails off a bit towards<br />

the end – I’m tempted to suggest it as my<br />

next book group choice. It would allow me<br />

to recall, quite possibly not for the first time,<br />

the following cartoon.<br />

There’s a group of women<br />

seated round a table. One<br />

of them is addressing the<br />

others: “Don’t get me<br />

wrong. I like our<br />

book group very<br />

much. I just<br />

think we<br />

had more<br />

fun when<br />

we were a<br />

coven.”<br />

Illustration by Charlotte Gann<br />


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COLUMN<br />

Eleanor Knight<br />

Keyboard worrier<br />

For all that I struggle to understand her<br />

purpose, the reason I can’t judge Kim<br />

Kardashian is that I will never be able to walk<br />

a mile in her shoes. The first hundred yards<br />

would see me limping through the doors of<br />

the Victoria Hospital’s minor injuries unit,<br />

begging for mercy, plasters and a pair of comfy<br />

daps to go home in.<br />

But you only have to look at the feet of our<br />

young in the Priory Prom photos to know you<br />

can’t deny the woman’s influence. Speaking as<br />

one whose Twitter followers might, if they all<br />

turned up at once on a sunny day, create only<br />

a minor queuing event at the Pells Pool, I can<br />

only gape in awe, wonder, and some alarm at<br />

the idea that Kim Kardashian, the names of<br />

whose four children are known to my own,<br />

was (last time I looked) followed on Instagram<br />

by 108 million people*. That’s way more than<br />

Phil and his team could cope with at the Pells.<br />

In fact, it’s the same as the population of the<br />

Philippines.<br />

So it hardly took that august organ of news,<br />

Metro, to spread the word that the mother-offour-and-lawyer-in-the-making<br />

(do keep up)<br />

recently adopted a plant-based diet. When<br />

she’s at home. Well, it’s easier to rely on the<br />

lighting for your avocadoes, I suppose.<br />

To many of us, the phrase ‘plant-based diet’<br />

evokes images of worried herbivores – sheep, if<br />

you like – nibbling away at flaccid greenery and<br />

having to deal with the consequences (and if<br />

Kim Kardashian suffers from flatulence,<br />

she doesn’t share it on Instagram). But<br />

potatoes are plants, too, which means<br />

that – for the time being at least –<br />

the humble bag of chips, locally<br />

sourced (and we have some excellent<br />

local sources in <strong>Lewes</strong>) can still be<br />

enjoyed as an essential and active part of saving<br />

our planet.<br />

Though he probably wouldn’t describe himself<br />

as a bag-of-chips-man, environmentalist<br />

George Monbiot would certainly approve.<br />

An unlikely ally of Her Serene Kimness,<br />

George has long been encouraging (don’t say<br />

haranguing) us to eat more plants in order<br />

to slow down climate change. He suggests<br />

that just a kilo of grass-fed beef has the same<br />

carbon footprint as a flight to New York.<br />

‘Oh no!’ say the, well, nay-sayers, ‘You’ve got<br />

your facts wrong, George, mate. According<br />

to Science, it’s much more like…. 11 kilos.’<br />

Whichever way you slice it, that’s about five<br />

times a Sunday lunch for up to six, and I don’t<br />

know about you, but when you look at it like<br />

that I’d sooner cross the Atlantic anyway.<br />

So as I see it we can either strap steaks to our<br />

feet and prepare to walk the long way round to<br />

the Big Apple, or do like Kim ’n’ George and<br />

resolve to eat more plants and fewer animals.<br />

That way we might help save the world’s<br />

nation most vulnerable to climate change – the<br />

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140 million.<br />

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

Plenty more Henty<br />

Greetings poppickers<br />

out there<br />

– see whether you<br />

can identify this 1972<br />

chart success from<br />

its chorus line which<br />

goes ‘Doo doo doo<br />

doo doo doo doo doo<br />

doo’? Too difficult?<br />

OK then, as you’re<br />

a regular reader of<br />

this page, here’s another line: ‘Doo doo doo<br />

doo doo doo doo doo doo’. Well done, you’re<br />

absolutely right, they come from Lou Reed’s<br />

classic hit Walk on he Wild Side.<br />

I mention the song because it neatly describes<br />

my photograph this month which was taken in<br />

Southover Grange, on the wild side of these<br />

glorious gardens. Let’s face it, the streets of<br />

our town, rather like Nancy Sinatra’s boots in<br />

1966, were made for walking and the recently<br />

published <strong>Lewes</strong> area place maps are perfect<br />

for planning these.<br />

I’ve always enjoyed the trek across to<br />

Kingston for a pint and vividly recall the time<br />

I encouraged top travel writer, John Carter,<br />

and his wife, to join me across the Downs via<br />

Juggs Road. He admired the views, downed<br />

his beer and called for a taxi back from the<br />

nearby garden centre. Soft lot these travel<br />

journalists!<br />

It’s nice to have a purpose though on such<br />

jaunts and the other favoured hike for us was<br />

across to Glynde to watch the cricket and<br />

enjoy tea in the company of both teams. A real<br />

teapot, complete with cosy, and some delicious<br />

home-made cakes appealed. No longer I’m<br />

afraid. Only the players get the teas now<br />

which is a shame.<br />

Now I don’t want<br />

to get political<br />

here (wise decision<br />

John, Ed) but<br />

politician, Rory<br />

Stewart did impress<br />

me when, away<br />

from Westminster<br />

wrangling, he wrote<br />

in a Sunday Times<br />

article ‘The rhythm<br />

of walking clears your mind in a very unusual<br />

way and you’re moving at a different pace, so<br />

you’re encountering people’. In his case, of<br />

course, the people were in Afghanistan, but<br />

the same is also true of <strong>Lewes</strong>ians.<br />

My philosophy in fact which I celebrate from<br />

time to time here. As I observed four years<br />

ago ‘anyone who is anyone in <strong>Lewes</strong> has a dog<br />

and sometimes more than one’. Take Terry,<br />

for example, who I met on a journey home not<br />

so long ago.<br />

He was walking, half carrying a young white<br />

terrier (I think it was – not very good on<br />

breeds) called ‘Bumble’. As I approached,<br />

14 week old ‘Bumble’ started growling<br />

ominously. I stopped. “He doesn’t like laces”,<br />

Terry told me apologetically. I tiptoed past.<br />

The growling subsided.<br />

By the way, since the launch of the<br />

aforementioned area map, I have noticed a<br />

sharp fall in the number of visitors, at the foot<br />

of Keere Street, staring desperately around<br />

them for any sign of Anne of Cleves House.<br />

“Straight on, turn right, few hundred yards<br />

on the right” I used to advise. Now perhaps I<br />

should add “Or pop into the Grange gardens<br />

and do do take a walk on the wild side<br />

instead!” John Henty<br />


吀 爀 愀 渀 猀 昀 漀 爀 洀 礀 漀 甀 爀 栀 漀 洀 攀 眀 椀 琀 栀 漀 甀 爀 昀 椀 渀 攀 猀 琀 焀 甀 愀 氀 椀 琀 礀<br />

匀 㨀 䌀 刀 䄀 䘀 吀 洀 愀 搀 攀 ⴀ 琀 漀 ⴀ 洀 攀 愀 猀 甀 爀 攀 椀 渀 琀 攀 爀 椀 漀 爀 猀 栀 甀 琀 琀 攀 爀 猀 ⸀<br />

琀 ⸀ ㈀ 㜀 アパート アパート アパート 㠀 㐀 ㈀<br />

攀 ⸀ 挀 漀 渀 琀 愀 挀 琀 䀀 戀 攀 氀 氀 愀 瘀 椀 猀 琀 愀 猀 栀 甀 琀 琀 攀 爀 猀 ⸀ 挀 漀 ⸀ 甀 欀<br />

眀 ⸀ 眀 眀 眀 ⸀ 戀 攀 氀 氀 愀 瘀 椀 猀 琀 愀 猀 栀 甀 琀 琀 攀 爀 猀 ⸀ 挀 漀 ⸀ 甀 欀


Walk Fest<br />

75 walks to choose from<br />

Photo by Nigel French<br />

Have you got a great walk<br />

burning a hole in your<br />

knapsack? One you’d like to<br />

share with others? Or would<br />

you like to discover new<br />

routes to explore, or groups<br />

to explore them with?<br />

This month the<br />

Eastbourne and <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

Walking Festival,<br />

organised by the shared councils, is back for a<br />

third year – and it’s grown a lot since last time.<br />

“There are 75 walks listed this year, up from 47<br />

in 2018,” Jack Brownell, who’s responsible for<br />

organising the 10-day festival, tells me.<br />

“The idea originally was, of course, a push<br />

for health and well being. One very good,<br />

enveloping way to improve things is by<br />

encouraging people out and walking –<br />

including doing so in our beautiful natural<br />

surroundings, and in groups.”<br />

So that’s the inspiration behind the whole<br />

concept. “We want to get people outdoors,<br />

exercising, and we want them to meet people”,<br />

Jack tells me. “The walks vary between about<br />

½ hour and 6 hours long. They’re all graded on<br />

the website: easy, moderate or strenuous. The<br />

vast majority are moderate – between two and<br />

five miles long. And they all take place within<br />

this ten-day timeframe.”<br />

They’re also mostly free, and led by volunteers,<br />

some of whom belong to existing walking<br />

groups – like the ‘Nordic Walking for Health’<br />

group, whose practice is described as ‘a bit like<br />

cross-country skiing without the skis’, and<br />

is apparently fine for anyone ‘who can walk<br />

swinging their arms’.<br />

Such groups are trialling their wares in the<br />

festival and offering sample walks. You might<br />

then choose to sign up for the rest of the year.<br />

A number of the events<br />

in the Festival Walks<br />

Calendar also provide<br />

opportunities to learn.<br />

Highlights include a<br />

Colour in Nature walk<br />

led by Jacky Misson,<br />

where walkers learn about<br />

painting landscape as<br />

they go. Or a Cuckmere<br />

Haven walk where you’ll learn landscape<br />

photography in that most glorious setting,<br />

from Jane De Weck.<br />

Or what about the enticingly-titled Historic<br />

Postbox Walk in Eastbourne? Stepping into<br />

the Past takes a map of the seaside resort from<br />

1631 as its starting point. Or there’s Walking<br />

Football or Netball – if you’d rather go for<br />

something a bit more active.<br />

“The Tingle’s Way Walk, from the Linklater<br />

Pavilion in <strong>Lewes</strong> up to Landport Bottom, is<br />

definitely worth a mention”, Jack tells me – and<br />

it’s bang on our issue theme of ‘Footprint’.<br />

i.e. you’ll be out walking, and gain a mini<br />

education while you’re at it into the brilliance<br />

and fragility of our eco system – including<br />

looking, for instance, at ‘the beautiful<br />

endangered Adonis blue butterfly’.<br />

The dedicated festival website also provides<br />

a host of information on groups you might<br />

wish to discover, and potentially join, and a<br />

load of walks you can do on your own – under<br />

the banner ‘self-guided walks’. Or you might<br />

be interested in becoming a ‘walk leader’:<br />

it’s too late to sign up for this year now, but<br />

the organisers will be looking at next year’s<br />

proposals in March 2020. Get in touch through<br />

the website. Charlotte Gann<br />

20th-29th <strong>September</strong>,<br />

eastbourneandleweswalkfest.org<br />


Flexible Minds… Flexible Bodies<br />

How can the Feldenkrais Method<br />

help improve Mental Health?<br />

An event to mark World Mental Health Day<br />

Wednesday October 9, 5.30-7pm<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Library, Friars Walk, <strong>Lewes</strong> BN7 2LZ<br />

Meet local practitioners and at 6pm there will be a<br />

talk about Moshe Feldenkrais and his work with a<br />

presentation of a new collection of books about him<br />

and the Method. Refreshments will be available.<br />

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8.30am - 6pm Tuesday Wednesday Friday<br />

8.30am - 7pm Thursday | 8am - 4pm Saturday


Mad Hatters’ Affair<br />

How mad are you?<br />

Mad Hatters’ Affair (MHA), a new music<br />

festival coming to Polegate on the weekend of<br />

6th <strong>September</strong>, ask on their website: ‘Are we all<br />

mad?’ Mad Hatters’ Affair sees ‘MAD’ as an<br />

acronym for ‘Making A Difference’ however:<br />

the festival has been set up to raise funds for<br />

Friends of Chema Kizzi, a charity working<br />

in Sierra Leone that builds schools, protects<br />

wildlife and more (chemakizzi.com).<br />

I spoke to Karen Dodd – founder of both<br />

Friends of Chema Kizzi and MHA – who aims<br />

to grow the festival each year to raise more<br />

funds. “It was a family affair to start with.<br />

My eldest son, my daughter and my niece<br />

have got involved, and then my son has got a<br />

couple of friends who have got involved too.<br />

I’m overseeing it, but now they’ve taken hold.<br />

Between us we have sourced the kind of music<br />

that we want.”<br />

All the food at MHA will be vegan, although<br />

Karen is keen to stress that anyone is welcome:<br />

“There’s a McDonald’s next door!” She explains<br />

that they are aiming to be as plastic free as<br />

possible, and that there are pre-bookable<br />

cardboard tents available, to ensure that<br />

camping detritus is not left behind. (Search<br />

YouTube for ‘KarTent – Carwash Test’ if you<br />

are sceptical). The main stage will be 100 per<br />

cent solar powered, and sustainable lifestyle<br />

products will be available from the stalls on site.<br />

The festival is for over 21s only this year, due to<br />

licensing restrictions, but Karen hopes that this<br />

might change in the future.<br />

Acts include Nubiyan Twist, P.Unity and Natty<br />

& The Rebelship (“He’s amazing… quite a<br />

spiritual chap”). There will be local bands<br />

performing, and “an amazing array of DJs: we’ve<br />

got Mahdi Mu from <strong>Lewes</strong>’ Zu Studios coming,<br />

DJ Dazwell, and Will Softmore who’s bringing<br />

his didgeridoo, and his more spiritual sound to<br />

the show.”<br />

“There is a Zen zone where people can come<br />

and Zen out. We’re gonna have Reiki masters,<br />

massage, reflexology, tarot cards. You can start<br />

the day with yoga, or meditation, then you<br />

might want to learn salsa or Bollywood dancing,<br />

or go and listen to some music or a talk.”<br />

I ask Karen to tell me more about the notion of<br />

madness at the Mad Hatters’ Affair. “It’s like<br />

wearing different hats. It’s not linked to Alice in<br />

Wonderland going down the rabbit hole, really.<br />

The people who are ruling the world, are they<br />

mad? You think of what’s going on with climate<br />

change, war, poverty. Is that mad? Because<br />

it is mad. Or are we mad trying to make a<br />

difference? You’ll come to the festival and it will<br />

give you something to take away, like a thought:<br />

how you can make a difference. How mad are<br />

you? What hat do you wear?”<br />

Joe Fuller<br />

Bramley Farm, Polegate, 6-8 <strong>September</strong><br />

madhattersaffair.com<br />


Riverside & Octoberfeast<br />

A series of Wine Tastings of Sussex Wines in<br />

our Pop up Space upstairs at Riverside<br />

Breaky Bottom<br />

Saturday 5 th October<br />

11am to 4pm<br />

Vineyards of the Sussex Weald<br />

Saturday 19 th October<br />

11am to 4pm<br />

Plumpton Estate Wines<br />

Saturday 26 th October<br />

11am to 4pm<br />

An opportunity to taste, compare and buy local<br />

Sussex wine from a cluster of passionate growers<br />

and winemakers … Riverside takes part in<br />

Octoberfeast <strong>Lewes</strong> to bring you Breaky Bottom,<br />

Plumpton Estate Wines and the Vineyards of the<br />

Sussex Weald, five vineyards - Beacon Down,<br />

Fox & Fox, Hidden Spring, Off The Line and<br />

Tickerage who will be showcasing their wine in<br />

our unique pop up venue.<br />

Find us upstairs at Riverside <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

Cliffe High Street, <strong>Lewes</strong>, BN7 2RE


Bernard Shaw<br />

Bestriding the world<br />

Actor Paddy O’Keeffe is reviving his ‘joyous<br />

romp’ of a one man show, Bernard Shaw Invites<br />

YOU, in <strong>Lewes</strong> and Brighton this month. I meet<br />

Paddy in his Brighton home, where he tells me<br />

that the format is similar to stand up comedy,<br />

due to its interconnected vignette storytelling.<br />

O’Keeffe himself certainly makes for eloquent<br />

and jovial company, boding well for an<br />

entertaining evening with his Bernard Shaw.<br />

It starts off as I come on stage and talk<br />

about my fascination with Bernard Shaw,<br />

and how I long to discover the real person<br />

behind the mask of ‘GBS’. I explain how he<br />

bestrode the theatrical and political world like<br />

a colossus. Then black out! I storm on as Shaw,<br />

declaring that the purpose of life is not to<br />

discover yourself, but to create yourself, so that<br />

you can become the person you need to be in<br />

order to do what you’ve come here to do.<br />

When Shaw first came to London, never<br />

mind getting published, he had difficulty<br />

getting a word understood. The first half<br />

of the play is about the public man, his earlier<br />

life in London, his success on the stage, his<br />

politics, his connection with Ireland, his<br />

defence of the 1916 rising. The second half<br />

is with Shaw in a psychiatrist’s chair being<br />

questioned about his childhood, and then there<br />

is an audience Q&A after every performance.<br />

I’m planning to take the show to Spain next<br />

year for the International Shaw Society<br />

conference. We went to Delhi… and there was<br />

one guy staring at me all the way through. His<br />

hand was the first up at the Q&A and I thought<br />

‘oh no!’ He said “I first came across Shaw as a<br />

student 50 years ago and I fell in love with the<br />

Photo by Daniel Lawton<br />

man and his works. And you’ve brought him<br />

to life for me tonight.” Actors like engagement<br />

and interest, but you often assume they’re<br />

engaged because they hate it. But in fact he was<br />

loving it.<br />

Hesketh Pearson, an Englishman who did<br />

a biography of Shaw in the 50s, said that<br />

‘no one since the time of Tom Paine has<br />

had so definite an influence on the social<br />

and political life of his time and country<br />

as Bernard Shaw’. He used to be a staple in<br />

the 60s and 70s. When in doubt, you would<br />

do two stock productions: there would be a<br />

Shakespeare and a Shaw, and they would be<br />

bound to sell out.<br />

The Irish connection is often forgotten.<br />

The English assume that the likes of Shaw<br />

and Wilde are Irish in name only. In fact they<br />

were quintessentially Irish. I love his wit and<br />

I share his politics. He was a socialist, and his<br />

speeches on poverty and inequality are as fresh<br />

and meaningful today as they were when he<br />

delivered them in the 1890s and the 1900s.<br />

As told to Joe Fuller<br />

All Saints Centre, 7th, 3pm & 8pm<br />

Rialto Theatre, Brighton 15th, 3pm & 7pm<br />

irish-theatre.com<br />



Lynne Truss<br />

Writes books, and plays<br />

“People say ‘I like your book’, and I feel like<br />

saying ‘which book?’, but I don’t want to be<br />

rude. After all, it’s difficult to resent something<br />

that’s been so good to you.”<br />

I’m having a coffee in a Kemp Town café with<br />

Lynne Truss, author of ten novels, countless<br />

radio plays and six non-fiction titles, the<br />

most famous of which – the bestselling 2003<br />

grammar and punctuation bible Eats, Shoots and<br />

Leaves – turned her into a household name.<br />

But we’re not here to talk about that. She’s<br />

appearing at the Shoreham Wordfest in<br />

<strong>September</strong> to promote the hardback release of<br />

her latest novel, The Man That Got Away, the<br />

second of her ‘Constable Twitten’ series. Both<br />

titles are set in Brighton, in the summer of<br />

1957; both are adaptations of a successful run<br />

of Radio 4 plays.<br />

Lynne describes the books with great relish.<br />

Constable Twitten is a 22-year-old policeman,<br />

a keen rookie in a station run by Inspector<br />

Steine, who believes there is no crime in<br />

Brighton, as he’s already cleared it all up.<br />

Steine is aided by Sergeant Brunswick, a WW2<br />

veteran who enjoys dressing up for undercover<br />

operations, unaware everyone knows exactly<br />

who he is. And then there’s Mrs Groynes:<br />

“She’s the station’s char lady, but actually she’s<br />

a criminal mastermind.”<br />

The first in the series, A Shot in The Dark, was<br />

positively received. “I won an award!”, she<br />

tells me, with evident excitement. “The ‘Best<br />

Humorous Crime Novel’ of 2018. Yes, there<br />

is such a category. And there was some stiff<br />

competition: I’m very, very proud of it.” The<br />

book has just been released in paperback “so<br />

we’ll soon see how well it really does.”<br />

“I’ve been living in 1957,” she tells me, of<br />

the research she’s been doing. This has<br />

involved reading novels, watching movies and<br />

documentaries, and binge-reading copies of<br />

The Evening Argus, from 1955 to 1960.<br />

“It seems a lot of writers set their books in the<br />

decade they were born,” she says. “1957 was<br />

voted the post-war year in which people were<br />

happiest: memories of the war were fading,<br />

rationing and National Service were over, we<br />

were drinking coffee from Pyrex cups. We’d<br />

never had it so good. Also, it’s nice to think<br />

of a period in which my parents were walking<br />

around, still young.”<br />

And the Brighton area, where she’s lived for<br />

25 years, was an ‘obvious’ setting for the<br />

series. “It’s such a great place for getting an<br />

atmosphere,” she says. “I can’t imagine why<br />

anyone sets stuff anywhere else.”<br />

She’s been careful, of course, to get all the<br />

period details correct, including linguistic<br />

conventions of the era. And, I imagine, her<br />

proof-readers won’t have had too much work to<br />

do, correcting her grammar and punctuation.<br />

Though she doesn’t consider herself a<br />

zero tolerance ‘stickler’: “I do put relevant<br />

apostrophes in text messages,” she admits, “but<br />

predictive text often takes them out again.”<br />

Alex Leith<br />

Lynne’s speaking at Shoreham Wordfest,<br />

<strong>September</strong> 28th. The Festival runs from 7 Sep to<br />

13 Oct. shorehamwordfest.com<br />


Family<br />

Raceday<br />

Sunday 22nd <strong>September</strong><br />

Gates Open 12noon • First Race 2:15pm • Last Race 5:15pm<br />

Entertainment<br />

Fun Fair, Food and Drink Concessions,<br />

Picnic Area, Hospitality Options,<br />

Restaurants, Betting Facilities.<br />

Free Entertainment<br />

Mascot Race, Derby Horse Hoppers, Face<br />

Painting, Sussex Falconry Static Display,<br />

Rodeo Bull, Farm Yard Softplay.<br />

Plus many more attractions!<br />

Tickets from £14<br />

in advance!<br />

Tel. 01273 890383 | racing@plumptonracecourse.co.uk<br />

www.plumptonracecourse.co.uk<br />

Poppy<br />

& Branch<br />

appearing at<br />



Fame, Feminism and Firearms<br />

Highlighting the bigger issues<br />

When Valerie Solanas shot Andy Warhol in<br />

1968 she couldn’t have known that years later<br />

the incident would be seen as the first #TimesUp<br />

moment. The parallels between what led to<br />

that violent act and how women live today are<br />

the subject of Femme Fatale, a cabaret-play set<br />

in the Pop Art world of the 1960s. The play<br />

poses essential questions about art, agency and<br />

women’s control over their bodies and stories.<br />

Written and performed by Polly Wiseman and<br />

co-starring Sophie Olivia, Femme Fatale is a<br />

sensory collage of dialogue, film and music. It<br />

imagines a meeting between two contrasting<br />

‘outsider’ women: Velvet Underground singer<br />

Nico, and Solanas, author of the SCUM<br />

Manifesto. Wiseman says she “wanted to write<br />

about these two characters because in lots<br />

of ways they’re quite unlikeable… and then<br />

I realised that they’d both been in the same<br />

Warhol movie so I thought ‘Let’s put them in a<br />

room together and see.’”<br />

Coming from very different backgrounds –<br />

Nico was seen as Warhol’s muse while Solanas<br />

believed he was stealing her work and using<br />

it to publicly humiliate her – the two provide<br />

a perfect jumping-off point for exploring the<br />

way women’s lives have been controlled and<br />

damaged by the patriarchy. Beginning with<br />

Nico and Solanas’s experiences as part of the<br />

Arts Factory movement the play encourages<br />

us to zoom out and ask questions about wider<br />

systemic and structural inequalities. Yet despite<br />

the serious subject matter Wiseman is keen to<br />

show the play’s humour, “because once you start<br />

talking about feminism it sounds like it’s going<br />

to be terribly earnest and dour. But really what<br />

attracted me to Solanas and her manifesto was<br />

that it was funny.”<br />

The play transports us back to another time<br />

and place that, with its colour, experimentation<br />

and violence, makes an entertaining backdrop<br />

against which to illuminate bigger issues. The<br />

multimedia format fits with the Pop Art “feast<br />

of the senses” aesthetic, but Wiseman also<br />

wants us to look to the future. She is hosting a<br />

workshop in which she hopes to create a new<br />

feminist manifesto for now – inviting women<br />

(including trans women and non-binary people)<br />

to contribute ideas to help tackle inequality.<br />

The manifesto will travel with the play, with<br />

additional workshops in each town.<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> is the perfect place to perform Femme<br />

Fatale, says Wiseman: “It’s a radical town… full<br />

of independent thinkers who question things,<br />

fight for what they believe in; they like a good<br />

time. And it’s my home town.” She went to<br />

Chailey School and studied Drama at college in<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong>, setting up her own drama group at 19<br />

before going to RADA. When she realised how<br />

hard it was to find good roles for women she set<br />

up the Fireraisers Theatre Company.<br />

The show promises to be thought-provoking,<br />

funny and furious. See you in the front row.<br />

Lulah Ellender<br />

Femme Fatale is at 2pm on 29th <strong>September</strong> at<br />

the Depot Cinema. The manifesto workshop is<br />

at 10am-1pm on 26th <strong>September</strong> at the Depot<br />

Cinema. fireraisers.org.uk/news/femme_fatale<br />


# HolidayInspirations Show


A Gude Cause Maks A Strong Erm by Martin Laird<br />

WOFFF<br />

Tackling invisibility<br />

With or Without You by Angela Prudenzi<br />

WOFFF – the Women Over 50 Film Festival –<br />

is about to have its fifth outing. It’s running at<br />

Depot from 20th-22nd <strong>September</strong>. I sat down<br />

with founder Nuala O’Sullivan to hear all her<br />

inspiring reasons why.<br />

“I started WOFFF with a pal in Brighton”, she<br />

says. “I was a writer and producer frustrated at<br />

what wasn’t happening for me and others. I really<br />

felt the invisibility of being a woman over 50.”<br />

So WOFFF “celebrates older women in front<br />

of and behind the camera”. Every film that<br />

shows at the festival either stars or is made –<br />

meaning written, directed or produced – by a<br />

woman over 50.<br />

Nuala is thrilled the festival, for the second time,<br />

is at Depot. “It’s such a fantastic set-up,” she<br />

says. “The Depot screams Festival!” She’s clearly<br />

passionate about WOFFF and the platform<br />

it’s now providing. “If you build it, people will<br />

come.” And come they have.<br />

WOFFF screens mainly short films: that’s its<br />

focus, a medium Nuala herself appreciates and<br />

works in. When I ask, what’s the relation of a<br />

short to a feature film, she says “It’s like a short<br />

story compared with a novel.<br />

“Shorts – which tend to be up to about 20<br />

minutes long – are filled with micro touches – all<br />

films are, of course – but screening these shorts,<br />

we see such gems. And shorts can be exciting too.<br />

Often you get to see people’s work before they<br />

become well known. So one year we showed The<br />

Farmer’s Wife, a short by Francis Lee starring<br />

Geraldine James. That was before his breakout<br />

feature, God’s Own Country. And we see really<br />

astonishing, varied work in shorts from countries<br />

like Afghanistan, Taiwan and Iran” she tells me.<br />

Highlighting and fighting sexism and ageism<br />

is one struggle of older women but of course<br />

younger women face similar but different issues.<br />

“Older women become invisible whereas younger<br />

women can feel horribly scrutinised: we need to<br />

get together, compare notes, and support each<br />

other. Older women are full of resourcefulness<br />

and resilience. They’re often overlooked despite<br />

the richness of their stories.” Nuala, quoting<br />

Ashton Applewhite (from This Chair Rocks: A<br />

Manifesto Against Ageism), says, “Ageism is just<br />

discrimination against your older self.”<br />

So how does the Festival unfold? “From<br />

more than 220 submissions we’ve selected 60<br />

short films to show at Depot over the festival<br />

weekend.”<br />

There is also a host of workshops – such as how<br />

to make a film on your mobile phone and how<br />

to write older female characters. “We want<br />

everyone to feel welcome – that’s why we subtitle<br />

all 60 of the shorts we screen. We want to make<br />

sure deaf and hard of hearing people, who are<br />

often older, feel included at WOFFF.” There are<br />

free events too, including a lecture by Professor<br />

Brenda R Weber from Indiana University. Free<br />

events have been part of WOFFF since it started<br />

in 2015. “Getting older often means dealing with<br />

poverty and isolation,” says Nuala. “Inclusivity is<br />

part of WOFFF’s DNA.”<br />

I loved talking to her. Nuala O’Sullivan is one<br />

inspiring woman. Charlotte Gann<br />

wofff.co.uk<br />



The Goldfinch, Stangers on a Train, Stand by Me<br />

Film ’19<br />

Dexter Lee’s cinema round-up<br />

There are two long-awaited blockbusters<br />

hitting the Depot screens in <strong>September</strong>. The<br />

big-screen version of Downton Abbey – featuring<br />

most of the TV cast and a few new faces,<br />

including Imelda Staunton – starts on the 13th,<br />

and John Crowley’s adaptation of Donna Tartt’s<br />

unputdownable Pulitzer-winning novel The<br />

Goldfinch, starring Ansel ‘Babyface’ Elgort and<br />

Nicole Kidman, starts its run on the 27th.<br />

But this column’s aim is to focus on the oneoffs<br />

that might otherwise pass you by. Included<br />

is Strangers on a Train (2nd), Alfred Hitchcock’s<br />

1951 adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s taut<br />

psychological thriller, starring Farley Granger<br />

and Robert Walker, the two ‘strangers’ in<br />

question, who concoct a complicated murder<br />

plot on a long-distance train ride. It was a big<br />

success after four consecutive Hitch-flops, and<br />

has dated well.<br />

On the 3rd is the latest dementia-friendly offering,<br />

which should have the crowd happily<br />

singing along to classics like New York, New<br />

York. Yes, it’s On the Town, that frenetic musical<br />

that sees three sailors – including Frank Sinatra<br />

and Gene Kelly – hit the Big Apple on 24-hour<br />

shore leave, discovering what a wonderful town<br />

it is, when the Bronx is up and the Battery’s<br />

down (and where people ride in a hole in the<br />

ground). Leonard Bernstein, take a bow.<br />

And I’m looking forward to the latest book-tofilm<br />

offering, Stand by Me, the 1986 coming-of<br />

age movie based on Stephen King’s 1982 novella<br />

The Body. Rob Reiner directs; among the<br />

cast is a very young River Phoenix. If you saw it<br />

back then, you’re unlikely to have forgotten the<br />

leach scene… By contrast, Irving Rapper’s Now,<br />

Voyager, starring Bette Davis, is on the 18th.<br />

Phoebe Waller-Bridge originally wrote Fleabag<br />

as a one-woman show at the Edinburgh Fringe<br />

and, after the success of her bawdy dark comedy<br />

on the TV, she’s adapted it again for a brief<br />

West-End run. Depot’s NT Live screening of<br />

the drama (12th) sold out in minutes, hot priest<br />

or no hot priest, and a second as-live screening<br />

(28th) did the same. A third showing has been<br />

added on October 5th: but (if you’re not already<br />

too late) get your skates on if you want a ticket.<br />

This summer’s Supper Club screening of the<br />

Ukrainian film, Sergei Loznitsa’s Donbass was<br />

postponed, and will now be showing on the<br />

18th. The film is a high-octane Emir Kusturica-style<br />

black comedy set in the recent war.<br />

The WOFFF is back (27th and 28th), with<br />

two programmes of short films made by, or<br />

prominently featuring, one or more women<br />

over 50, and the welcome return of the Women<br />

at War feature on the Sunday. Sponsors include<br />

Mother’s Ruin Gin. See page 47.<br />

Finally, there’s a mini-series of classic 60s/70s<br />

cop movies taking place. On the 19th Steve<br />

McQueen stars in Bullitt; on the 24th a young<br />

Gene Hackman fronts The French Connection,<br />

and on the 29th it’s Clint Eastwood’s turn in<br />

Dirty Harry. Feel very lucky, punks.<br />



Heritage Open Days<br />

Sharing our history<br />

Heritage is the specialist subject of Adams<br />

& Remers Partner Suzanne Bowman. “I got<br />

involved in [something called] the Listed Property<br />

Owners Club ten plus years ago”, she tells me.<br />

“Today, I provide advice to their members – on<br />

subjects from ‘I have bats, what should I do?’,<br />

to interfering neighbours, and conservation<br />

officers. It’s a bit like the Citizens Advice Bureau<br />

– I am the lawyer – but for citizens living in or<br />

contemplating buying listed houses.<br />

“Quite often, people take on these properties<br />

without understanding the implications or<br />

having these explained to them. I tend to be<br />

quite stern about it, but if they’re tinkering<br />

without permissions, it’s actually criminal so it’s<br />

important. And it’s not just lay clients who don’t<br />

understand; nor do many professionals.<br />

“We hold conferences, and give talks, to raise<br />

awareness. Our heritage is precious – post-war<br />

so many properties were pulled down and lost.<br />

We have to preserve what’s survived.”<br />

Sue’s role in the club sits alongside her work<br />

as Partner at Adams & Remers. And Adams &<br />

Remers itself is housed in a listed property –<br />

Trinity House, in School Hill. This is one of at<br />

least 18 properties opening their doors to the<br />

public this month, as part of Heritage Open<br />

Days, organised for the last nine years by the<br />

Friends of <strong>Lewes</strong>.<br />

Trinity House was originally the site of the<br />

Church of the Holy Trinity, owned by the<br />

Priory. From the 14th century, it was known<br />

as Church House for about a century before<br />

reverting, under the ownership of the Trayton<br />

family, to Trinity House.<br />

“The Queen Anne front is deceptive,” Sue<br />

tells me. “The building has layers and layers of<br />

history. The Armoury, in the roof, for instance,<br />

Photo by Charlotte Gann<br />

still has pike staff holders – that’s from the Civil<br />

War. Oh, and we have a ghost. When people<br />

are working here in winter late at night, it’s not<br />

uncommon to hear strange noises and that can<br />

be unsettling!…<br />

“Today, we’re one of the last firms of lawyers<br />

left in the High Street. Adams & Remers has<br />

been in this building for more than 100 years.<br />

We definitely support the idea of Heritage Open<br />

Days – and it’s a great list. I’ve been in quite<br />

a few of the buildings – including the Prison,<br />

where I had to visit Reggie Kray! It’d be great<br />

if even more buildings opened their doors. We<br />

are privileged to be looking after these listed<br />

buildings, and it’s important to share them.”<br />

Trinity House and the other properties will<br />

be open for free tours for the public over the<br />

weekend of 12th to 15th <strong>September</strong>. The list<br />

includes the Town Hall, the Law Courts, the<br />

Prison, Barbican House, Southover Grange and<br />

Westgate Chapel. Also, some private residences,<br />

including Sussex House, the Round House in<br />

Pipe Passage, and The Croft, beside County<br />

Hall. There are also a number of other events<br />

and Heritage Walks over the weekend.<br />

Charlotte Gann<br />

12th-15th <strong>September</strong>. Pick up a leaflet at the<br />

Tourist Information Centre.<br />

heritageopendays.org.uk; friends-of-lewes.org.uk<br />


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Pallant House<br />

Three exhibitions<br />

Two of the three current temporary exhibitions<br />

at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester are<br />

part of Insiders / Outsiders, a nationwide arts<br />

festival running until March 2020, celebrating<br />

the contribution made by refugees from Nazi<br />

Europe to British culture. There are two singleroom<br />

displays, one devoted to Walter Nessler,<br />

the other to Grete Marks. Neither household<br />

names, of course, but regular visitors to Pallant<br />

House will know of Nessler if only because<br />

of his strange, almost apocalyptic vision of<br />

Haverstock Hill (1938) that has been on loan to<br />

the gallery from a Private Collection since 2006.<br />

And before that he featured in Alien Nation:<br />

Immigrant Artists in Britain, an exhibition that<br />

Pallant put on in 2003. Walter Nessler came to<br />

this country in 1937 with his wife Prudence,<br />

daughter of the Arts and Crafts architect CR<br />

Ashbee. The couple had met when Prudence<br />

was studying dance at the Mary Wigman<br />

School in Dresden where Nessler was painting<br />

stage sets. He was briefly interned in Liverpool<br />

before being released in <strong>September</strong> 1940 on the<br />

intercession of his wife’s parents. He then joined<br />

the Pioneer Corps. His marriage broke down<br />

in 1947, but he apparently remained on the best<br />

of terms with his mother-in-law whom he often<br />

visited in Morecambe. Interestingly, the couple<br />

of studies of Morecambe Bay on show are, to my<br />

mind, of more artistic vitality than his paintings<br />

of Paris and Spain which are pleasant enough<br />

but rather formulaic.<br />

I had never heard of Grete Marks. Born<br />

in Cologne, she studied art there and in<br />

Düsseldorf before gaining entry to the Weimar<br />

Bauhaus. There she studied ceramics, but soon<br />

clashed with her teacher and left the school<br />

after just one year. Together with her first<br />

husband she established Haël Werkstätten,<br />

a modernist ceramics factory near Berlin.<br />

After her husband’s sudden death in 1928 she<br />

took over the running of the factory. She fled<br />

to England in 1936 and found employment<br />

at Mintons pottery in Stoke-on-Trent. She<br />

later set up the Greta Pottery. Some of her<br />

ceramics are on display but the main focus of<br />

the exhibition is a group of portrait drawings<br />

that Pallant House has recently acquired. She<br />

had a very original style and some of them are<br />

beautiful. Cataloguing work is obviously still<br />

going on. One portrait, for example, that is<br />

titled ‘Hebrew Teacher’ when reproduced in<br />

the Pallant House magazine is identified in the<br />

exhibition as the Ukrainian born pianist Leff<br />

Nicolas Pouishnoff.<br />

The main exhibition at Pallant (until 13<br />

October) is devoted to Ivon Hitchens. In his<br />

introduction to the Penguin Modern Painters<br />

volume on Hitchens (1955) Patrick Heron wrote:<br />

‘I should like to express, if it is possible, some<br />

part of the purely pictorial excitement which<br />

the experience of seeing his works has so often<br />

afforded me; and which has prompted me in<br />

the past to make the claim that, all things<br />

considered, Hitchens is the most considerable<br />

English painter of his generation.’<br />

This marvellous show gives us all the<br />

opportunity to experience that pictorial<br />

excitement for ourselves. Not to be missed!<br />

David Jarman<br />

Ivon Hitchens, Flowers, 1942, Pallant House Gallery<br />

© The Estate of Ivon Hitchens<br />


Sundays from 7th April - 27th October<br />

Experience the extraordinary atmosphere of<br />

the Sussex home and garden of the Surrealists<br />

Lee Miller & Roland Penrose.<br />

50 minute guided house tour tickets available<br />

online or in the gallery on arrival.<br />

Muddles Green, Chiddingly<br />

East Sussex, BN8 6HW<br />

Tel: 01825 872856<br />

www.farleyshouseandgallery.co.uk<br />

@ FarleysHG<br />


Rhythms of land and heart<br />

7 – 29 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2019</strong><br />

The Blue Room<br />

WaterCourse, 65 High Street, <strong>Lewes</strong>, BN7 1XG<br />

Friday to Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm (or by appointment)<br />



Hong Kong Sunrise by Jessica Zoob<br />

Oil painting on board<br />

For about three years, I’ve been spending<br />

half of my time in Sussex and half in Hong<br />

Kong, where my husband works. Hong Kong<br />

was meant to be a total respite for me but in<br />

the end I couldn’t really do that and I started<br />

working. I’ve created a collection of around<br />

40 works called Inspired by Asia, which are the<br />

result of my travels around Hong Kong and<br />

also across India, Vietnam, Indonesia and<br />

many other countries.<br />

Of all the paintings in the collection, this is<br />

the one that most encapsulates Hong Kong.<br />

It’s also probably one of the most figurative<br />

pieces. Where we live, on Lantau Island, it’s<br />

really mountainous and there are 12-foot<br />

pythons and spiders that I think are the biggest<br />

in the world – it’s an adventure. You have to<br />

take a boat across to the city, and when you<br />

get there it’s so colourful and vibrant, such<br />

a melting pot. There’s every kind of person<br />

wearing every kind of clothing and there’s<br />

always music and dancing.<br />

When the sun comes up in Hong Kong,<br />

you can see it in a way that you never see it<br />

anywhere else. It’s just enormous and it’s so<br />

present – it’s quite extraordinary. And because<br />

the air is so hazy you can really look at it.<br />

So I wanted to give a sense of all of it: the<br />

mountains and the peaks and the sun.<br />

My life in Hong Kong is a really stark<br />

contrast to my life in Sussex and my work<br />

here. The work that I’ve created in this<br />

studio is very meditative, very peaceful, very<br />

landscape-inspired, whereas the work I’ve<br />

done in Asia is much more dense and rough<br />

around the edges. Asia is incredibly beautiful<br />

and incredibly inspiring, but it’s also very<br />

confronting. I think you can see that reflected<br />

in the collection.<br />

It’s nice to be working small again because<br />

recently a lot of my pieces have been huge. I’ve<br />

got amazing loyal people who really love my<br />

work but when it gets too large it becomes<br />

physically out of reach and also financially out<br />

of reach for lots of people, and I don’t want<br />

that. This whole collection is made up of works<br />

that you can pick up and take home on the bus!<br />

As told to Rebecca Cunningham<br />

Inspired by Asia is on at Jessica’s studio in Banff<br />

Farm on the 21st and 22nd. jessicazoob.com<br />



3-6 October <strong>2019</strong><br />

The third Cuckfield Bookfest, to be held in the Queen’s<br />

Hall and the Old School, is packed with interesting<br />

speakers, workshops, children’s events, a literary quiz,<br />

and lots more besides. Authors include Robin Ince,<br />

Penelope Lively, Jenni Murray and Tim Waterstone.<br />

Greta Scacchi will be reading poetry at tea at<br />

Ockenden Manor, Peter Guttridge is running a crime<br />

writing workshop and John Crace will be providing<br />

a fascinating political view.<br />

For all ticket and programme information:<br />

www.cuckfieldbookfest.co.uk<br />

Buy tickets online with no booking fee:<br />

www.ticketsource.co.uk/cuckfieldbookfest<br />

A Landscape of Love<br />

by Sally-Mae Joseph<br />

A celebration of the life of her daughter<br />

Debby who died of cancer.<br />

<strong>September</strong> 21st-28th, 10am-5pm<br />

in the Flint Gallery<br />

The Crypt Gallery in Seaford is a contemporary venue<br />

for the arts managed independently by local volunteers.<br />

There are three spaces to hire:<br />

the 13c medieval undercroft, the Flint Gallery and the<br />

Cuckmere Room. Free to visit it is open all year.<br />

Crypt Gallery, 23 Church Street, Seaford, BN25 1HD | www.thecryptgallery.com

ART<br />

ART & ABOUT<br />

In town this month<br />

Claudia Wiegand<br />

The Summer<br />

Selfie exhibition<br />

continues at<br />

Chalk Gallery<br />

until the 23rd,<br />

when the gallery<br />

features the work<br />

of contemporary<br />

kiln-formed glass<br />

artist Claudia Wiegand. Indian Summer is<br />

a vibrant display of fused glass artworks and<br />

sculptures inspired by the cool blues and<br />

warm sunset hues of the summer’s end and<br />

Claudia’s passion for trees. Join her for a<br />

‘meet the artist’ event on Saturday 5th October<br />

from 2 to 4pm.<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> artist<br />

Samantha<br />

Stas holds<br />

her first solo<br />

exhibition<br />

at Paddock<br />

Studios this<br />

month. In You<br />

Are Here, Samantha<br />

uses<br />

her distinctive<br />

textile and<br />

embroidery pieces to create an engaging,<br />

humorous and thought-provoking insight<br />

into the menopause. Private view Fri 6th<br />

(6-9pm), 7th-8th (10am-4pm).<br />

The Star Life group of artists was founded over 25 years ago in the Star Brewery<br />

studios, united by their shared interest in working from the human figure.<br />

More recently they meet for untutored life drawing sessions at the All Saints<br />

Centre, and this month 15 of the artists hold a group exhibition at <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

House. Celebrating Life features around 50 of their drawings, prints and paintings.<br />

Thursday 26th (2pm-5pm), Friday 27th & Saturday 28th (10am-5pm) and<br />

Sunday 29th (10am-4pm).<br />

Lindy Dunbar<br />

Out of town<br />

Sally-Mae Joseph<br />

Guy Pickford spent 20 years working as a graphic designer and art<br />

director before throwing off the confines of the office job and taking<br />

to the road. Since then he’s been travelling the highways and byways<br />

of England and Europe in his camper van and mobile studio, painting<br />

as he goes. See an exhibition of<br />

his vibrant, impressionistic landscape<br />

paintings at The Yurt Gallery at<br />

Townings Farm Shop, in Chailey.<br />

Over at The Crypt Gallery in Seaford,<br />

local artist Sally-Mae Joseph exhibits her lively and colourful<br />

interpretations of local landscapes: a celebration of her daughter<br />

Debby Van Dyk, who lived locally with her family and who sadly<br />

died of cancer last year, at the age of 43. [thecryptgallery.com]<br />

Guy Pickford<br />


A<br />

ROYAL<br />


Visit the Saloon,<br />

the Royal<br />

Pavilion’s ornate<br />

centrepiece,<br />

restored to<br />

the dazzling<br />

splendour<br />

of 1823.<br />


Open daily (except 25 & 26 Dec)<br />

brightonmuseums.org.uk<br />

03000 290900<br />

Admission payable<br />

Members free<br />

Half price for Brighton<br />

& Hove Residents<br />

(proof required)

ART<br />

‘It is time that the spirit of fun was introduced into<br />

furniture and into fabrics. We have suffered too long<br />

from the dull and the stupidly serious.’ So said Roger<br />

Fry, when he set up the Omega Workshops in 1913 and<br />

invited many of the avant-garde artists of the day to<br />

create bold, colourful and abstract items for the home.<br />

Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant were both co-directors<br />

and designers for the Workshops and brought an array<br />

of Omega objects with them when they moved to<br />

Charleston in October 1916. From the 14th, Charleston<br />

hosts Post-Impressionist Living: The Omega Workshops Exhibition, marking 100 years since the<br />

workshops closed their doors.<br />

Lampstands with geometric decoration, designed and made by the Omega<br />

Workshops, 1913-1919. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.<br />

David Nash, Two Ubus,1998, oak and ash. Photo by Noel Brown, courtesy David Nash<br />

Over at Towner Gallery, from the 28th, an ambitious exhibition<br />

of works by sculptor David Nash fills all four of Towner’s<br />

major gallery spaces. 200 Seasons covers Nash’s career from the<br />

late 60s and explores his contribution to the British Sculpture<br />

and International Land Art movement. Towner is running a series<br />

of events alongside the Eastbourne & <strong>Lewes</strong> Walking Festival<br />

(20-29 <strong>September</strong>), which explore the relationship between<br />

art, walking and the landscape, including a conversation with<br />

David Nash, an artist-led twilight walk and much more besides.<br />

Morris & Co.<br />

Inspired by Natu re<br />

1 June - 10 November <strong>2019</strong><br />

Discover an exciting exhibition at<br />

Standen House and Garden that<br />

reveals the inspiration behind<br />

Morris & Co's iconic designs<br />

nationaltrust.org.uk/Standen<br />

Supported by Morris & Co.<br />

© National Trust <strong>2019</strong> . The National Trust is an<br />

independent registered charity, number 205846.<br />

'Trellis'. Standen © National Trust. Supplied by Morris & Co.<br />


Pottery Classes<br />

for Beginners<br />

Learn hand-building<br />

techniques and decorating<br />

skills in small groups at the<br />

Blue Door Studio behind the<br />

Union Music Store in <strong>Lewes</strong><br />


10am - 12.30pm starts Sept 7 th - 4 weeks<br />


10am - 12.30pm starts Sept 10 th - 4 weeks<br />


6pm - 8.30pm starts Sept 12 th - 4 weeks<br />

COST £45 PER CLASS<br />

Children’s workshops (aged 10yrs and up)<br />

during October half term week<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 />

The Star Life Group<br />

Celebrating Life<br />

an exhibition of<br />

life drawings at<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> House<br />

33 High Street<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong><br />

Out of town (cont)<br />

Also at Towner, over the weekend of 21st<br />

& 22nd, Mainstone Press return for their<br />

third Ink Paper + Print Fair for local makers,<br />

artists and illustrators. There will be 60 exhibitors<br />

showcasing a range of printmaking,<br />

artists’ books, 20th Century design, ceramics<br />

and contemporary crafts, with a series of<br />

talks and tours accompanying the exhibition.<br />

26 to 29 <strong>September</strong><br />

Thursday 26 Sept 2–5pm<br />

Friday 27 Sept 10am–5pm<br />

Saturday 28 Sept 10am–5pm<br />

Sunday 29 Sept 10am–4pm<br />

stargrouplifedrawing<br />

Continuing at Standen House in West Sussex,<br />

Morris & Co. Inspired by Nature explores<br />

the work of William Morris, the leading<br />

figure in the Arts & Crafts Movement in<br />

Britain. He designed some of the most recognisable<br />

textile and wallpaper patterns of the<br />

nineteenth century, exemplifying the popularity<br />

of bringing nature indoors, and was<br />

the creative force behind Morris & Co., who<br />

still produce his designs today. Many of his<br />

patterns were used throughout Standen – the<br />

Arts & Crafts house designed for the Beale<br />

family in the late 19th century – and this<br />

exhibition includes original drawings, tapestries<br />

and wallpaper blocks, and a recreation of<br />

Morris & Co.’s original showroom.<br />

[nationaltrust.org.uk/standen]<br />

(Pic above) Hall with Trellis wallpaper at Standen<br />

©National Trust Images/James Dobson


Photos by Rebecca Cunningham<br />


Marchand Son<br />

Colour and magic<br />

I like shops more than anything. My favourite<br />

shop would probably be Brodie and Middleton<br />

in London, which sells ‘theatrical chandlery’<br />

– all the sort of paraphernalia that you might<br />

need for making a set for somewhere like the<br />

Royal Opera House, or for all the theatres. It<br />

sells things like Dirty Down which is a spray for<br />

making things look old, and string and brushes<br />

and paints. That was always a shop that I was<br />

enamoured of and I wanted to own something a<br />

bit magical like that.<br />

I used to get all my pigments from the<br />

Netherlands so I thought the clogs were a<br />

good way to show the paints. They show the<br />

instability of colour and that it’s never the same,<br />

and there’s something about the Netherlands<br />

and paint; they have a historical connection<br />

because of the 17th-century art world when all<br />

the paint used to be made there. It was the home<br />

of paint-making.<br />

But I’m getting rid of the clogs. The Dutch<br />

theme has sort of worn off because now I get the<br />

pigments from all over the world. Now I pair all<br />

my colours with music. So this one is labelled<br />

‘La Grande Bouffe, La Chanson d’Hélène’. That<br />

tells you the film that I found it in and then the<br />

music that I pair it with. There’s a man in this<br />

film who’s wearing a rollneck that’s that colour.<br />

In this case the music is from the film, but in<br />

other cases, it might be a colour from a Jean-<br />

Luc Godard movie that I’ve paired with a David<br />

Bowie track. I’m going to make it a synaesthetic<br />

experience – the whole place. The jukebox<br />

will be filled with 100 colour cards, so you can<br />

choose a colour and press the button and you’ll<br />

hear the corresponding music.<br />

People give choosing colour this sort of<br />

ersatz logic which is rubbish. People come in<br />

with an interior design book and say ‘I’ve seen<br />

this colour’ – and you think, why would you<br />

want to paint your house like someone else’s?<br />

When I’m in London I’ll invariably go into a<br />

house and they’ll have painted the whole place<br />

in Hague Blue and then say ‘we thought we’d<br />

do something a bit different’. They all look the<br />

same to me. But the weird thing is everyone’s<br />

striving to do something individual. To do<br />

something individual, you have to be impulsive,<br />

because then you don’t give it too much<br />

thought. You don’t step into line.<br />

There’s a perfectly good reason to paint<br />

your room in... this colour, and that’s because<br />

you love The Shining and that’s the colour of the<br />

hallway in the film. So that colour will form part<br />

of my ‘Stanley Kubrick’ collection. And then<br />

you’ll be able to buy the colours of the Stanley<br />

Kubrick collection in a box, called the box set.<br />

It’s going to be really big, I’m telling you!<br />

As told to Rebecca Cunningham by Simon March<br />

30-31 Station Street, marchandson.co.uk<br />


<strong>September</strong> 21st - October 5th <strong>2019</strong><br />





Sat 7 th & Sun 8 th , 10am-4pm<br />


www.chiddinglyfestival.co.uk<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong><br />

Little<br />

Theatre<br />

By Alan Ayckbourn<br />

Directed by Juliet Hartnett<br />

Friday 20 – Saturday 28<br />

<strong>September</strong> 7:45pm excl<br />

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22<br />

<strong>September</strong>. Matinees Saturdays<br />

21 & 28 <strong>September</strong> 2:45pm.<br />

www.lewestheatre.org<br />

Box Office: 01273 474826<br />

£12/Members £8<br />

Haunting<br />


Sept listings<br />

SUNDAY 1<br />

A Midsummer Night’s Dream. An evening<br />

of open-air theatre presented by Chapterhouse<br />

Theatre Company. Wakehurst, 7.30pm,<br />

£16/£11.<br />


To the Moon. VR<br />

experience created by<br />

artists Laurie Anderson<br />

and Hsin-Chien Huang<br />

to commemorate the<br />

50th anniversary of the<br />

moon landing. Attenborough<br />

Centre, £5, various times, see: www.<br />

attenboroughcentre.com.<br />

TUESDAY 3<br />

Life Drawing. Regular drop-in<br />

session, bring your own materials.<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Arms, 7.30pm, £5 (also<br />

on Tuesday 17th).<br />


U3A Open Day. Opportunity to discover the<br />

many courses, activities and social events open<br />

to retired or semi-retired people. Town Hall<br />

Corn Exchange, 10am to 12noon, u3asites.org.<br />

uk/lewes.<br />

FRIDAY 6<br />

Film: Shoplifters (15). All Saints, 8pm,<br />

£5/£2.50.<br />

FRIDAY 6 – SUNDAY 8<br />

Mad Hatters Affair. Festival with music, talks,<br />

workshops, vegan food and more. Raising funds<br />

for Friends of Chema Kizzi, a charity working<br />

in Sierra Leone to build schools and protect<br />

wildlife. Bramley Farm, Polegate, see madhattersaffair.com<br />

for info and tickets. See page 39.<br />

SATURDAY 7<br />

Storytelling Taster Day. Immerse yourself in<br />

spoken-word storytelling for a day, with listening,<br />

discussion and having a go yourself. Led by<br />

professional storyteller Jamie Crawford. Subud<br />

Centre, 10am-4pm, £60 (incl refreshments),<br />

jamiecrawfordstorytelling.com.<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Electric Car<br />

Show. Featuring a wide<br />

range of pure electric and<br />

hybrid cars, this year the<br />

show will also include<br />

electric bikes and scooters. Harvey’s Brewery<br />

rear yard, 10.30am-2.30pm. See page 28.<br />

Songs of Nature. Musicians<br />

from different backgrounds<br />

share their music<br />

that has been inspired<br />

by nature, with Shirley<br />

Collins & Pip Barnes,<br />

Blue Jambalaya, Lucinda<br />

Houghton, Iain Paxon,<br />

Danny Webb and more<br />

tbc. A benefit concert for the Railway Land<br />

Wildlife Trust. Linklater Pavilion, 7pm, £10.<br />

Bernard Shaw Invites YOU. One-man show<br />

at All Saints, 3pm and 8pm, £13, £15 on the<br />

door. See page 41.<br />


West Dean Dovecote Heritage Weekend.<br />

‘Live’ WW2 Canadian radio station, dovecote<br />

& 1597 terrace tours, market stalls with produce,<br />

tea & homemade cake. Dovecote Garden,<br />

Seaford, 10am-4pm, free entry and parking.<br />

MONDAY 9<br />

Extinction Rebellion Malling Rec Beach<br />

Picnic. Learn about Extinction Rebellion and<br />

the potential impact of sea level rise. <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

Malling Recreational Ground, 12pm-3pm, free.<br />


Grand Opening<br />

Friday 6th Sept, from 6pm<br />

Turkish baths, 35 Friars Walk, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Mayor John Lamb will cut the<br />

ribbon at 6.30pm – all welcome<br />

Come and see how we have renovated<br />

this unique building into our Centre<br />

for Yoga, Wellbeing and the Arts<br />

FREE classes all weekend<br />

www.lewesfoodmarket.co.uk<br />


Sept listings (cont.)<br />

Stories Behind <strong>Lewes</strong> Town Hall Paintings.<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> History Group talk with Sarah Bayliss<br />

and Wenda Bradley, who will reveal much<br />

about the artists, benefactors and recent restoration<br />

of paintings in the Town Hall, as well as<br />

the history of the town with images of subjects.<br />

King’s Church, 7pm for 7.30pm, £3/£1.<br />

years, and what it means to die well. With<br />

displays from local organisations and groups,<br />

and the opportunity to chat to local experts<br />

and seek their advice. The TRINITY Centre,<br />

St John sub Castro, 1pm-4pm, free.<br />

THURSDAY 12<br />

TUESDAY 10<br />

WEDNESDAY 11<br />

Carolyn Trant: Lasting<br />

Impressions. Local<br />

painter and maker of<br />

‘artists books’ discusses<br />

her work, accompanied<br />

by projected images. All<br />

Saints, 7.45pm, £10/£8.<br />

Live Better, Die Better. A safe space to<br />

explore both what it means to live well in later<br />

Photo coutery of Reeves<br />

Brexit: why we need the facts. Talk by<br />

broadcaster Gavin Esler discussing key aspects<br />

of Brexit and its impact on the UK. The talk<br />

will be followed by a chaired Q&A session<br />

with the audience. King’s Church, 8pm, £5.<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> High<br />

Street: Retail<br />

Retold. Illustrated<br />

talk by Tom<br />

Reeves. Trinity<br />

Church, Southover,<br />

7.45pm, £3<br />

(free to members of Friends of <strong>Lewes</strong>).

Sept listings (cont.)<br />

FRIDAY 13<br />

Let’s Get Funked. Funk, soul and reggae party.<br />

All Saints, 7.30pm, £6.<br />

The Ripple presents: Lords and New<br />

Creatures. The poetry of Jim Morrison read<br />

by Unique Voices, with programmed music by<br />

X Piano/Sex Kult. Westgate Chapel, 8pm, £6.<br />

See page 79.<br />

SATURDAY 14<br />

Cherry Soup – True and Not So True Tales<br />

of the South Downs. One-person show<br />

performed with text, music and humour, asking<br />

questions about the past, present and future of<br />

the Park. Depot, 1pm, free.<br />

Pells All Out Swim for Charity. Swim and<br />

raise funds for the charity of your choice. Pells<br />

chosen charity is NSPCC. See pellspool.org.uk<br />

for more info.<br />

SATURDAY 14 & SUNDAY 15<br />

Mrs Dudeney’s Diary. Play reading of Mike<br />

Turner’s dramatisation of the diaries which have<br />

been edited by Diana Crook. Fitzroy House,<br />

7.30pm, £12.50 includes glass of wine (Sat) &<br />

3pm, £7 (Sun). Call 01273 476499 for reservations.<br />

TUESDAY 17<br />

Ian Marchant: One<br />

Fine Day. Talk with<br />

Newhaven-born writer<br />

and counter-cultural<br />

commentator Ian<br />

Marchant. All Saints,<br />

7.45pm, £10/£8.<br />

Celebrating 20 years of loving<br />

care, help us raise £20,000<br />

Support us by setting up a regular gift or attending one of our events<br />

13th <strong>September</strong> |<br />

Party at Bevern View |<br />

From 12:30pm<br />

29th <strong>September</strong> |<br />

Thanks Giving Service |<br />

From 10:30am<br />

For more information: www.beverntrust.org<br />

The Bevern Trust ,Bevern View, The Willows,Barcombe, BN8 5FJ, Registered Charity no.1103520<br />

8th November |<br />

Anniversary Dinner |<br />

booking required

£199<br />


4-8TH MARCH 2020<br />

Trek through Transylvania for St Peter<br />

& St James Hospice!<br />

Experience a spectacular snowshoe-trek to the frosty forests<br />

and mountains of wild Transylvania, and discover a pristine<br />

Winter Wonderland.<br />

For more information please visit www.stpjhospice.org<br />

or call 01444 470726.

Sept listings (cont.)<br />

FRIDAY 20<br />

Herbal Thymes. A Friends<br />

of Anne of Cleves House<br />

talk by herbalist Kym<br />

Murden. Anne of Cleves’,<br />

7.30 pm, £8 (£5 members)<br />

contact annacrabtree1@hotmail.com.<br />

Film: Leave No Trace (PG). All Saints, 8pm,<br />

£5/£2.50.<br />

FRIDAY 20 - SATURDAY 28<br />

Haunting Julia. Three-hander ghost story by<br />

Alan Ayckbourn. <strong>Lewes</strong> Little Theatre, see lewestheatre.org<br />

for times and prices.<br />

FRIDAY 20 – SUNDAY 29<br />

Eastbourne and <strong>Lewes</strong> Walking Festival. See<br />

page 37 and eastbourneandleweswalkfest.org for<br />

calendar of events.<br />

SATURDAY 21<br />

Immersive Rhythm <strong>2019</strong>.<br />

Community day drumming<br />

event. All levels welcome, drums<br />

provided. Sixth <strong>Lewes</strong> Scout Hut,<br />

Ham Lane, 11.30am-5pm, £20<br />

(£15 early bird), contact<br />

thesussexdrum@gmail.com.<br />

SATURDAY 21 & SUNDAY 22<br />

Cats Protection open weekend. National Cat<br />

Centre, Haywards Heath, cats.org.uk/ncac<br />

SUNDAY 22<br />

Baldwins Travel Holiday Inspirations Show. East<br />

Sussex National Hotel, Uckfield, 10am-3pm, free.<br />

TUESDAY 24<br />

Film: Free Solo (15). Documentary about free<br />

soloist climber Alex Honnold. All Saints, 8pm,<br />

£5/£2.50.<br />

SUNDAY 29<br />

Freedom From Torture Annual South Downs<br />

Walk. Three country, coastal walks with different<br />

levels of ease and starting points but ending together<br />

in East Dean Village Hall for a cream tea<br />

in aid of national charity Freedom From Torture.<br />

See freedomfromtorture.org.<br />

Femme Fatale, play at the Depot. 2pm. See pg 45.<br />



Repair Café. Take along damaged clothes, broken<br />

electrical appliances, bicycles, china, jewellery<br />

and more. Tea, coffee and cake will be available.<br />

Landport Community Hub, 2pm-5pm, no charge<br />

is made but donations are welcome. See page 21.<br />

Sausage ‘n’ Cider Festival. Third year of the<br />

festival, with sausage, cider and entertainment.<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Town Hall, 4pm, £8.<br />

Comedy at Chiddingly Festival. Star of Mock<br />

the Week, Q.I. and Live at the Apollo, Andy<br />

Parsons discusses all things Brexit. Chiddingly<br />

Village Hall, 7pm, £25.<br />

Turn overleaf for a map of the latest<br />

Reeves lightbox exhibition, running Thursday<br />

5 to Sunday 29 <strong>September</strong>.<br />

You can pick up copies of the map at the<br />

participating venues.<br />




Market St.<br />

Fisher St.<br />

27<br />

21<br />

26<br />

20<br />

Castle Gate<br />

51,52<br />

36,37<br />

Westgate St.<br />

High St.<br />

St Andrew’s Ln<br />

34,35<br />

43<br />

32,33<br />

38<br />

30,31<br />

28<br />

29<br />

25<br />

24 2322<br />

53<br />

48<br />

46,47<br />

44,45<br />

49,50<br />

77-79<br />

76<br />

74<br />

75<br />

73<br />

71,72<br />

67<br />

68<br />

65,66<br />

69<br />

70<br />

63,64<br />

62<br />

59<br />

60<br />

61<br />

57,58<br />

St Martin’s Ln.<br />

55<br />

56<br />

54<br />

Watergate Ln.<br />

39<br />

Station St.<br />

40,41<br />

St Swithun’s Ter.<br />

Southover Rd.<br />

Keere St.<br />

An exhibition of 80 pictures displayed as lightboxes along the length of<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> High Street.<br />

5 <strong>September</strong> - 29 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2019</strong><br />

The images come from the archive of Edward Reeves Photography, the<br />

world’s oldest surviving photographic studio, and show pictures of the town<br />

and people of <strong>Lewes</strong> taken in the High Street from 1860 - 1960. The Lightbox<br />

Project started in 2014, and since then has mounted annual exhibitions placed<br />

in windows up and down the streets of <strong>Lewes</strong>.<br />

Station Rd.<br />

42<br />

“Retail Retold” focuses on the importance of the High Street, which is central<br />

to the social and economic life of our community. Special emphasis is given to<br />

the more sustainable way in which previous generations traded and shopped,<br />

and highlights ever changing lifestyles.<br />

Priory St.<br />

Mountfield Rd.<br />

Digital technology allows scans of the original glass plates to be enlarged to<br />

reveal previously unnoticed details.

Eastgate St.<br />

Malling St.<br />

15<br />

19<br />

Albion St.<br />

High St.<br />

18<br />

17<br />

16<br />

Friars Walk<br />

14<br />

13<br />

10-12<br />

9<br />

8 7 6<br />

5<br />

Cliffe High St.<br />

4<br />

Foundry Ln.<br />

3<br />

2<br />

Morris Rd.<br />

1<br />

South St.<br />

Lansdown Pl.<br />

1 - Roundabout Dress Agency<br />

2 - Alistair Fleming Design<br />

3 - Louis Potts & Company<br />

4 - The Cliffe Antiques Centre<br />

5 - Goldfinch’s Dry Cleaners<br />

6 - The Outdoor Shop <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

7 - Percy’s Fishing Tackle<br />

8 - Browns Hair & Beauty<br />

9 - Cycleshack<br />

10, 11 & 12 - Harvey’s Brewery Shop<br />

13 - Wilson Wilson & Hancock<br />

14 - Waterstones<br />

15 - St Peter & St James Hospice<br />

16 - Lounge of <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

17 - Boon Books<br />

18 - Luggage Etc. <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

19 - Strutt & Parker<br />

20 - White Stuff<br />

21 - Closet & Botts<br />

22 - Bone Clothing<br />

23 - Twinkle Twinkle<br />

24 - Barbican Carpets<br />

25 - Crew Clothing<br />

26 - SCDA<br />

27 - The Patch<br />

28 - Cooper & Son<br />

29 - H A Baker Ltd<br />

30 & 31 - The Shoe Gallery<br />

32 & 33 - <strong>Lewes</strong> Town Hall<br />

34 & 35 - Tourist Information Centre<br />

36 & 37 - Stanley & Partners<br />

38 - Flint<br />

39 - Marchand Son<br />

40 & 41 - The <strong>Lewes</strong> Print Centre<br />

42 - Self Storage Space<br />

43 - The Martlets Hospice Shop<br />

44 & 45 - The White Hart Hotel<br />

46 & 47 - Kings Framers<br />

48 - St Peter & St James Hospice<br />

49 & 50 - Nationwide Building Society<br />

51 & 52 - Paul Clark Womenswear<br />

53 - The Laurels<br />

54 - Rowland Gorringe<br />

55 - Foundation Stage Forum Ltd.<br />

56 - Beckworths<br />

57 & 58 - British Heart Foundation<br />

59 - Paul Clark Menswear<br />

60 - Freight HHG<br />

61 - Bonne Bouche<br />

62 - Balm<br />

63 & 64 - Independent Mortgage Matters<br />

65 & 66 - The Workshop<br />

67 - 160 High Street<br />

68 - Edward Reeves Photography<br />

69 - A & Y Cumming<br />

70 - Brats<br />

71 & 72 - The Guild of Master Craftsmen<br />

73 - The Brewers Arms<br />

74 - Room Interiors<br />

75 - The Tom Paine Printing Press<br />

76 - 96 High Street<br />

77, 78 & 79 - Baltica<br />

Map copyright Isaac Reeves

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42 High Street, <strong>Lewes</strong> 01273 475 557<br />

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Blues and bluegrass powerhouse, John Crampton is a <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

favourite, with good reason. His ability to create an orchestra<br />

of sound as a solo artist is phenomenal, and his mastery of his<br />

instruments extraordinary (expect to hear slide guitar, banjo<br />

and harmonica). Crampton’s raw energy and joy in the music<br />

is infectious; a night watching this ‘one-man blues explosion’<br />

(The Spitz) is guaranteed to have you on your feet and<br />

stomping those blues. Lansdown, Saturday 28, 8pm, free<br />

SUNDAY 1<br />

Chill Down Sunday. The Lamb, 2pm-6pm,<br />

every Sunday through the month<br />

MONDAY 2<br />

Terry Seabrook Quintet. Jazz. Snowdrop,<br />

8pm, free<br />

THURSDAY 5<br />

Charlie Parr & JD Wilkes. Country blues. Con<br />

Club, 7.30pm, £13.50<br />

FRIDAY 6<br />

Los Twangueros. Ambient instrumental. Lamb,<br />

8.30pm, free<br />

SATURDAY 7<br />

Tom Lewis. Folk, sea songs, melodeon ukulele.<br />

Elephant & Castle, 8pm, £8<br />

The Reform Club. 60s covers and originals.<br />

The Lamb, 8.30pm, free<br />

SUNDAY 8<br />

Alvin Gibbs & The Disobedient Servants.<br />

Punk. Con Club, 7.30pm, £10<br />

MONDAY 9<br />

Mark Cherrie, Terry Seabrook & Alex<br />

Eberehard. Jazz. Snowdrop, 8pm, free<br />

FRIDAY 13<br />

Zion Train. Dub. Con Club, 7.30pm, £15<br />

Jacquemo. Ska, Soul and a touch of rap. Lamb,<br />

8.30pm, free<br />

SATURDAY 14<br />

The Fish Brothers. Victorian music hall/punk<br />

rock. Lansdown, 8pm, free<br />

Jeff Warner. Folk, US trad songs, banjo, guitar,<br />

concertina. Elephant & Castle, 8pm, £8<br />

MONDAY 16<br />

Adrian York, Paul Whitten & Milo Fell. Jazz.<br />

Snowdrop, 8pm, free<br />

FRIDAY 20<br />

Oysterband. Folk rock at the Sausage ‘n’ Cider<br />

festival. <strong>Lewes</strong> Town Hall, 6pm, £20<br />

Caburn + The Manatees. Rock, fundraiser for<br />

Southover Bonfire. Con Club, 7pm, £8<br />

Blacklight. Deep funk & soul. Lamb, 8.30pm,<br />

free<br />

The Bus Monkeys. Rock/pop covers. Royal<br />

Oak, 8pm, free<br />

SATURDAY 21<br />

Femme Brûlée. DJ set. Royal Oak, 8pm, free<br />

Geno Washington & the Ram Jam Band. Blues.<br />

Con Club, 8pm, £20<br />

>>><br />



The Pelham arms<br />

John Spiers<br />

John Spiers. Folk, English trad, melodeon,<br />

concertina. Elephant & Castle, 8pm, £10<br />

Bongo Brothers. African Latin live percussion<br />

and DJ set. Lansdown, 8pm, free<br />

The Lee Harvey Oswalds. 70s punk and new<br />

wave revival. The Lamb, 8.45pm, free<br />

MONDAY 23<br />

Safehouse Improvised Music Session. Noise<br />

makers, performers and musicians all welcome.<br />

The <strong>Lewes</strong> Arms, 7.30pm, £2<br />

Jack Kendon, Javier Forero, Nigel Thomas<br />

& Al Scott. Jazz. Snowdrop, 8pm, free<br />



Best Burgers<br />

for Miles<br />

Home of<br />

ABYSS Brewing<br />

Award Winning<br />

Sunday Roasts<br />



Great Venue for<br />

Celebrations<br />

Children and<br />

Dog Friendly<br />

FRIDAY 27<br />

The Music of Pink Floyd. All Saints, 7pm, £20<br />

The Curst Sons. Stomping backwoods Americana.<br />

Con Club, 8pm, free<br />

SATURDAY 28<br />

Noble Jacks. Folk. Chiddingly Village Hall,<br />

7pm, £12<br />

John Crampton. Foot stomping blues. Lansdown,<br />

8pm, free<br />

Koils. <strong>Lewes</strong>’s very own super group. Lamb,<br />

8.30pm, free<br />

SUNDAY 29<br />

Stuart Bligh (of The Big Blue). Sundays in the<br />

Bar. Blues. Con Club, 3.30pm, free<br />

MONDAY 30<br />

Simon Savage, Terry Seabrook, Simon<br />

Thorpe & Spike Wells. Jazz. Snowdrop, 8pm,<br />

free<br />


MONDAY BAR 4-11PM<br />


BAR 12 NOON TO 11PM<br />

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 />





Ripple effect<br />

Steve ‘Snips’ Parsons<br />

What is ‘The Ripple’? Last year I was asked<br />

to help organise a huge-scale town-wide music<br />

festival in <strong>Lewes</strong>. The idea was that it would<br />

be like Artwave, but for musicians. I knew it<br />

was hopelessly over-ambitious to try and get<br />

something like that up and running in a matter<br />

of months, and, indeed, it crashed. Out of its<br />

ashes myself and another committee member<br />

decided to run a mini-festival in the May Bank<br />

Holiday, which we called ‘The Ripple’.<br />

As in ‘ripple effect’? Indeed. The idea was,<br />

to throw a stone in the water – metaphorically<br />

speaking, of course – and see if anything<br />

would happen.<br />

What did happen? I’d opened up a<br />

conversation with everyone who was involved<br />

in music in <strong>Lewes</strong> – like Rocket FM, Union<br />

Music Store, Starfish, the Con Club, the<br />

Depot – and we put on a few shows. There was<br />

a Rocket Rave Up, I did a semi-theatrical show<br />

about Sam Cooke, there were bands in the Con<br />

Club and the Royal Oak, there was a Starfish<br />

gig, and we featured a fantastic all-female DJ<br />

team, Femme Brûlée. It hit the mark much<br />

more than I had expected: people turned out<br />

in good numbers. All the performers got paid,<br />

and we ended up making nearly £1,000 for local<br />

charities.<br />

So this will become a regular thing? The<br />

Con Club immediately asked if we’d do it again<br />

next year, and gave us a budget for publicity. A<br />

number of new volunteers – it should be said<br />

that all the organisers are unpaid volunteers<br />

– have come forward. We are registering to<br />

become a CIC, and we will put on another<br />

Ripple mini-festival next May. It won’t be<br />

bigger, necessarily, but it will be fatter.<br />

And there will, I understand, be ‘pop-ups’<br />

throughout the year… Every month or so,<br />

yes. The first, in <strong>September</strong>, is in tribute to<br />

Jim Morrison. Different performers, including<br />

Peter Owen Jones, will read from Morrison’s<br />

poetry collection The Lords and the New<br />

Creatures, in Westgate Chapel. There will<br />

also be music from Paul Harrison’s X-Piano,<br />

and Sexkult. In October I’m going to perform<br />

soul songs that influenced me, by the likes<br />

of Martha & the Vandellas and Ruby & the<br />

Romantics, in collaboration with the Paddock<br />

Singers, at the Con Club.<br />

I hear you’re involved with The Lamb…<br />

That’s a separate thing entirely. But I’m<br />

delighted that the new owners are turning The<br />

Lamb back into a live music venue, with acts<br />

on every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and that<br />

I’m organising the music side of things. There<br />

are going to be local bands and bands from<br />

further afield: it’s going to be very eclectic.<br />

Live music at The Lamb has been a big miss,<br />

and it’s back.<br />

You seem to know everyone in <strong>Lewes</strong>. How<br />

do you network? I meet people – and have<br />

meetings – at the Depot. And you’ll often find<br />

me standing outside Waitrose. You bump into<br />

everyone there. Interview by Alex Leith<br />

lewesripple.uk<br />

Photo by Thorston Eichhorst<br />


Tickets<br />

are<br />

only £5<br />

T R E A T M E N T R O O M S<br />

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Friday 4th October <strong>2019</strong> 4-7pm<br />

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Demonstrations of :<br />

Dermalogica Advanced Professional peel<br />

Dermaco ProVX Non Surgical Face and Body.<br />

Dermaco ProVX LED anti ageing light therapy<br />

Dermaplaning Removal of make-up and product build up<br />

Semi-permanent Make-up for the lips,eyes and eyebrows<br />

Prize draw | Discounts on Products & Treatments | Amazing savings on facial courses<br />

Goodie bags with treatment vouchers | Drinks and canapes<br />

Browns Treatment Rooms, 8A Cliffe High Street, BN7 2AH<br />

01273 470908 | www.browns-lewes.co.uk

Classical round-up<br />

SUNDAY 1, 3PM<br />

Pippa Dames-Longworth &<br />

the Singing Salon<br />

Opera comes to St Michael’s<br />

this month: we’re promised a<br />

pot pourri of glorious ensemble<br />

pieces from Così fan Tutte and The<br />

Marriage of Figaro through to La<br />

Bohème and Oklahoma. The Singing<br />

Salon regularly wow audiences<br />

at the Royal Pavilion, but in a<br />

special one-off event they’re bringing<br />

their glamour to St Michael’s in aid of the church organ restoration fund. There will be<br />

costumes, drama and excitement. Grab the opportunity to see and hear them perform.<br />

St Michael’s, free with retiring collection. stmichaelinlewes.org.uk<br />

MUSIC<br />

PICK<br />

OF THE<br />

MONTH<br />

Photo by Mona Ali<br />

THURSDAY 26, 1.10PM<br />

St Anne’s Lunchtime Concerts: The Hilser<br />

Trio. Rachel Smith (flute), Rachel Firmager<br />

(cello) and Rachel Fryer (piano) may be known<br />

unofficially as Les Trois Rachels but they<br />

perform together as the Hilser Trio. All three<br />

are prize-winning instrumentalists who play individually<br />

in recital, as well as freelancing with<br />

leading orchestras in the UK and abroad. On<br />

the (mostly French) programme is the Sonatine<br />

en Trio by Maurice Ravel and a 2004 Pavane by<br />

Paul Lewis. This is the final lunchtime concert<br />

at St Anne’s this season, a series which has<br />

become, quite rightly, very popular.<br />

St Anne’s Church, free with retiring collection.<br />

stannelewes.org.uk<br />

SATURDAY 28, 7.45PM<br />

Musicians of All Saints. <strong>Lewes</strong>-based<br />

chamber orchestra the Musicians of All Saints<br />

open their <strong>2019</strong>-2020 season with a concert<br />

at St John sub Castro. This series will feature<br />

at least one item by a living British composer<br />

per concert plus the orchestra’s ‘usual eclectic<br />

mix of traditional favourites.’ Come early and<br />

at 7.10pm you can hear the pre-concert talk<br />

by Peter Copley. This month’s programme<br />

features Mozart Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat<br />

major, Haydn Symphony No.28 in A major,<br />

Robin Milford Concertino for Piano and Strings<br />

and the first performance of the revised version<br />

of Come Spring by Martyn Harry. The<br />

piano soloist is Margaret Fingerhut. Directed<br />

by Andrew Sherwood.<br />

Trinity St John Sub Castro. Tickets on door: £12/<br />

£9 concessions, children free. mas-lewes.co.uk<br />

SATURDAY 28, 7PM<br />

Manus Noble. The acclaimed Irish classical<br />

guitarist gave his debut recital at London’s Cadogan<br />

Hall at the age of 19. Now he performs<br />

across the UK and is Musical Director of the<br />

National Youth Guitar Ensemble in Wales.<br />

Catch one of his characteristically eclectic concerts,<br />

as part of the Chiddingly Festival.<br />

Chiddingly Church, tickets £15.<br />

chiddinglyfestival.co.uk<br />

Robin Houghton<br />



PRIDE<br />

Pride Month (worldwide in June) is so important<br />

because it marked the start of huge change<br />

within the LGBT+ community, as well as the<br />

wider societal implications. Although attitudes<br />

and injustice still remain, the LGBT+ community<br />

have come a long way since the Stonewall<br />

riots in New York in 1969 which started<br />

things off. By continuing this long-standing<br />

tradition Prides continue to raise awareness,<br />

improve the attitudes of society and encourage<br />

inclusiveness.<br />

Prides in the UK tend to be later than June<br />

because of the weather (!) but for example Palm<br />

Springs in the US have their Pride in November<br />

as it’s too hot in the summer months.<br />

I attended Brighton Pride this year for the first<br />

time in 12 years. I decided to stop going once it<br />

became such a huge event and the organisers<br />

had to charge entry. I admit that seeing Kylie<br />

Minogue live was a very big draw for me (she is<br />

a Gay icon after all).<br />

My first Pride was in London around 30 years<br />

ago; I remember worrying that I’d be seen<br />

and I’d be ‘outed’. At that time there was<br />

no sponsorship or much approval. The LGB<br />

police were not allowed to march in uniform.<br />

I remember I cried when they were allowed to<br />

do so in 2004. We forget that there have been<br />

so many changes in the 50 years since the<br />

Stonewall Riots. LGBT+ people were not allowed<br />

to serve in the military for fear of court martial;<br />

not allowed to adopt; not allowed to marry. The<br />

list of inequalities is too long to note here.<br />

Change took a long time. Lots of Pride marches<br />

and challenges to the law. Civil Partnerships<br />

came in 2004 and Same Sex marriage in 2014.<br />

It’s been a long road.<br />

I also attended the first Pride in Surrey in my<br />

home town in August <strong>2019</strong>! What a difference it<br />

would have made to me, growing up, had Pride<br />

in Surrey existed.<br />

Around the world things are getting better<br />

but there are still places where being gay is<br />

a criminal offence punishable by death or<br />

imprisonment. There is still work to do to<br />

achieve equality here too; with Homophobic and<br />

Transphobic hate crimes surging in England and<br />

Wales since 2014.<br />

Professionally, I am working on a Good Practice<br />

Guide for family law professionals throughout<br />

England and Wales. I hope to ensure that all of<br />

us are allies of the LGBT+ Community. Everyone<br />

deserves to be treated with respect and dignity<br />

when they are going through a break up,<br />

whoever they loved.<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 />



Intergen Opera<br />

Inspiring generations<br />

Charlotte Shaw (left)<br />

and Charlotte Wicks are<br />

two local opera singers<br />

who between them have<br />

covered an impressive<br />

‘most glamorous’ list of<br />

opera houses including<br />

Paris, Monte Carlo and<br />

Glyndebourne. But lately<br />

they’ve been looking to use<br />

their considerable talents in<br />

less fashionable surroundings: care homes for<br />

elderly people and primary schools.<br />

ENO regular soprano soloist Charlotte Shaw<br />

explains that it was while directing a friend’s<br />

dementia choir that she recognised the power<br />

music has to “light up people’s creativity” as she<br />

puts it, and to make vital connections. “A lot<br />

of older people are experiencing loneliness and<br />

depression. They’re quite disconnected from<br />

their families, who might be spread out around<br />

the country so they don’t see them. And they<br />

might not see their grandchildren regularly or<br />

have a chance to interact with that age-group.”<br />

Which is where her friend Charlotte Wicks<br />

comes in. On the staff of a local prep school<br />

when she’s not trotting the globe as a mezzosoprano,<br />

Wicks has worked with children in<br />

various musical environments and, like Shaw,<br />

was inspired by Channel 4’s Old People’s Home<br />

for 4 Year Olds. She wanted to bring music<br />

into the mix. “The opportunity to play and be<br />

creative is where children are at with music in<br />

this specific age group (Key Stage 1). But music<br />

has that emotional connection that play doesn’t.<br />

Music can access emotion, wake up the creative<br />

part of the brain, not just for the care home<br />

residents but for the children as well.”<br />

Together, the two Charlottes have come up<br />

with Intergenerational Opera, an innovative<br />

project linking children<br />

at Key Stage 1 with local<br />

care home residents<br />

in a series of creative<br />

vocal workshops using<br />

operatic repertoire to<br />

explore vocal technique,<br />

music making and<br />

relationship building.<br />

“We’re starting with<br />

Hansel and Gretel,” says<br />

Shaw. “Everyone knows the story, the music’s<br />

lovely and there are some great tunes.”<br />

“And the idea,” says Wicks “is that for the<br />

children certainly it can be part of a wider<br />

educational experience: art, music, creative<br />

writing – all sorts of projects can come out of<br />

it. As well as fostering what we hope will be<br />

lasting relationships across the generations.”<br />

So will they all be singing from the same sheet?<br />

“We’ll be doing everything by ear,” explains<br />

Shaw. “It’s hard, because people with dementia<br />

forget things, but older people also tend to have<br />

poor eyesight too, so looking at music means<br />

looking down, where we want them to look<br />

up. The session is not so much about learning<br />

a piece as about making music together, being<br />

together, making connections.”<br />

Start up funding has been awarded by East<br />

Sussex Music Service, and following the first<br />

trial workshops in Eastbourne this month,<br />

the two Charlottes will be looking for private<br />

funding to deliver the project to mainstream<br />

schools and care homes at low cost. East Sussex<br />

College will also be joining the venture,<br />

sending their own young music students along<br />

on work placements.<br />

Here’s to opera inspiring generations.<br />

Eleanor Knight<br />

intergenopera@gmail.com<br />



Children aren’t able to know<br />

the difference between poor<br />

vision and ‘normal vision’<br />

Eye examinations are free<br />

for under 16’s and under 19’s<br />

in full-time education<br />

?<br />

Some schools offer basic visual<br />

screening to children, but it is<br />

not a full eye examination<br />

20% of school children have<br />

an undiagnosed problem<br />

with their vision<br />

Barracloughs the Opticians <strong>Lewes</strong> are proud to incorporate<br />


52 Cliffe High Street . <strong>Lewes</strong> . 01273 471893 . www.fyfpc.co.uk<br />

- Nail Cutting<br />

- Corn & Callus removal<br />

- In-growing Toenails<br />

- Verrucae<br />

- Fungal Nail advice<br />

- Diabetic Foot<br />

- Rheumatology<br />

- Wound care<br />

- Nail Surgery<br />

- Biomechanics

FreeTIME êêêê under 16<br />


Herstmonceux Astronomy Festival.<br />

Family-friendly opportunity to enjoy science<br />

and astronomy in a relaxed, informal setting.<br />

the-observatory.org.<br />

SUNDAY 1<br />

Gangsta Granny. Heartbreak Productions<br />

present the stage show of the David Walliams<br />

bestseller, adapted for the outdoor stage.<br />

Bring picnics and appropriate outdoor gear.<br />

Michelham Priory, 5pm, £10.50-£16.50. See<br />

sussexpast.co.uk.<br />

SATURDAY 7<br />

The Sooty and<br />

Friends Show.<br />

Join Sooty and<br />

his gang for<br />

fun, mischief<br />

and magic<br />

in their live show for all the family, plus a<br />

chance to meet Sooty and Richard after the<br />

show. Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne,<br />

10.30am, £12.<br />


Medieval Weekend. Living<br />

history camps, displays,<br />

archery, medieval traders and<br />

entertainment. Michelham<br />

Priory, 10.30am-5pm, see<br />

sussexpast.co.uk.<br />

FRIDAY 13 – SUNDAY 15<br />

Into The Trees Festival, Pippingford Park,<br />

Nutley. Camping fun for all the family<br />

organised by So Sussex. into-the-trees.co.uk.<br />

See page 89.<br />

SUNDAY 15<br />

Story Time. For under fives<br />

and their parents and carers.<br />

Stories and songs will take<br />

place in the gallery spaces,<br />

and will link to a piece on<br />

display in TEN, The Towner’s<br />

anniversary exhibition. Towner<br />

Gallery Eastbourne, 12.30pm,<br />

free (donations welcome).<br />

FRIDAY 20 – SUNDAY 22<br />

Bentley<br />

Wood Fair.<br />

A celebration<br />

of woodlands,<br />

forestry,<br />

nature,<br />

sustainability, woodcraft, artisan skills and<br />

the big outdoors. Attractions for the whole<br />

family, including refreshments, falconry and<br />

shopping. Bentley, see bentleywoodfair.co.uk.<br />

SUNDAY 22<br />

Plumpton Family Raceday. First race 2pm,<br />

fun fair, food and drink, face painting, soft play<br />

and more. See plumptonracecourse.co.uk.<br />

SCHOOL<br />


Chailey School.<br />

Open evening Wednesday 18th 6pm, open<br />

days Monday 23rd to Thursday 26th.<br />

Kings Academy Ringmer.<br />

Open evening Thursday 12th, open<br />

mornings Monday 16th to Friday 20th<br />

Priory School.<br />

Open evening Thursday 19th.

Your support is…<br />

Adventures<br />

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From special days out to the every day at<br />

home, Chestnut Tree House helps children with<br />

life-shortening conditions and their families<br />

make the most of every moment together.<br />

We’re your local children’s hospice and your<br />

support makes this happen.<br />

For making the ordinary extra-ordinary.<br />

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Donate. Fundraise. Get Involved.<br />

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Open Morning<br />

With its excellent and imaginative<br />

approach, the Steiner Waldorf<br />

curriculum has gained ever-widening<br />

recognition as a creative and<br />

compassionate alternative to<br />

traditional avenues of education.<br />

But just how does it feel to be a child<br />

in this environment, soaking up this<br />

stimulating and rewarding teaching?<br />

Wednesday 9th October<br />

from 08:30 - 13:00<br />

Alternatively, book in for a Private Tour<br />

email: contact@michaelhall.co.uk<br />

www.michaelhall.co.uk/school-open-days<br />

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A Planet full of Plastic<br />

by Neal Layton<br />

A timely book on an important topic. As we all become<br />

increasingly aware of human impact on the environment,<br />

A Planet Full of Plastic walks children through the history of<br />

plastic production and introduces the problem with materials<br />

that are not biodegradable. Through photographs, illustrations<br />

and child-friendly diagrams, the author explains<br />

that much of the plastic ends up in the ocean in enormous<br />

garbage patches (the most famous of which is currently<br />

three times the size of France!).<br />

Despite being clearly uncompromising on the facts and clear<br />

about the consequences for wild life, this is actually a picture<br />

book full of hope. The final section explains how scientists<br />

are working on some of the enormous problems caused by plastic pollution and how, as individuals,<br />

we can all play a part in helping to reduce the problem of plastics our planet faces. ‘It’s a big job,’ says<br />

a smiley Planet Earth towards the end of the book, ‘but I reckon we can do it.’<br />

Neal Layton’s trademark collage style, sense of fun, and the informative tone make this picture book<br />

perfect for introducing eco themes to young children without inducing panic. Anna, Bags of Books<br />

Find A Planet Full of Plastic with 20% off at Bags of Books throughout <strong>September</strong>.<br />

The magical winter lantern trail<br />

Every Thursday to Sunday, 21 November – 22 December<br />

For details visit kew.org/glowwild

Lancing College<br />

Senior School & Sixth Form<br />

Open Morning<br />

Saturday 5 October<br />

10.30am – 1pm<br />

Registered Charity No. 1076483

Into the Trees<br />

Back to the wild<br />

So Sussex was set up ten years ago, with one<br />

question in mind: how do you get families to<br />

spend more time outdoors? In its early days,<br />

Managing Director Nigel Greenwood tells me,<br />

they concentrated on organising days out. “Alex<br />

Leith came on a number of these, and wrote<br />

them up in <strong>Viva</strong> <strong>Lewes</strong>…”<br />

Their first adventure in organising a festival<br />

was setting up Elderflower Fields eight years<br />

ago. “Festivals are great”, Nigel says; “a brilliant<br />

way of getting a lot more families out<br />

doing a lot more together – which was always<br />

our aim. They are a real catalyst.”<br />

Into the Trees is the second So Sussex festival;<br />

this month will see its fifth year. “It’s a bit different<br />

again”, Nigel explains. “It’s a lot smaller<br />

and quieter. It’s more around the woods, and is<br />

focused on environment and habitat – a much<br />

more laid back experience than our Elderflower<br />

Fields festival.<br />

“Into the Trees takes place just before the summer<br />

is ended. A last chance for chilled camping<br />

out as a family – or you can just visit on a day<br />

ticket – in a highly-protected, beautiful corner of<br />

the Ashdown Forest. We think it’s really special.”<br />

The weekend is host to a rich range of activities<br />

– from pond dipping, to whittling and fire<br />

lighting to tree climbing. From visiting a<br />

geodesic moth dome, to a ‘Twisting space<br />

marble run’; to sports like kayaking, and disc<br />

golf. Or what about creating mud monsters? Or<br />

‘rambling rhymes’? Something for everyone,<br />

and lots based around noticing nature and the<br />

environment.<br />

“The food’s excellent, too”, says Nigel. “An<br />

amazing range and real quality. We don’t use<br />

chains, but cherry pick small, local vendors.<br />

So, The Grey Earl has been bringing us coffee<br />

from day one. Manjula provides the most amazing<br />

Asian and vegan dishes I defy any carnivore<br />

to turn their nose up at; and Pizza Wagon does<br />

the best traditional stone baked pizzas.”<br />

In the evening, once the day trippers leave,<br />

about 5 or 6pm the site closes for the night.<br />

“Around 1,500 to 2,000 people spend the night”,<br />

Nigel tells me. “We have a central campfire, and<br />

there’s a small stage for singer-songwriters and<br />

storytellers. It’s lovely. We’re back at grass roots,<br />

doing what we love best: creating an atmosphere,<br />

and doing most of that work ourselves –<br />

where Elderflower Fields now is on a scale we’re<br />

more in the background managing. Into the<br />

Trees is very special, for us, then.”<br />

One more highlight. Nigel tells me they have<br />

Arts Council funding for two years to create<br />

and co-create (with visitors) the So Sussex<br />

Schools Without Walls Art Trail – so if your<br />

children fancy being part of that, Into the Trees<br />

should be on your calendar.<br />

Greenwood is just the right name for your job,<br />

I comment. “Yes, we were a family of foresters<br />

once…” Charlotte Gann<br />

13-15 <strong>September</strong>, Pippingford Park, Nutley.<br />


Organic Wholefoods Since 1971<br />

We are delighted to be opening our second shop<br />

in the great town of <strong>Lewes</strong> this <strong>September</strong>.<br />

We Are A Family Owned Health Food Store,<br />

Bringing Zero-Waste Shopping,<br />

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For more info on our Grand Opening and Events,<br />

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Côte<br />

Lovely Friday lunch<br />

We like Côte. It’s probably our<br />

venue of choice for a family birthday<br />

or other treat. And we like it<br />

especially when we get one of their<br />

booths. (I like the online booking,<br />

which always seems very efficient,<br />

and allows me to express this preference.)<br />

I like the fact too that the<br />

building is the old Lloyds Bank,<br />

which always flashes through my<br />

mind when I walk in. Where I had<br />

my first ‘student’ bank account so<br />

many moons ago…<br />

But I digress. Today, one August<br />

lunchtime, we slid into our booth<br />

seats gratefully and I impetuously<br />

ordered a Pampelle Spritz (£6.95).<br />

Cocktails aren’t my thing, but this<br />

I enjoyed. The waiter alerted me “you have to<br />

like grapefruit…” Well, I do, and the spritz was<br />

refreshing and soothing with a serious grapefruit<br />

kick. Good.<br />

We ordered bread. My companions (family) dug<br />

in enthusiastically, all saying how much they like<br />

the Côte bread. Narrow slices, fresh and crispy,<br />

served with butter on the side, you get all the<br />

satisfaction of bread-while-you-wait without<br />

denting your appetite.<br />

I went with the Lunch Menu (two courses<br />

£11.50, three courses £13.95), starting with the<br />

Zucchini Fritti, which were delicious. Just breadcrumbed<br />

enough to give a crunch and shift of<br />

texture but not too much to obscure the lovely<br />

courgette, and beautiful dipped in Mayonnaise<br />

Verte. “Currently our most popular dish”, our<br />

waiter said. Pete chose the Prestige Menu (two<br />

courses £15.95, three courses £18.95), and opted<br />

for the Moules Marinière to start. He said the<br />

mussels were lovely and fresh and the sauce<br />

“not too creamy, good consistency,<br />

garlicky, just right, finely chopped<br />

onion in it and fresh herbs, and a<br />

generous helping”. He approved<br />

of the “spoon to deal with the<br />

sauce”. One happy customer.<br />

The boys had Calamari, complemented<br />

beautifully (as was my<br />

Zucchini) with lemon to squeeze,<br />

and tartare sauce. They then went<br />

on to the Steak Frites, which is<br />

both of their favourites. It’s just<br />

perfect – good sized steak (not too<br />

enormous), and served with garlic<br />

butter “which makes it”, and excellent<br />

crispy fries.<br />

Pete had Sea Trout for his main,<br />

which he also raved about. Again,<br />

the sauce caught his imagination – “gentle,<br />

mustardy, just the right amount of dill” – but he<br />

also enthused about the “perfectly cooked fish”<br />

and “melt-in-the-mouth new potatoes”. He liked<br />

the presentation – “bright green petit pois”, etc.<br />

My Chicken Salad, meanwhile, was also excellent.<br />

Lots of strong flavours – including Roquefort<br />

cheese, capers, endive and brioche croutons – all<br />

held by the smoother gem salad and crispy grilled<br />

chicken.<br />

We managed two puddings. Again, the boys both<br />

chose Coupe Noire, “chocolate sauce mixing<br />

beautifully with melted ice cream”. Pete loved<br />

his “Crumble Aux Pêches” served beautifully in<br />

what looked (to me) like a mini Le Creuset, it<br />

was “luscious mm mmm”, he said. “Velvety, with<br />

finely chopped peach”.<br />

This, we all agreed, is what lunch in a restaurant<br />

should be like – both food-wise, and the decor…<br />

Charlotte Gann<br />

82 High Street. cote.co.uk/restaurant/lewes/<br />


94<br />

Photo by Alex Leith

RECIPE<br />

Dirty Doe Tacos<br />

Nick Weston, Hunter Gather Cook<br />

I started Hunter Gather Cook in 2011,<br />

to help teach other people some of the<br />

know-how I’d acquired growing up in<br />

East Sussex (and beyond), as a gamehunter,<br />

wild-food forager, and chef.<br />

I found a mixed-woodland location not<br />

far from <strong>Lewes</strong>, and gradually built a<br />

team of likeminded chefs, hunters and<br />

foragers to help on courses, entirely<br />

based around wild food and fire cookery.<br />

We teach people how to skin, pluck and<br />

butcher game, and how to forage for<br />

food in the land around the two-storey<br />

treehouse that we built. This is followed<br />

up by a five-course taster menu from our<br />

woodfired kitchen.<br />

This year we have expanded the<br />

operation, acquiring a former threshing<br />

barn on the Firle Estate, so we can spread<br />

the wild-food word simultaneously in two<br />

different places, all year round. We’ve<br />

equipped the place with a fully fitted<br />

kitchen, though, of course, everything we<br />

cook, we cook on a real fire. We’ve got<br />

space outside with raised beds, so we can<br />

add home-grown produce – if necessary –<br />

to the mix.<br />

Using game, rather than farmed meat, is<br />

an integral part of our ethos. So, when<br />

I was looking for a Mexican-style tacos<br />

recipe, fallow deer was the perfect pairing.<br />

The bed for the meat is a slaw, which is<br />

easy to make: to serve six people, finely<br />

slice half a red cabbage, one large red<br />

onion, ten radishes, a cucumber, one red<br />

chilli, and a bunch of coriander leaves. Just<br />

before serving, add the juice of a lime, a<br />

tablespoon of red wine vinegar, and two<br />

tablespoons of olive oil, and mix.<br />

The secret to guacamole is its simplicity:<br />

with a fork, squish together two large ripe<br />

avocados, the juice of a lime and a pinch<br />

of sea salt. That’s it!<br />

I’ve called this ‘dirty doe’ because the<br />

meat is cooked directly on charcoal, or<br />

wood that has burnt down to form coals<br />

– you can do it on your barbecue. Get the<br />

charcoal burning well, fan off any ash,<br />

then put whole cuts of venison on top: I<br />

favour the back haunch cuts for this dish –<br />

pavé or fat flank, but silverside is perfectly<br />

good, too. Flip the meat, when it’s nicely<br />

browned, onto a fresh patch of coals<br />

behind. We use a digital thermometer to<br />

tell us when it’s medium rare (55c). Then<br />

rest for five minutes wrapped in silver foil.<br />

Lightly toast the corn tortillas – twenty<br />

small ones for our purposes, on a grate<br />

over the charcoal. Carve the meat when<br />

these are ready.<br />

Part of the fun of tacos is putting<br />

everything together, so leave the ‘creative’<br />

side of things to whoever’s lucky enough<br />

to be at the table. Add a hot salsa, pickles<br />

and ferments – which we source from our<br />

ever expanding foraged larder – then…<br />

go wild!<br />

As told to Alex Leith<br />

For more ‘adventures in wild food’ check<br />

out Nick’s latest book, Hunter Gather<br />

Cook. See also huntergathercook.com for<br />

courses, banquets and events<br />


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Macaroons<br />

So the big news is that <strong>Lewes</strong> Patisserie has moved –<br />

from the top of Station Street into part of what was<br />

arguably the best, most eccentric shop in <strong>Lewes</strong> (and<br />

that took some doing) – Hugh Rae – opposite <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

Castle. I’ve still got one of Hugh Rae’s zebra-striped<br />

carrier bags as a memento, but I digress.<br />

I shall miss the courtyard garden that felt a little as if<br />

you’re having a secret rendezvous, when what you were<br />

actually doing is writing a shopping list whilst dropping<br />

flakes of almond croissant down your cleavage. But I<br />

shall continue to support them. It is a great institution. A little bit of France.<br />

Choosing my favourite item from this special shop is tricky. The French fruit tarts are elegant and<br />

charming, and I particularly like the sharpness of cassis. The quiche lorraine, especially when warmed, is a<br />

comforting, cheesy delight. But it’s their macaroons that make me smile most.<br />

I’ve no patience for making neat, fiddly things, but am very happy for someone else to do so, and love how<br />

colourful the macaroon palette is. Violet, delicate yellow, hot pink, vivid green. A variety of changing flavours<br />

that include pistachio, coffee, vanilla, blackcurrant and salted caramel. I also like the fact they come<br />

served on a regal, gilt-edged china plate!<br />

I’m very glad <strong>Lewes</strong> Patisserie is still with us. @<strong>Lewes</strong>Nibbler<br />

enjoy a<br />

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Photographer Aiste Saulyte caught up with four local hikers.<br />

She asked each: what is your favourite spot on the Downs?<br />

aistesaulyte.co.uk<br />

Emma Lacey, Protective Behaviours Practitioner and<br />

Duke of Edinburgh Volunteer for Northease Manor school<br />

‘Devil’s Dyke – the view should be prescribed on the NHS! From a quick walk after work or<br />

a starting point to a day’s ramble I have many fond memories there, whatever the weather.’


Peter Williamson, Director & Lead Instructor – Nordic Walking for Health<br />

‘I have several. The best terrain for Nordic walking is along one of the many long, but not<br />

steep, uphill climbs with breathtaking views: Stanmer Woods, Ditchling Beacon, Castle Hill<br />

Nature Reserve, Friston Forest and, of course, Seven Sisters.’ (nordicwalkingforhealth.co.uk)


Alan Lehmann, Chairman of <strong>Lewes</strong> Footpaths Group<br />

‘Malling Down, Caburn and Southerham Reserve.<br />

They have terrific views, lots of wildflowers and many different butterflies.’


Brian Davies, Member of the Friends of the South Downs<br />

‘My favourite walk is from Crowlink down to the Seven Sisters, then Birling Gap<br />

and back over the top to Crowlink – the Downs, sea and cliffs all in one.’

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Bee Lines<br />

Restoring the corridors<br />

If you’ve been walking on the Downs during<br />

the spring and summer, you may well have<br />

admired the rafts of wild flowers that bloom<br />

in the chalk grassland that makes up a familiar<br />

part of the landscape. You may well also be<br />

aware that this part of the National Park has<br />

been in steady decline.<br />

Over the past century, a huge proportion of wildflower<br />

meadow has been lost as a result of human<br />

impact. The main causes are the cultivation of the<br />

land for farming, along with increasingly intensified<br />

farming methods and the effects of climate<br />

change. Once extensive across the National Park,<br />

flower-rich chalk grassland now forms only four<br />

per cent of the total area.<br />

Of course, this matters. With the loss of the<br />

flower-rich grassland comes the loss of habitat for<br />

the pollinating insects on which our whole eco<br />

system depends, including honeybees, bumblebees<br />

and the Adonis Blue butterfly.<br />

Bees pollinate around one third of our food crops,<br />

which in turn feed livestock. As Nick Heasman,<br />

Countryside and Policy Manager for the South<br />

Downs National Park told me, “bees are absolutely<br />

vital to the planet.”<br />

The loss of wildflower meadow is not particular<br />

to the Sussex Downs but part of a much wider<br />

problem. Since the 1930s, over 97 per cent of<br />

all flower rich grassland in England has been<br />

lost. One third of Britain’s bee population has<br />

disappeared over the last decade alone and<br />

a quarter of Europe’s bumblebees are now<br />

threatened with extinction.<br />

The good news is that we can take steps to<br />

reverse this. And a new campaign has been set up<br />

to ensure we do.<br />

The Bee Lines campaign was launched by the<br />

South Downs National Park Trust back in April<br />

and it’s got off to a good start, Nick says. “We’ve<br />

been overwhelmed by the amazing response to<br />

our Bee Lines campaign and would like to say a<br />

big ‘thank you’ to all those who have donated so<br />

far. The fact that our pollinators are in trouble<br />

and need our help has really struck a chord with<br />

the public.”<br />

This is just the start of a longer-term conservation<br />

project.<br />

The campaign aims to raise £75,000 to help<br />

restore wildflower habitats and create a haven<br />

for pollinating insects. It will work with farmers<br />

and other landowners to create new wildflower<br />

corridors which will crisscross the landscape and<br />

build a resilient population of pollinators for the<br />

future. The planting will include a mix of native<br />

wildflowers like birdsfoot trefoil, knapweed and<br />

yellow rattle.<br />

Once the fund-raising target has been met, the<br />

trust will open a bidding process in 2020 for<br />

farmers, landowners and community groups who<br />

wish to plant new wildflower areas. The campaign<br />

will also involve improved roadside verge<br />

management as well as working with schools and<br />

other community organisations.<br />

Julie Bull<br />

Want to learn more, and / or donate?<br />

southdownstrust.org.uk/beelines<br />

Donations to Bee Lines will make a big difference<br />

to the Downs, but there are also things you can<br />

do in your own garden to make them pollinatorfriendly<br />

and the Trust has ideas at<br />

southdowns.gov.uk/make-a-beehouse<br />

Photo by Tim Squires, South Downs National Park ranger<br />


The bird man<br />

Photographing peregrines<br />

Gerry Bennett has travelled the world catching<br />

fish and photographing birds. He’s enjoyed<br />

trips to Nepal, India, the States, New Zealand<br />

(“amazing gannet colonies”) and a safari in Tanzania<br />

(“mind-blowing”), and he’s a regular visitor<br />

to Spain, where he has an apartment, and takes<br />

his camper van to tour, and is a keen member of<br />

the Andalucian Birding Society.<br />

“I have photos of flamingos, numerous vultures<br />

and eagles, storks, hoopoes, bee-eaters, red<br />

knobbed coots, ibis, kites…”, he tells me. And<br />

he’s also loved exploring the British Isles,<br />

including this summer a trip round the coast of<br />

Scotland with his adult son. But we’re meeting<br />

just now to talk about an adventure even closer<br />

to home.<br />

All this spring and early summer, Gerry watched,<br />

daily, with growing delight, a pair of peregrines<br />

nesting just by the Cuilfail Tunnel, and the<br />

gradual emergence of their one “snowy” chick.<br />

Gerry stood below and watched through binoculars<br />

and a scope. Quite a crowd was known<br />



to gather – maybe an opportunity for the<br />

peregrines to do their own bit of peoplewatching<br />

in return – a scenario retired<br />

teacher Gerry (he taught Maths and Physics<br />

for 23 years at what is now East Sussex College,<br />

down Mountfield Road) is more than<br />

comfortable with. “On one evening there<br />

were six Americans, two Australians, as well<br />

as a small crowd of <strong>Lewes</strong>ians”, he laughs.<br />

The peregrines make a marvellous sight,<br />

he tells me, “flying around the chalk cliffs,<br />

often threatening to attack the many jackdaws<br />

and pigeons that share the location.<br />

And each day brought progress. The story<br />

unfolded before our eyes.”<br />

Peregrines nest for the May / June season.<br />

“The original snowy chick turned into a<br />

teenager,” he tells me, “with some adult<br />

markings and a desire to flap those wings.<br />

The male brought food – and temporary<br />

mayhem, as he shredded it for the chick:<br />

watching from below, you can see feathers<br />

flying.”<br />

This season Gerry also spotted – and<br />

photographed – a peregrine family at the<br />

chalkpit along the Offham Road. Two adults<br />

and four chicks this time. Again, amazing<br />

photographs – taken, he tells me, many of<br />

them, less than 20m from the birds.<br />

“I use a Panasonic G9 camera”, he says,<br />

“with a Panasonic Leica 100-400mm lens.<br />

For me, it’s just the best way to spend my<br />

time. It’s a bit like fishing – which I used<br />

to do with my dad. A lot of waiting for the<br />

catch, but all worthwhile.<br />

“I caught a food pass – not the best of photos,<br />

but just to capture it at all, as a single<br />

photo and not from a video/ burst, was<br />

incredibly lucky.”<br />

We loved these stories – and Gerry’s pictures.<br />

And thought you might enjoy them<br />

too. Maybe come next spring, more of us<br />

might even look up and notice the wildlife<br />

nesting in our midst.<br />

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Animal Footprints<br />

I will not celebrate meaningless milestones<br />

I’m scrambling through the woodland undergrowth,<br />

anxious, sweating and clutching a 2kg<br />

pouch of white powder and a spoon. I may look<br />

like some Colombian cocaine smuggler, but I’ve<br />

got the perfect excuse for the police: “I’m researching<br />

my 100th article for <strong>Viva</strong>”. Since 2011 I’ve<br />

been sitting down each month to write these wildlife<br />

articles, but for this month’s ‘footprints’ issue I<br />

needed to get out and do some investigating.<br />

When I was a kid, I bought loads of books with<br />

names like ‘the amateur naturalist’ (not to be confused<br />

with ‘the amateur naturist’, a mistake you<br />

only make once). Each book promised to make<br />

you a wildlife detective and was filled with tips on<br />

tracking mammals in the countryside. Most British<br />

mammals are nocturnal and, after centuries<br />

of persecution, all of them are understandably<br />

rather wary of humans. We hardly ever see them.<br />

Yet these invisible animals leave behind tantalising<br />

clues which let us know they really exist:<br />

droppings, nibbled nuts, pellets. But the biggest<br />

giveaway of all are their footprints.<br />

Primitive mammals (such as hedgehogs, stoats,<br />

badgers and you) are plantigrades. We stroll<br />

about on the soles of our feet and have five toes.<br />

When we run – to escape the drug squad for<br />

example – we use our toes and the balls of our<br />

feet. For the mammals who spend a lot of time<br />

running and jumping this basic mammalian<br />

plantigrade foot has evolved and adapted over<br />

time. Some animals have lost a toe (foxes, cats,<br />

dogs, hares) while the real gymnasts, such as deer,<br />

leap around on two toes, and horses race on just<br />

one toe enclosed in a hoof. Like Sherlock Holmes<br />

with a foot fetish, you can examine each footprint’s<br />

formula of toes, claws and pads to deduce<br />

just who has been sneaking around at night.<br />

My books told me that, once you find a footprint,<br />

the best way to capture it is to make a cast –<br />

which explains why I’m crouched here in the<br />

undergrowth excitedly mixing up plaster of Paris<br />

powder and pouring it into a footprint in the<br />

muddy woodland floor. I’ve always wanted to do<br />

this since I was a kid but, well, I guess life got in<br />

the way. Now I have my first footprint cast, sitting<br />

proudly on my desk: a badger (with five toes,<br />

a wide pad and obvious claws). A souvenir of my<br />

100th <strong>Viva</strong>. And somewhere out there is a badger<br />

completely unaware that what it has created has<br />

been enjoyed by somebody, has inspired them to<br />

learn more about wildlife and do something to<br />

preserve it. Which now I think about it, is all I<br />

have hoped for from these past 100 articles too. I<br />

hope I’ve made an impression.<br />

Michael Blencowe, Senior Learning & Engagement<br />

Officer, Sussex Wildlife Trust<br />


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How do the wheelie bins work?<br />

Your recycling questions answered<br />

Who sorts my recycling, now I dump it all<br />

in one wheelie bin? <strong>Lewes</strong> district council<br />

collects it, then East Sussex county council is<br />

responsible for recycling it. Recycling is sorted<br />

and separated at a MRF (Materials Recovery<br />

Facility) run by Viridor in Crayford. Here<br />

the mixed recycling goes through a series of<br />

machines: rotating screens which separate<br />

materials by size; ballistic separators to sort<br />

materials of different weights; optical sorters<br />

for different types of plastics; electromagnets<br />

and eddy currents for separating metals. Finally,<br />

people pick out and separate items which are<br />

hard to sort by machine.<br />

How do I know what plastics can be recycled?<br />

The main plastics which can’t, as part of<br />

your household recycling, are hard plastics (like<br />

buckets), plastic film (cellophane, salad bags,<br />

etc), and black plastic trays (eg meat/ ready<br />

meal trays).<br />

Bottles (from milk, fizzy drinks, or household<br />

products), and pot tubs and<br />

trays (except completely<br />

black ones) are fine.<br />

What happens if I<br />

put something in<br />

the bin that can’t be<br />

recycled? Non-recyclable<br />

items are classed as<br />

contamination, and high<br />

levels can be a serious<br />

issue. Small amounts can<br />

usually be removed during<br />

the sorting process;<br />

when this happens the<br />

contamination is often<br />

incinerated to provide<br />

power. If contamination<br />

levels are extremely high<br />

it can mean an entire load of recycling being<br />

rejected. Fortunately this doesn’t happen too<br />

much in <strong>Lewes</strong> district because residents are<br />

good at only putting the correct items in the<br />

recycling bin – <strong>Lewes</strong> district has amongst the<br />

lowest levels of recycling contamination out of<br />

all the local authorities in the UK!<br />

Is the stuff really recycled and if so how<br />

much, how, where etc. It really, really, is. Everything<br />

we collect from recycling bins which<br />

can be recycled gets recycled. Mixed recycling<br />

is sorted at the MRF. They separate the paper,<br />

card, metals, glass and different plastics. Each<br />

material has a separate recycling process and<br />

they are all cleaned and prepared for reuse,<br />

then they get made into all sorts of new packaging<br />

and products.<br />

Is it going well? What can we do to help?<br />

Two years ago <strong>Lewes</strong> district only recycled<br />

around 25% of household waste. By the start of<br />

<strong>2019</strong> that had increased to almost 40%, and it<br />

has continued to increase since. This is brilliant,<br />

but of course we need to keep on improving! A<br />

great way to help is to be conscious of what you<br />

buy – prefer sustainable materials like glass and<br />

metals (which can be easily recycled over and<br />

over), and avoid unnecessary plastics or composite<br />

materials like cartons, which have many<br />

difficult-to-separate layers of polyethylene and<br />

sometimes aluminium.<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> and Eastbourne Council Waste & Recycling<br />

Engagement Coordinator, Thomas Broad was<br />

interviewed by Charlotte Gann<br />

For specifics on what is accepted in <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

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The virtual skip<br />

Alexander Thomson<br />

had his idea for<br />

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spent a year cycling<br />

to China. “I cycled<br />

through Kazakhstan”,<br />

he told me, “and it<br />

lent me so much perspective.<br />

The people<br />

had nothing, but had<br />

so much more than we<br />

do in our Western madness. Everything was so<br />

much more cherished.”<br />

When he got back to the UK, he says, he was<br />

“overwhelmed by the contrast”. And he decided<br />

to set up an enterprise with social purpose – to<br />

contribute some small difference.<br />

This was the birth of DIYgogo, a website<br />

designed to put people in touch with each other<br />

easily, so they can recycle, and access, unwanted,<br />

free building materials.<br />

“I work on a building site,” Alex says, “and the<br />

level of waste is stupendous. So, here’s the idea in<br />

a nutshell: you walk past a skip, and in it are a pile<br />

of bricks, or a bath, and you think that’s just what<br />

I need. Well, DIYgogo is like that virtual skip.”<br />

He’s been beavering way on his project – a notfor-profit<br />

social enterprise – for a couple of years<br />

now. The website had been live for four months<br />

when we spoke.<br />

So, how’s it going, I asked.<br />

One major challenge, Alex reports, is changing<br />

the mindset of building companies – whom he<br />

desperately wants to get onboard. “They all say<br />

it’s a fantastic idea, very needed,” he says. “But<br />

it’s hard to change the nature of the way people<br />

do business: they’re just not minded that way.”<br />

He’ll keep trying and, in the meantime, the site<br />

is live and available to anyone anywhere across<br />

the UK. Whether you’ve building materials to<br />

shift, or you’re looking<br />

to pick some up,<br />

log on and see what’s<br />

happening round<br />

here. The company<br />

has been concentrating<br />

recently on<br />

generating interest<br />

across the South East,<br />

especially in <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

and Brighton.<br />

DIYgogo bills itself as an enterprise with both<br />

environmental and social objectives. Environmentally,<br />

it hopes to contribute to a more<br />

sustainable future. Socially, it wants to help the<br />

less fortunate members of our society. “We want<br />

to do this,” Alex tells me, “not just by enabling<br />

access to free materials, but we’d also like, over<br />

time, to grow to provide building-work training<br />

for young people. These skills have been lost.<br />

For so long, we’ve relied in this country on<br />

Eastern Europeans. Now we’re losing that work<br />

force – the pay’s not much better, so it’s no longer<br />

worth people’s while and, of course, Brexit’s<br />

looming. We’d like to help young people learn<br />

the skills they need to end up in employment in<br />

the building trade.”<br />

Currently, working on the project are Alex<br />

and a part-time partner, who does the marketing,<br />

mainly through social media. “We’re also<br />

looking to develop an app,” says Alex. “It’s what<br />

people are asking for today – an app that’s easier<br />

and quicker to use than going through a few<br />

steps on a website.”<br />

It’s the world we live in, we agree, shaking our<br />

heads.<br />

But if it helps enable good ideas, and new ways<br />

of working – like DIYgogo – well, maybe that’s<br />

not all bad… Charlotte Gann<br />

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<strong>Lewes</strong> is rightly proud of<br />

its Transition Town status<br />

and its commitment<br />

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sustainable community,<br />

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energy distributor UK Power Networks.<br />

“The smart battery stores solar energy generated<br />

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times to save energy,” Simon explains. “Often<br />

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Moixa isn’t just about solar energy storage,<br />

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the Grid.<br />

“GridShare co-ordinates energy demand and<br />

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Everybody’s got a strong opinion, it seems, about<br />

the news that McDonald’s have proposed to<br />

open a two-storey take-away restaurant on the<br />

corner between Davey’s Lane and Brooks Road.<br />

Judging by reactions on the internet forums –<br />

and chats down the pub – the prospect seems to<br />

have divided the community along familiar lines.<br />

You can find out more – including maps, artists’<br />

renders, and objections, on the South Downs<br />

National Park website. It looks like there’s a long<br />

way to go until this one’s approved...<br />

Another bit of news that has exercised some<br />

is the County Council’s decision to look into<br />

doubling the price of parking in <strong>Lewes</strong>, which<br />

would make a two-hour stop on School Hill cost<br />

an eye-watering £7.80 (and a 15-minute stay £1).<br />

We’re awaiting the results of a public consultation<br />

on the matter soon.<br />

Down Cliffe way, there’s a change of owner and<br />

a change of brand at Simon David (12/13 Cliffe<br />

High Street) where Paul and Karen Palmer<br />

are retiring after ten years “to do a much more<br />

difficult job: looking after the grandchildren”.<br />

Moving into the space are mother-and-daughter<br />

team Robyn and Kate Burgess, who will turn the<br />

space into ‘Lumen of <strong>Lewes</strong>’. Lighting, interiors<br />

and gifts will still be the focus.<br />

Moving across the street, we’ve learnt more<br />

about the chic-looking venture which has been<br />

set up where Le Magasin used to trade. It’s<br />

called belle & co, and it’s run by Yad, formerly<br />

of the BBC, who lovingly restores, buys and sells<br />

mid-century furniture. I bet those fab G-Plan<br />

‘62’ swinging armchairs in the window have<br />

gone by the time you read this.<br />

It’s as you were at 46 High Street, by the War<br />

Memorial. Revive joinery are moving their HQ<br />

back to their workshop in Uckfield for the time<br />

being, but very much carrying on trading, and<br />

might well reappear in a new <strong>Lewes</strong> venue in the<br />

new year [revivejoinery.co.uk]. We hear that the<br />

place is going to revert to its previous incarnation,<br />

Cheese Please, under new management by Fran.<br />

And there’s more food news: Thai restaurant<br />

Lemongrass are back open for business, and<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Patisserie has moved from its Station<br />

Street location, to the western half of what used<br />

to be Hugh Rae, at the top of town. They’re<br />

mostly serving take-away at the moment, including<br />

delicious patisserie from Julian Plumart: they<br />

might expand if the opportunity arises.<br />

And talking cakes, we enjoyed two recently at<br />

the new Zu Café at the Bus Station – now up<br />

and running.<br />

Congratulations too to Chantal, who’s opened a<br />

new hairdresser’s – Exterior – on Market Street.<br />

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Katie McIntyre<br />

Skipper Macca’s crunch season<br />

“Last season was all about the learning curve. This<br />

season is going to be the real test.”<br />

I’m talking to Katie McIntyre, better known to the<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> FC family as ‘Macca’, in the stands of the<br />

Dripping Pan, as Roger the groundsman drives<br />

round the pitch in his mowing tractor, applying<br />

Wembley-style stripes to what already looks like an<br />

immaculate surface.<br />

By the time you read this, the <strong>Lewes</strong> FC women’s<br />

team will be two matches into their second season<br />

in the FA Women’s Championship, the second tier<br />

of competition in the country. Promotion to the<br />

highest level, to join the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea<br />

and Man United, is the target, but – unlike last<br />

season – relegation into the lower leagues awaits<br />

one of the eleven teams. “We’re going to have to<br />

fight every match like there’s a trophy at the end of<br />

it,” she smiles.<br />

No player is better placed to gauge <strong>Lewes</strong>’ remarkable<br />

improvement over the last decade than Macca,<br />

club captain, who is starting her ninth season in red<br />

and black. “We’ve never been better prepared for a<br />

season than we are now,” she says. “Fran [Spanish<br />

manager Fran Alonso] has us training three times<br />

a week, and the sessions are really intense. It’s all<br />

about pass, pass, pass: our aim is to wear out the<br />

opposition. His attention to detail is incredible:<br />

he gets every session filmed, and before the next<br />

one there’s a presentation in which he plays back,<br />

highlighting where we’ve gone wrong. I’m 32, and<br />

reaching the end of my career. But I’m still learning<br />

something new every day.”<br />

Alonso came in halfway through last season, and<br />

asked McIntyre, who had been playing in central<br />

midfield, to move back into the central defence.<br />

“I’d occasionally played the position before, under<br />

Jacquie [Agnew, former manager] so I know what<br />

I’m doing. In defence you know you simply can’t<br />

lose the ball, so the pressure is on for the whole 90<br />

minutes. It’s a better place to read the game, though,<br />

and, I think, the best place for a captain to play.”<br />

She’s excited by the ‘bump’ in enthusiasm for the<br />

women’s game, after the World Cup in June, of<br />

which she watched “every single game”. And also<br />

about the new signings <strong>Lewes</strong> have made over the<br />

summer. “Welsh international Emma Jones has<br />

come in up top, and she’s a powerhouse. She’s not<br />

afraid to shoot, and she’ll hit the top corner every<br />

time. With her up front – and Ella Powell, just 19<br />

and so enthusiastic – I don’t think we’ll lack goals<br />

this season.”<br />

She’s hoping the public’s new-found enthusiasm for<br />

the women’s game will lead to even bigger crowds<br />

at the Pan than last season, where many of the attendances<br />

topped those of the men’s team. And she<br />

knows that if the public like what they see, they’ll be<br />

back for more: “I hope <strong>2019</strong>/20 is one to remember…”<br />

she concludes, “and for all the right reasons.”<br />

Alex Leith<br />

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This month’s picture from Reeves, taken in<br />

summer 1950, will be included in the photographic<br />

studio’s latest lightbox show (see<br />

page 72), which takes a look at the extensive<br />

shopping facilities available to <strong>Lewes</strong> residents<br />

in years past. It shows the interior of Russell<br />

& Bromley, located at 187 & 188 High Street,<br />

now home to the Tourist Information Centre.<br />

Albion Russell was the son of a Chiddingly<br />

bootmaker, who moved to <strong>Lewes</strong> in 1846 to<br />

set up his own business at 37 High Street,<br />

‘Albion Russell & Son’. He opened in bigger,<br />

more classy premises on the corner of the High<br />

Street and Fisher Street in April 1862. Albion<br />

sounds like an interesting chap, a talented artist<br />

and wood engraver, as well as an expert in<br />

floriculture.<br />

He employed an apprentice, George Bromley,<br />

from Hastings, to work in the shop. George<br />

soon fell for Albion’s daughter, Elizabeth, and<br />

she for him. They married in 1873. The young<br />

couple moved to Eastbourne in 1880 to set up<br />

their own shop, the first to bear the name ‘Russell<br />

& Bromley’ above the door.<br />

George died in 1897, but Elizabeth lived on until<br />

1937, thus witnessing the company’s steady<br />

growth, spearheaded by her son Frederick, who<br />

realised that there was more money in the sale<br />

of shoes than their manufacture. He moved<br />

the company HQ to Bromley, in Kent, and<br />

opened 20 more stores, handing the reins over<br />

to his sons, Keith and Michael in 1943. They<br />

expanded further, taking over the parent company<br />

in 1947, so ‘Albion Russell & Son’ became<br />

‘Russell & Bromley’.<br />

The <strong>Lewes</strong> branch is long gone, of course, but<br />

Russell & Bromley, with flagship stores in Oxford<br />

Street and Knightsbridge, remains a much<br />

respected national chain – and Theresa May’s<br />

favourite shoe shop. It’s still run by the Bromley<br />

family, a dynasty begun when a young Hastings<br />

apprentice took a fancy to his boss’s daughter in<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> High Street, nearly 150 years ago.<br />

Alex Leith<br />


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