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There’s something, of course, quite down to earth about ‘Grape and<br />

Grain’. Literally. And that, in itself, can comfort. Something about<br />

being close to the ground. Getting back to the basics – which,<br />

facing the climate crisis, we may need to – of growing and providing,<br />

(Michael Blencowe, out with his Grandad…)<br />

These are things we may anyway return to when the modern world<br />

gets all too much. When this daily diet of bad news and social media<br />

and politicians and Brexit drives us totally NUTS. And what we really<br />

need is a bowl of Quill Soup (to soothe us, while remembering to share). Or<br />

maybe a Lentil Shepherd’s Pie at Zu Café, or an afternoon up the allotment.<br />

In her new book, Carolyn Trant paints some similar pictures – in sharing the lives of women<br />

artists past. And in this, our Grape and Grain issue, we also visit gin (and tonic!) distillers; John<br />

Henty enjoys a pint of Guinness, and Eleanor Knight explodes ginger beer. We chat with<br />

Robin Walden, the force behind the new organic food supermarket in the Cliffe, The Seasons.<br />

And find out what’s going on in the tenth, and (hopefully) ‘best yet’ <strong>October</strong>feast – including<br />

local wine tastings at Riverside.<br />

We also touch on coping with anxiety. Jason Rhodes has written a book for children on this.<br />

Alex Leith explores men and counselling. And Jason Mosseri explains why getting back to a<br />

simpler life may also, in the end, ease our troubled minds, as well as times.<br />

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Bits and bobs.<br />

8-23. Cover artist Liz Temperley on<br />

our lovely, leafy cover; Robin Walden’s<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong>, he of The Seasons; Photo of<br />

the month x 3; Five minutes with Brian<br />

Schofield; the word is spread; call out for<br />

refugee tales; an exceptional war memoir;<br />

the Association of Carers – can you<br />

help?; Carlotta Luke on the allotment;<br />

Vino Craig.<br />

Columns.<br />

25-29. Eleanor Knight remembers Wales;<br />

John Henty remembers Ireland; David<br />

Jarman remembers Anita Brookner.<br />

On this month.<br />

31-43. Grease hits <strong>Lewes</strong>; treats at<br />

<strong>October</strong>feast; TOM, entertaining duo;<br />

Lizzie Lower reads Jess Phillips; Philip<br />

Ayckbourn’s ghost story; Susie Boyt looks<br />

slantwise; and Dexter Lee’s film round-up.<br />

Art.<br />

45-53. Carolyn Trant’s voyage round<br />

women artists; David Nash on the trees<br />

he loves; Art and about, from Earthly<br />

Blings to the East Sussex Guild of<br />

Weavers to a happy birthday to<br />

Mohamed Hamid, and others.<br />

Listings and Free time.<br />

55-71. Diary dates including Comedy<br />

at the Con, Movement 4 Movement in<br />

Calais, and Fleabag; Gig of the month<br />

is Andy Irvine; Classical round-up<br />

91<br />

pick is a piano recital in aid of refugees<br />

and asylum seekers; Free time dates,<br />



including half term and Halloween,<br />

Quill Soup book review, and Jason<br />

Rhodes imagines eating lemons.<br />

80<br />

Food.<br />

73-79. Zu Café scrumptious food<br />

review; Chilli Pickle spicy recipe;<br />

Emma Chaplin on Flint Owl<br />

sourdough; and Alex Leith checks<br />

out the new <strong>Lewes</strong> FC café.<br />

The way we work.<br />

80-83. Visiting and photographing<br />

local gin and tonic makers.<br />

Photo by Torz Dallison<br />

74<br />

Features.<br />

85-100. <strong>Lewes</strong> WIs’ warm welcome;<br />

Hope Springs Chairs on the craft of<br />

making; Riverside hosts local wine<br />

tastings; Fiona Dennis harvests apples;<br />

Michael Blencowe recalls picking<br />

sloes; Alex Leith visits a counsellor;<br />

Football via video analysis platform;<br />

Herbert Scott has settled in Prezzo;<br />

and Business news walkabout.<br />

Inside left.<br />

114. 1933 and Whitbread beer.<br />


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Liz Temperley’s studio space, in the Star Brewery,<br />

has a similar aesthetic to her watercolour<br />

illustrations. There is a lot of white space on the<br />

walls and furnishings, complemented by vivid<br />

splashes of colour in the teeming examples of<br />

her work, which is printed on greeting cards,<br />

gift wrap, notebooks, stationery, prints, pencil<br />

cases and more.<br />

In her illustrations, Liz aims to find humour in<br />

the everyday and to show the beauty in animals<br />

and nature, which she describes as her “joyful<br />

style”. The inspiration for this month’s cover<br />

came from a fortuitous visit to a friend’s exhibition<br />

at Breaky Bottom Vineyards. Rusty tones<br />

for the vine leaves were selected for an autumnal<br />

feel. “I like organic forms. So I thought we’ll<br />

go back to the literal interpretation of ‘grape<br />

and grain’, looking at the grape before it gets<br />



made into wine.”<br />

Her love for nature extends to how she produces<br />

her stationery, which is all eco-friendly.<br />

“I have a range that is printed onto tree-free,<br />

annually renewable plant fibre paper (things<br />

like bamboo).” She works with soy-based inks<br />

and also makes a range of envelopes made from<br />

upcycled coffee cups.<br />

Liz’s arrival in <strong>Lewes</strong>, after studying textile<br />

design at Nottingham Trent University, seems<br />

almost providential. After graduating, she<br />

initially moved to London to work in fashion<br />

– but ultimately realised that it wasn’t for her.<br />

She then juggled a Design Manager job with<br />

freelance work, while selling illustrations in<br />

Brick Lane on the side.<br />

Liz wasn’t sure where to go after London, so<br />

she let her choice of studio space inform the<br />

location for her new home. After discovering<br />

the Star Brewery – and the beauty of East Sussex<br />

– she moved to the area in May 2016. The<br />

last three years have been busy: Liz has sold her<br />

work in Artwave and Artists Open Houses, and<br />

she took part in Patina’s geocache event, where<br />

children discovered various creatives in <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

via GPS (“hectic, but fun”). Liz was commissioned<br />

by Octopus Publishing to illustrate two<br />

books, and she was thrilled when I Love You<br />

Mum was reviewed in the Wall Street Journal, in<br />

May this year.<br />

Her business has flourished since moving to<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong>: in busy periods she takes on some temporary<br />

staff to help with packing and posting.<br />

Her work – branded as Blank Inside – is sold<br />

worldwide, with distributors in Australia, New<br />

Zealand, Europe and a large number in the UK.<br />

Clients include Anthropologie, Liberty and<br />

Oliver Bonas. Joe Fuller<br />

The whole Blank Inside<br />

range is available to<br />

purchase at blankinsidedesign.co.uk<br />

– along with a<br />

selection of Liz’s original<br />

watercolours – or you can<br />

pop by the studio and buy<br />

direct from Liz. If you would<br />

like to discuss any illustration<br />

commissions, email<br />


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Autumn in the garden is a delight for all the senses,<br />

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

arrived seven years ago. I grew up in Forest<br />

Row, a few doors down from The Seasons, and<br />

we moved here, with our two young daughters<br />

(they’re now seven and ten), from Haywards<br />

Heath. I’ve always liked the town, and we found<br />

a house we wanted to live in. Malling’s brilliant.<br />

Quiet and safe. I love the green out front. There<br />

are loads of kids, and they’re outdoors playing.<br />

My girls are at South Malling and it’s a great<br />

little school.<br />

So your father John bought The Seasons in<br />

Forest Row, after working there a long time,<br />

in 2012. A couple of years later you came in<br />

as director? Yes, it wasn’t something I’d ever<br />

planned to do, but I was already working in<br />

the field – as café manager and chef at Trading<br />

Boundaries in Sheffield Park. The Seasons<br />

started out as a charitable trust. This didn’t work<br />

out and my father rescued it. And once it became<br />

a family business… I’ve overseen a major<br />

refurbishment in Forest Row: combined two<br />

sites into one. And then moved on immediately<br />

to this renovation in <strong>Lewes</strong>!<br />

The Seasons <strong>Lewes</strong> will have just opened<br />

when this mag hits the streets: why here?<br />

Why now? It will – though of course the place is<br />

a building site today [when we did our interview,<br />

mid-August]. I’ve been thinking of opening a<br />

shop here for a couple of years. The town seems<br />

so right. When the (old) Bunces site came up,<br />

in Cliffe High Street, I mulled for a bit. Then<br />

went for it. We’ve just finished all the work in<br />

Forest Row a couple of months ago, so I’ve<br />

gone straight from that to this. (My wife Liza,<br />

who’s also our bookkeeper, is very grounded and<br />

patient.)<br />

The Seasons ethos is to offer ‘an<br />

extraordinary range’ of organic foods? Yes.<br />

It’s basically a mini supermarket – for organic,<br />

vegetarian foods. We sell everything: can be your<br />

one-stop grocery shop. Plus, have events every<br />

Friday. These are taster days, where we showcase<br />

a range of products, or particular brands. Of<br />

course, organic food has become much more<br />

mainstream; we’ve been committed to it for<br />

years, but now we’ve completely reinvigorated<br />

our shops, and breathed new life into the brand.<br />

Sales are up 80 per cent over the last five years.<br />

We always aim to offer competitive pricing and<br />

excellent service: our shops and staff are warm<br />

and inviting. I’m recruiting a whole new team to<br />

work in <strong>Lewes</strong>…<br />

And what do you, personally, do to relax<br />

in all that spare time you must have when<br />

you’re NOT working? I like an evening out<br />

at the Snowdrop, or eating at Bun + Bean in<br />

Mount Pleasant or Erawan Thai on Lansdown<br />

Place. We’re big time, long-term season ticket<br />

holders to the Pells. At home, I do most of<br />

the cooking. And then I disappear into my<br />

recording studio of an evening – at the bottom<br />

of the garden – where I record drum and bass<br />

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Ben Hayes, from St Albans, was visiting friends in <strong>Lewes</strong> when – after enjoying a summer’s walk in<br />

August – they turned for home… ‘Dom and Dale took us on a walk from their home near Anne of Cleves<br />

House out onto the Downs’, Ben wrote. ‘We headed along Juggs Road in good weather and were soon<br />

enjoying fantastic views near Ashcombe Mill. Later, as we headed back into <strong>Lewes</strong>, the weather to the<br />

south had got even better, and we could see the beach at Seaford bathed in sun. Meanwhile, the weather<br />

to the north-east had got much worse, and we could see heavy rain. Directly to our north the sky seemed<br />

to reflect the clash of these two contrasting weather fronts… The top photo, especially, captures this.’<br />

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

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Brian Schofield<br />

grew up in<br />

Warwickshire,<br />

and has lived in<br />

Southover for 11<br />

years. He lives<br />

with his wife,<br />

Harriet, and two<br />

sons, TJ, 10, and<br />

Tommy, 8. Brian<br />

plays football for<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Vets, coaches for <strong>Lewes</strong> Juniors and<br />

is a member of Southover Bonfire Society<br />

and the <strong>Lewes</strong> Liberal Democrats. He is also<br />

Head of Politics at Hurstpierpoint College.<br />


Surfing. And my family and friends. But<br />

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I’m currently recommending American Carnage<br />

by Tim Alberta to all my students, and<br />

Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff to<br />

anyone who’ll listen<br />

Film: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid<br />



TV: Rick and Morty<br />

Radio: that’s easy – John Finnemore’s Souvenir<br />

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<strong>Lewes</strong> Holocaust Memorial<br />

Group first formed in 2014,<br />

after its founding members<br />

got chatting at a party. Supported<br />

by both the Town and<br />

District Councils, today it’s<br />

going strong. “<strong>Lewes</strong> has become<br />

known as quite vibrant<br />

in its commemorations”, Gaby Weiner tells me.<br />

“More and more people come along in solidarity.”<br />

Those commemorations happen at the end of<br />

January – Holocaust Memorial Day marks the<br />

liberation of Auschwitz on 27th January 1945.<br />

That first January, 2015, was also of course the<br />

70th anniversary. “We had a performance in the<br />

Town Hall, which was an overwhelmingly beautiful<br />

evening,” says Gaby. “It lives on in memory.”<br />

In 2020 they plan a concert for 25th January in St<br />

John sub Castro; and possibly a candlelit walk as<br />

well. The group is calling for<br />

stories from people about any<br />

refugees with a connection to<br />

the town. These may be those<br />

who fled Nazi Germany, or<br />

anyone before or since fleeing<br />

persecution on religious,<br />

political or other grounds.<br />

“We want to hear from anyone with a story”, says<br />

Christine Cohen Park.<br />

So far, having put a call out in <strong>Lewes</strong> News, they’ve<br />

heard about families in Ringmer, Malling and the<br />

Nevill, who housed or helped Jewish children<br />

fleeing the Nazis, and an ex-Mayor’s wife, who<br />

also originally arrived via Kindertransport.<br />

Charlotte Gann<br />

If you have any information, however fragmentary,<br />

please email gaby.weiner@btinternet.com, or call<br />

01273 472328<br />


In 1940, Richard Wicker, a young<br />

RAF sergeant, was shot down over<br />

Germany. He survived but was<br />

captured, spending the next five years<br />

as a prisoner-of-war. He weighed just<br />

seven and a half stone by the time he<br />

was liberated. Richard never talked<br />

about his wartime experiences, and his<br />

story might have been lost were it not<br />

for a diary and his tenacious grandson,<br />

David.<br />

In later life Richard wrote daily in a diary that<br />

was stored away after his death. When David<br />

was given this last year he was intrigued, but<br />

wary of uncovering difficult truths about the<br />

grandfather he never knew.<br />

Overcoming his reticence, David discovered<br />

a gripping, beautifully written account of<br />

Richard’s early years in Sussex, his time flying in<br />

clapped-out planes with substandard<br />

equipment on terrifying<br />

missions, and a poignant account<br />

of his journey home. David has<br />

collected the diary passages into<br />

this fascinating book, using other<br />

sources to fill in the spaces that<br />

Richard was too traumatised to<br />

write about. His time as a prisoner<br />

is described at a remove through<br />

letters and logbook entries.<br />

The result is a compelling, unsentimental, moving<br />

story of how a quiet life was ruptured by<br />

war. Creating a vivid picture of friendship, love,<br />

fear and resilience, it’s a story that also resonates<br />

in our world of polarised politics and conflict.<br />

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This is my friend, the artist and designer Kelly<br />

Hall. Kelly has an allotment in Firle where<br />

she paints what she grows, and grows what<br />

she paints. Fittingly for this month’s theme,<br />

she had a small crop of durum wheat (the kind<br />

used for making pasta) so I followed its process<br />

from harvest to kitchen, by way of a 1970s-era<br />

wooden mill from Germany. Pasta al pomodoro<br />

was soon to follow (the pomodoros grown<br />

by Kelly as well, of course). An illustrated<br />

cookbook is in the pipeline. I cannot wait!<br />

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COLUMN<br />

Eleanor Knight<br />

Keyboard worrier<br />

Stand back, folks, I am about to mention nationalism.<br />

At the time of writing, ‘things’ have taken<br />

an alarming turn and I find myself reflecting that<br />

this is not the country I was born in.<br />

Causes are manifold, but for the purposes of this<br />

column I will keep it simple. I wasn’t born here.<br />

I was born in Scotland.<br />

Perhaps for this reason, and that my two brothers<br />

were born in England and Wales respectively,<br />

and that our Northern Irish granny started life,<br />

in 1909, just Irish, I’ve always felt it’s how, not<br />

where we live that makes us who we are.<br />

I grew up in a family of hobbyists. We played<br />

music, messed about with car engines and,<br />

according to one puzzling early school report<br />

‘knew an awful lot about leprosy.’ My parents,<br />

like many in the 1970s, were enthusiastic home<br />

brewers, and it is those early years that are for<br />

me, ever tinged with the comforting amber hue<br />

of have-a-go ale.<br />

Having turned down a job in Belfast, civilian<br />

deaths from The Troubles being at an all time<br />

high (and having been told in no uncertain<br />

terms he would be a target) Dad had picked up<br />

an alternative and moved us all from Essex to<br />

just north of Cardiff – a small, quiet village with<br />

a working blacksmith, a shop that sold powder<br />

for foot rot and where the only time we had red<br />

paint thrown over our garden for being ‘English’<br />

was quickly surpassed by the time we looked out<br />

to see a herd of cows grazing on it.<br />

So it was a surprise to be woken one night by a<br />

terrific explosion. A very loud bang, the sound of<br />

broken glass, and a lot of frantic activity down in<br />

the kitchen. Petrified, I lay with my arms pinned<br />

to my sides, imagining the worst. Then I heard<br />

my parents giggling.<br />

Because it wasn’t an attack. No. It was the<br />

spontaneous detonation of Mum’s ginger beer.<br />

A bottle had gone off like Krakatoa, showering<br />

shards of glass and sticky liquid all over the<br />

walls, ceiling and floor. Thankfully there were<br />

no human casualties. But Mum had made a<br />

dozen bottles, which left eleven, unexploded, in<br />

the crate.<br />

Dad went immediately into bomb-disposal<br />

mode. He banished the rest of us behind the<br />

kitchen door cordon, hastily half-filled a large<br />

black plastic dustbin with water, gingerly<br />

(sorry…) lifted the crate of threatening bottles,<br />

immersed it, with caution, and clamped the lid<br />

shut.<br />

Over the next two days we counted the explosions,<br />

cheering every time one of the muffled<br />

depth charges went off and squealing with<br />

glee when, once or twice, the blast was sufficient<br />

to dent the plastic from the inside.<br />

I count myself extremely<br />

fortunate to have<br />

had my childhood<br />

peace<br />

shattered only by<br />

a few over-primed<br />

pop bottles. Ginger<br />

beer can make<br />

a terrible mess of<br />

your kitchen, but<br />

there are far worse<br />

things out there<br />

ready to go off,<br />

and they take<br />

a lot more<br />

clearing<br />

up.<br />

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COLUMN<br />

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

Plenty more Henty<br />

My goodness, my appreciation of Guinness (to<br />

misquote a famous slogan for the smooth Irish<br />

stout) all stems from an <strong>October</strong> honeymoon<br />

which started in Dublin.<br />

Up until that time, I had been a ginger beer and<br />

bitter shandy man but on an evening visit to<br />

one of the splendid pubs close by our city centre<br />

hotel, I decided upon a pint of draught Guinness.<br />

To this day, I maintain there’s something special<br />

about the velvet brew when it’s actually made and<br />

consumed in Ireland. The shamrock created by<br />

the barmaid in the creamy head also impressed<br />

me that night, and for the rest of our touring<br />

holiday I was hooked.<br />

In Killarney we were joined by a coachload of<br />

American women who were given small glasses<br />

of the stout – most of which they left. In another<br />

pub, on the Ring of Kerry, while I ordered my<br />

pint, Sylvia asked to use the facilities and was<br />

surprised to be taken through a rear dining room,<br />

up some stairs and directed to a commode. Only<br />

in Ireland!<br />

One man who also enjoyed the famous brew<br />

was the son of artist Mabel Lucie Attwell,<br />

whose biography I wrote a few years back. Peter<br />

Earnshaw ended his days here in <strong>Lewes</strong> and was<br />

known in several local pubs for his piano playing<br />

and Guinness consumption.<br />

One of his favourite gigs was to entertain Sussex<br />

police at Christmas where, I’m told, bottles of<br />

the stuff were lined up along the top of Peter’s<br />

piano. Transport was provided to get him home<br />

fortunately.<br />

I encountered Peter in the Kings Head when we<br />

first moved to <strong>Lewes</strong> 32 years ago. Then there<br />

was a piano in the bar and pub food and furnishings<br />

were very basic.<br />

How things have changed. I certainly welcome<br />

the new owners and their modern approach. One<br />

match day Saturday recently, I noted a young<br />

wedding party enjoying tapas, and another large<br />

family seated along two sizeable tables. They<br />

had chosen a wide selection of meals and I asked<br />

manager, Felix, how many chefs were preparing<br />

the food? One, he told me smiling, but he’s<br />

special. Bravo Joseph!<br />

Improvements noted at the Dripping Pan this<br />

season as well, and the new bar area seems to<br />

be working. I commented on this to club man,<br />

David Arnold, an ever present at the Pan, along<br />

with wife, Barbara.<br />

David has compiled an excellent book that, as he<br />

puts it, recounts the sad yet stirring story behind<br />

the Priory School <strong>Lewes</strong> memorial chapel. The<br />

Fifty Five – A Story Set in Stone is published by<br />

Crown Publishing Limited.<br />

On a personal note, I have just produced a follow<br />

up to my Cheshire – The Cheese Loving Bear<br />

story in verse. It’s on a colourful CD featuring<br />

the remarkable Captain Sensible, lead guitarist<br />

with The Damned. Do look out for it locally<br />

please. All proceeds go to Chestnut Tree House –<br />

providing specialist palliative care to children in<br />

Sussex and South East Hampshire. John Henty<br />


COLUMN<br />

David Jarman<br />

My back pages<br />

To Depot to see The Souvenir, Joanna Hogg’s<br />

much garlanded new film. The story is closely<br />

based on a troubling time in her life. Julie<br />

is a young film school student. She meets<br />

Anthony, early thirties, suave in a very<br />

charm-by-numbers sort of way. He claims<br />

to work for the Foreign Office, as evidenced<br />

by announcements such as “I’m going to<br />

be away in Paris for a few days.” Even when<br />

he starts borrowing money from Julie, says<br />

cringemaking things like: “How would<br />

you like to go to Venice?” buys her ooh-la-la<br />

lingerie (from gay paree, you understand) which<br />

she is as unable to carry off as is Anthony his<br />

preposterously coloured bow ties, alarm bells fail<br />

to ring. For Anthony has a dark secret. “Quelle<br />

surprise”, as they probably don’t say in Paris. Oh<br />

well, you know how this is going to end. It’s a film<br />

you’ve seen a hundred times before.<br />

The film’s title is taken from a Fragonard<br />

painting in The Wallace Collection that<br />

depicts a girl carving the letter ‘S’ on a tree<br />

trunk. Anthony, who claims to have studied at<br />

The Courtauld, takes Julie to see the painting.<br />

She thinks the girl looks ‘sad’. He thinks she<br />

looks ‘determined’. Like so much in the film,<br />

none of this has a lot of meaning.<br />

The choice of The Wallace Collection<br />

reminded me of other, literary, references to<br />

the museum. In Iris Murdoch’s The Sea, The<br />

Sea the narrator pops in, and discovers that<br />

pretty well all the female characters that we<br />

have been introduced to in the book enjoy<br />

astonishing resemblances to portraits in<br />

The Wallace Collection. Apart that is from<br />

Hartley, the narrator’s long lost love, recently<br />

rediscovered living just up the road with her<br />

husband.<br />

Anita Brookner, who taught at The Courtauld,<br />

mentions visits to The Wallace Collection in A<br />

Family Romance, one of her fine, invigoratingly<br />

depressing novels. The ‘great Bouchers’<br />

on the central staircase are singled out for<br />

praise. I liked a passage in Brookner’s Times<br />

obituary: ‘She loved her parents “painfully”,<br />

she often said, but thought they should never<br />

have had children. She told a friend that she<br />

remembered feeling relief at the news of the<br />

outbreak of the Second World War. It was the<br />

first event that distressed her parents that she<br />

knew was not her fault.’ And then there’s a<br />

passage in her first novel, A Start in Life: ‘“Sea<br />

air will do her a power of good. You won’t<br />

know her when she comes back.” Ruth wished<br />

to believe it. She would indeed have welcomed<br />

back parents whom she did not know.’<br />

But the most famous literary reference to<br />

The Wallace Collection is surely<br />

Anthony Powell’s A Dance to the<br />

Music of Time, a title borrowed<br />

from Poussin’s painting in the<br />

Long Gallery. And I like to<br />

think that Powell also took<br />

the name of the Italian<br />

Soho restaurateur,<br />

Foppa, who appears<br />

in volume three of his<br />

roman fleuve, from that of<br />

the artist whose charming<br />

painting of the young Cicero<br />

reading is also in The Wallace<br />

Collection.<br />

Illustration by Charlotte Gann<br />



Grease<br />

Sandy’s underlying feist<br />

Few musicals evoke as much joy, in so many,<br />

as Grease. Jacqui Freeman, Director of LOS<br />

Musical Theatre’s upcoming production is one<br />

such fan. “I was maybe eight when it came out,<br />

and I went to see it eight times. I think it was the<br />

only time I went to the cinema and didn’t eat<br />

my orange-flavoured Matchmakers. I got to the<br />

end and I hadn’t touched them because I was so<br />

enraptured. I mean, John Travolta, come on! And<br />

Olivia! There was so much going on.”<br />

Jacqui was originally approached to direct a Bugsy<br />

Malone production, after an LOS committee<br />

member was impressed with the nativity plays<br />

she had directed at a local school. An LOS production<br />

of Les Mis then followed, and some of<br />

the young cast that Jacqui directed then are now<br />

performing in Grease. “They are very supportive<br />

of each other as a cast. They’re young, they’ve<br />

got lots of energy. They all love the songs.<br />

“My big thing with any stage production is that<br />

everybody understands who they are. I’ve been<br />

to see lots of polished productions – amateur and<br />

professional – where the singing, acting, lighting,<br />

everything is great, but you don’t connect with<br />

the characters on stage. So we talk about the<br />

motivation a lot. Why is your character saying<br />

that, what are they feeling?”<br />

This production is an amalgamation of the original<br />

musical and film versions of Grease. “Two<br />

of the five songs from the original are fantastic,<br />

so you’ll hear them: Mooning and Those Magic<br />

Changes.” Mooning as in bum mooning? “The<br />

character that sings it is known as the mooning<br />

king of Rydell High. But he sings the song to<br />

Jan, who he quite likes. So he’s singing about<br />

mooning but really it becomes a fledgling love<br />

song, because he’s mooning over her.”<br />

Jacqui explains that Sandy’s character is more<br />

rounded in the musical than in the film. “There’s<br />

one scene for example where she punches one<br />

of the other characters... she’s got this underlying<br />

feist I think”. Jacqui suggests that Sandy’s<br />

decision to change into “Tell me about it, Stud”<br />

mode can then be interpreted as part of her own<br />

coming of age story, rather than as a gambit to<br />

win Danny over.<br />

I briefly chat to Choreographer Jo Thomas too,<br />

who started at LOS when she was around 11<br />

years old, (performing as Annie no less!) Jo tells<br />

me that Jacqui was impressed with her choreography<br />

on previous LOS productions Oliver! and<br />

Chess, admiring how it “helped tell a story rather<br />

than just ticking a box as a dance”.<br />

The dance numbers are longer than in the film,<br />

so Jo is working hard to keep the momentum up<br />

with vigorous routines. This focus on dynamism<br />

chimes with Jacqui’s mantra for her actors: “If<br />

in doubt, move about.” After seeing LOS’ “energetic,<br />

upbeat and nostalgic show”, she thinks<br />

that the audience too will leave with a bit of a<br />

spring in their step.<br />

Joe Fuller<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Town Hall, 1st to 5th Oct,<br />

losmusicaltheatre.org.uk, 01273 480127<br />



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Featuring the ‘Greedy Italian’<br />

As <strong>Lewes</strong> <strong>October</strong>feast celebrates its tenth<br />

anniversary, its new organisers are hoping the<br />

month-long foodie festival will be the best yet.<br />

One of those organisers is Elisa Furci, the<br />

founder of Caccia & Tails. And it seems the<br />

event is in safe hands, as Elisa’s credentials include<br />

a stint running the London Food Festival.<br />

“When I heard the previous organisers wanted<br />

to pass it on, I immediately said I was interested,”<br />

she says, “then I roped in Chloe from Seven<br />

Sisters’ Spice, Jacob from The Feature Kitchen,<br />

and Robin the Community Chef. Ronald Dam,<br />

who is a local <strong>Lewes</strong> resident, is helping too, so<br />

we’re a team of five. As we’re all very busy, it’s<br />

been quite a challenge, but we’ve managed to<br />

pull everything together.”<br />

One highlight of the festival is an evening with<br />

restaurateur and BBC chef Gennaro Contaldo.<br />

He will be ‘in conversation’ with Saturday<br />

Kitchen’s Olly Smith at the All Saints Centre on<br />

Saturday 19 <strong>October</strong>, after which the ‘Greedy<br />

Italian’ will be signing copies of his new book<br />

Pasta Perfecto. Food and drinks will be provided<br />

by Caccia & Tails.<br />

“We’re going to turn the All Saints Centre<br />

into an Italian Piazza with all the right lighting<br />

and everything,” explains Elisa, who is herself<br />

half-Italian, with roots in Genoa. “We’ll be<br />

transporting everyone to Italy at Aperitivo time,<br />

when everyone sits outside with a Campari or<br />

beer and eats plates of focaccia.”<br />

For those in search of something more cosy, the<br />

Inglis Hall Secret Supper Club will be opening its<br />

doors on Fridays, Saturdays and one Sunday during<br />

the month. Places are restricted to ten people<br />

per evening, and hosts will include The Feature<br />

Kitchen, Seven Sisters’ Spice, One Supper Club,<br />

Merle’s Kitchen, Brighton restaurant Chilli Pepper,<br />

and Caccia & Tails.<br />

“Inglis Hall have a beautiful, fully functioning<br />

show kitchen and dining room at their premises<br />

at the Phoenix Works,” Elisa says. “It’s an amazing<br />

space, and there will be different people doing<br />

different things on different nights. Because<br />

numbers are limited, it will feel quite intimate,<br />

and people will be able to see the food being<br />

prepared and to chat to the chefs.”<br />

Some of the many other events on offer include<br />

free pop-up wine tastings at the Riverside every<br />

Saturday in <strong>October</strong> – see page 88 – and a Street<br />

Food Market on Saturday 12th in Harvey’s Yard.<br />

There’s also ‘And Everything Nice – Delightful<br />

Desserts and Nightcaps’, which takes place on the<br />

evenings of 11 and 12 <strong>October</strong>. “If you’ve been<br />

to an evening event without a dessert – or you<br />

want an extra one – you can go on to this,” Elisa<br />

enthuses. “It means you can combine it with an<br />

earlier event, or eat at home and then go out for<br />

dessert. In Italy, you often have dinner at home<br />

and then go out for ice cream. We should definitely<br />

adopt that custom over here!” Anita Hall<br />

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A band called TOM<br />

Photo by Mia Waghorn<br />

Some musical groups are moulded from a<br />

Lynx-scented cauldron of hairstyles and tattoos.<br />

Others assemble themselves, often with the help<br />

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very much’. I thought ‘Well, this isn’t going<br />

anywhere, is it?’ and then he said ‘I’ve got these<br />

songs, though.’ And he had thick folders of<br />

songs that he’d written over the years.” Despite<br />

not being comfortable with performing, Lance<br />

was a prolific songwriter. “I could always knock<br />

up a melody”, he says. “Colin has really encouraged<br />

me, to be honest. I’d never played live<br />

until I was over 60. Basically, I was going to take<br />

photographs after retirement. I bought a lovely<br />

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performing, I’d write a song and it would have<br />

one verse because no-one else was going to hear<br />

it. Now I ask myself, is each line appropriate, is<br />

it good enough? That’s what I’ve learned from<br />

Colin.”<br />

The music of TOM has been compared to<br />

Bob Dylan and praised by Peggy Seeger but<br />

proves hard to categorise when I ask if there’s a<br />

convenient label. Lance speaks first. “I think it’s<br />

folk, Colin.” Instant disagreement. “I don’t think<br />

it’s folk.” Lance offers ‘folk-ish’ as a compromise,<br />

Colin suggests ‘singer/songwriter’ and<br />

then Lance proposes a chimera that’s part Ian<br />

Dury, part Chris de Burgh and part Paul Simon.<br />

What’s certain is that storytelling is an essential<br />

part of what they do. “We both write good<br />

melodies”, Lance explains. “Lyrically, Colin is<br />

incredibly strong and I try to aspire to that level.<br />

And I like to take on any challenge.”<br />

“Your speciality is also your comedy songs”, adds<br />

Colin. Lance’s face lights up. “Oh yes. ‘Sadie the<br />

Flatulent Horse’. True story.” Mark Bridge<br />

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Jess Phillips<br />

Speaking truth to power<br />

I’m scheduled to speak with<br />

Jess Phillips MP about her<br />

new book Speaking Truth to<br />

Power: 7 Ways to Call Time on<br />

BS, but the phone hasn’t rung.<br />

I’m not surprised. It’s the<br />

morning after one of the most<br />

momentous days in British<br />

politics and Jess has given<br />

an excoriating speech in the<br />

House of Commons calling<br />

out the Prime Minister for<br />

playing a “bully boy game”<br />

over his plans for Brexit, declaring<br />

that there was “literally no distance” that<br />

she would trust him on anything and shaming<br />

the “cowardly” members left on the Conservative<br />

benches for sitting silently by as 21 of their<br />

colleagues were suspended for rebelling against<br />

the PM. Delivered with righteous rage, it was a<br />

masterclass in calling time on BS.<br />

Since taking office as MP for Birmingham Yardley<br />

in 2015, Jess Phillips has developed a reputation<br />

for calling it how she sees it. Her plainspeaking<br />

is a refreshing change in Parliament.<br />

(“Let’s just call it shutting down parliament. I<br />

literally hate the word prorogation” – another<br />

thing she’s bloody angry about.) But it’s won her<br />

plenty of enemies as well as supporters. In the<br />

book, she reveals that she sleeps with a panic<br />

button next to her bed, installed after her close<br />

friend and colleague Jo Cox was murdered by a<br />

far-right extremist. She is constantly threatened<br />

for speaking out and viciously trolled on social<br />

media with vile and hateful comments. I can’t<br />

help but wonder if the price of speaking up is<br />

too high?<br />

Of course, she admits, the<br />

backlash is distressing and the<br />

most difficult part of speaking<br />

truth to power. ‘Backlash<br />

usually means you have hit a<br />

nerve.’ she writes. ‘It can be<br />

terrifying and tiring and you<br />

should expect it and prepare for<br />

it, but it is also a force we can<br />

use for good if we learn what to<br />

amplify and what to ignore.’<br />

As well as how to channel the<br />

fear, the book is full of practical<br />

advice for getting your message<br />

across in the most effective way and with the<br />

maximum impact and – in case you’re thinking<br />

your voice is too small to make a difference<br />

– interviews with ordinary people who were<br />

compelled to speak out. People like Zelda Perkins<br />

who blew the whistle on Harvey Weinstein,<br />

Sarah Rowbotham who refused to be silenced<br />

having discovered the child exploitation scandal<br />

in Rochdale, and the families of Grenfell United<br />

campaigning for safer social housing.<br />

It’s an inspiring and emboldening read. A battle<br />

cry as well as a ‘how to’ manual. A reminder that,<br />

if you want to be heard, you’ve got to speak up.<br />

If you’re not ready to start a one-woman crusade<br />

just yet, Jess advises that we all start with not being<br />

a ‘bystander to bullshit’. As world politicians<br />

continue to behave in unspeakable ways, it falls<br />

to us to call them out. ‘If you don’t speak back to<br />

the bully, the bully always wins.’ Lizzie Lower<br />

Jess Phillips MP will be discussing her new book<br />

on Thursday 3rd <strong>October</strong> at the Brighthelm<br />

Centre, Brighton, 7.30pm. Visit city-books.co.uk/<br />

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Psychic Connections<br />

The Ayckbourn legacy<br />

“When I was young<br />

and trying to find my<br />

own voice, it was quite<br />

a pressure,” says Philip<br />

Ayckbourn, the <strong>Lewes</strong>based<br />

playwright who<br />

is directing his own<br />

two-act ghost story,<br />

Psychic Connections, at the<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Little Theatre in<br />

<strong>October</strong>. “I had to step<br />

away from Dad’s shadow. And it’s quite a long<br />

shadow.”<br />

‘Dad’, of course, is Alan Ayckbourn, arguably the<br />

country’s most successful living playwright. “It<br />

helps open doors, and people give you a second<br />

look when otherwise they might not have, but I<br />

felt I had to escape that shadow. I spent twenty<br />

years running a touring theatre company in<br />

France, where I had relative anonymity. That’s<br />

where I cut my theatrical teeth.”<br />

Nowadays, long back in England, with a string of<br />

well-received plays behind him, Philip doesn’t so<br />

much avoid comparisons with his father, as invite<br />

them. He’s part of the scheduling committee at<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Little Theatre, and suggested, this autumn,<br />

that there should be a double bill of ghost<br />

stories, to help celebrate the 80th birthday of<br />

both Ayckbourn Sr and the theatre itself. Psychic<br />

Connections follows his father’s Haunting Julia,<br />

which played in September.<br />

“Both plays were a reaction to The Woman in<br />

Black, which premiered in Scarborough Library<br />

Theatre in 1987,” he says. “That influenced Dad<br />

to write Haunting Julia, and, since seeing it, I<br />

always had it in mind to write a ghost story. I<br />

finally completed Psychic Connections three years<br />

ago. This is its premiere.”<br />

He gives me a brief<br />

description of the<br />

plot. A TV psychic<br />

takes two punters to a<br />

long-derelict Victorian<br />

school in Surrey,<br />

where she performs an<br />

on-screen seance. She<br />

discovers connections<br />

between them and their<br />

forebears, and starts<br />

unravelling the mystery of the death of a young<br />

girl, Alice, in the 1880s. Did she commit suicide,<br />

or was there foul play involved?<br />

“The action oscillates between two periods of<br />

time,” he continues, “and, as the title suggests,<br />

plays on the many connections between past and<br />

present. It’s a ghost story, but becomes a detective<br />

story, too, as the truth gradually unfolds. The<br />

key is the psychic medium, a quirky, mysterious<br />

woman, with a dark undercurrent.”<br />

Philip’s mother was a sometime attender of seances,<br />

and the playwright, who has read widely<br />

on the subject, believes there ‘must be something<br />

in it’. “I’ve heard too many stories to just dismiss<br />

the whole business,” he says. “I’m not expecting<br />

the same of my audience, but some suspension of<br />

disbelief comes into play.”<br />

I wonder if his father has read the script, and<br />

what he thinks of it. “We no longer read one another’s<br />

work,” he smiles. “We prefer to show one<br />

another the finished product, on the stage.” So is<br />

Alan coming to <strong>Lewes</strong> to see Psychic Connections?<br />

And does this make Philip nervous? “He is. I’m<br />

sure he’ll like it. Whatever the case, I’m proud<br />

of him, and what he’s done, and to be part of his<br />

legacy.” Alex Leith<br />

25th Oct-2nd Nov, lewestheatre.org<br />



Susie Boyt<br />

Human landscape artist<br />

Susie Boyt is the author of six novels, but she’s<br />

best known for her palimpsestic 2008 memoirbiography<br />

My Life as Judy Garland, and you get<br />

the feeling, talking to her about the book, that<br />

its success has been something of a doubleedged<br />

sword.<br />

I wouldn’t have picked it up if I hadn’t been<br />

asked to interview her. While I quite like Judy<br />

Garland, I’m not a fan, in the way many people<br />

are, and I wouldn’t have felt qualified, somehow,<br />

to read it. But as I became absorbed in its pages,<br />

I realised that my preconceptions were flawed.<br />

Midway through my half-hour phone conversation<br />

with Boyt, she addresses the issue. “The<br />

difficult thing about it is that people who aren’t<br />

interested in Judy Garland really enjoy it, but<br />

no-one who isn’t interested in Judy Garland<br />

would consider reading it… that’s very me to put<br />

off half my readers without really meaning to.”<br />

It turns out the main theme of the book isn’t<br />

Garland, but Boyt’s emotional rawness, and it<br />

takes the reader a while to realise this. Or as<br />

she puts it: “it’s a book about loss, disguised as a<br />

book about me, disguised as a book about Judy<br />

Garland, with layers upon layers of things going<br />

on… I always write things that are very much on<br />

the slant, I don’t like looking at things head on.”<br />

I ask Boyt if the Garland theme was something<br />

of a disguise: had she ever considered writing<br />

a similar book about her relationship with her<br />

father, the late artist Lucian Freud? “I wouldn’t<br />

ever do that,” she says. “The only other person<br />

I could have done it about was Henry James…<br />

I’m constantly re-reading his work on a kind of<br />

loop, so that’s quite a powerful wallpaper in the<br />

background of my life.”<br />

Henry James and Judy Garland, I think: what<br />

an incongruous marriage of cultural heroes. So<br />

I ask her: if she hosted a dinner party, inviting<br />

just the two of them, how does she think they’d<br />

get on?<br />

There’s a long pause. Finally: “It wouldn’t be a<br />

very relaxed evening. Both of them, for a start,<br />

were very troubled about food. Henry James<br />

had utterly terrible digestion issues, and Judy<br />

Garland didn’t really like to eat, so me being<br />

a feeder, that’s going to be challenging, for a<br />

start.”<br />

Then: “I suppose Henry James’s whole literary<br />

force was to do with uncovering in its entirety<br />

the whole landscape of human consciousness.<br />

And I think she was interested in the whole<br />

landscape of human feeling. So those are two<br />

quite big things to share.”<br />

After we speak, I start reading her latest (2017)<br />

novel, Love & Fame, another story with<br />

bereavement as its driver. Again,<br />

I become absorbed in her<br />

words. And I realise that<br />

Henry James and Judy Garland<br />

are, after all, a formidable<br />

partnership of muses<br />

for a writer. Human<br />

consciousness, and<br />

human feeling: that’s<br />

quite a landscape to<br />

explore.<br />

Alex Leith<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Literary<br />

Society, All<br />

Saints, <strong>October</strong><br />

8th, 8pm.<br />


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Maiden, The Leopard, Red Desert<br />

Film ’19<br />

Dexter Lee’s cinema round-up<br />

This month’s book-to-film offering (Oct 3rd)<br />

features a much-loved classic. To Kill a Mockingbird<br />

won a Pulitzer prize for author Harper Lee<br />

in 1950, and its screen adaptation won three<br />

awards in the 1962 Academy Awards, including<br />

best actor for Gregory Peck, and best adapted<br />

screenplay for Horton Foote.<br />

Luchino Visconti’s historical epic The Leopard<br />

(6th) didn’t win an Oscar, but did bag the Cannes<br />

Palme D’Or in 1963. Based on Giuseppe Tomasi<br />

di Lampedusa’s eponymous novel, it’s set during<br />

Garibaldi’s military campaign in Sicily in 1860.<br />

Burt Lancaster stars; the costumes are stunning.<br />

This is the first of an Italian 1960s mini-season<br />

at Depot. It’s accompanied by Michelangelo<br />

Antonioni’s existential 1964 masterpiece Red<br />

Desert, starring Monica Vitti and Richard Harris<br />

(16th, preceded by an Italian meal for those who<br />

choose), and Pier Paolo Pasolini’s metaphorical<br />

and thought-provoking masterpiece, Theorem<br />

(23rd), starring Terence Stamp as a young man<br />

who has a dramatic effect on the lives of a bourgeois<br />

Italian family he visits.<br />

From the sublimely ridiculous to the ridiculously<br />

sublime: <strong>October</strong>’s dementia-friendly<br />

offering is the Elvis Presley vehicle Blue Hawaii<br />

(8th), all surfboards, colourful shirts, and complicated<br />

love triangles.<br />

Depot is celebrating European Arthouse<br />

Cinema Day with a preview of the latest film<br />

by French ‘new New Wave’ director François<br />

Ozon. By the Grace of God (13th) examines the<br />

after effects of the Lyons Catholic Church<br />

sexual abuse scandal; the film gets a week’s run<br />

later in the month (from 25th).<br />

The oldest film of the month, and this month’s<br />

choice in the Michael Voigt Film Club, hasn’t<br />

lost any of its vibrancy. Howard Hawks’ 1940<br />

screwball comedy His Girl Friday (16th) stars<br />

Cary Grant as an unscrupulous journalist<br />

trying to stop his former colleague – and lover<br />

– Rosalind Russell from getting married, by<br />

trying to involve her in an unfolding scoop.<br />

And the month should end with a few more: exact<br />

details weren’t released as we went to press,<br />

but expect at least one horror movie at Depot<br />

on Halloween (31st, obvs).<br />

There are two films at the <strong>Lewes</strong> Film Club,<br />

in the All Saints, and both feature powerful<br />

female leads. Benedikt Erlingsson’s 2018<br />

offering Woman at War (11th) sees Halldóra<br />

Geirharðsdóttir portray a mild-mannered<br />

Reykjavik choir instructor leading a double life:<br />

by night she is a hardened eco-terrorist. Can<br />

she pull off one-last manoeuvre before fulfilling<br />

her life dream and adopting a child? Alex<br />

Holmes’ Maiden, meanwhile (22nd) is a moving<br />

and illuminating documentary examining how<br />

Tracy Edwards turned from ship’s cook to yacht<br />

skipper in order to lead the first-ever all-female<br />

crew in the Whitbread Round the World Race<br />

in 1989, confronting chauvinistic ridicule from<br />

the yachting fraternity, and biblical weather<br />

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ART: BOOK<br />

Voyaging Out<br />

So many lives…<br />

Sylvia Pankhurst,<br />

daughter of Emmeline,<br />

was a political activist<br />

and campaigner for<br />

women’s rights. She was<br />

also an artist. ‘Her art’,<br />

writes Carolyn Trant<br />

in her new Thames &<br />

Hudson book, Voyaging<br />

Out, ‘became her way of<br />

bearing witness, showing the monotony of the<br />

repetitive work done by women, from packing<br />

fish to stooking corn; enduring the heat of the<br />

mills or cold in the fields.’<br />

The book’s packed with fascinating life stories<br />

of British women artists over the last 150 years:<br />

how they did and didn’t manage to work, how<br />

they organised their lives, who they lived with,<br />

who they worked with; and how that work was<br />

then received – or not – by the establishment of<br />

the day.<br />

The effect of this “narrative non-fiction” is<br />

compelling, and cumulative: all these lives<br />

lived, and lost – and the extraordinary art that<br />

emerged. The pictures dotted throughout are<br />

an education. And Carolyn is herself, of course,<br />

an artist, not historian: the emphasis stays firmly<br />

with the work.<br />

The idea for the book came, Carolyn tells me<br />

when I visit her in <strong>Lewes</strong>, after she wrote and<br />

published her 2004 life of Peggy Angus. Peggy,<br />

born to a mining family, one of 13 children, was<br />

always an outsider when it came to the art establishment,<br />

and deliberately so. “She was being<br />

an outsider definitively, so she could say what<br />

she thought”, says Carolyn. “This could seem<br />

intimidating, but she was totally fearless.”<br />

Carolyn knew Peggy well – from the age of<br />

11, when Peggy was her art<br />

teacher at her school in North<br />

London. They remained<br />

close until Peggy’s death in<br />

2004. “And there were so<br />

many other women artists<br />

I encountered through her.<br />

I wanted to write about her<br />

wider group of friends. That<br />

was the seed. This book grew<br />

from there. At one stage it was three times the<br />

size! And of course it was a joy writing it because<br />

I know a lot of the next generation: they’ve been<br />

so generous.”<br />

She was also politically motivated. “I’d been<br />

part of a group called Women In Print. Of<br />

course, I’ve cared about how women have been<br />

overlooked for simply being women. And the<br />

relevance today is important. We’re at a period<br />

where we’re rethinking what art is. Grayson<br />

Perry – who I think is brilliant – is Peggy Angus<br />

today. It’s to do with looking at art as something<br />

you do as part of life – nothing to do with galleries<br />

etc.”<br />

Throughout this account, of course, women<br />

juggle their art with other roles and constraints:<br />

financial, class, marriage, security, children, the<br />

kitchen sink. Their courage and determination<br />

shine through these potted histories. And<br />

Carolyn also thinks that, politically and socially,<br />

we have things to (re)learn. “Now is so like the<br />

1930s – with the rise of fascism. These women<br />

were so inspiring, had such integrity.<br />

“Perhaps they didn’t have so much to lose”, she<br />

says. “But they lived by their beliefs, and they<br />

stood up for things. Today, we could do with<br />

remembering this.”<br />

Charlotte Gann<br />


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David Nash<br />

Wizard of wood<br />

You get the feeling, when you talk to David<br />

Nash, the internationally respected Anglo-Welsh<br />

sculptor and land artist, that he really loves his<br />

primary material, wood.<br />

In <strong>October</strong> the Towner in Eastbourne is showing<br />

a retrospective of his career, 200 Seasons at<br />

Capel Rhiw, an indoor forest of his raw abstract<br />

sculptures, in all their charred, chipped and<br />

chain-sawed glory. The exhibition celebrates<br />

the artist’s long relationship with Wales, where<br />

he has been working in his studio – a converted<br />

chapel in Blaenau Ffestiniog – for 50 years. He<br />

also has strong connections with East Sussex,<br />

where he sources much of his wood.<br />

“Every species speaks a different dialect of the<br />

language of wood,” he tells me, over a glass of elderflower<br />

cordial, on a hot July afternoon. “Each<br />

has its different qualities. Oak has longevity,<br />

birch has a short life. Holly is so dense and white<br />

they use it to make piano keys. Elm doesn’t split,<br />

but it can smell funny. In fact, it can smell like<br />

dog shit. I had to remove a sculpture from an<br />

exhibition once, because everyone was looking at<br />

the soles of their shoes.”<br />

Another sculpture that had to be taken away, for<br />

a different reason, was Big Bud, a four-metrehigh,<br />

6-ton oaken carving that was briefly on<br />

show, in Grange Gardens, as part of his 2007<br />

With the Grain exhibition, in <strong>Lewes</strong> Town Hall.<br />

“It was vandalised,” he says, “and we had to put<br />

a fence round it, and a guard, with a dog. It<br />

became too much bother, so we removed it. My<br />

wife didn’t like it anyway.”<br />

Nash has utmost respect for his materials. He<br />

would never kill a healthy tree, to make a sculpture.<br />

“I only work from dying, or dead trees,<br />

or ones that have fallen, or become dangerous.<br />

After a storm, people ring me up about a fallen<br />

tree; if they’re any good I go and quarry them.”<br />

Wooden Boulder was a case in point. In 1977 he<br />

was alerted to the fact that an oak had fallen<br />

on a hillside of the Ffestiniog Valley, in North<br />

Wales. He hewed out a huge, asymmetrical,<br />

half-ton lump, and attempted to work it down<br />

a stream, so he could take it in his truck to his<br />

studio/home at Capel Rhiw. It got lodged in a<br />

waterfall, and he chose to leave it there, visiting<br />

it regularly to see how it changed, through the<br />

seasons. Over the next 25 years, rainstorms<br />

moved it down the stream to the estuary below<br />

and it disappeared, presumably washed out into<br />

the Irish sea.<br />

“I never thought I’d see it again,” he smiles.<br />

“Then, ten years later, in 2013, it mysteriously<br />

reappeared, in the same estuary. It was like a<br />

lap of honour.” Two years later, it disappeared<br />

anew. “I doubt I shall ever see it again,” he says,<br />

“but it’s still somewhere, it’s just out of sight. No<br />

energy dissipates.” Alex Leith<br />

28 Sep-2nd Feb 2020, free entry<br />

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Branch Frame, David Nash, 1996<br />


Sundays until 27th <strong>October</strong> <strong>2019</strong><br />

Experience the extraordinary atmosphere of the<br />

Sussex home and garden of the Surrealists Lee<br />

Miller & Roland Penrose. 50 minute guided house<br />

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ART<br />

ART & ABOUT<br />

In town this month<br />

Jane Bridger<br />

Patrick Altes<br />

From the 14th, Chalk<br />

Gallery start their<br />

Autumn season with<br />

Earthly Blings, an<br />

exhibition of works<br />

by ceramicist Jane<br />

Bridger. This collection<br />

– inspired by<br />

ancient Persia, the Far East and the world<br />

around us – encapsulates her 30 years of<br />

experimentation and experience with decorative<br />

techniques and glazes. You’re invited<br />

to ‘Meet the Artist’ on Saturday 19th <strong>October</strong><br />

2pm to 4pm.<br />

From the 28th of<br />

September until<br />

the 19th of <strong>October</strong>,<br />

Depot host<br />

In the Moment,<br />

presented by<br />

Drawing Life – a<br />

charity that offers<br />

artist-led life<br />

drawing classes<br />

to people living<br />

with dementia. Visual artists Oska Lappin,<br />

Matthew Radford and Patrick Altes<br />

present works inspired by their time leading<br />

the group, accompanied by a soundtrack<br />

created by DJ Danny Rampling and Aidan<br />

Lavelle. [drawinglife.org]<br />

Captivating Colour<br />

– an exhibition<br />

by the East<br />

Sussex Guild of<br />

Weavers, Spinners<br />

and Dyers<br />

– will be at the<br />

Town Hall on the 25th and 26th. Showcasing<br />

items made by the members, as well as<br />

second-hand equipment for sale, trade stalls,<br />

demonstrations of weaving and spinning<br />

techniques. Children are particularly welcome<br />

to join in. (Adults £4, accompanying<br />

children and students free.)<br />

Our congratulations<br />

to Mohamed Hamid<br />

whose Star Pottery<br />

recently celebrated<br />

its 30th anniversary<br />

in the Star Brewery.<br />

Mohamed’s distinctive<br />

brush-decorated<br />

stoneware pottery has<br />

become synonymous with the town, with<br />

his number plaques adorning so many local<br />

doorways, and his bespoke plates and mugs<br />

commemorating countless births, marriages<br />

and retirements. He also teaches around<br />

50 students each week, of all ages, tutoring<br />

hundreds of budding makers over the course<br />

of his career. Long may he continue.<br />

Out of town<br />

This month Sussex Art Fairs bring together<br />

more than 125 artists, galleries and collectives at<br />

Brighton Racecourse from the 11th-13th. Visitors<br />

will be able to chat to the artists and gallery<br />

owners, whilst browsing thousands of affordable<br />

artworks. (Preview 6-9pm Friday 11th, £12 entry. General admission 10am-6pm Sat 12th & Sun<br />

13th, £6 entry. Free for children under 12. See pg 46 for reader offer. sussexartfairs.co.uk)<br />

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ART<br />

Studio+<br />

Gallery<br />




Out of town (cont)<br />




21 Church Street<br />

Seaford, BN25 1HD<br />

07511 817366<br />

www.studioplusgallery.com<br />

OCTOBER 3RD TO NOVEMBER 3RD <strong>2019</strong><br />

every Thursday to Sunday 11.00 to 17.00<br />

Post-Impressionist Living:<br />

The Omega Workshops<br />

is at the galleries<br />

at Charleston.<br />

Established by the<br />

painter and art critic<br />

Roger Fry in 1913,<br />

with Vanessa Bell and<br />

Duncan Grant as codirectors,<br />

the Omega Workshops<br />

were inspired by the new, vital spirit of<br />

Post-Impressionism, producing bold, playful<br />

and inventive items for the home.<br />

Tickets include entry to Coming Home: Virginia<br />

Woolf by Vanessa Bell, part of a major National<br />

Portrait Gallery project that sees portraits<br />

of iconic individuals from the national collection<br />

travelling to the towns and cities most<br />

closely associated with their subjects. Vanessa<br />

Bell’s portrait of her sister, Virginia Woolf, was<br />

painted at nearby Asheham, Virginia’s Sussex<br />

home in 1912, and is displayed at Charleston<br />

for the first time.<br />

Plate with overglaze painted sailing boat design, Duncan Grant, 1913-14.<br />

© The Estate of Duncan Grant. All rights reserved. DACS <strong>2019</strong> / The<br />

Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London.<br />

Peter Messer<br />

From 3rd <strong>October</strong>,<br />

Studio+ Gallery<br />

in Seaford present<br />

The Unexpected – an<br />

exhibition of new<br />

paintings by Peter<br />

Messer, many on<br />

display for the first<br />

time. His intense<br />

and watchful tempera<br />

paintings explore unseen elements of a<br />

world ignored by many of us until he, deftly<br />

and persuasively, reminds us of it. (21 Church<br />

St, Seaford. Continues until 3rd Nov.) Just<br />

next door, the Crypt Gallery has a full month<br />

of events with a group exhibition, a guitar<br />

recital and an interactive sound and vision<br />

installation inspired by the Sussex Downs.<br />

Visit thecryptgallery.com for details.<br />



In the MoMent<br />




28th SEPTEMBER-19th OCTOBER<br />

IN THE MOMENT is a show<br />

presented by Drawing Life and<br />

curated by visual artists Oska Lappin,<br />

Matthew Radford, Patrick Altes and<br />

DJ Danny Rampling.<br />

For more information visit<br />

www.lewesdepot.org<br />

Sponsored by Arts Council England,<br />

Sussex Community Foundation, Hastings Borough Council<br />

O C T O B E R :<br />

Tuesday 1st - Sunday 6th<br />

Take Five with Roger Scott, David Mills,<br />

Peter Stafford, John Deller and Liz Scott<br />

Saturday <strong>October</strong> 12th 7.30- 9 pm<br />

Guitar duo Ashworth and Rattenbury<br />

Saturday 19th - 26th<br />

Solace an interactive sound and vision<br />

installation with Karen Tilley and Kevin Grist<br />

www.sparkedecho.org/solace<br />

Crypt Gallery, 23 Church Street, Seaford, BN25 1HD | www.thecryptgallery.com

ART<br />

Out of town (cont)<br />

Floating Worlds – an exhibition of Japanese woodcuts from the Edo period<br />

(1615-1868) – continues at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery. The style<br />

of prints on display is known as Ukiyo-e, which means ‘pictures of the<br />

floating world’, capturing the sights of 19th century Edo (modern day Tokyo).<br />

The exhibition offers a calm space to relax and a series of events including<br />

yoga, Tai Chi, meditation and haiku poetry have been programmed<br />

to promote mindfulness and wellbeing. Across the gardens at the Royal<br />

Pavilion, upwards of 120 splendid objects are now on display in their original settings. On<br />

loan from the Royal Collection Trust, visitors will be able to see porcelain pagodas and extraordinary<br />

clocks originally acquired by the Prince Regent for his exotic Brighton palace and<br />

moved to London by Queen Victoria in 1847.<br />

Image courtesy of Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II <strong>2019</strong><br />

Oska Bright, the world’s biggest learning disability film<br />

festival, returns to The Old Market in Hove from the<br />

23rd-26th. Challenging perceptions of who can create and<br />

star in films, this year’s festival offers dozens of animations,<br />

documentaries, dramas, film surgeries and a new ‘After<br />

Dark’ slot where ‘the most unexplained, unexpected and<br />

experimental films’ will be screened. A glittering awards<br />

night takes place on Friday 25th, with the winners screened on the 26th. (oskabright.org)<br />

Towner Art Gallery<br />

David Nash 200 Seasons<br />

29 September <strong>2019</strong> – 2 February 2020<br />

Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, BN21 4JJ<br />

www.townereastbourne.org.uk @townergallery<br />

#200Seasons #EastbourneAlive<br />

David Nash, Nature to Nature, 1985. © Jonty Wilde, courtesy David Nash. Tate Collection

With your<br />

heart and<br />

soles, conquer<br />

the coals!<br />

30TH OCTOBER <strong>2019</strong> AT 6PM<br />


Enjoy an interactive seminar before facing your fears and<br />

taking a daring dash across burning coals. Bring friends<br />

and family for an evening filled with fun, fire and inspiration.<br />

Entry is just £25 per person with a promise<br />

to raise £100+ or £125 with no fundraising<br />

commitment.<br />

Find out more and register at<br />

www.stpjhospice.org or call 01444 470208.<br />

Registered charity number 1056114.

Oct listings<br />


<strong>October</strong>Feast. Events throughout the town,<br />

see page 33 & lewesoctoberfeast.com.<br />

TUESDAY 1<br />

NT Live: One Man, Two Guvnors. Encore<br />

screening of the play featuring James Corden,<br />

to celebrate the 10th birthday of National<br />

Theatre Live. Depot, 1pm, £20.<br />


Grease. LOS Musical Theatre’s production<br />

of the popular hit musical. <strong>Lewes</strong> Town Hall,<br />

7.30pm (Saturday 2pm & 7pm), £10-£17, see<br />

page 31.<br />

THURSDAY 3<br />

Comedy at the Con. With<br />

Markus Birdman, Omid<br />

Singh, Alex Kealy and special<br />

guest MC Sally-Anne Hayward.<br />

Con Club, 7.30pm,<br />

£8-£12.<br />

Movement 4 Movement in Calais and Beyond.<br />

A group of students from London’s Trinity<br />

Laban Contemporary Dance present their<br />

recent experience of taking music and dance to<br />

refugee camps in Calais and neighbouring sites.<br />

Tea, coffee and soft drinks available afterwards,<br />

followed by the AGM of LOSRAS (<strong>Lewes</strong> Organisation<br />

in Support of Refugees and Asylum<br />

Seekers). Christ Church Main Hall, Prince<br />

Edward’s Road, 7.30pm, free.<br />

FRIDAY 4<br />

Henges & Hand Grenades: New Discoveries<br />

from Salisbury Plain. <strong>Lewes</strong> Archaeological<br />

Group talk with Martin Brown. <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

Town Hall Lecture Room (Fisher Street entrance),<br />

7.30pm, £4/£3 (free for under 25s).<br />

SATURDAY 5<br />

NT Live Encore: Fleabag. Encore screening<br />

of the award-winning, one-woman show<br />

that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag.<br />

Depot, 2.30pm, £20.<br />

A Girdle Round the Earth – Music of Longing<br />

and Belonging. East Sussex Freedom from<br />

Torture supporters group present their second<br />

recital with award-winning musicians. Refreshments<br />

and a raffle to follow. St Anne’s Church,<br />

6pm, £15.<br />

Beyond the Water’s Edge – Transformative<br />

Tales from the Sea. Local<br />

storyteller presents sea tales of sea<br />

goddesses, shape shifters, loss, belonging,<br />

death, nature, gender, love and<br />

suffering. Family-friendly but parental guidance<br />

advised. Westgate Chapel, 7pm, £10/£8.<br />

Chiddingly Festival Disco. Party to end the<br />

festival with local DJs spinning disco, funk and<br />

house all night long. Chiddingly Village Hall,<br />

7pm till late, £5.<br />

SUNDAY 6<br />

TUESDAY 8<br />

Fun Dog Show. In honour<br />

of World Animal Day, raising<br />

funds for Raystede Centre<br />

for Animal Welfare. Seaford<br />

beach, see raystede.org<br />

Susie Boyt at <strong>Lewes</strong> Literary Society. All<br />

Saints, 8pm, £10 (£5 for under 25s), see p41.<br />


Riverside & <strong>October</strong>feast<br />

A series of Wine Tastings of Sussex Wines in our Pop up Space upstairs at Riverside<br />

Breaky Bottom<br />

Saturday 5 th <strong>October</strong><br />

11am to 4pm<br />

Bluebell Vineyard Estates<br />

Saturday 12 th <strong>October</strong><br />

11am to 4pm<br />

Vineyards of the<br />

Sussex Weald<br />

Saturday 19 th <strong>October</strong><br />

11am to 4pm<br />

Plumpton Estate Wines<br />

Saturday 26 th <strong>October</strong><br />

11am to 4pm<br />

Each Saturday in <strong>October</strong> Riverside will be hosting a<br />

series of wine tasting pop ups giving you an opportunity<br />

to taste, compare and buy local Sussex wine from a<br />

cluster of passionate growers and winemakers. Riverside<br />

brings you Breaky Bottom, Bluebell Vineyard, Plumpton<br />

Estate Wines and the Vineyards of the Sussex Weald<br />

including Beacon Down, Fox & Fox, Hidden Spring, Off<br />

The Line and Tickerage who will all be showcasing their<br />

range of wines in our unique pop up venue.<br />

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

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



FILM<br />

MUSIC<br />


University of Sussex, Gardner Centre Road, Brighton BN1 9RA<br />

01273 678 822<br />


Oct listings (cont.)<br />


Flexible Minds Flexible Bodies: how the<br />

Feldenkrais Method supports mental health.<br />

An event in partnership with East Sussex<br />

Libraries to mark World Mental Health Day.<br />

Meet local practitioners, hear a talk about<br />

Moshe Feldenkrais and his work (6pm), and<br />

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

about him and the Method. <strong>Lewes</strong> Library,<br />

Friars Walk, 5.30pm-7pm, free.<br />

The Changing Landscape of Sussex Place<br />

Names. In this, the third in a series of lectures<br />

in memory of Pam Combes, Professor Richard<br />

Coates will explore the place names of Sussex<br />

with reference to Mawer and Stenton’s seminal<br />

work, 90 years after its initial publication.<br />

He will share his special interest in the area<br />

where linguistics, history and geography meet,<br />

as well as his expertise on the traditional dialects<br />

of Sussex. The Keep, 6.30pm, £10 (free to<br />

FoTKA members).<br />

THURSDAY 10<br />

Needlewriters. Featuring readings from Robert<br />

Hamberger, Martin Nathan, Anna Reckin<br />

and Clare Best. John Harvey Tavern, 7pm for<br />

7.45pm, £5/£3.<br />

John Every’s Phoenix Ironworks, <strong>Lewes</strong>.<br />

Talk by John Blackwell, Chairman of Sussex<br />

Industrial Archaeology Society. Priory School<br />

Hall, 7.30pm, £2 for Members of the <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

National Trust Centre/£5 for non-members.<br />

The Case for a Real Living Wage.<br />

Headstrong Club talk with Sonya Baksi who<br />

worked over a 40 period in the NHS and was a<br />

consultant community paediatrician. Elephant<br />

& Castle, 8pm, £3.<br />

FRIDAY 11 – SUNDAY 13<br />

Giants of<br />

Steam Autumn<br />

Gala.<br />

Special weekend<br />

with<br />

guest trains<br />

‘Duchess of<br />

Sutherland’<br />

and ‘Britannia’, and a chance to ride the footplate.<br />

See bluebell-railway.com.<br />

SATURDAY 12<br />

Self-Help Menopause. A friendly and supportive<br />

one-day session specifically for the<br />

general public. It will be a small group with<br />

the aim of giving everyone the chance to find<br />

out what they need to know about menopause,<br />

and the opportunity to create their own<br />

positive self-help strategies. St Mary’s Church<br />

Hall, see chantryhealth.com.<br />

SATURDAY 12 & SUNDAY 13<br />

FRIDAY 11<br />

Film: Woman at War (12A). Icelandic dramedy<br />

about Halla, who is leading a secret double<br />

life as an environmental activist. All Saints,<br />

8pm, £5/£2.50.<br />

Wakehurst’s Bountiful Botanics. A weekend<br />

celebrating nature’s bounty, with a programme<br />

of tours, talks and family activities, plus handson<br />

workshops, tree-climbing and demonstrations.<br />

See kew.org/Wakehurst.<br />


<strong>Lewes</strong> Castle &<br />

Anne of Cleves House<br />

Anne of Cleves House<br />

Beginners Weaving Workshop<br />

Fri 18 th Oct, booking required<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Castle<br />

Morning Explorer - Herbs &<br />

Spices<br />

Mon 28 th Oct,10.00-11.00am<br />

For families with additional needs to<br />

explore the site & collections. Hands<br />

on activities, stories & guiding.<br />

For more details call: 01273 405734<br />

Anne of Cleves House<br />

Autumn Colours<br />

Tues 29 th Oct, 1.00-4.00pm<br />

Explore Tudor plants, dyes & paints.<br />

All ages. Included in admission.<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Castle*<br />

Heros & Dragons<br />

Thurs 31 st Oct,10.30 -12pm<br />

Listen, discover & make.<br />

Ages 4-8. Tickets £5.<br />

*Booking required for<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Castle activities<br />

www.sussexpast.co.uk<br />



halloween<br />

brexit Special<br />

The con clUb 139 high St lewes BN7 1XS<br />

Thursday 31st <strong>October</strong> - 8pm<br />

Tickets £15 & £12.50 members (or£16 on door)<br />

Book online www.treasonshow.co.uk

Oct listings (cont.)<br />

Max Cristafi Photography<br />

SUNDAY 13<br />

Back Room Romp. Afternoon swing dance<br />

with DJs playing swing jazz, rhythm ‘n’ blues,<br />

doo wop and blues from the 30s to the early<br />

60s. The Lamb, 4pm-7pm, free.<br />

MONDAY 14<br />

The Godlees of Bear Yard: An Intimate<br />

Family Portrait. <strong>Lewes</strong> History Group lecture<br />

by Joanna Hodgkin giving a unique, behindthe-scenes<br />

account of the unusual and colourful<br />

Godlees family of Bear Yard, Cliffe based on a<br />

wealth of previously unseen archival documents.<br />

King’s Church, 7pm, £1/£3.<br />

TUESDAY 15<br />

Labyrinth. Physical theatre<br />

meets live literature<br />

in this fierce feminist<br />

monologue from Portugal,<br />

performed by Marta<br />

Carvalho. All Saints,<br />

7.45pm, £10/£12.<br />

THURSDAY 17 & SUNDAY 20<br />

NT Live: A Midsummer Night’s Dream.<br />

Shakespeare’s romantic comedy screened live<br />

from the Bridge Theatre in London. Starring<br />

Gwendoline Christie, Oliver Chris, David<br />

Moorst and Hammed Animashaun. Depot,<br />

7pm (17th) & 1pm (20th), £20.<br />

SATURDAY 19<br />

Repair Café. Take<br />

along damaged<br />

clothes, broken electrical<br />

appliances, bicycles,<br />

china, jewellery<br />

and more. Tea, coffee<br />

and cake available.<br />

Landport Community<br />

Hub, 2pm-5pm, no<br />

charge is made but donations are welcome.<br />

TUESDAY 22<br />

Film: Maiden (12A). The story of how Tracy<br />

Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats,<br />

became the skipper of the first ever all-female<br />

crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World<br />

Race in 1989. All Saints, 8pm, £5/£2.50.<br />

FRIDAY 25<br />

Black Cat Firewalk. With live band, bar and<br />

hot food, fundraising for Cats Protection. National<br />

Cat Adoption Centre, Chelwood Gate,<br />

see cats.org.uk/blackcatfirewalk.<br />

FRI 25 – SAT 2 NOVEMBER<br />

Psychic Connections. Written and directed<br />

by Philip Ayckbourn. <strong>Lewes</strong> Little Theatre, see<br />

lewestheatre.org for times and prices & p39.<br />

SUNDAY 27<br />

Pells last swim of the season. See pellspool.<br />

org.uk for more info.<br />

WEDNESDAY 30<br />

Commonwealth War Graves. Talk about the<br />

work of the War Graves Commission with a<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> connection, as well as looking at, and<br />

learning about, the Russian memorial erected<br />

in 1877 in the St John sub Castro graveyard.<br />

For age 50+. The Trinity Centre, St John Sub<br />

Castro, 2.30-4.30pm, free.<br />

Fire Walk. Fundraising<br />

for St Peter &<br />

St James Hospice.<br />

Seminar before a dash<br />

across the coals, followed<br />

by an evening of fun, fire and inspiration.<br />

Mid Sussex Golf Club, see stpjhospice.org.<br />

Works in Progress. Rehearsed readings of<br />

new and emerging works by local playwrights,<br />

including Louise Monaghan, Josie Melia and<br />

Mark C. Hewitt. All Saints, 7.45pm, £8/£10.<br />


Autumn Concert<br />

Wagner<br />

Overture<br />

The Flying Dutchman<br />

Richard Strauss<br />

Horn Concerto No. 1<br />

Soloist Brendan Connellan<br />

Tchaikovsky<br />

Symphony No. 1<br />

‘Winter Daydreams’<br />

Friday 11th <strong>October</strong> 7.30pm<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Town Hall, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

Info tickets and prices visit<br />

www.lewesconcertorchestra.org<br />


Join us for 35 events<br />

across Brighton &<br />

Hove featuring 700<br />

years of music, from<br />

concerts, dance and<br />

drama to a modern<br />

take on the medieval<br />

Feast of Fools.<br />

Full programme and ticket booking at<br />

bremf.org.uk or 01273 709709<br />

BREMF<br />

brightonearlymusic<br />





PICK<br />

OF THE<br />

MONTH<br />

‘Often copied, never equalled’, Andy Irvine is a one-man spectacular of<br />

singing, song writing and musicianship. Over his 50-year career Andy<br />

has been at the helm of legendary bands like Sweeney’s Men in the<br />

mid-60s, Planxty in the 70s, and then Patrick Street, Mozaik, LAPD<br />

and recently Usher’s Island. His repertoire consists of Irish traditional<br />

songs, dexterous Balkan dance tunes and a compelling canon of his<br />

own self-penned songs, all as he plays the bouzouki, mandolin, guitar,<br />

harmonica and hurdy gurdy. Saturday 26, Elephant & Castle, 8pm, £12<br />

Photo by Béla Kása<br />

FRIDAY 4<br />

Dead Reds and The Hidden. Blues. Lansdown,<br />

8pm, free<br />

Dende. Afro Latin. Con Club, 8pm, £5<br />

Supernatural Things. Soul. Lamb, 8.30pm, free<br />

SATURDAY 5<br />

King Mob DJ. 1980 and beyond. Lamb, from<br />

7.30pm, free<br />

Open night: Songs of the sea. Folk, English<br />

trad, Elephant & Castle, 8pm, £3<br />

The Wild Pansies. Bluegrass, klezmer & English<br />

tunes. Lansdown, 8pm, free<br />

FRIDAY 11<br />

Planningtorock. Electronic. Part of Brighton<br />

Digital Festival. Attenborough Centre, 8pm, £12<br />

Total Stone Roses. Con Club, 8pm, £15<br />

Market Street Band. Warm and soulful, featuring<br />

the voice of Kate Turvey. Lamb, 8.30pm, free<br />

SATURDAY 12<br />

Rory McLeod. One-man soul band, poet and<br />

storyteller. Con Club, 7.30pm, £14<br />

Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer. Folk. Elephant &<br />

Castle, 8pm, £8<br />

100 Monkeys. Covers. Lamb, 8.30pm, free<br />

SUNDAY 6<br />

A Complete History of Soul Music. Performed<br />

by Steve ‘Snips’ Parsons, The Chain<br />

Gang & The Paddock Singers under the direction<br />

of Ruth Kerr. Con Club, 2pm, £6/£7<br />

MONDAY 7<br />

Kjell Berglund, Javier Forrero, Terry Seabrook,<br />

Nigel Thomas. Jazz. Snowdrop, 8pm, free<br />

THURSDAY 10<br />

Funke & the Two Tone Baby. One-man sonic<br />

explosion. Con Club, 7.30pm, £8<br />

MONDAY 14<br />

Graeme Flowers, Nigel Thomas, Darren<br />

Beckett, Terry Seabrook. Snowdrop, 8pm, free<br />

TUESDAY 15<br />

Tim Hecker presents Anoyo / Sugai Ken.<br />

Part of Brighton Digital Festival. Attenborough<br />

Centre, 8pm, £14<br />

WEDNESDAY 16<br />

Amanda Palmer. Indie/alternative/folk explosion.<br />

De La Warr, 6.45pm, £23.50<br />

Rozi Plain. Con Club, 7.30pm, £10<br />

>>><br />





Renee So, Woman I, 2017, Stoneware. Photo: Angus Mill.<br />

Courtesy of the artist and Kate MacGarry, London<br />

LIVE<br />

EVENTS<br />


Saturday 28 September – Sunday 12 January 2020<br />

In partnership with West Dean College of Arts and Conservation<br />



Saturday 28 September – Sunday 19 January 2020<br />

A new co-commission with Project Artworks<br />





SEEDS<br />


Sunday 24 November Tuesday 11 February 2020 Friday 20 March 2020<br />

Charity number: 1065586<br />

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THURSDAY 17<br />

Holly Herndon presents PROTO. Part of<br />

Brighton Digital Festival. Attenborough Centre,<br />

8pm, £15<br />

FRIDAY 18<br />

Lazy Susan Special. Vinyl only DJ Night. Con<br />

Club, 8pm, free<br />

Mangoweejee. Boogie-woogie-hoodoo. Lamb,<br />

8.30pm, free<br />

SATURDAY 19<br />

Femme Brûlée. DJ party night. Lamb, from<br />

7.30pm, free<br />

Sunscreen. Electronic. Con Club, 7.30pm, £10<br />

James Clifford & Ruth Cooke. Folk, two<br />

entertaining songwriters. Sheriff’s Room, White<br />

Hart, 8pm, £4<br />

Fruitful Sound System ‘Too Much Pressure’.<br />

Two-tone, ska & reggae. Royal Oak, 9pm, £5<br />

SUNDAY 20<br />

Lewkulele Orchestra. Chill down Sunday.<br />

Lamb, free<br />

The Polecats. Rockabilly. Con Club, 7.30pm, £18<br />

MONDAY 21<br />

Safehouse Improvised Music Session. Noise<br />

makers, performers and musicians all welcome.<br />

The <strong>Lewes</strong> Arms, 7.30pm, £2<br />

Benn Clatworthy, Darren Beckett, Jon Donaldson,<br />

Simon Thorpe. Snowdrop, 8pm, free<br />

WEDNESDAY 23<br />

TOM. Acoustic duo. Depot, 11am, free, see<br />

page 35.<br />


Worry Dolls (pictured above). Female folk duo.<br />

Con Club, 7.30pm, £12<br />

Worry Dolls<br />

FRIDAY 25<br />

Famous Monsters of Funk. Lost organ unit &<br />

specialist DJ. Lamb, from 7.30pm, free<br />

The Feelgood Band. High energy rhythm &<br />

blues. Con Club, 8.30pm, £5<br />

SATURDAY 26<br />

Andy Irvine. See Gig of the Month<br />

Loose Caboose. DJ night playing a mix of 60s<br />

soul, Northern soul, rhythm ‘n’ blues, Latin,<br />

Jazz. Con Club, 7.30pm, £6<br />

The Manatees and IBEX. Double bill of local<br />

bands. Lansdown, 8pm, free<br />

Sweet Onions & The Muzztones. Royal Oak,<br />

8pm, free<br />

The Contenders. Lamb, 8.30pm, free<br />

SUNDAY 27<br />

The Contenders. Con Club, 3.30pm, free<br />

Edenwood. Chill down Sunday. Lamb, free<br />

MONDAY 28<br />

Andy Williams, Javier Forrero, Terry Seabrook.<br />

Snowdrop, 8pm, free<br />

THURSDAY 31<br />

A Night of Horror at the Lamb. Two live<br />

bands & DJ Nightmare. Lamb, from 7.30pm,<br />

free<br />


Nicholas Yonge Society<br />

2 0 1 9 - 2 0 2 0 S E A S O N<br />

F R I D AY S A T 7 : 4 5 P M

MUSIC<br />

Classical round-up<br />

SATURDAY 19, 3PM<br />

Far From the Home I Love<br />

Hamsey resident and internationally acclaimed<br />

pianist, Margaret Fingerhut set herself the goal this<br />

year of raising £88,000 (£1,000 for each of the 88<br />

keys on a piano) to help support refugees, through<br />

a recital series that she’s taking around the country.<br />

This month she’s at Alfriston Church, playing a<br />

programme that includes works by Chopin, Grieg,<br />

Prokofiev and Rachmaninov, as well as a newly<br />

commissioned piece by Kurdish Syrian composer Moutaz Arian. So many composers have over<br />

the years had to leave their homes because of war, political upheaval or fear of persecution. Far<br />

From the Home I Love, in aid of <strong>Lewes</strong> Organisation in Support of Refugees and Asylum Seekers<br />

(LOSRAS) tells the stories of some of those composers through their music.<br />

St Andrew’s Church, Alfriston. Tickets £12 from Eventbrite or on the door<br />

margaretfingerhut.co.uk/alfriston<br />

PICK<br />

OF THE<br />

MONTH<br />

Photo by Andy Tyler<br />

SUNDAY 6, 3PM<br />

St Michael’s Recitals Trio. Rebecca Leggett,<br />

Mezzo-Soprano. Programme to include songs<br />

and arias by Handel, Mozart, Rossini, Britten and<br />

Dvorák. Accompanied by Joe Howson.<br />

St Michael’s, free with retiring collection,<br />

stmichaelinlewes.org.uk<br />

FRIDAY 11, 7.30PM<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Concert Orchestra. The LCO presents<br />

Wagner The Flying Dutchman Overture, Richard<br />

Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1 featuring young Sussex<br />

soloist Brendan Connellan and Tchaikovsky<br />

Symphony No. 1 Winter Daydreams. <strong>Lewes</strong> Town<br />

Hall, £10 in advance, £12 on the door, students £5,<br />

lewesconcertorchestra.org<br />

FRI 11 OCT – SAT 2 NOV<br />

Glyndebourne Tour. The <strong>2019</strong> Tour opens on<br />

<strong>October</strong> 11 with Verdi Rigoletto which continues<br />

until 2 November. Donizetti L’elisir d’amore plays<br />

from 13-31 <strong>October</strong> and Handel Rinaldo begins<br />

26 <strong>October</strong> and runs until 1 November.<br />

Glyndebourne Opera House, £10-£72,<br />

glyndebourne.com<br />

SUNDAY 20, 3PM<br />

Seaford Music Society. Divertimenti Ensemble<br />

Includes Mendelssohn Octet in E Flat Major, Opus<br />

20 and new work by Sally Beamish.<br />

St Leonard’s Church, Seaford, £15, under 26s free.<br />

Season membership £60, seafordmusicsociety.com<br />

FRIDAY 25, 7.45PM<br />

Nicholas Yonge Society. Esmé String Quartet<br />

The season begins with these Wigmore Hall International<br />

String Quartet competition winners.<br />

Music by Webern, Schumann and Schubert.<br />

East Sussex College, Mountfield Road, Season<br />

membership £65 (for 5 concerts), single concerts<br />

£15. Free for 8-25 year olds. nyslewes.org.uk<br />

SUNDAY 27, 4PM<br />

Corelli Ensemble. 30th Anniversary Concert<br />

Celebrating 30 years of the Corelli Ensemble,<br />

with special guests Dame Felicity Lott and Paul<br />

Austin Kelly. We’re promised a glorious selection.<br />

Seaford Baptist Church, Belgrave Road, Seaford,<br />

Tickets £12 in advance, £14 on the door. Children<br />

free. corelliensemble.co.uk<br />

Robin Houghton<br />


Giants of Steam<br />

11th - 13th <strong>October</strong> <strong>2019</strong><br />

Special Guests<br />

‘Duchess of Sutherland’ and ‘Britannia’<br />

join a line-up of home fleet locomotives for the Autumn Gala<br />

Footplate Experience Britannia<br />

A unique opportunity to fire and drive the Giant<br />

Dine Behind Britannia<br />

5 course silver service gala dinner as you<br />

journey through Sussex Countryside<br />

©John Whitehouse<br />

Monday 14th <strong>October</strong> <strong>2019</strong>- see website for details<br />

26th <strong>October</strong> -<br />

3rd November <strong>2019</strong><br />

Calling all Witches and Wizards<br />

For a gathering at Horsted Keynes Station this <strong>October</strong> half term<br />

A week of Halloween fun and games.<br />

Fancy dress competitions, crafty fun and much more.<br />

Lost your broom?<br />

Catch the train from Sheffield Park or East Grinstead Stations.<br />

www.bluebell-railway.com<br />

01825 720800<br />

Special offer applies on 26-30 Oct & 1-3 Nov. Discount available on advance bookings<br />

Adult, Child and Family Rover tickets only. Offer may not be used in conjunction with<br />

any other offer. Full terms and conditions available on our website.

FreeTIME êêêê under 16<br />

SAT 26 – SUN 3 NOVEMBER<br />

<strong>October</strong> half-term fun at Wakehurst. A<br />

range of activities including art, games and a<br />

trail. See kew.org/Wakehurst.<br />

Halloween Shriek Week at Drusillas. See<br />

drusillas.co.uk for more info.<br />

Calling all witches and wizards… Halloween<br />

at Bluebell Railway. A spooky gathering for<br />

<strong>October</strong> half term with Halloween fun and<br />

games, including a fancy-dress competition,<br />

crafty fun, and more. Visitors on Halloween<br />

(31st <strong>October</strong>) will also enjoy<br />

extra spooky fun, including<br />

pumpkin lighting,<br />

a disco for small<br />

children, and an additional<br />

evening train. Horsted Keynes<br />

Station, see bluebell-railway.com. £1<br />

off when you quote code ‘HALVL19’.<br />

Halloween at the Borde Hill Academy of<br />

Witches & Wizards. Help Sapphire, the<br />

witch’s cat regain her magical powers on a<br />

bewitching garden trail full of spells, potions<br />

and mystery. With crafts, pumpkin carving,<br />

stories, wand making, magic shows and more.<br />

See bordehill.co.uk/events.<br />

SATURDAY 26 & SUNDAY 27<br />

Halloween<br />

Weekend.<br />

Traditional<br />

entertainment with<br />

Punch & Judy, crafts,<br />

trails and heaps of<br />

scary Halloween<br />

fun with Crazee<br />

Hazee. Michelham Priory, 10.30am-4pm, see<br />

sussexpast.co.uk.<br />

MONDAY 28<br />

Morning Explorer: Herbs and Spices.<br />

Morning Explorer is a special time for families<br />

with additional needs, open between 10am<br />

and 11am exclusively for them. The morning<br />

includes a story, with special tactile objects to<br />

feel and scents to inhale, plus audio-described<br />

tours. <strong>Lewes</strong> Castle, 10am, see sussexpast.co.uk.<br />

TUESDAY 29<br />

Autumn Colours.<br />

Drop in to the house<br />

for hands-on activities<br />

based around autumn.<br />

Embroider a flower or<br />

make a herb bag, explore<br />

paints and plant dyes and do some drawing<br />

in the garden (weather permitting). Anne of<br />

Cleves, 1pm-4pm, price included in admission.<br />

MON 28 – FRI 1 NOVEMBER<br />

Roman Army Week. Get an army ‘tattoo’,<br />

try your hand at spear practice and see if you<br />

can earn your keep as a new recruit. Sign up<br />

with the recruitment officer and learn to write<br />

your name in Latin before completing a range<br />

of tasks to ‘earn’ a day’s pay. Other activities<br />

include archery, sword practice and dressingup<br />

Roman-style. Fishbourne Roman Palace,<br />

10am-3pm, see sussexpast.co.uk.<br />

THURSDAY 31<br />

Heroes & Dragons. Listen to the Old<br />

English story of Beowulf, create a dragon<br />

in clay or make a scary mask, discover<br />

Anglo-Saxon beads and brooches.<br />

Holiday workshop for children<br />

aged four to eight. <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

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Quill Soup<br />

by Alan Durant<br />


Quill Soup is an African version of the traditional<br />

tale many of us will know as Stone Soup.<br />

In this version, Noko the porcupine has been<br />

travelling for a long time and is tired and hungry.<br />

He finds a small village where he thinks<br />

he’ll be able to find food and shelter. However,<br />

the animals who live there are frightened of<br />

strangers and don’t want to share their food.<br />

Luckily Noko has a plan to encourage the villagers<br />

to change their minds!<br />

Quill Soup is a wonderful book for encouraging<br />

thought and discussion around concepts<br />

of sharing, generosity and compassion. It<br />

highlights the initial selfishness and ignorance of the village animals and shows the impact that an<br />

act of kindness can have on the whole community.<br />

Alan Durant’s lovely retelling is accompanied by wonderfully vibrant illustrations by South African<br />

illustrator Dale Blankenaar. Recommended. Anna, Bags of Books<br />

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With its excellent and imaginative approach, the<br />

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Thursday 10th <strong>October</strong> 6.00pm-8.30pm<br />

6pm- Formal Presentation: Steyne Site Main Hall<br />

6.45pm-8.30pm- Department Fair: Sixth Form<br />


Saturday 12th <strong>October</strong> 10.00am-12.00pm<br />

Sixth Form Site<br />

Application Deadline Monday 2nd December <strong>2019</strong>


Imagine Eating Lemons<br />

Helping children with anxiety<br />

‘Your thoughts are very<br />

powerful, they change the<br />

way you feel. / Imagine eating<br />

lemons and your mouth will<br />

think it’s real.’<br />

This is what Chester Chestnut<br />

learns in Jason Rhodes’<br />

excellent children’s book<br />

Imagine Eating Lemons. It’s a<br />

long way from being preachy.<br />

Instead, it uses rhyme and<br />

wonderful illustrations by<br />

Richard Dearing, to take us<br />

inside Chester’s experiences of<br />

rising anxiety – ‘Today he starts<br />

his lessons, / he’s the only one<br />

that’s new. // “What if I’m too<br />

shy to play, / I don’t know what<br />

I’ll do!” – and the steps he’s<br />

learnt (through mindfulness) to<br />

lower it.<br />

I imagine it would be a lovely<br />

book to read in a group,<br />

everyone joining in the<br />

refrain… I like the repeating<br />

pattern too: you don’t solve<br />

anxiety once and for all;<br />

you need to keep taking the<br />

steps. (Those sneaky slippery<br />

thoughts.)<br />

I met up with Jason to chat<br />

through how the book had<br />

come about and what his<br />

intentions were in writing it.<br />

“For me, extreme anxiety came<br />

on when I was about 25”, he<br />

tells me. “My world got smaller<br />

and smaller. My anxiety at times<br />

would make me physically sick.”<br />

So he tried, he says, “to find<br />

tools” to help. “I tried CBT,<br />

hypnotherapy, I read all these<br />

books. And then I stumbled on<br />

mindfulness, and things just<br />

clicked into place. It was one<br />

realisation that did it: someone<br />

said, the body can’t tell the<br />

difference between a real threat<br />

and an imagined one, and the<br />

penny just dropped. I realised<br />

that, whenever I struggled the<br />

most, I was focussing solely<br />

on worst case scenarios. Now<br />

I really want to pass on what<br />

I have found, especially to<br />

children.”<br />

He believes if children learn<br />

these things early it could,<br />

potentially, save them a lot of<br />

grief later.<br />

So why the rhymes, I ask him.<br />

He laughs. “The rhyme was<br />

not intentional; nor indeed<br />

was writing a book! Someone<br />

suggested it, and then the<br />

ideas just started to come. The<br />

chorus came first. And the<br />

character. And yes, rhymes do<br />

help; it’s like song,” he says. “It<br />

makes it easier to remember.”<br />

The lemon at the centre “comes<br />

directly from an exercise,”<br />

Jason tells me. “If you really<br />

imagine eating a zesty tangy<br />

lemon, your mouth starts to<br />

salivate. It proves the body and<br />

our thoughts are connected! All<br />

your mind’s trying to do is keep<br />

you alive. It’s on your side. Just<br />

sometimes, its methods cause<br />

problems.<br />

“Mindfulness is about<br />

recognising which thoughts<br />

you’re giving your attention<br />

to. We’re not comfortable with<br />

discomfort; we think we can’t<br />

tolerate it. In fact, staying with<br />

it long enough to separate the<br />

negative thoughts from the<br />

sensation can stop it escalating.<br />

We can grow much stronger<br />

and more resourceful just by<br />

being present.” Charlotte Gann<br />

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Zu Café<br />

Food as medicine<br />

Zu Café is open and going strong in the bus<br />

station – and what a lovely environment they’re<br />

creating. We popped down there for lunch one<br />

Wednesday, in the light, bright upstairs room.<br />

The room’s been redecorated with lovely blue<br />

walls, and large vases of fresh flowers standing<br />

on every table.<br />

The upstairs lunchtime format is that you<br />

choose from two mains or soup. There are also<br />

always four salads on offer. One main with three<br />

salads – a very generous plate – for £9. And the<br />

food is delicious. The menu’s always changing –<br />

depending on the seasonal local vegetables. It’s a<br />

lovely formula, and you get a real sense of being<br />

nurtured and looked after.<br />

This is no coincidence. The mantra that runs<br />

behind the scenes is food as medicine. Look<br />

after your guts, and you will look after yourself.<br />

We tried the Lentil Shepherd’s Pie, which was<br />

absolutely wonderful – so flavoursome, and<br />

interesting, while also being deeply comforting<br />

and traditional. All complemented beautifully by<br />

accompanying salads, and tahini dressing.<br />

Our other main was Roasted Patty Pan – squash<br />

filled with quinoa (in place of couscous: the<br />

whole place is gluten free), sage and walnut<br />

stuffing. Very spicy and nutty; again, a feast.<br />

Pete especially loved the roasted beetroot salad<br />

– “spicy, crisp, nicely rounded” – and I enjoyed<br />

the crunch of apple with sprouted mung bean.<br />

All the salads were excellent: we both liked the<br />

Broccoli and Pumpkin Seed; and Pete his Zu<br />

Green Leaf Salad dressed in ginger.<br />

All the salads – indeed everything on our plates<br />

– blended an extraordinary but complementary<br />

variety of flavours and textures. Between the different<br />

elements there were so many ingredients<br />

– and here perhaps was the key. Few choices but<br />

each one packed with nutrition. Not food we<br />

would make at home – because cooking it we<br />

would find so complicated. A joy to be fed.<br />

Zu Café has a lovely, warm atmosphere, with<br />

lots of young people visibly helping in the<br />

kitchen. Chatting with owner Samira, and<br />

chef Nikita, I learnt more about the Zu Café<br />

community. That any soup that’s left over from<br />

lunch they’ll sell through the downstairs hatch<br />

that evening for £1 a go. That they also plan a<br />

freezer lunchbox scheme: people will be able to<br />

sign up for regular lunch boxes. That they plan<br />

to work with local refugees – creating a real<br />

community.<br />

Oh, and they have a specialist fermenter, who<br />

creates many of the special ingredients and healthgiving<br />

elements: the sauerkraut and kimchi.<br />

It will be fascinating to see how it all develops…<br />

and the food is heaven.<br />

Currently, upstairs is open every lunch time, as<br />

is the crêperie downstairs. And the evening bar<br />

is open on Thursday to Saturday nights. CG<br />

Zu Café, bus station, zucafe.co.uk<br />



RECIPE<br />

Four-onion pakora<br />

Alun Sperring, from Chilli Pickle,<br />

on an Indian street-food staple<br />

I had wanderlust as a young man and worked<br />

my way around the world, learning my trade in<br />

eight countries over five different continents,<br />

under a variety of brilliant chefs.<br />

I particularly developed a passion for Indian<br />

cuisine, and when my wife Dawn and I had<br />

our first child – in Dubai, twelve years ago –<br />

we decided to set up our own restaurant in<br />

England. The idea was to produce amazing<br />

Indian food, inspired by all the regions of the<br />

country, espousing authenticity of style and<br />

method, tweaked a little to suit our own style<br />

of cooking.<br />

I was brought up in Brighton, and it seemed<br />

the obvious choice of venue, a city that is<br />

open-minded enough to embrace something a<br />

little different. We started in a little 40-cover<br />

space in the Lanes, and moved to our current<br />

building, in Jubilee Street, nine years ago. It’s<br />

all about teamwork: Dawn is front-of-house,<br />

I’m head chef, and we make sure everyone who<br />

works at Chilli Pickle does so with enormous<br />

passion, both in the kitchen and the restaurant.<br />

We see ourselves as being in the entertainment<br />

business: we’ve made the restaurant reflect the<br />

vibrant colours of India, and there’s always a<br />

wow factor when the food arrives on the table.<br />

But the most important thing is the taste,<br />

which involves, of course, sourcing fresh produce.<br />

So all our meat and vegetables are locally<br />

produced, while we import the best quality<br />

spices from India (you can use Taj!)<br />

Onion pakora are eaten throughout India,<br />

as a street food or starter, and are always on<br />

our menu. They are easy to make at home,<br />

especially if you have a deep-fat fryer (though a<br />

chip pan will do fine). And, of course, they are<br />

absolutely delicious.<br />

Method (makes 24 pakora).<br />

Finely slice 400g of white English onion, 100g<br />

red onion, 50g shallots and 50g spring onion,<br />

and mix well in a bowl with 20g fresh chopped<br />

coriander, 30 torn-up curry leaves, a finely<br />

sliced green chilli, 15g freshly roasted coriander<br />

seed, 15g freshly roasted cumin seed, 10g<br />

fennel seed, 5g asafoetida, 35g Masoor red dal,<br />

5g turmeric, 8g salt, 4g baking powder, 250g<br />

chickpea flour, 150g of rice flour. Add 225ml<br />

of cold water, and mix with your hands, being<br />

careful not to squeeze too much, otherwise<br />

excess water will release.<br />

Heat 1 litre of vegetable oil to 165c (you can<br />

use a thermometer). Create small pakora<br />

shapes with the tips of your fingers and your<br />

thumb, carefully dropping into the oil pan. Add<br />

eight or nine at a time: cook until light golden<br />

colour, turning a few times so the colour is<br />

even. Drain onto a paper towel, and repeat,<br />

until all the pakora mixture is cooked. When<br />

you’re ready to serve, heat the oil to 175c, and<br />

fry the pakora patties a second time – again in<br />

batches – until they are crispy. Serve with the<br />

best mango chutney you can get your hands<br />

on: we source a wonderful Alphonso mango<br />

chutney direct from India. Enjoy!<br />

As told to Alex Leith<br />



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Flint Owl<br />

Rosemary and seasalt sourdough<br />

When I was a nanny in Rome, taking the kids to school, we’d walk past a<br />

corner flower stall that actually had featured in various films. Flint Owl<br />

has a bit of a similarly filmic quality, I always think – well, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

does in general, and it fits right in. It looks effortlessly cool. Nothing<br />

much in the window, but as you walk in, you see filled wooden<br />

racks of bread, that you know will empty. There’s the display of<br />

baked goods facing you. What’s available varies, but it always looks<br />

impressive. Then there are the cakes and savouries on the counter<br />

too. Not like an immaculate French patisserie, but gloriously<br />

colourful and creative. I like the cheese straws and the flaky,<br />

buttery sausage rolls with a huge filling. The focaccia is<br />

outstanding. But I’d rate their best product as the rosemary<br />

and seasalt sourdough. Ideally ‘large’, because you get a<br />

better crust-to-crumb ratio for toast. And it makes perfect<br />

toast – even (in my view) with jam or marmalade on top.<br />

The salt enhances the sweet. It’s not cheap, so with their<br />

bread, I use the old wartime trick – leave it a day and it<br />

slices thinner. Then I also save some in the freezer to<br />

enjoy later. @<strong>Lewes</strong>Nibbler<br />


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All of our Christmas buffet menu is<br />

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FOOD & DRINK<br />

The Rook Inn<br />

Beer and pies<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> are playing Crystal Palace in the Women’s<br />

Football Championship, and I’m part of the<br />

‘ultras’ choir, encouraging the female Rooks with<br />

chants and songs, to the accompaniment of a brass<br />

band and a group of drummers.<br />

We’re all members of <strong>Lewes</strong> FC’s over-35, mixedgender<br />

‘vets’. And our voices are lubricated with<br />

pints of beer from The Rook Inn, the pitch-side<br />

bar, which has recently been taken over by Steve<br />

Keegan, the mastermind behind Holler Brewery.<br />

Steve – also a ‘vet’ footballer – has instilled a<br />

rotating beer menu, refurbished the bar area<br />

and employed professional bar staff to make the<br />

purchasing process as efficient as possible. No<br />

more big, disgruntled queues, then: you can even<br />

pay by card.<br />

Before the game starts, I opt for an Abyss<br />

Superfuzz Hazy IPA (5.6%, £4.50). It’s a hoppy<br />

headrush of a pint, and I see no reason to change<br />

to anything different on subsequent visits to the<br />

bar (though two Gun Brewery ales are tempting). I<br />

also buy a pie-mash-and-mushy-peas combo from<br />

the hatch next door, for soaking up purposes.<br />

The attendance is 705, more than the average for<br />

men’s games last season, and the atmosphere is<br />

electric. We sing our hearts out, and go mental<br />

when <strong>Lewes</strong>’ equalising goal goes in, courtesy of<br />

Jess King’s right boot. Then, of course, we retire to<br />

the bar again, for an in-depth post-mortem. The<br />

players visit the establishment after the game, too,<br />

so they reflect on our performance while we reflect<br />

upon theirs. This is going to be fun. Alex Leith<br />

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Photographer Torz Dallison caught up with four local makers in<br />

the gin trade. She asked each: What’s your favourite tipple?<br />

torzdallison.com<br />

Frances Bendit, Folkington’s (juices and mixers)<br />

‘A Sussex G&T’


Adam Cowley, Harley House Distillery<br />

‘A quality bourbon whiskey, which could explain the smoothness of our gins’


Archie Driver, Seven Sisters<br />

‘Negroni from the Tasting Room’


Claire Kentish Barnes, Generation 11<br />

‘Martini with Generation 11 Sussex Dry or, for an extra kick, with our new Overproof gin!’

Ex-display chairs all fully<br />

renovated to give years of pleasure


Not all jam<br />

and Jerusalem<br />

The WIs of <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

Image courtesy of gunsnposies.co.uk<br />

“I moved here four<br />

years ago, from<br />

Kent, and didn’t<br />

know a soul,”<br />

Gill Norman,<br />

Secretary of<br />

Westgate WI, tells<br />

me. “I walked through<br />

the door and… problem<br />

solved. All anyone needs is to find<br />

the courage to cross that threshold.<br />

There’s real friendship waiting in the WI.”<br />

President Julia Blake, meanwhile, has lived in<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> “for 52 years”; and Treasurer and Advisor,<br />

Shirley Kirby, “a mere 31!” We’re sitting<br />

round a table in Fuego Lounge, drinking coffee.<br />

A hundred years on from the first WI market<br />

opening in <strong>Lewes</strong>, Gill wrote to <strong>Viva</strong> asking if<br />

we might meet and chat: ‘The Women’s Institute<br />

isn’t all jam and Jerusalem’, she’d said. Now,<br />

I ask what she meant?<br />

“We welcome all women of all backgrounds and<br />

all ages”, she says; “anyone who identifies as a<br />

woman.” “We’re non-religious and non-political”,<br />

adds Shirley. The WI strapline is ‘INSPIR-<br />

ING WOMEN’ – which can be read, of course,<br />

and rather neatly, two different ways: that its<br />

members are inspiring, and it’s there to inspire.<br />

“Yes, we’re all about inspiring people to do<br />

something with their time,” says Julia. “To be<br />

with others, and to learn new things.”<br />

It’s not all crafts, I’m assured; though there are<br />

craft meetings. Each WI has monthly meetings,<br />

where they have visiting speakers, for example<br />

from charities, a local expert on healthy eating,<br />

people speaking about their travels. Members<br />

get together outside of meetings too, for lunch,<br />

walks and general<br />

socialising.<br />

“Every group runs<br />

their meetings<br />

differently,”<br />

stresses Gill. “If<br />

you go along to<br />

one, and feel it’s not for<br />

you, don’t be put off. Try<br />

another.”<br />

There are currently two WIs in<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> – Westgate, which has morning<br />

meetings, and <strong>Lewes</strong> Neville (with an e!),<br />

which meets in the evening – plus ones in<br />

Uckfield, Ringmer, Firle, Kingston, in fact all<br />

over East Sussex.<br />

So, WHAT, I have to ask (this being our Grape<br />

and Grain issue) about their CAKES!<br />

“Some of us do make very good cakes”, laughs<br />

Gill. “We’re famous for them.” “We make all<br />

varieties, for all dietary needs”, adds Julia. “And<br />

a lot of us don’t make cakes, we just enjoy eating<br />

them”, grins Shirley.<br />

This is also another way they support charities.<br />

“Neville sell cakes for Artwave at Castle House,”<br />

Gill says. “And we’re running our next fair in<br />

St Thomas’s on November 9th,” says Julia.<br />

“Do pop in and buy a cake! We’re supporting<br />

a project to install a community defibrillator in<br />

the Cliffe…”<br />

Charlotte Gann<br />

Westgate WI meet every second Wednesday<br />

morning, from 10am, in St Thomas’s Church Hall.<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Neville meet every third Wednesday from<br />

7pm, in St Mary’s Hall, Highdown, Nevill. Anyone<br />

welcome to try two free taster sessions. See esfwi.<br />

org.uk for details of all the groups in East Sussex.<br />


Hopesprings Chairs<br />

Green wood and shave horses<br />

Chairmaker Jason Mosseri is nonchalant<br />

about building his workshops and storeroom<br />

in his garden, on The Nevill. Did he have<br />

any experience building buildings before?<br />

“Not really. I’ve just got a mind that can<br />

figure stuff out. I’ve got some great books<br />

about building. It’s really very simple, much<br />

easier than making a chair. It’s right angles,<br />

and cladding, you find out how to stop water<br />

coming in and heat getting out.”<br />

Jason makes Windsor chairs as part of his<br />

business, Hopesprings Chairs, in a larger<br />

workshop and a smaller outdoor space, which<br />

includes a shave horse (pictured) and a pole<br />

lathe to make chair legs (a process known<br />

as bodging). The main workshop – made<br />

partly using “stuff out of skips” such as the<br />

glazing and doors – was built in around<br />

three months, with help from a friend to<br />

dig the foundations. The chairs are made<br />

using ‘green wood’: “fresh wood as opposed<br />

to dried wood. Rather than air dried or kiln<br />

dried, you’re using the wood freshly cut. It’s<br />

wetter, so you can use a hand tool on it.”<br />

Jason was a tattoo artist for twenty years,<br />

until he felt like he’d “done it properly<br />

and wanted to do something different”.<br />

Possessing a “bit of a chair fetish”, he<br />

chanced upon a chairmaking course run by<br />

Paul Hayden at Westonbirt Arboretum. He<br />

now puts on his own six day chairmaking<br />

course in the woods of Cuckfield. “It’s a way<br />

for me to share my enthusiasm for the similar<br />

courses that I’ve been on. I’ve really loved<br />

them, particularly the ones that are out in the<br />

woods. Real no electricity kind of attitude.<br />

That’s what I wanted to recreate.<br />

“You make a really nice Windsor chair. You<br />

start with a log and end with the chair. We<br />

look at the tree that the log’s come from, and<br />


MY SPACE<br />

why you select particular bits of timber.<br />

We talk about how we then take that<br />

massive log and split it up and make it into<br />

parts. Everyone leaves with their chair: a<br />

really usable, durable, comfortable, stylish<br />

chair.”<br />

After interviewing Jason while sat on two<br />

of his chairs, and discovering the tools of<br />

the trade in the workshops, I can certainly<br />

see the appeal of the craft. Jason enjoys the<br />

positive feedback he gets from his courses,<br />

and is developing a theory that this comes<br />

from a latent predisposition to make things<br />

ourselves.<br />

“A couple of hundred years ago, our<br />

communities would have made everything<br />

that we needed. It’s only recently that<br />

we’ve stopped, and we’ve started a kind<br />

of different culture. I think it’s there<br />

underneath the surface for most people.<br />

People really like it [making]. It’s the same<br />

if you grow your own vegetables, they<br />

taste so much better and you don’t want<br />

to waste any part of them. It’s the same<br />

with anything you make. Not only have<br />

you invested energy in it, but you know<br />

so much about it. It’s that much more<br />

meaningful.” Joe Fuller<br />

hopespringschairs.com,<br />

Insta @hopespringschairs, 07795114982<br />

Anti-clockwise from top left: travisher, scorp, brace, draw knife, adze<br />


Wine tastings<br />

Join a pop up Saturday<br />

Riverside, in the Cliffe, are running a series of free, drop-in tastings of Sussex wines<br />

this month. Four consecutive Saturdays through <strong>October</strong>, and as part of <strong>October</strong>feast,<br />

they’ll be hosting different local vineyards in their pop up space.<br />

“Come along to sample and buy local Sussex wines from a cluster of passionate<br />

growers and wine makers”, says Riverside Director Margaux Allfrey.<br />

“Riverside focuses on local producers, and bringing in Sussex wines is an ideal complement.<br />

Why not try some wine in our pop up space upstairs, then wander down<br />

and buy your local meat from Mays’ Farm Cart or fish from Bickerstaff?” she says.<br />

“Or just enjoy a bite to eat at the Café and Brasserie while you ponder which wine<br />

to take home…” Mmm, sounds rather lovely.<br />

The “fun, informal” pop up sessions are free to drop into, and will run from 11am to<br />

4pm every Saturday in <strong>October</strong>. Here’s the programme.<br />

Finally, listen out for Wine Happy Hour on Rocket FM this year. Dominic Buckwell<br />

– who helped organise the Riverside pop ups – and Galia Pike will be hosting a<br />

weekly radio show featuring each of the <strong>October</strong>feast vineyards. CG<br />

5 TH OCTOBER<br />


Photo by Emma Croman<br />

Originally planted in 1974, Breaky Bottom,<br />

in Rodmell, is run by Peter and Chris Hall.<br />

It’s now entirely given over to making vintage<br />

sparkling wine from the grape varieties Seyval<br />

Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier.<br />


WINE<br />

12 TH OCTOBER<br />


Bluebell is a 100-acre award-winning estate known for<br />

its Hindleap range of traditional method sparkling wines.<br />

July <strong>2019</strong> saw the launch of their first ever still range –<br />

Ashdown. This includes three white wines and a rosé.<br />

19 TH OCTOBER<br />



A group of five Wealden producers – Paul and<br />

Alice Pippard’s Beacon Down, Hidden Spring,<br />

Off the Line, near Horam – which exclusively<br />

produces still rosé wines – Tickeridge, at Blackboys,<br />

and Fox & Fox of Mayfield. Come and<br />

meet some near neighbours…<br />

26 TH OCTOBER<br />



Wines made by the college, Sarah<br />

Midgely is Plumpton’s Chief Winemaker,<br />

and Chris Foss outgoing<br />

Head of Wine. They’ll be showing a<br />

range of cuvées.<br />


Daniel Bell Gardens<br />

Daniel has over 30 years’ experience creating and renovating gardens of all sizes, from<br />

private courtyards to large country gardens and estates. He is an expert in the use of<br />

hardy plants and the care of seasonal plants. Daniel and his family have recently moved<br />

back to Sussex after 13 years in Sweden. He is looking forward to meeting new potential<br />

clients and discussing new projects.


Not bees but apples<br />

Autumn treats<br />

First, to share a disappointment. It was my<br />

ambition to restore bee hives to Charleston’s<br />

garden. A bee hive was one of the items that<br />

David Garnett brought to the house when<br />

the small group of Bloomsburyites arrived<br />

in September 1916. How appropriate for a<br />

garden that was destined to provide so much<br />

sustenance to all who spent time there.<br />

Local bee keepers are always helpful: Jonathan<br />

Coote, of the Eastbourne Beekeepers<br />

Association, offered to assist me in the set-up.<br />

However, finding a suitable site is not an easy<br />

matter. The space required around a hive to<br />

minimise any conflict is around three metres.<br />

Apparently, bees are not what they once were<br />

– understandably, they have become more<br />

aggressive in response to modern environmental<br />

pressures. The only potential site we<br />

could identify was at the end of the car park.<br />

However, as Jonathan pointed out, “should<br />

a driver leave the engine running alongside<br />

the enclosure, the CO2 in the exhaust is a<br />

warning sign to bees of the arrival in their<br />

midst of a big predator and they react accordingly.”<br />

Too great a risk, we realised, when you<br />

consider three per cent of people may suffer<br />

anaphylactic shock if they are stung by a<br />

bee… Sadly, then, bees are off the agenda.<br />

Apples are very much on, on the other hand:<br />

this year we planted ten apple trees. Peter<br />

May, the regional expert on Sussex apple<br />

varieties, advised us on our selection. Peter<br />

and the Brighton Permaculture Trust have<br />

spent 15 years planting community and<br />

schools’ orchards across the county as well as<br />

establishing a National Collection of Sussex<br />

apple varieties at Stanmer Park.<br />

The names of these varieties are wonderful:<br />

Sussex Mother, Tinsley Quince, Forge,<br />

Crawley Beauty, Nanny, Eastbourne Pippin.<br />

“There are 30 varieties of apple tree which<br />

are closely linked to the county of Sussex,”<br />

Peter told me. “They vary in colour, size<br />

and in the month in which they ripen with<br />

Ashdown Seedling ready to be picked in<br />

mid-August to Saltcote Pippin in <strong>October</strong>.”<br />

And yes, the names do link them to particular<br />

places. Hawkridge comes from Hawkridge<br />

Farm near Hellingly, while Wadhurst Pippin<br />

grows in the heavy clay soils in the north of<br />

the county. Alfriston, however is not from that<br />

village but was raised during the late 1700s<br />

in Uckfield and called Shepherd’s Pippin. I<br />

rather prefer that name.<br />

We shall be juicing our current apple harvest<br />

to serve to our garden visitors this autumn.<br />

Do come and sample!<br />

Fiona Dennis, Head Gardener at Charleston<br />


my vet<br />

listens<br />

“I told my vet, that Queenie<br />

my cat was very anxious in the<br />

surgery. Now she’s given plenty of<br />

time to investigate the room and<br />

settle before they examine her.”<br />

Lara Havord<br />



Illustration by Mark Greco<br />

Blackthorn<br />

Sloe times with Betsy<br />

From up there it felt like I could see the whole<br />

world: the Oak trees adorned in summer’s fading<br />

leaves, the fields at harvest, the city far in the<br />

distance. Each <strong>October</strong> my Grandad would load<br />

me and a bucket into Betsy, his faithful 1963 Ford<br />

Anglia. Together we’d cruise the county’s back<br />

roads. Every few miles he would ease Betsy to a<br />

halt and inspect the landscape until finally declaring<br />

“this is the place”. My bucket and me would be<br />

hoisted high up on his shoulders and from there<br />

I’d get my Grandad-stand view of the world. More<br />

importantly though, it’d put me within reach of<br />

the treasure. The jewels we sought on our expeditions<br />

were sloes, the round purple-black berries<br />

that bedecked the Blackthorn bushes. My Grandad<br />

was convinced that the finest fruits were located<br />

high on the hedge. And the best sloes made the<br />

best sloe gin.<br />

Each spring the Blackthorn hedges bloom, their<br />

brilliant white flowers blanket the countryside<br />

temporarily creating snow-white drifts against<br />

the woodlands and along our roadsides. These<br />

ephemeral petals soon fall and the Blackthorn<br />

becomes cloaked with small, oval leaves capturing<br />

the energy which powers production of the sloes.<br />

A Blackthorn bush is a prickly character and as approachable<br />

as an enraged porcupine. Each twig is<br />

armed with spikes which deter cattle and Grandads<br />

from helping themselves to its leaves and berries.<br />

This spiny spinney fortress also safeguards a<br />

wealth of wildlife. Nightingales, Turtle Doves and<br />

other birds nest under its protection and the elusive<br />

Brown Hairstreak butterfly lays its miniature<br />

sea urchin-like eggs on the bush’s black bark.<br />

Many years after my Grandad and Betsy had<br />

departed, I decided to honour them both and<br />

concoct my own sloe gin. I found an online recipe<br />

and, in what was and still remains one of the biggest<br />

disappoints of my adult life, I discovered that<br />

the main ingredient in sloe gin… was gin. After<br />

watching my Grandad making his moonshine I<br />

had genuinely believed that by submerging a load<br />

of sloes in a bottle you would magically turn water<br />

into gin. It seems my Grandad couldn’t perform<br />

miracles, indeed looking back our hedgerow pillaging<br />

raids could easily be dismissed as forced child<br />

labour. Was he exploiting me and my tiny hands<br />

to bypass those thorns and reach the best berries?<br />

A few decades earlier he’d probably have sent me<br />

down a mine or up a chimney. But my Grandad<br />

wasn’t some Fagin-like character. Now I think of it<br />

I never once saw him actually drinking any of his<br />

sloe gin. Perhaps just being out in the countryside<br />

in the autumn sunshine on an adventure with<br />

Betsy and his grandson was the truly intoxicating<br />

ingredient.<br />

Michael Blencowe, Senior Learning & Engagement<br />

Officer, Sussex Wildlife Trust<br />


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Focusing<br />

on you<br />

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and Psychological services<br />

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

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

— Ioannis Georgiadis<br />

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HEALTH<br />

Boys don’t cry<br />

Counselling for men<br />

I’m sitting in a<br />

comfortable chair in<br />

a summerhouse in a<br />

garden in Prince Edward’s<br />

Road. There’s a<br />

small table with a jug<br />

of water, two glasses,<br />

and a box of tissues,<br />

the top one half out,<br />

for easy access. Opposite<br />

me, on an identical<br />

chair, sits Alex Francis.<br />

Alex is a psychotherapeutic counsellor.<br />

Alex, it should be pointed out, is a man, and one<br />

reason I’ve come is to find out why he thinks that<br />

men are significantly more reluctant than women<br />

to undergo psychotherapy or counselling, despite<br />

the fact they appear to have just as many mental<br />

health problems. “Three quarters of successful<br />

suicide attempts are male,” he tells me. “Men<br />

are three times more likely than women to have<br />

substance issues. Men score significantly lower in<br />

the National Wellbeing Survey.”<br />

I’m not about to undergo a full therapy consultation,<br />

but Alex has offered to give me a taster, by<br />

assisting in a 20-minute ‘introductory’ session,<br />

in which I’m invited to tell him something that’s<br />

on my mind. After reassurances that it’ll go no<br />

further than this space, I unload a complex and<br />

troublesome issue, which he reacts to with nods,<br />

short responses, other sympathetic verbal cues,<br />

and, at one appropriate moment, a ‘that’s shocking’<br />

lifting of both eyebrows. It’s a very liberating<br />

experience.<br />

Afterwards, in effect, we swap roles; it’s my turn<br />

to glean information from him. It’s a curious<br />

sensation interviewing a counsellor: Alex has a<br />

way of turning my questions around, so I become<br />

part of the answering process. We talk about all<br />

sorts. How a lot of our<br />

problems come from us<br />

suppressing one or more<br />

of the four emotions –<br />

happiness, sadness, fear<br />

and anger – and what<br />

problems this can cause.<br />

How some of the behavioural<br />

traits we learnt<br />

during disturbing periods<br />

of our childhood can be<br />

inappropriately repeated<br />

in our adult lives, and how understanding what’s<br />

going on can help us. How different clients he<br />

talks to respond best to different approaches –<br />

which means he has to be sensitively adaptable.<br />

“In an ideal world, therapy would be available to<br />

everybody, on demand, on the NHS,” he tells me.<br />

So, I ask him, other than cost, what is stopping<br />

more people from benefitting from it? And why,<br />

countrywide, are there two female clients seeking<br />

therapy, for every male one?<br />

Taboo is the key. Some people still believe<br />

counselling is only for ‘crazy’ people, rather than<br />

anyone looking to understand themselves better.<br />

“When it comes to men, there can also be a desire<br />

to appear strong. For many men, counselling<br />

equals talking about your feelings; talking about<br />

your feelings might involve crying; and ‘boys<br />

don’t cry’. I’d love to see more men challenge that<br />

belief. We evolved to experience emotions. Like<br />

hunger and thirst, they give us crucial information<br />

about what we need or want. Experiencing<br />

feelings, including sadness, isn’t a sign of weakness,<br />

it’s simply a sign of being human.”Alex Leith<br />

Alex Francis, downsviewcounselling@gmail.com,<br />

07588 786060, or his colleague, Eileen Kemp,<br />

summerhousecounselling@yahoo.com,<br />

07754 630149<br />


Black Cat Firewalk<br />

Friday 25 <strong>October</strong><br />

at the National Cat Adoption Centre<br />

Plus live band, bar and hot food from 6pm.<br />

www.cats.org.uk/blackcatfirewalk<br />

National Cat Adoption Centre<br />

Chelwood Gate, RH17 7TT (SatNav 7DE)<br />

Reg Charity 203644 (England and Wales) and SC037711 (Scotland)<br />

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Cooper & Son<br />

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42 High Street, <strong>Lewes</strong> 01273 475 557<br />

Also at Seaford, Uckfield & Heathfield<br />

www.cpjfield.co.uk<br />

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Collecting vital data<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> FC’s video analysis platform<br />

When Ross Standen, <strong>Lewes</strong> FC’s 6 foot 4 assistant<br />

manager, used to keep goal for the club, around<br />

the turn of the millennium, it was a rather different<br />

institution. Ross, now 45, made his debut for the<br />

club’s reserves when he was just 14, and played in<br />

the 2000/2001 team that famously, and historically,<br />

reached the First Round of the FA Cup.<br />

Back then <strong>Lewes</strong> used to play in front of 50-orso<br />

diehard fans. There were no fancy stands or<br />

terraces, no beach huts, no 3G training pitch.<br />

And they certainly didn’t use the services of an<br />

American video analysis platform to hone their<br />

tactics and help improve performance.<br />

Video analysis platform? “It was all down to a<br />

generous donation by an anonymous fan,” smiles<br />

Ross, sitting in the home dug-out of a splendidlooking<br />

Dripping Pan, a few days after <strong>Lewes</strong>’<br />

belated first win of the season, at Leatherhead.<br />

“Whoever it was gave the club a large pot of<br />

money, specifically to help improve the analysis<br />

of our performances. The women’s team opted<br />

to spend it on GPS tracker vests; I suggested<br />

that we invested in Hudl, which I’d heard great<br />

things about from a friend of mine, Danny<br />

Cowley. Danny is manager of Lincoln City, and<br />

he told me that Hudl was an excellent way of<br />

collecting vital data to help improve individual<br />

and team performance, to reduce injury, and to<br />

analyse opposing teams. Last season, using Hudl,<br />

Lincoln won promotion to Division One of the<br />

Football League.”<br />

He goes into the intricacies of the system, which<br />

takes some time. <strong>Lewes</strong> FC employ a cameraman<br />

(from the group Your Instant Replay) who<br />

films the team’s matches, home and away. The<br />

footage is sent to Hudl’s lab, and automated<br />

statistical reports are instantly generated. “At<br />

the click of a button, we can analyse an amazing<br />

amount of data,” says Ross. “We can look at<br />

possession statistics, examine goals scored and<br />

conceded, look at how successful crosses from<br />

different areas are, look at our shooting accuracy,<br />

track individual players throughout the match,<br />

and a whole lot of other things. All the players<br />

have access to the app so they can look at their<br />

individual performances, what they have done<br />

well, and what they have done badly. We also<br />

have video debrief sessions – Monday Night<br />

Football style – before training sessions.”<br />

Hudl, it must be said, wasn’t able to save <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

from a rather disastrous start to the season,<br />

which Ross puts down to the unexpected injuries<br />

of several key players, all of whom are battling<br />

their way back to fitness. “But I can see it<br />

making a huge difference to our preparation for<br />

games as the season progresses, and players get<br />

used to it,” says Ross. “I’d like to use this opportunity<br />

to say a big thank you to the anonymous<br />

donor who gave us this opportunity to have the<br />

edge over teams that don’t use such technology.<br />

And that’s just about all of the other teams that<br />

we play.” Alex Leith<br />

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173 High Street<br />

“Just before we arrived, of course it was Prezzo”,<br />

Kevin Scott of Herbert Scott grins. “When we<br />

took on the new lease, we transformed the space<br />

in six weeks: three weeks ripping everything out<br />

that was left behind – built-in freezers, the pizza<br />

oven. There was a lot of mess – for instance,<br />

an enormous extractor fan coated in grease. It<br />

was a big clearing-up job. They even left their<br />

long-handled pizza shovel. Upstairs, on our roof<br />

terrace, we have kept the giant Prezzo umbrellas.”<br />

So what of the building? Downstairs, in its brand<br />

new incarnation, is a lovely open-plan office seating<br />

around twenty, and two meeting rooms. The<br />

air conditioning greets me. Upstairs is an even<br />

more open space – “laid out café style” – and the<br />

roof terrace, with a great view of the castle.<br />

“Back in the early 80s I used to work for National<br />

Westminster, and was in this building when it<br />

snowed and I couldn’t travel. It had oak-panelled<br />

walls then.” Kevin smiles as we both glance round<br />

at the new, light and airy, open-plan offices.<br />

The Nat West premises were, according to a recent<br />

survey, a 1927 replacement for an earlier historic<br />

building on the site. But the distinctive front<br />

of the building dates from its time as a bank: with<br />

the moulded stone plinth, and ‘semi-ornamental<br />

undersized bricks’ that give it its charming and<br />

rather commanding face onto the High Street.<br />

Kevin says the old building that stood on the site<br />

originally probably dates from the 17th Century.<br />

(The excellent Reeves photo, Tom Reeves tells<br />

me, is from soon after the 1920s renovation –<br />

when it was ‘National Provincial Bank’. ‘The<br />

manager was Mr Palmer’, Tom writes…)<br />

So, why the move here for Herbert Scott? “For<br />

the 23 years we’ve been in business, we’ve never<br />

had our own front door. We spent three years in<br />

Station Street, ten years on the second floor of<br />

Temple House – where Seasalt is – and nine years<br />

upstairs in St Anne’s House, on St Anne’s Hill.<br />

Now, at last, we can look after a client’s experience<br />

from start to finish of a visit. We’re having a<br />

moving-in party in <strong>October</strong>. And then we want to<br />

start sharing the space with the wider community:<br />

hosting public seminars in our upstairs room on<br />

all sorts of personal finance topics – estate planning,<br />

setting up a trust for grandchildren etc.”<br />

Herbert Scott was founded in 1996 by Kevin<br />

Scott and David Herbert. “People often assume<br />

Herbert Scott was a person – although probably<br />

from a few generations back...” So, has he called<br />

his son Herbert, maybe? No! “He’s named after<br />

something else,” laughs Kevin. “I’m always surprised<br />

there aren’t more Harveys in <strong>Lewes</strong>…”<br />

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new enterprises this month. For a start – talking<br />

hats – top-notch milliner Lucy Barlow is setting<br />

up a studio and shop in the Needlemakers, next<br />

to the Backyard Café. Since 1990 Lucy, formerly<br />

based on the Portobello Road, has been making<br />

hats for collections such as Saks Fifth Avenue<br />

and Harvey Nichols. Her Rasta hats are to die<br />

for, but also expect a broad range of largely male<br />

headwear ‘from Panamas to Peaky Blinders’, both<br />

of her own design and from different labels.<br />

That’s not all, on the haute-couture front. The<br />

uber-trendy dress-maker Susie Cave, wife of Bad<br />

Seed singer-songwriter Nick, has announced on<br />

her Instagram account that she’s moving the HQ<br />

of her business, The Vampire’s Wife, to <strong>Lewes</strong>.<br />

Susie’s dresses commonly adorn A-List celebrities<br />

such as Kylie Minogue, Keira Knightley and<br />

Dakota Johnson, names which you wouldn’t generally<br />

find in this humble column. It looks like the<br />

HQ will be in the building behind the Riverside<br />

Centre, originally the Tabernacle Sunday School.<br />

Another welcome addition to the Cliffe area is<br />

The Seasons, the organic wholefood business,<br />

established in Forest Row in 1971, bringing<br />

‘zero-waste shopping, organic & biodynamic fruit<br />

& veg, organic skincare, artisan breads, local produce,<br />

vegan and gluten-free products’ to the space<br />

formerly inhabited by Bunce’s. (See ‘My <strong>Lewes</strong>’,<br />

page 11.) It’s worth mentioning that every Friday,<br />

from 11am-4pm, they will invite the public in for<br />

free ‘taster days’, starting with gut-healing snacks<br />

from Organenergy on the 4th Oct, and Spirit of<br />

Hemp on the 11th. <strong>Lewes</strong> Friday Market, meanwhile,<br />

are joining in the zero-waste campaign,<br />

with a bring-your-own-container ‘Friday Market<br />

Cupboard’.<br />

I’d really recommend popping into the Unity<br />

Centre, in the old Turkish Baths on Friars Walk,<br />

a veritable Tardis of a building with two spacious<br />

studios, two treatment rooms, an infra-red sauna<br />

and a flotation tank. Plus a lovely little café, Soul<br />

Soup, where Maya makes healthy snacks and<br />

meals from ‘rescued’ food, that would otherwise<br />

go to waste. Friars Walk has become a go-to area<br />

for health and fitness with the opening of Body<br />

Happy at nos. 40-42, offering gym and bespoke<br />

training packages. It opened late in September,<br />

and is offering the first three months of any<br />

membership for half price.<br />

From Victoria, the elegant interiors store in the<br />

Needlemakers, is moving to the High Street, in<br />

the space where David Smith sold his jewellery<br />

for so many years, ‘by the end of <strong>October</strong>’.<br />

Victoria, accompanied by cocker spaniel puppy<br />

Frankie, will sell furniture and furnishings downstairs,<br />

with the upstairs level offering houseplants<br />

and ‘lifestyle’ wares. The Needlemakers store will<br />

remain open until the move, selling off much of<br />

its stock at up to 50% off.<br />

Finally, great news from the <strong>Lewes</strong> Traders<br />

Association, the organisation chaired by Tom<br />

Reeves looking after the interests of 88-andcounting<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> shop-holders, The LTA has<br />

secured an annual £2,000 grant from the Town<br />

Council, which will be used to close the High<br />

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It’s 1933, and this young man appears to be<br />

delivering Whitbread beer round <strong>Lewes</strong>, from<br />

the Westgate Wine Stores on the High Street.<br />

You’d think that the photograph depicts him<br />

knocking on a customer’s door to alert them<br />

that their weekly supply has arrived. Until,<br />

that is, you work out that the picture was taken<br />

outside the back door of the store in question<br />

(now the chippy on the bottleneck).<br />

We don’t know the lad’s identity (anyone out<br />

there?) but we do know that his boss – Thomas<br />

Watson – was quite a character. Watson, then<br />

68, had moved down from London to run the<br />

business in 1918. Before that he had been a sergeant<br />

major in the Northumberland Fusiliers,<br />

serving in India.<br />

Not the sort of man you’d steal from, you’d<br />

imagine, but the Sussex Agricultural Express<br />

reports that in March of 1933, one Charles Gill<br />

had targeted the off-licence on a wide-ranging<br />

nicking spree across Uckfield and <strong>Lewes</strong>. Gill<br />

was caught in Uckfield High Street in the act<br />

of stealing several rolls of Kodak film, and<br />

after being arrested, ‘further charges regarding<br />

property found on his person were taken<br />

into consideration’. This included a fountain<br />

pen from WE Baxter, a box of chocolates from<br />

Avery’s, two ties from Hugh Rae and two<br />

bottles of wine from Westgate Wine Store. It<br />

turns out that Mr Gill was about to get married,<br />

and one might deduce that the items were<br />

on a shopping list for the occasion. He was<br />

given four months hard labour, by the judge,<br />

who commented that if his future wife ‘was<br />

worth anything’ she would still be there for<br />

him when he came out.<br />

Back to the young man in the picture. It appears<br />

that rather than delivering beer – which<br />

was no doubt part of his job – he is returning<br />

empties he has collected from customers. Perhaps<br />

– just perhaps – the former sergeant major<br />

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Plan to make it happen<br />

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What money will you need in the future? We focus on helping you achieve<br />

the returns you require on your investible wealth.<br />

Successful investing isn’t about trying to beat the market. It’s about<br />

delivering the returns you need to achieve your unique lifetime ambitions.<br />

Our evidence-based approach is designed to do just that. Why take risks<br />

with your money when you don’t need to?<br />

Visit our website for more information or call us to arrange a free,<br />

no-obligation meeting on 01273 407 500.<br />

Herbert Scott Ltd • The Left Bank • 173 High Street • <strong>Lewes</strong> • East Sussex • BN7 1YE<br />

Tel: 01273 407 500 Email: enquiries@herbertscott.uk Web: www.herbertscott.uk<br />

Herbert Scott Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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