Viva Lewes Issue #159 December 2019

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VIVALEWES

EDITORIAL

All month I’ve been wandering around muttering (Robert Herrick’s line)

‘Gather ye rosebuds while ye may’. This is because our issue theme is Gather,

which has consequently got tangled in my mind with ideas of seizing the

day. Then again, maybe the two are related. Whether you’re gathering for

Women’s Walking Football at Lewes FC, or children’s dance at the Lewes

Dance Academy. A day of drumming at the Ham Lane Scout hut, a class in

festive baking at the Community Kitchen, or rowing on Piddinghoe Pond.

Or maybe you’re gathering with other parents of young’uns thirsty for a

(Wickle) coffee; or heading over to the Artists and Makers Fair in the Town Hall. Or

joining The Group to make some new friends. Or maybe you’re gathering with others in

a support group? This month, I met Peter Bridgewater, who runs one of these for people

bereaved by suicide – he tells me it can help.

Or, indeed, as Eleanor Knight poignantly captures it, gathering over festivities with family.

‘What matters is not what they’ve achieved but how they make us feel.’ Quite!

There are also one or two invitations in this issue. Once we’ve all weathered the election,

how about a bit of steering of things you can affect? The Friends of Lewes, perhaps – which

exists ‘to keep Lewes special’ – or a glorious Community Woodland near Laughton (see

‘My space’, on page 104). They are both looking for the right person NOW: could that be

you? Why not seize the day? And gather.

THE TEAM

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EDITOR: Charlotte Gann charlotte@vivamagazines.com

SUB-EDITOR: David Jarman

PRODUCTION EDITOR: Joe Fuller joe@vivamagazines.com

ART DIRECTOR: Katie Moorman katie@vivamagazines.com

ADVERTISING: Sarah Hunnisett, Amanda Meynell advertising@vivamagazines.com

EDITORIAL / ADMIN ASSISTANT / HAND MODEL: Kelly Mechen admin@vivamagazines.com

DISTRIBUTION: David Pardue distribution@vivamagazines.com

CONTRIBUTORS: Michael Blencowe, Mark Bridge, Hasia Curtis, Lulah Ellender, Mark Greco,

Anita Hall, John Henty, Robin Houghton, Eleanor Knight, Dexter Lee, Alex Leith, Lizzie Lower, Carlotta Luke,

Anna Morgan, John O’Donoghue, Galia Pike amd Scott Wotherspoon.

PUBLISHER: Becky Ramsden becky@vivamagazines.com

Viva Lewes is based at Lewes House, 32 High St, Lewes, BN7 2LX, all enquiries 01273 488882

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