Viva Lewes Issue #122 November 2016

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VIVALEWES

EDITORIAL

About six months ago we decided that the theme of this issue should

be ‘High Street’, to celebrate the wealth of interesting shops, and

other businesses, operating in that colourful ribbon running from St

Thomas’ Church to Western Road (and beyond). It’s ironic, then, that

since that decision we learnt that two of the longest-serving top-oftown

institutions would be shut by the time the magazine came out: the

Post Office, which had been in the same space since 1876 (we are all

scandalised that its demise has been passed through by the authorities) and gentlemen’s outfitter

Hugh Rae, which had been outfitting gentlemen from nos 75 and 76 since 1923.

This led us to wondering what the top of town would have looked like in 1923, and a trip to the

library to check that year’s town directory was actually fairly reassuring: Reeves was there, of

course, and Wycherley’s, and Shelley’s, and Lewes Old Grammar. Plus, of course, the White Hart,

and the Crown Court (then County Hall) and Barbican House and, perhaps most surprisingly, a

shop called Flint at the top of Station Street, run by a Mr B Flint, and largely selling tea.

Change, of course, is inevitable and necessary; continuity and tradition on the High Street are also

extremely important if we want to keep Lewes feeling like Lewes. Let’s hope that the transferral of

the Post Office from its current location to a corner of WH Smith’s won’t accelerate the slippage

of footfall down the hill that has been occurring over the last few decades. In the meantime, here’s

a ‘keep up the good work’ to all our shopkeepers and retail workers. Enjoy the issue…

THE TEAM

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EDITOR: Alex Leith alex@vivamagazines.com

SUB-EDITOR: David Jarman

STAFF WRITER / ACTING ART DIRECTOR: Rebecca Cunningham rebecca@vivamagazines.com

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PUBLISHER: Becky Ramsden becky@vivamagazines.com

CONTRIBUTORS: Jacky Adams, Michael Blencowe, Sarah Boughton, Mark Bridge, Emma Chaplin, Barry Collins,

Mark Greco, Anita Hall, John Henty, Mat Homewood, Paul Austin Kelly, Chloë King, Dexter Lee,

Lizzie Lower, Carlotta Luke, Marcus Taylor

Viva Lewes is based at Pipe Passage, 151b High Street, Lewes, BN7 1XU, 01273 434567. Advertising 01273 488882


THE 'HIGH STREET' ISSUE

CONTENTS

Bits and bobs.

8-29. We discover a forgotten

Worthy, get Peter Chasseaud’s take

on Lewes since 1972, remember

a long-gone High Street pub, and

discover the most-changed building

on School Hill. We also talk to Sophy

Hollington, who took a break from

‘the New York Times editorial stuff’

to design our cover. Plus the return

of the Reader Offer, and more.

Columns.

31-35. Chloë King and Mark Bridge

discuss the good life, and David

Jarman discusses the extravagant,

hedonistic life (not his own, though).

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On this Month.

37. Marina Benjamin on her

memoir of a ‘seismic change’, The

Middlepause.

39. We get the story behind

Ladybird Books for Grown-ups,

from comedy writer Joel Morris.

41. Brutus as a Girl? David Jarman

on gender-bending Shakespeare, and

Lewes Little Theatre.

43-45. Bonfire and film round-ups.

47. Gilbert and Sullivan: the retrial.

New Sussex Opera revive the duo’s

one-act courtroom drama.

49. Paul Austin Kelly runs through

November’s classical offerings.


THE 'HIGH STREET' ISSUE

51-59. Art. Punk photographer Ian

Dickson, not-very-still-life painter

Lindy Dunbar, plus Art and About.

61-71. Diary dates.

73-75. Gig guide.

77-80. Free time. Young Photo of the

Month, a child-friendly walk, and our

family events round-up.

Food.

83-92. We force ourselves not to

order Jerk Chicken at the Lewes

Arms; enjoy a serendipitous cocktail

at Chaula's; pick up pakoras in the

Precinct; and learn a post-Halloween

bread recipe from the Community

Chef.

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100

104

The way we work.

93-99. David Stacey goes shopping,

camera in hand.

Features.

100-115. We debunk a Murdoch-press

myth about Harvey’s; try NLP; chat to

Lewes FC’s physio; and find out about

shops and mushrooms and chemistry.

Inside Left.

130. How Lewes’ population nearly

doubled in a day, in 1914.

VIVA DEADLINES

We plan each magazine six weeks ahead, with a midmonth

advertising/copy deadline. Please send details of

planned events to admin@vivamagazines.com, and for

any advertising queries: advertising@vivalewes.com, or

call 01273 434567.

Don’t forget to recycle your Viva.

Every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of our content.

Viva Lewes magazine cannot be held responsible for any

omissions, errors or alterations. The views expressed by

columnists do not necessarily represent the view of Viva Lewes.

Love me or recycle me. Illustration by Chloë King


THIS MONTH’S COVER ARTIST: SOPHY HOLLINGTON

This month’s cover was designed by linocut

artist Sophy Hollington. Sophy graduated

from Camberwell in 2011, and has

since been working on projects for clients

including Tom Dixon and the New York

Times. She says, “My most consistent client

and what I’m working on right now is the

New York Times editorial stuff - I’ve got a

good relationship with the book review guy

there so I do lots of work for them, which

is my dream job really, because the subject

matter is so varied and interesting.”

“When I was at uni we had really good

print facilities, so I did loads of lithography,

lots of etching, lots of lino… My final

project ended up being this kind of lino-cut

comic and then that ended up on It’s Nice

That. And so my first big job was a New York

Times cover for the Sunday Review, because

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they’d seen that project, so they commissioned

me specifically to do this lino-cut

cover. I worked in quite a few different

ways for the couple of years after I first

graduated, but people kept asking me to

do lino. I think also you want to settle into

something at that point in your career, and

take something to the next level, instead of

doing lots of different things. So I settled

into lino. In a way, I think subconsciously

I was kind of sticking a middle finger up at

the digital process because it never really

appealed to me, and lino-cut is the ultimate

non-digital process. It doesn’t always

bend to what you want it to do, but that’s

what I like about it.”

“I’ve always worked quite quickly, so linocut

is like the perfect handicap for me. It

actually makes me stop and think seriously

about everything I’m going to do before

I do it. I guess I’m quite economical in

that I don’t really do multi-colour prints,

I don’t really do any kind of reduction

prints, I just stick to the black and white

and then add the colour digitally. I love

using colour, but not every print needs

any; it depends how much you play with

the light and dark balance as to whether

you can put colour in or not. With lino

you can get across a kind of luminescence,

which looks great when it’s black and

white, but it would kind of be marred a bit

if you introduced colour. I didn’t really do

that with this one, so the colour’s good.”

We loved the timeless feel of the bonfire

scene, partly due to the traditional media,

and partly the characters and scenery.

“I always try to be a bit ambiguous,” she

concludes.

Find plenty more of Sophy’s work online

at sophyhollington.com.

Rebecca Cunningham

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Photo by Alex Leith

MY LEWES: PETER CHASSEAUD, TOM PAINE PRINTING PRESS

Are you local? I have been living here since 1972. I’m

proud to be a Lewesian, but I am also proud to be a

Londoner. And a citizen of the world, to quote Tom

Paine, who was actually quoting Socrates.

Has it changed much since then? Enormously. It was

a working town then, with the Phoenix Ironworks still

going, and the agricultural engineering business Harper

and Eede, and practical shops like Elphick’s, as well

as no fewer than three print works: Lewes Press, Farncombe’s

and Baxters. Though the proximity of Sussex

University did lend it a cultural edge, and it was already

home to many commuters working in London.

Do you like it more or less, now? There are always

positives and negatives. I lament the fact that the property

boom and subsequent gentrification of the town

has led to a situation whereby people cannot afford to

live in the town where they were brought up, and all

the ramifications that has, particularly the potential loss

of community.

Are you ‘Bonfire’? I’m not a member of any society,

and never have been, but I’m a great supporter

of Bonfire. I’m amazed that after all the changes I’ve

been talking about, it is still going so strong. It is one

reason that Lewes has still got such a strong sense of

community; it’s rather like the role annual festivals play

in other European towns and cities.

What’s your favourite pub? The Lewes Arms has been

my local for 44 years and I see no reason to change that.

Though I do like to go to the Pelham Arms every first

Thursday of the month to see some hot gypsy swing.

And the Ram in Firle, after a long walk.

Do you do anything else to keep fit? I’m not sure

that it keeps me fit, but I am an enthusiastic member of

Lewes Bowling Green Society. It is extraordinary how

talented some of the more experienced players are:

every wood is different and you need a real eye for how

yours work in conjunction with the many irregularities

of the terrain.

What’s it like keeping a shop at the top of town?

This is primarily a not-for-profit printing workshop to

commemorate Tom Paine, but I do sell things in order

to pay for the running of the place. I think there are

positive signs for traders up here; I’m pleased that a

couple of new shops have recently opened up. I think

there is a tremendous need for artists and makers to

display their wares in shopfronts in this part of town,

to encourage people to come up here, to make it more

of a destination.

Does the fact Tom Paine lived here draw visitors to

the town? Americans, in particular. We don’t generally

get taught in our schools about 18th-century British

radicalism, but they do in the States, where they refer

to him as ‘Thomas Paine’. It’s a shame The Bull House

isn’t open as a Tom Paine museum and study centre.

Where would you live, if not in Lewes? The London

of my youth. Interview by Alex Leith

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BITS AND BOBS

TOWN PLAQUE #20

Old photographs (check out Lewes Past on

Facebook) show us that much of the High

Street in Lewes is largely unchanged over

the decades, apart from the ‘cosmetic’ turnover

of shop names. That such a fine historic

streetscape is preserved is good, but one

building has seen much change: No. 25/6 -

Temple House, which is now where you will

find the only one of Lewes’ historic plaques

located indoors, in the entrance lobby.

John Houghton’s fascinating book Look at

Lewes lists a number of uses of this site from

1669 on, including the first incarnation of the Unicorn Inn and a girls’ school. The last century saw

the mock-Tudor front of the De Luxe Cinema replaced by a utilitarian office block, housing the Sussex

Express offices, amongst others. A recent 'facelift' means it is now a restaurant and shop at street level.

GHOST PUB #25: THE UNICORN, 56 HIGH STREET

Since 1921, 56 High Street has been synonymous with

Wycherleys estate agents. However, this building, nestled

next to the White Hart, was once the Unicorn Inn. During

the mid-1800s, the property was run as a baker’s and

confectioner’s shop. However, by 1851 James Jones was also

running it as a beer shop, and was described as a ‘bread and

biscuit maker, and beer retailer’. William Turner had taken

over by 1861, and ran the Unicorn for over twenty years,

being almost 90 when he retired in 1882. In 1890 the Unicorn

underwent extensive alterations. Its long-term owners,

Harvey & Son, employed local architect Alfred Oakden to

re-front the rather plain-looking building. The results of

this renovation include the rather elaborate frontage we see

today. The landlord at the time was Harry Bodle. Unfortunately,

Harry did not live to appreciate his new surroundings

for long, dying in 1893, aged just 27. The following year saw

a new landlord (Herbert Gower), and a new advertising campaign. The Sussex Express published weekly

adverts for 'Ye Unicorn Inn Lewes’, with ‘brilliant ales, double stout, excellent bitter’ as well as ‘chops,

steaks and good beds’. The Unicorn remained open until May 1917, and later that year the contents

were sold at auction, including the glass tankards and the billiard table. This photograph, from an FB

Brook series postcard, shows the Unicorn as it was around 1905. Mat Homewood

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COMMUNITY BITS AND BOBS

CHARITY BOX #8: ST PETER & ST JAMES HOSPICE CHARITY SHOPS

How much money does the charity need to raise

in order to operate? Overall the hospice needs to

raise over £10,000 a day (£4.4 million this year) to

support the front-line work caring for the many

patients in our community with life-limiting conditions,

and to support their families. The eight shops

we run in Sussex contribute several hundred thousand

pounds each year.

Is everybody who works in the shops an unpaid

volunteer? We have paid managers, but rely heavily

on volunteers.

What percentage of the money raised goes on

admin and wages? 90p in the pound is spent on our

frontline work.

Is there anything you’d particularly like people

to donate? We like items that are in good condition

and are clean and undamaged! Quality current and

vintage clothes, furniture, jewellery, designer goods

- and useful items that people want to buy.

What’s the most amazing thing someone has

donated to one of your shops? We receive such a

massive variety of goods, but one item stands out as

it was so insignificant looking - a small oriental brass

bowl which turned out to be highly valuable as it

was an ancient Chinese artefact. On the other hand,

once we got a black plastic sack full of empty plastic

lemonade bottles!

Do you need any volunteers, and how should

people apply? Yes, particularly in Lewes, as many of

our long-serving volunteers are leaving after many

years. Call in at the shops and speak to the manager

or call 01444 470817 for details. For information

about all our shops go to: stpeter-stjames.co.uk.

Alex Leith interviewed Retail Manager Terese Wilson

Photos by Alex Leith

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BITS AND BOBS

LEWES WORTHY: JOHN

MARTEN CRIPPS

John Marten Cripps was

what you might call a

well-travelled man. In 1797,

aged 17, Cripps inherited

the Stantons Estate in East

Chiltington from his uncle,

but soon went up to Cambridge

to study: he was enrolled

in Jesus College in April 1798. He

came under the tutelage of Edward Daniel

Clarke, who decided it was in the best interests of

his young charge to do a Grand Tour. The pair,

accompanied by Dr Malthus (the political economist)

were on the road for three and a half years,

from May 1799 to November 1802. ‘The Grand

Tour comprehended Denmark, Sweden, Lapland,

Norway, Finland, Petersburg, Moscow, The Don,

the Crimea, Constantinople, Mt Ida, the Plains of

Troy, Cyprus, Jerusalem, Cairo, the Pyramids, Alexandria,

Eleussis, Parnassus, Vienna, Paris,’ wrote

the historian MA Lower, in his entry for Clarke in

his 1805 book Sussex Worthies.

On his travels Cripps collected antiquities, which

he sent back home. In May 1802 the ship Princess,

carrying cargo from Greece, ran aground at

Beachy Head. Cripps’ father, who was staying at

the time on his son’s nearby estate, was on hand to

make sure the goods were safe, aided by a squadron

of dragoons. Items of value included a bust of

Ceres, and an ‘opalised tree’, later said to be the

finest of its type ever seen in the country.

On returning home, Cripps settled into life on his

estate, becoming a Sussex Magistrate, and exhibiting

many of his antiquities, and botanical specimens

he had collected, in a museum in Lewes,

which was much recommended by the author JV

Button in his 1805 travel guide The Brighton and

Lewes Guide. Cripps died on his estate, aged 73,

in 1853.

SPREAD THE WORD

Just one this

month… Here’s

Joe Fletcher

from Manchester

with Viva Lewes

on the ferry from

Bodinnick to

Fowey in Cornwall.

The crossing only takes a few minutes

(barely time to read Spread the Word) and

some TripAdvisor contributors are up in

arms about the price… It costs £4.80 for a

car, £1.80 for an adult foot passenger and

80p for a child. But it does operate all year

round, apart from Christmas Day, departing

every 10 to 15 minutes. Enough to make

Southern Rail passengers weep with envy.

We love getting your pictures in (photos@

vivamagazines.com), so remember to take a

copy of Viva with you on your travels, and

keep spreading the word. LL

LEWES IN NUMBERS

In Lewes, Bonfire tradition runs back over 200

years, and the town currently has 7 bonfire societies,

6 of which hold their celebrations on

5th November and 1 a fortnight earlier. 1905

was the last year a bonfire and firework display

were held in the High Street: now there are 6

fire sites around the town.

There are a further 34 bonfire societies across

Sussex and just beyond. While Lewes, Battle

and Edenbridge hold their celebrations on 5th

November, other societies choose different

dates through the 10 weeks of Bonfire ‘season’.

Uckfield is the 1st in early September, and

Hawkhurst the last on 26th November. These

are known in Bonfire parlance, of course, as

‘outmeetings’. Sarah Boughton

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PHOTO OF THE MONTH

STOP MAKING SENSE

This month’s winning entry was sent in by a

visitor to town, Chrissie Berridge, the artist,

designer, ‘transformer’ and all-round creative

whirlwind. “While in Lewes I took some

photographs of the War Memorial,” she writes.

“Wanting to present it in a different way, I photographed

it through a glass decanter stopper,

picked up in a local flea market. This inverted

any image viewed through it. I thought that

you might be interested in seeing the results.”

This was one of three photographs she sent us;

another, looking like a weirded-up 70s postcard,

shows a picture of one of the angels on the

statue, next to inserts of famous Lewes scenes,

seen through the stopper-lens, and turned back

the right way up; the third you can see on the

contents page. “Using a glass stopper in this

way is so easy and produces some fun images.

Perhaps other readers of Viva Lewes might like

to give it a try?” she concludes. We googled

Chrissie’s name and found a blog - Chrissie

Berridge is Busy - full of interesting creative ideas

that you can try at home. If you are of a creative

bent, it should give you some inspiration.

Please send your pictures, taken in and

around Lewes, to photos@vivamagazines.

com, or tweet @VivaLewes, with comments

on why and where you took it, and your

phone number. We’ll choose our favourite

for this page, which wins the photographer

£20, to be picked up from our office after

publication. Unless previously arranged, we

reserve the right to use all pictures in future

issues of Viva magazines or online.

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BITS AND BOBS

VOX POP: SUSSEX DOWNS STUDENTS MILLY DOBRES AND

CLOVER FOX ASK 'WHAT’S YOUR FAVE LEWES SHOP?'

“I like Lewes Antique

Centre because of the

reasonably priced

vintage clothing.”

Helen Dunman

“Paul Clark, the menswear

shop because they

sell expensive clothes and

accessories. I can’t go in

there very often though!”

Edward Slaymaker

“New Look, because

it sells nice clothes.”

Bethany Coley

BOOK REVIEW: EDWARD JOHNSTON

London Transport’s iconic ‘roundel’

branding, and the typeface

used to announce station names

and divulge other information

to passengers, was designed and

sculpted in Ditchling 100 years

ago by the calligrapher Edward

Johnston. Richard Taylor’s new

book, Edward Johnston - A Signature

for London, celebrates this

centenary and explains how this

situation came about.

Johnston moved to Ditchling with his growing

family in 1912, forming something of an

artistic community with Eric Gill and other

followers and like-minded creatives. Unlike Gill,

who moved to Wales in 1924, Johnston called

Ditchling home for the rest of his life. Johnston

was commissioned to design the font for London

Underground by the far-sighted Frank Pick, who

also asked him to come up with a

logo design to highlight the names

of the underground stations. What

Johnston came up with - based on

the principles of Roman columns

- is the basis of the lettering and

symbols still used by London Transport

today.

The defining biography of Johnston

was written by his daughter Priscilla

in 1976, so as a factual history of the

calligrapher this book offers slim

pickings, taking little more than an hour to read.

However it is beautifully illustrated with Johnston’s

original designs (some of them unfinished)

as well as photographs from his life and work, and

constitutes a fine introduction to the great man -

or a companion piece to anyone who went to the

recent exhibition on this subject in the Ditchling

Museum and Gallery. AL

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BITS AND BOBS

READER OFFERS: TWO-FOR-ONE SLAP-UP MEALS

After a fairly long hiatus, reader offers are back…

and we have two great meal deals in nearby pub/

restaurants! First up, the Sussex Ox, in Milton

Street near Alfriston, who are offering two main

meals for the price of one with the cut-out

voucher on pg 91 (drinks excluded, not valid Sat

or Sun). On the same page, there’s a coupon for

the Jolly Sportsman in East Chiltington, which

is offering two main courses for the price of one,

from their à la carte menu, on Tues, Weds or

Thurs evening. So there are a couple of winter

warmers for you… bon appetit!

ROCKET FM

Rocket FM launched for its

16th season on October 17th,

and will keep on broadcasting

local news and music until the

6th of November. The last two

days - incorporating live coverage

from Bonfire Night - will

be produced from its pop-up

studio overlooking the War

Memorial.

If you enjoy reading Viva Lewes

we bet you’ll enjoy listening to

Rocket, which you can access

online (rocketfm.org.uk) or

at 87.8 FM. It all starts from 7am with Ruth

O’Keeffe and Dino Bishop’s morning show:

expect a mix of chat and music, with guest after

guest popping in to talk about Lewes affairs.

Time to give the likes of John

Humphrys, Nick Grimshaw,

Rachel Burden et al a rest…

There are over 50 presenters

- all volunteers - doing shows,

including a few names you will

have become familiar with in

these pages (as well as Viva writers

presenting shows there are

turns from the likes of Norman

Baker, Vic Smith, Peter Flanagan

and Dilly Barlow).

The events on the 5th are particularly

popular abroad, and last

year an estimated 1,000 listeners tuned in online,

from 43 different countries, for the big night.

Rocket are keen for anyone out there to get in

touch info@rocket.org.uk/@rocketfm/01273474769

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BITS AND BOBS

CARDS FOR GOOD CAUSES

In 1959 James Jackson, Secretary

of the British Diabetic Society,

came up with a cracking idea.

Why not sell Christmas cards to

raise money for charity in empty

shops in town centres? In 1971

the scheme, which caught on all

over the country, was given the

name ‘Cards for Good Causes’,

and they’ve raised millions for

a variety of different causes:

£10 million in the last ten years

alone. This year’s co-ordinator

of Lewes’ pop-up, based in Lewes House until

December 19th, is Sarah Clowes, who told us:

“Every year four local charities are chosen to sell

their specially designed cards: this

year it’s the turn of Hearing Dogs

for the Deaf, Raystede (animal welfare),

the Rainbow Trust (children’s

charity), and Sasbah (the Sussex

Association for Spinabifida and

Hydreocephalus). Not only will we

be raising money for these causes,

we’ll be raising awareness, too.”

There will be hundreds of different

Christmas card designs to choose

from, plus all sorts of seasonal

paraphernalia: advent calendars and

candles, wrapping paper, gift tags, napkins, stocking

fillers etc etc.

Lewes House, 10am-4pm. cardsforcharity.co.uk

With its excellent and imaginative

approach, the Steiner Waldorf

curriculum has gained everwidening

recognition as a creative

and compassionate alternative to

traditional avenues of education.

But just how does it feel to be a child

in the classroom, soaking up this

stimulating and rewarding teaching?

Find out for yourself...

A Day in the Classroom

Saturday 19 th November 2015 - 08:15

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Thursday 26 th January - 08:30

Please call for more information or to

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To take advantage of the

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as well as neighbouring

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Meanwhile Brighton,

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BONFIRE, 2015

As you can see, there are five photographic

slots on Carlotta’s monthly page format, which

doesn’t go very well with Bonfire! So she’s tried

to keep the pictures as generic (ie non-Bonfiresociety-related)

as possible, by concentrating

on the ‘fire’ part of ‘Bonfire’… with explosive

results. And so we have torches, archbishops in

mid flow, exploding effigies, burning barrels,

and, lest we forget, the giant Remembrance

poppy. Carlotta will be out and about again on

the 5th, but not that you’d notice: she’s an expert

at keeping in the shadows, to better capture the

action. carlottaluke.com

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COLUMN

Chloë King

Gleans her act up

When I signed up to take

part in gleaning, I thought I

was in for a gruelling day of

hard labour.

I saw myself bent double

collecting windfall apples,

wiping rotten fruit onto my

brow as I toiled. Worse even,

I imagined being perched

atop a rickety ladder in the

rain, losing my balance as I

reached into the canopy of

a gnarled apple tree. The

truth, of course, was more dignified.

I’m reading Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari’s bestseller

on the history of humankind. In an early chapter,

Harari says a lot of modern-day problems like

poor eating habits, alienation and depression stem

from the way our hunter-gatherer minds interact

with our post-industrial environment. It makes

me think of that evolution of man illustration,

in which we grow to stand tall, only to wind up

curled over a computer screen.

So much of my time is desk based; the mere

thought of farm labour made me tired. I remember

when I was asked to cover a boot camp once, I

spent the previous night in the pub cracking jokes

about self-sabotage, only to find the actual experience

quite invigorating. So it is with gleaning. In

fact, the most challenging part of the day is waiting

anxiously for my lunch to go through the till

at Waitrose while a crew of volunteers wait for my

pick up at Lewes station.

The Gleaning Network is a campaign headed by

Feedback Global - an environmental organisation

launched in 2012 by Tristram Stuart, the Sophie

Prize-winning author who exposed ‘the global

food waste scandal’ in 2009. There are six gleaning

hubs across the UK,

including Kent and Sussex,

which coordinate volunteers

like me, farmers and food

redistribution charities like

FareShare. They are successfully

salvaging some of the

many tons of food that are

wasted on farms.

This glean is on a picturesque

fruit farm near Rye.

We pick crates and crates

of Gala apples that are

unsuitable for supermarket sale because they’re

too big, too small, overlooked or unripe at the

time of picking. It’s enough to make me feel quite

empathetic.

With twenty or so volunteers, the day takes a

leisurely pace. We work in pairs, chatting, and

once the Gala field is efficiently picked, we move

on to russet apples and pear trees. These trees are

more mature, and the pears, many of them huge,

hang abundantly in low branches. I can’t help but

be impressed with the beauty, and, as I wiggle

myself in-between the bows to get that hard-toreach

fruit, more connected to the system. My

subconscious hunter-gatherer yelps with delight at

each new fruit I find, even though I’ve never gone

hungry in my life.

At the end of the glean, we assemble the fruits

of our labour: just shy of four complete pallets of

apples and pears will be sent for redistribution

by FareShare to food banks, children’s centres

and other community organisations. Then we’re

invited to fill our own bags from a heaving bin of

apples that were rejected for sale. I’ve not been

paid a penny, but for the experience, and crumble,

I’m far richer.

Illustration by Chloë King

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COLUMN

East of Earwig

Just trying to help

Photo by Mark Bridge

I’m no Nostradamus but I wouldn’t be at all

surprised if this year’s Lewes Bonfire celebrations

featured an effigy of Donald Trump straddling a

nuclear weapon, rather like Slim Pickens in the

film Dr Strangelove. Then again, there are plenty of

local issues that have caused upsets during the past

twelve months. Perhaps we’re more likely to see

someone astride a railway carriage.

Yes, it’s that time of year again. The time of year

when we Ringmer residents adopt a supportive

role for our neighbours. November sees our

village retreating into the flickering shadows as

Lewes welcomes - if ‘welcomes’ isn’t too strong a

word - thousands upon thousands of visitors. On

5th November, Ringmer becomes an unofficial

park-and-ride site. Dozens of people heading

south into Lewes take the opportunity to dump

their cars outside the shops and pick up the bus.

I’m sorely tempted to start my own taxi service,

just for one night.

Recently I’ve been lending a hand even closer to

home. In fact, I’ve nominated myself as Head of

Operations whenever our grandson comes to visit.

Before he arrives, I move the television remote

control onto a shelf and hide Rupert the cat under

a pile of cushions. And when he leaves, I tidy

up - which is surprisingly upsetting. Not because

the house is suddenly silent, except for an almost

imperceptible feline sigh of relief. No, it’s because

most of the boy’s toys have some kind of electronic

element, which means virtually everyone laughs or

applauds ironically when I move it. It's like a scene

from Poltergeist, except the possession is batterypowered

rather than demonic. Almost inevitably,

as I carry the repacked box of toys out of the

lounge, a digital voice from the bottom of the collection

will shout “yay”.

Arguably I’m sometimes a little too inclined to

help others. One particularly traumatic incident

happened several years ago, when I met a worm

that was heading across the pavement towards the

road. Towards an unpleasantly sudden demise, I

thought. Now, I wouldn’t usually touch a worm

- apparently it hurts them - but desperate times

called for desperate measures. There was a six-foot

wall surrounding the nearest garden, so I picked

up the worm and flung it over the wall. Instead

of reaching the lawn, it landed in the branches of

a small tree, with the force of my throw causing

the worm to wrap around itself like a bolas hurled

by an Argentinian cowboy. Even from a distance,

I was pretty sure I could sense its annoyance. So

perhaps that worm is a modern-day fable. Perhaps

it was a way of telling me that trying to help isn’t

always appreciated, even if you’re certain you can

make the world a better place. Or perhaps it’s telling

me that I should practise my throwing. I have a

grandson to entertain, after all. Mark Bridges

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COLUMN

David Jarman

'Dissipated' artist John Hamilton Mortimer

In his splenetic Annotations to

Sir Joshua Reynolds’s Discourses

(‘This Man was Hired to

Depress Art’), published in

1808, William Blake wrote:

‘Painters are noted for being

Dissipated and Wild’. One

artist, with a Lewes connection,

that Blake may have had

in mind is John Hamilton

Mortimer. A brilliant and

prolific draughtsman, he is

largely forgotten now, but in

the catalogue for the Tate’s

2001 James Gillray exhibition Richard Godfrey

describes Mortimer as ‘the single most important

influence on the early work of [18th century satirical

artists] Gillray and Rowlandson’.

John Hamilton Mortimer was born in Eastbourne

on 17 September 1740. His father was a local corn

dealer and customs officer. The artist’s later interest

in depicting banditti, ultimately derived from

the work of Salvator Rosa, is sometimes attributed,

rather fancifully perhaps, to his childhood experience

of smugglers in and around Eastbourne. One

contemporary of Mortimer’s, also an artist, was

Joseph Farington. A pupil of Richard Wilson, he

is now best remembered for his diaries. Extending

to sixteen volumes, they are a wonderful source

of information and gossip about the London art

world. It is the entry for 9 September, 1797 that

tells us that John Hamilton Mortimer went to

school in Lewes.

Mortimer’s artistic training began with the

portrait painter Thomas Hudson, in whose

studio he first met Joseph Wright of Derby, who

was to become a lifelong friend. (Reynolds was

another of Hudson’s pupils). Thereafter Mortimer

was a prizewinning student at St Martin’s Lane

Academy, won further prizes at

the Society of Arts, and from

1762 until 1777 he exhibited

regularly at the newly founded

Society of Artists, becoming

their president in 1774.

Unfortunately all this success

was combined with a reputation

for being, as the Dictionary

of National Biography puts it, ‘a

lively and reckless companion’

whose ‘high spirits degenerated

into dissipation and folly’.

According to another fellow

artist, Edward Dayes, ‘nothing was too extravagant

for him to undertake’ and on one occasion ‘he

absolutely ate a wine glass, of which act of folly he

never recovered’. Mind you, Dayes didn’t actually

witness this ‘act of folly’ himself. And he seems

to have been rather a censorious fellow. When

his pupil, the great Thomas Girtin, died at the

age of 27, Dayes wrote that this was a cautionary

tale of how young artists should ‘shun the fatal

consequences of vice’. Girtin had ‘trifled away a

vigorous constitution’.

Mortimer’s marriage to Jane Hurrell in February

1775 appears to have had a calming effect on the

bon vivant, not least because she was able to undertake

the regularisation of his chaotic financial

affairs. In November 1778, Mortimer was elected

an Associate of the Royal Academy, but before

he could receive his diploma he succumbed to a

violent fever and died at 33 Norfolk Street, Covent

Garden on 4 February 1779. He was 38.

There’s a Self Portrait in Character by John Hamilton

Mortimer in the collection of the Towner

in his home town of Eastbourne. A postcard is on

sale in the shop, but you’d probably have to ask if

you wanted to see the actual painting.

'Self Portrait in Character' by John Hamilton Mortimer,

courtesy of the Towner collection

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ON THIS MONTH: LITERATURE

Surviving 'the Middlepause'

Author Marina Benjamin

Marina Benjamin’s book

The Middlepause is subtitled

‘on turning 50’, and in it

she tells us the lessons she’s

learnt passing through what’s

been much more than just a

chronological milestone.

The book’s title, of course,

nods to the menopause,

and Marina’s first chapter -

‘Organs’ - reveals how she

was suddenly forced into this

new stage of her life after an

illness led to the surgical removal

of her uterus and, ‘in a two-for-one-deal’,

her ovaries. She was 48 at the time. “It took

me by surprise,” she tells me, down the phone.

“I had noticed distant rumblings, but I wasn’t

prepared for seismic change.”

The book is neatly structured, with every

chapter named after a part of the body, each of

which relates to a life lesson learnt by Marina in

this period. It’s a fairly traumatic journey as she

comes to terms with HRT, and the death of her

father and her great friend Kirsty Milne, while

various physical ailments remind her that her

plane has reached the apex of its journey and is

now beginning its descent. All as her daughter

reaches adolescence.

She finds succour in literature, but not of the

self-help variety. The consumption of a couple

of these books - one is titled Fabulous at Fifty

- persuades her that this form of literature is

“a load of tosh”, full of “easy certainties and

unhelpful cheerleading” so she turns to fiction

instead. And particularly to the French novelist

Colette, whose 1927 novel Break of Day features

a protagonist who embraces middle age on her

own terms, “living life to the full, sensually and

viscerally… travelling light, stripping down

complexity and needless

stresses.”

Marina’s book is a

cultured affair, drawing

on the work of historical,

philosophical, psychological

and feminist authors,

as well as novelists. Is

its purpose, I wonder,

to help other women

through this period? “A

kind of posh self-help?”

she retorts. “The book

is primarily a memoir.

It isn’t prescriptive - I have no authority in that

realm. Instead I am offering a narrative about

how, through struggle, I arrived at knowledge…

writing the book helped me to confront trauma

and grief, and my fervent wish is that it will help

others, too.”

So what does she think of the ‘middle-ageless’

celebrities, who inhabit our TV screens without

any signs of their advancing years? “These messages

are confusing and undermining and add to

the difficulty of entering into middle age,” she

says. But, she continues, you have to feel sorry

for “these wretched people who have to butcher

themselves to stay in work.”

The chapter headings are a hint to the conclusions

Marina comes to about ‘embodied knowledge…

why our bodies seem to perceive and feel

and sensitise us to the changes that age brings

long before our minds catch up’. Listen to your

body, in other words, and act your age: “The

body won’t allow you to do the things that you

did when you were young and you must attend

to what it is telling you.” Alex Leith

Marina appears at the Lewes Speakers Festival,

26th November, 10-11.15am at The White Hart

Hotel, lewesspeakersfestival.com

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ON THIS MONTH: LITERATURE

Ladybird Books for Grown-ups

Satirical recycling

“I love watching

people reading our

books in the bookshop,

and laughing” says

Joel Morris, half of the

team responsible for

the Ladybird Books for

Grown-ups series, down

the phone. “It’s the

nearest I’ll ever get to

performing in front of

an audience.”

As a day job, Joel (above right) writes comedy for

TV with his working partner Jason Hazeley. “It

kind of dries up in the summer, so we always write

a book together. We really wanted to write a Ladybird

book, but we realised that new artwork of the

quality expected would, nowadays, be too expensive

- they really used to use top-grade artists from

the ad agencies. So we thought we’d put modernday

captions on top of the old pictures, and that

there’d be a lot of humour in that. We realised

there was a factory producing reprinted Ladybirds,

which offered the means of production.”

Ladybird loved the idea, and made the pair official

Ladybird writers, giving them access to

over 13,000 images from their archive. “Whenever

anyone else has done a similar thing on the

internet, they have always written new text to an

entire book,” he continues. “We decided to create

completely new books by using images from many

different Ladybirds, and mixing them together.”

The resulting books, gently parodying modern

life, have titles like The Hipster, The Hangover, The

People Next Door and The Ladybird Book of Red Tape.

They have been a huge success, a fixture at the top

of the best-selling non-fiction lists.

One reason for

this is the way they

have managed to

capture the ‘voice’ of

Ladybird, and reapply

it to modern issues.

“It is the voice of

certainty,” says Joel.

“There are no grey

areas. ‘Richard III

was a bad king’, that

sort of thing. There’s

a lot of use of the present tense; it’s all in the here

and now.” Another, it must be said, is that they are

bloody funny. Ladybird send me a few books to

read before my interview with Joel, and I embarrass

myself on the train, snorting out loud; I’m

particularly tickled by a cat called ‘Ottolenghi’.

Joel and Jason have an interesting modus operandi.

Each of them works on a different book until they

can’t think of anything else to write, then they

swap over. “It works for us in comedy writing,

and it works just as well with these books.” Each

book takes about three weeks to write: they have

to source the pictures and research the subject

thoroughly before the writing process begins.

The books are aimed at people who read the

original Ladybirds, which is a surprisingly broad

segment of the population: “kids would read the

books their parents had when they were kids.”

They even work on a foreign audience. “New Yorkers,

for example, who’ve never seen an original

Ladybird book, still get the joke that these are

images for kids’ books and the captions have been

changed to suit an adult audience.” Alex Leith

Joel and Jason will be talking at the Lewes Speakers

Festival, Saturday 26th 5-6.15pm, All Saints Centre

Photo of Jason and Joel by Idil Sukan

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ON THIS MONTH: THEATRE

Julius Caesar

Et tu, Bruta?

They’ve left it late, but the second

production of Lewes Little

Theatre’s 2016-17 season duly

marks the four-hundredth

anniversary of Shakespeare’s

death. Julius Caesar is an interesting

choice, and one that

appears to have influenced the

theatre’s other programming

decisions. Interviewed in last

month’s Viva Lewes, the director

of Steel Magnolias, Rebecca

Warnett, said: ‘We needed

a play that was prominently

female as the following production

is Julius Caesar.’

The logic of this struck me as being a little

opaque. Nicholas Betteridge, the director of

Julius Caesar, has written: ‘Although the majority

of the characters are written as male, I am

proposing to cast several with female actors following

the success in so doing in my production

of Richard III in 2014.’ And then consider the

all-female company Phyllida Lloyd has assembled

at the Donmar Warehouse to put on productions

of Shakespeare’s plays. The very first of these was

in fact Julius Caesar, with Harriet Walter playing

Brutus. Not, of course, that any of this is new.

For over 150 years, female actors have taken

on major male Shakespearean roles. Hamlet

attracted Sarah Siddons, Asta Nielsen, Sarah

Bernhardt, and others, right up to Maxine Peake

in 2014. The American Cushman sisters played

Romeo and Juliet together in London in 1845.

Glenda Jackson is about to tackle King Lear.

No doubt Dr Johnson, if he had lived to witness

it, would have adapted his ‘a woman’s preaching

is like a dog’s walking on his hinder legs. It is not

done well, but you are surprised to find it done at

all’ to female actors playing male roles. Incidentally,

though history does not

record whether it was ‘done

well’ or executed on ‘hinder

legs’, in 1809 or thereabouts

a performance of Hamlet was

given by a troupe of dogs at

the Royal Circus in London.

The academic and critic

Gamini Salgado posed the delightfully

whimsical question

- was the leading role taken by

a Great Dane?

Some of today’s increasing

tendency towards genderbending

in the theatre arises

out of the much bruited, largely illusory, perception

that there is a substantial gender imbalance

between meaty male and female leading roles

in the dramatic canon. At Shakespeare’s Globe

this year, in an attempt to help rectify this, the

new artistic director, Emma Rice, has gone so far

as to oversee a production of Cymbeline that is

‘renamed and reclaimed’ as Imogen. Who or what

it has been reclaimed from is unclear.

But to be fair, in Julius Caesar, the parts of Portia

and Calpurnia are negligible compared with the

three hefty roles of Brutus, Cassius and Mark

Antony. Four if you count Caesar himself, though

William Hazlitt dismissed the part, not entirely

unfairly; ‘he makes several vapouring and rather

pedantic speeches and does nothing’. Some, including

Friedrich Nietzsche, have suggested that

the play should in fact be renamed Brutus.

Anyway, a certain latitude seems to be foreseen

and sanctioned in the play itself when Cassius

says ‘How many ages hence shall this our lofty

scene be acted over in states unborn and accents

yet unknown?’

David Jarman

Julius Caesar, 26th Nov - 3rd Dec, lewestheatre.org

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ON THIS MONTH: BONFIRE

Bonfire round-up

We asked all the Bonfire societies marching on the Fifth to let us know their latest news. For firesite times and

order of procession, plus history, photos etc, we urge you to support the societies by buying their programmes

(from sellers in the Precinct or various outlets including the Tourist Information Centre). The production

standards of these publications are getting better every year; this year we particularly admire the Commercial

Square cover. Also please support their charities in the buckets provided on the night. Be safe… and enjoy.

Borough

“Borough are holding for a second

year ladies’ and men’s barrel races

from the Bottleneck to the Black

Horse, starting at 5.30pm. Guest

bands in the procession are Egham

Brass Band, the Glenduart Pipe Band, Bloco Flogo,

Stix Drummers and Earthquake Drummers. As

well as our guy and tab on the firesite we will be

having tributes to the anniversary of the Battle of

the Somme including set pieces and our largest

firework display in the Society's history, finishing

with a thunder roll finale.”

Cliffe

We didn’t manage to get a comment

from a Cliffe representative

but we glean from their programme

that last year’s blue sashes

for marshals have been binned

in favour of red ones, and that Alex Hunt and

Pete Blake have been made Life Members. Nulli

secundus!

Commercial Square

“Commercial Square Bonfire

Society return to their usual route

to the top of town on the 5th via

Headquarters to Commercial

Square, Fisher Street, High Street

and Western Road. This year they will be accompanied

in their processions by the incredible

Waldstadtfäger band, who are visiting the town for

the weekend from Waldshut-Tiengen, Lewes’s twin

town in Germany.”

Southover

“In the past year there have been

some exciting changes in Southover

Bonfire Society. We welcomed

Alexis O’temro as our new chairman,

Pat O’Toole takes over as 2nd

Pioneer Captain and Richard Moore as the new

Captain of Smugglers. All three have already been

keeping order among the ranks at outmeetings,

and many thanks must be extended to them for

their hard work. Also, many thanks must go to all

our volunteers who help out all year through in all

weathers. Advance!”

South Street

“South Street will be celebrating

the 5th November in their traditional,

family-friendly manner. Full

information about processions and

our bonfire and firework display

can be found in the Society's programme which is

on sale at the Tourist Information Centre and in the

Precinct on Saturday mornings.”

Waterloo

“Waterloo Bonfire Society is very

proud to announce that Mich Lorec

and Roger Feltham have been awarded

Life Membership after many years of

hard work, commitment and support to the Society.

We are also very excited to announce that 16 members

of London Scottish Drum and Pipe Band will be

marching and playing with our very own Drum and

Pipe Band. This will make the largest group of pipes

and drums Lewes has ever seen on the 5th.”

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ON THIS MONTH: FILM

Cinema round-up

The latest Linklater, and Studio Ghibli

The date for the opening of the Depot cinema, we hear

from its organiser Carmen Slijpen, has been put back to

May, but don’t forget that while we’re waiting we have two

groups putting on regular films at the All Saints, and there’s

a good selection in November.

Film at All Saints, which shows second-release films (a few

weeks after their general release) are putting on four films over a single weekend. Our highlight is the latest

offering by Richard ‘Boyhood’ Linklater, Everybody Wants Some!!, which has been hailed as ‘the spiritual

successor to [1993 breakout hit] Dazed and Confused’. It’s a campus movie that’s full of humour, without relying

on the gross-out shenanigans driving many US frat-pack comedies (details on ad opposite). Also look out for

three adaptations from novels: Me Before You, from the best-selling feelgood novel by JoJo Moyes, about

a relationship between a provincial caretaker and her wealthy paralysed employer; Our Kind of Traitor,

from John Le Carre’s 2010 political thriller, starring Ewan McGregor and directed by Suzanne White; and

When Marnie Was There, a Studio Ghibli Japanese anime film transposed from the Norfolk setting of the

original, written by Joan G Robinson, to Sapporo. There has been some speculation, following the retirement

of founding director Hayao Miyazaki, that this would be the last film produced by the studio (responsible for

anime classics such as Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke) but it seems as though there will, after all, be more.

And hurrah, to that. DL

Emilia Clarke in 'Me Before You'


ON THIS MONTH: FILM

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Cinema round-up

Communal living

The first of three foreign-language films this

month from the Lewes Film Club is the latest

by Dogme 95-trained Danish director Thomas

Vinterberg, responsible for the tremendous

1998 family drama, Festen, and also, more

recently, the powerful thriller The Hunt. The

Commune (Nov 4th, 8pm) is set in liberal

1970s Copenhagen and features a middle-aged

couple who, unable to afford their big house,

invite an assortment of other people to live in

the same space. Everything goes rather jovially

until the husband (played Ulrich Thomsen)

starts an affair with a much younger woman

than his wife (played by Helene Reingaard

Neuman and Trine Dyrholm respectively)

with inevitable consequences to the equilibrium

of the group. Not his best, say the critics,

but not half bad.

A Girl at my Door (Nov 18th, 8pm) is a

South Korean drama, directed by July Jung

about, as the Times puts it ‘a taciturn lesbian

police chief with a scandalous past, a passionate

dislike of bullies and a penchant for lonely

late-night drinking sessions’. This character,

played by Bae Doo-nah, has been moved

from a high-ranking position in Seoul to a

provincial backwater, where she encounters a

beautiful teenage girl (Kim Sae-ron) a victim

of persecution in need of help.

Finally to Japan, for My Little Sister (Nov

20th, 4pm), a film by Hirokazu Koreeda about

three sisters who, having been abandoned at

an early age by their parents, live a tight-knit

existence in their late grandmother’s house.

When they meet their half-sister at their father’s

funeral, they invite her to live with them.

Critics suggest it’s charmingly whimsical, if a

little sugar-coated. DL

'The Commune'

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SONGS OF

FAREWELL

For the hundredth anniversary

of the Battle of the Somme

Parry - Songs of Farewell • Howells - Requiem • Tavener - Song for Athene

Conductor: Richard Dawson

Saturday 19th November, 7:30 pm

St Michael’s Church, 158 High Street, Lewes BN7 1XU

Tickets £10 in advance from our website or from Lewes Tourist Information Centre

or £12 on the door (under 16s free)

See www.esterhazychoir.org for more details

In partnership with 1916: Lewes Remembers, photographs from the Edward Reeves Archive

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ON THIS MONTH: MUSIC

Trial by Jury

See you in court

If, in 2013, you missed

your chance to see New

Sussex Opera’s production

of Gilbert & Sullivan’s

Trial by Jury held in Lewes

Crown Court, a new window

of opportunity opens

for you this month. Once

again you’ll be able to

have a peek without risking

a jail sentence, and,

more importantly, witness

some brilliant operatic

farce at the same time.

Trial by Jury is a one-act

comic opera revolving

around a 'breach of promise

of marriage' lawsuit.

Here’s the typically

ridiculous plot: Edwin,

the defendant, justifies his womanising to the

jury by explaining that his intended had become

a “bore intense”. Oh, dear, dear. The plaintiff,

Angelina, manages to beguile judge and jury with

her charms (and her singing), demanding that the

defendant be made to pay weighty compensation.

Shenanigans then ensue, but in the end the judge,

by then completely infatuated, offers to marry

Angelina himself, and this idea seems satisfactory

to everyone. Enter the jolly choristers.

Director David Foster states: “I’d thought about

doing the production in modern dress. But the

law has changed so much it just wouldn’t work.

I mean, when did you last hear of a breach of

promise case? And in any case, the 20s setting

gives some great costume opportunities - boaters

and other forms of period vintage headgear, for

example.” On top of that is the ready-made set -

the splendid Victorian Crown Court which only

helps to amplify the jolly ludicrousness of the plot.

Nick Milner-Gulland,

one of Lewes’ most active

and accomplished

musicians, will once

again take up the baton

and lead the orchestra.

Anyone up for the

Charleston?

Since 1978, the NSO

has been the ideal,

more affordable, substitute

for Glyndebourne,

especially

for those who would

have their opera more

intimate and drawn

from a more diverse

repertoire. In addition,

there are wonderful

opportunities for local

involvement. Says General Director David James:

“There is the possibility of being involved in an

enormous variety of tasks - driving a lorry, editing

programmes, drawing up schedules, negotiating

with agents, coordinating a production team, and

so on. All key roles, however, are carried out by

professionals.”

Since Trial by Jury is only a one-act opera, the

NSO Chorus (still flying high on their success in

Purcell’s King Arthur) will use the first half of the

evening to present a kind of Gilbert & Sullivan

variety show, which they are calling, Around the

World with G&S. It will comprise solos, duets and

choruses from several of the team’s works.

Words and illustration by Paul Austin Kelly

The NSO will present three performances of Trial

by Jury - Saturday 19th November at 7.30pm and

Sunday 20th, at 3pm and 7.30pm. Ticket information

can be obtained on 01273 471851 or 475381 or

at NSO’s website newsussexopera.com

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ON THIS MONTH: MUSIC

Classical round-up

Barber, Brahms, Britten... and Briony

November is often a dark and

brooding month, summer

just a fond memory

as we slouch resignedly

towards winter.

But soprano Briony

Lambert and pianist

Nicholas Houghton are

presenting a recital of 20th

Century songs that could go

a long way towards helping you

mitigate the month’s melancholia.

Benjamin Britten’s Folksong Arrangements were,

interestingly, written entirely while he was living in

America between 1939 and 1942. They might more

accurately be described as compositions rather than

arrangements, as the piano provides not an accompaniment

to the song but another voice entirely.

Evening, Morning, Night, also by Britten, is a short

song cycle originally written as incidental music for

a play. Samuel Barber’s Hermit Songs, written during

the 1950s, are settings of thoughts and observations

by Irish monks from medieval times. These

texts were, more often than not, private marginalia

and were not meant to see the light of day - some

profane, some deeply religious. Barber’s music is at

once brilliant, melodic and accessible.

Sun 6, 3pm, St Michael’s Church, free with

retiring collection

Since Brahms wrote Ein Deutsches Requiem for the

living, not the dead, it’s perhaps an uplifting work

to immerse yourself in at this time of year. The

Brighton Festival Chorus (pictured) will perform

this great masterpiece along with another of

Brahms’ choral works, Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny),

a setting of a poem by Friedrich Hölderlin,

one of Germany’s finest Romantic poets. Though

much shorter than the Requiem, it is considered by

many to be its equal in sheer musical brilliance.

Sun 6, 2.45pm, Brighton Dome, £12-37, brightondome.org

The Corelli Ensemble continues its ‘Festival

of Finzi’ with the Corelli

Suite for strings in D

minor, Bach’s Oboe

Concerto (featuring

soloist Owen Dennis),

Finzi’s Romance for

String Orchestra and

Saint-Saens' Rondo

Cappriccioso which will

feature solo violinist Maeve

Jenkinson.

Sun 6, 4pm, Cross Way Church,

Seaford, £10-12, info@corelliensemble.co.uk

20th century British a cappella choral works are on

the bill for the Esterhazy Chamber Choir, offering

Herbert Howell’s Requiem, Hubert Parry's Songs

of Farewell, and music of the late John Tavener,

including the Song for Athene, which featured in the

funeral service of Diana, Princess of Wales. Their

conductor will be Richard Dawson.

Sat 19, 7.30pm, St Michaels Church, £10-12,

under 16s free, esterhazychoir.org

Musicians of All Saints, conducted by Andrew Sherwood,

will perform Vivaldi's Concerto in A minor

(solo bassoonist Ian Glen), a premiere performance

of Ian Morgan Williams’ Some Easy Music, Barry

Mills’ Nocturnal Landscapes and Bright Morning Star

for Violin and Strings, (violinist Christopher Phipps)

and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings.

Sat 19, 7.45pm, All Saints Centre, £12 & 9,

children free

New Sussex Opera’s staging of Gilbert & Sullivan’s

Trial by Jury will have three performances at Lewes

Crown Court on 19th & 20th November. See my

article on pg 47.

As a final note, we're pleased to hear that the Lewes

Chamber Music Festival have given us their dates

for 2017- they are 23rd, 24th & 25th of June.

There will also be an LCMF Christmas Concert on

16th December at St Michael’s Church.

leweschambermusicfestival.com

Paul Austin Kelly

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ON THIS MONTH: ART

Focus on: While Dancing

by Lindy Dunbar

Oil on canvas, 60x42cm, £400

I guess the model wasn’t holding that pose?

No! I was invited to a Rambert workshop in the

Birley Centre, Eastbourne College, and sketched

the dancers in action in charcoal or ink, and then

I used one of those sketches as the basis of the

bigger painting, which I worked on in my studio

in Seaford.

Even then it must be difficult to capture

one particular moment? You have to use your

memory. But they usually perform routines which

repeat the same poses, so you know you’re likely to

see your ‘moment’ again.

Degas springs to mind… I love his work, there’s

a real freshness to it, and you’re right, he used to

go to studios and paint dancers. Actually I recently

studied Art History at the Open University to get

a better foundation to my work, so there are all

sorts of influences.

Is your composition very deliberate? If you

don’t get that right, you’re sunk, so I have to think

of the shape of the frame when I’m sketching. In

this case I wanted her to completely fill it, as if she

were about to burst out of it.

You’ve recently been selected to exhibit at

Glyndebourne… That was a great thrill. I went to

see three operas in the 2016 Festival, and sketched

and painted characters from each one. I couldn’t

sketch the figures while the opera was on, I had to

do them from memory. That wasn’t easy.

So you’re back at the Hop with your son,

Joseph Davey… This is the fourth time we’ve

exhibited there together. He lives in a town called

Östersund in the centre of Sweden, which we’ve

used in the title of our show. His work is very

different from mine: most are landscapes from

different seasons in Sweden. But I think there is a

link that connects our work.

What painting would you hang from your desert

island palm tree? Either Peter Doig’s Three

Figures in a Red Boat (I could dream of escaping in

the boat) or Käthe Kollwitz’ Self Portrait in Profile

towards Right - there’s a beautiful quality to her

marks. Alex Leith

Östersund - Sussex, Mother and Son Relating, Hop

Gallery, 29th Oct - 13th Nov

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ON THIS MONTH: PHOTOGRAPHY

Ian Dickson

Punk's not dead

Ian Dickson gave up photographing bands about

ten years ago, when he came to the conclusion

that, after nearly 40 years in the business, he had

“lost his muse”. He then entered “phase two” of

his career: documenting and marketing his photos.

“I make much more from my archive than I made

taking it,” he says, and cites the eye-watering price

he gets for an original print of one of his photos

of, say, The Clash in 1977, when it sells in a Los

Angeles gallery.

The idea that his photos of punks have become

considered ‘fine art’ makes him smile, and he

winces at the way he treated his negatives back in

the days when he would rush back from a sweaty

concert to his dark-room off Regent Street to

develop and print his photos in time to deliver

them to the printers by 4am. Ian worked as a

stringer for the NME – then selling 270,000 copies

a week - between 1972 and 1974, then got job on

rival weekly Sounds. It was there he bumped into

the punk movement, with which he has ever since

been associated. “It was ‘lucky’ really: a case of

being in the right place at the time,” he says, doing

finger-gesture inverted commas around ‘lucky’ to

show that there was a bit more to it than that.

He reckons punk as a significant musical movement

was all over by 1980 (“once Thatcherism got

going and Adam Ant took over”), but its ethos – of

rebelling against the establishment and not being

afraid to do everything on your own terms – is

still with us. He’s full of great nuggets about the

bands and what they stood for. “A lot of the punk

rock bands stepped off the pub rock scene stage,

then stepped straight back on again with shocking

hair and different clothes,” he says. He often found

that photographing the audience was as rewarding

as photographing the bands: many of the punters

were in a punk band themselves.

I speak to Ian in his Brighton house – he moved

here in 1999, having been recommended to do

so by his mate Brian James, of the Damned – and

the black-and-white prints which adorn his living

room and hall walls remind you that the punk

explosion was just one of many different styles of

music he covered: subjects include BB King, and

Ray Davies of the Kinks. “I was the official tour

photographer for Roxy Music in the 70s,” he says,

“and for Frankie Goes to Hollywood ten years

later.” But it is for his still-immediate punk-related

photos that he will always be best remembered,

hence the timely exhibition of a selection of his

prints - alongside others by the NME’s Kevin

Cummins - at Brighton Museum this winter. Punk,

definitely not dead, is turning forty: here are some

intimate images from its infancy. Alex Leith

Photo-punk, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, 22nd

November - 5th March 2017

Shane MacGowan, 1977, by Ian Dickson

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ART

ART & ABOUT

In town this month

'Trees in the Snow' by Chris Liddiard

The exhibition

of some of

Lewes FC's

most memorable

posters continues

at Pelham House

until the 15th.

Then, from the

16th, the walls

will showcase the

intricate, animal-and-outdoor-inspired work, in

acrylic and collage, of local artist (and full-time

firefighter) Michelle Wooldridge. You might

recognize her work from the Cliffe Bonfire

programme covers. She’s joined by Lucinka

Soucek, whose transport and architectureinspired

lino and woodcuts aim, in her words, ‘to

capture the speed and colour of modern day life’.

9am to 9pm daily, until Jan 2017, free admission.

Following on from the (celebrity) cow portraits of

Veronica Van Eijk, Chalk Gallery are featuring

artist Chris Liddiard from the 21st. Chris

creates abstract landscapes and compositions in

collage and watercolour. The method appeals to

him, he says, ‘because of the way the colours run

into each other, usually out of control’. He’s also

an accomplished

musician: his

work is often

accompanied by a

set of headphones,

thus immersing the

viewer in Chris’

creative process.

'A Gap Amongst the Buildings' by Lucinka Soucek

As the title

suggests, Östersund

- Sussex, Mother

and Son Relating

is an exhibition

of the work of an

artist from Sussex,

Lindy Dunbar,

and her Swedenbased

son Joseph

Davey. Expect

fresh and painterly

landscapes, portraits and life drawings, in oil

and mixed media. It’s at the Hop Gallery; see

pg 51 for details. [hopgallery.com]

It’s that time of year again, so St Anne’s

Galleries has its Christmas show

Art for Under the Tree, from the 26th.

[stannesgalleries.com]. Plus there’s a final

opportunity to see the extraordinary and

incredibly realistic wildlife portraits by Nick

Day at Keizer Frames. It finishes on the 6th.

[pictureframinglewes.co.uk]

'Through a Dirty Window' by Joseph Davey

'Kestrel Bust' by Nick Day

CALL FOR ARTISTS

Pelham House will hold its annual Open Art Exhibition of Sussex-based artists in January 2017.

Email submissions to artcurator@pelhamhouse.com by 20th December [pelhamhouse.com]

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ART

Just down the road

There are a few days left to visit the major Graham Dean

exhibition at Cameron Contemporary Art in Hove; his first

solo exhibition in his hometown for 20 years. Described as one of

Britain’s most powerful figurative painters, he challenges accepted

ideas about watercolour by using the medium on an epic scale.

The show closes on the 7th. [cameroncontemporaryart.com] The

2016 Christmas Artists Open Houses festival starts on Saturday

26th, with another chance to spend your weekends buying all sorts

of creative treasures from artists and makers in their houses and

studios. Venues in Brighton, Lewes and Ditchling too. [aoh.org.uk]

'Swimmer' by Graham Dean

'Pollination' by Tadek Beutlich

Whilst you’re out that way, Ditchling

Museum of Art + Craft follow their summer

of print with an autumn of textiles.

Tadek Beutlich: Beyond Craft examines the

distinctive style of the late Polish-born artist,

weaver and tapestry maker who - inspired by

a visit to the Ditchling workshop of weaver

Ethel Mairet - lived and worked in the

village for some time. Working directly and

spontaneously from his prints, his work challenged

the usual definitions of craft. Alongside

the show, the museum celebrates the

100th anniversary of Mairet’s definitive text

A Book of Vegetable Dyes with a live research

project

where artists,

craftspeople

and students

are using her

recipes to

create their

own natural

dyes. See

their results

over the

course of the

exhibition.

The Uckfield Art Group have an exhibition on

the 5th, from 10am - 4pm at the Luxford Centre.

Expect paintings, drawings, greeting cards and

other handcrafted items, with a craft area to entertain

the children, and homemade refreshments.

Entry is free, as are the plentiful parking spaces.

[uckfieldartgroup.co.uk] The Chailey and Newick

Painting Group are

also preparing for their

annual exhibition, which

runs from 10am-5pm

on Sat 19th-Sun 20th. It

will feature new framed

and unframed original

paintings, greetings

cards, and a postcardart

tombola in support

of St Peter and St

James Hospice. Again,

expect homemade cake.

Chailey Parish Hall, South Chailey [chaileyandnewickpaintinggroup.org.uk]

Christmas at Nymans starts on the 26th November

with an exhibition of vintage Ladybird Books

illustrations at Nymans, the National Trust house

and gardens at Handcross, near Haywards Heath.

[nationaltrust.org.uk]

'Fribourg and Treyer' by Lyndsey Smith

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㈀ 㜀 アパート 㤀 㐀 㔀 㠀 㐀


ART

Further Afield

' The Rape of Persephone' by John Armstrong, 1927

In Chichester, Pallant House Gallery shows The Mythic

Method: Classicism in British Art 1920–1950. Curated by the

gallery’s artistic director, Simon Martin, this is the first major

exhibition to explore the subtle influence that classicism had

on British artists living and working in an era of social and

political change. Also at Pallant House, Prints for the Pub is

the first public exhibition of a set of lithographs produced by

Guinness in the mid-1950s to promote the first edition of the

Guinness Book of Records. Designed to brighten bars and pubs,

they were created by artists including Edward Ardizzone,

Bernard Cheese and Barnett Freedman, each illustrating a record chosen from the book. Depicting

supposedly working-class interests - darts, pigeon racing, football, etc - they capture the mid-century

ideal of bringing art to the masses.

At Jerwood Gallery, in

Hastings, you can still see A

Panorama of Life, the one-room

display of the life and work of

Sir Stanley Spencer (1891-

1959), in celebration of the

125th anniversary of his birth.

At the same venue, Century: 100

Modern British Artists showcases

a vibrant mix of paintings,

sculpture and works on paper,

selected from the Ingram and

Jerwood Collections. There

are key pieces by Tristram

Hillier, William Roberts,

John Armstrong and Barbara

Hepworth. Both run until

January 2017.

'From my Window at Ditchling' by Frank Brangwyn, 1925. Courtesy Jerwood Collection

Best get to Bexhill and the De La Warr Pavilion if you haven’t yet seen the Alphabets, Letters &

Numbers exhibit of three print series by ‘the Godfather of British Pop Art’ Sir Peter Blake. It finishes

on the 27th. Finally, there’s an open call for Artists in Residence for the 2017 edition of Diep-Haven

Festival, the cultural trail of exhibitions and events between Normandy and East Sussex. Artists

working in any media are asked to propose a project, on the theme of ‘work’, to be created between

March and May 2017, in the context of Dieppe and/or Newhaven and their surrounding areas,

including the ferry linking the two. For further details see diephaven.org. The closing date is Dec 10th.

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12 MUSA M BOOB

13UK SUBS

18 CAPTAINS BEARD

20GONG

24CAM PENNER

25RUM BOOGIE

26 LOOSE CABOOSE

30LARKIN POE

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NOVEMBER listings

TO SUN 20

Stories Seen Through a Glass Plate (1916

Lewes Remembers). Lightbox eshibition with

images of life on the home front during WW1 in

windows of shops and houses throughout town.

See map on pg 128 and Inside Left on pg 130.

TO SUN 13

Brighton Early Music

Festival. Themed around

nature and science, this

year’s festival includes

works on 17th-century

medicine, England’s climate,

and Francis Bacon’s

experiments on the nature

of sound. See bremf.org.uk.

TUES 1

FRI 4 – SAT 12

Funny Money. Ray Cooney’s farce. Seaford Little

Theatre, 7.45pm, £8.

FRI 4

Film: The Commune (15). Danish director

Thomas Vinterberg’s tense 1970-set drama. All

Saints, 8pm, £5.

SAT 5

Don’t make any plans.

SUN 6

Women of Palestine - Coping with Occupation.

A talk by two people who visited Palestine

earlier this year, plus stalls of Palestinian food

and crafts, and music. White Hart, 7pm, free.

The Group. Club for unattached people aged

50+. A pub in Lewes, 8pm, see thegroup.org.uk.

WED 2 – SAT 12

Sand in the Sandwiches. One-man show about

John Betjeman, starring Edward Fox. Minerva

Theatre, Chichester, see cft.org.uk.

TUES 8 – SAT 12

WED 2

Exploring the Edge of Space. A Lewes Astronomers

Group talk. Lewes Town Hall, 7.30pm, £3

(members free).

Climbing Plants for Sun and Shade. A Lewes

and District Garden Society talk. Cliffe Church

Hall, 7.45pm, £3.

Dead Sheep. Drama about Geoffrey Howe’s role

in Margaret Thatcher’s downfall. Devonshire

Park Theatre, Eastbourne, 7.45pm (Weds/Sat

matinee 2.30), from £15.50.

FROM TUES 8

Glyndebourne Backstage tours. 90-minute

guided tours. From £13.50. Tea and coffee

included. See glyndebourne.com.

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NOVEMBER listings (cont)

WED 9

Gone in a Flash? A history of firework displays

from the Renaissance to the age of electricity. A

lecture for the Uckfield & Lewes Decorative &

Fine Art Society. Uckfield Civic Centre, 2.15pm,

£7 (members free).

THURS 10

Comedy at the Con. With John Hastings,

James Sherwood (pictured), and Jeff Innocent.

Con Club, 8pm, £7-£11.

The Titanic that did not Sink. Was the tragedy

of the unsinkable ship actually a conspiracy?

Historian/performer Tony Harris will explore

the subject, while dressed as a survivor of the

disaster. Priory School, 7.30pm, £5/£2.

Ten Years to Tickerage. A talk by Anthony

Budd of Blackboys Vineyards, with a tasting and

two-course lunch. Horsted Place, 11am, £39.

FRI 11

Waiting for Brexit. Will it happen? How will

it work? David Allen Green will discuss for the

Headstrong Club. Elephant and Castle, 8pm, £3.

VALUATION DAY

Jewellery and Antiques

Tuesday 29 November

10am to 4pm

ENQUIRIES

01273 220000

hove@bonhams.com

VENUE

The Courtlands Hotel

19-27 The Drive

Hove BN3 3JE

Bonhams specialists will be

at The Courtlands Hotel, Hove to

give free and confidential advice

on items you may be considering

selling at auction.

A FANCY COLOURED DIAMOND

AND DIAMOND CLUSTER RING

Sold for £146,500

bonhams.com/hove

Prices shown include buyer’s premium.

Details can be found at bonhams.com


Christmas at Nymans

An exhibition of vintage

Ladybird illustrations

26 November 2016 – 6 January 2017, 10am – 4pm

Nymans

Facts, Fun and Fairytales

Staplefield Road, Handcross, West Sussex, RH17 6EB

01444 405250 | www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nymans | NymansNT

© Ladybird Books Ltd. Reproduced by kind permission of Ladybird Books Ltd. www.vintageladybird.com

Take a festive walk through the

winter garden to the gallery,

where this Christmas you’ll find an

exciting new exhibition of vintage

artwork from Ladybird books.

Have a go at Ladybird inspired crafts

and family trail. Café serving festive

treats and shop specialising in artisan

gifts and foods.


NOVEMBER listings (cont)

Film: Me Before You (12a). Romantic drama

based on Jojo Moyes’ multi-million-selling

novel. All Saints, 5.30pm, from £5. (Also Sun 13,

7.30pm).

Film: Everybody Wants Some!! (15). Comingof-age

comedy about college baseball players. All

Saints, 8pm, from £5. (Also Sat 12, 5.30pm).

The Pelham arms

HIGH ST • LEWES

A Great British pub, a warm welcome,

wonderful food & ambience

SAT 12

Mending the Urban Fabric, Stitching the

New into the Old. A talk by Brighton architect

Lap Chan. Paddock Art Studios, 3pm, £4.

Goldberg Variations. Local pianist Rachel

Fryer will perform the Baroque masterpiece in

full. Lodge Hill Barn, Piddinghoe, 3pm, £10.

Film: Our Kind of Traitor (15). Star-studded

John le Carré adaptation. All Saints, 8pm. (Also

Sun 13, 5.15pm).

BONFIRE!

Open all weekend, Food served

Saturday 5th November

for lunch and our famous

HOG ROAST in the evening

from 5pm ish

CHRISTMAS!

Now taking bookings for December,

see our website for party menu

and details.

The Trembling Bird-house of Story. An evening

with Martin Shaw, a writer and storyteller. St

Peter’s Church, Firle, £15, booking essential.

SUN 13

Old Lewesians Remembrance Service. To

commemorate the 55 ex-LOGS pupils who died

in WW2. Priory School Chapel, 10.30am, free.

MON 14

The Darker Shades of Sun Street. True stories,

collected from 19th-century newspapers, of Sun

Street-related scandal. Narrated by Lewes Little

Theatre members. King’s Church, Brooks Rd, 7pm

for 7.30, £3 (Lewes History Group members £2).

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WINE DINE TIME

Drop in for freshly made

cocktails, wines and craft beer

in our new cocktail bar.

Indulge yourself in our

fine dining and renowned

tasting menus.

Join us for group bookings

and Christmas parties,

advanced booking is essential.

C H R I S T M A S M E N U

3 Courses £35

starters

Pheasant scotch egg and piccalilli.

Smoked and raw salmon tartare, oyster dressing and crisp bread.

Jerusalem artichoke soup, lemon beurre noisette and hazelnuts.

mains

Confit Holmansbridge Farm turkey leg, Parma ham, fondant potato, glazed carrots, bread sauce and game jus.

Sea bream, lemon and smoked paprika orzo, shrimp and curry oil.

Brussel sprout, chestnut, Brazil and cashew nut roast, oven dried tomatoes, parsnip puree and cranberry butter.

desserts

Orange and marmalade sticky toffee pudding, salted caramel ice cream and sticky toffee sauce.

Homemade ice creams and sorbets.

Local and European cheeses.

Limetree Kitchen

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Call 01273 478636 to book your table… or room.

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limetreekitchen


NOVEMBER listings (cont)

Modest Mussorgsky

and his Times.

An illustrated talk,

with music, for

the Sussex Russian

Society. Friars Walk,

7.15pm, £3 (all

welcome).

TUES 15

Murder Mystery Night. Includes a threecourse

meal. In aid of The Bevern Trust. Pelham

House, 7pm, £39.

SUN 20

Film: Our Little Sister (PG). Drama, described

on the Roger Ebert website as ‘the rare

film that captures the everyday pleasures and

anguishes of family life’. All Saints, 4pm, £5.

The Ashburnham Family Archive. A talk by

senior archivist Christopher Whittick. The

Keep, 2.30pm, £3 (booking advised).

Tasting my Future. Screening of a film about

a community of Brighton refugees who cook

together, followed by a discussion with the film’s

producer. All Saints Centre, 7pm for 7.30, free.

WED 16 – SAT 19

Suddenly at Home. Ringmer Dramatic

Society’s production of the Francis Durbridge

thriller. Ringmer Village Hall, 7.45pm, £8.

FRI 18

TUES 22

In Montmartre: The

World of Picasso

and Matisse. A Lewes

Literary Society talk by

biographer Sue Roe. All

Saints, 8pm, £10 (members

free).

Lewes Voices. Readings

by three Frogmore Press

poets. Elephant & Castle,

7pm, free.

WED 23

Southover Grange: History and Recent

Renovation. A Friends of Lewes talk, with

Christopher Whittick. Lewes Town Hall,

7.45pm, £3 (members free).

Photo of Sue Roe by Keith Hunt

Lewes FC Supporters’ Club Quiz Night.

Dripping Pan, 7.30pm, £2 per player.

Film: A Girl at my Door (18). South Korean

drama about a troubled police officer and an

abused teenager. All Saints, 8pm, £5.

A Land of Ice and Earth: Thoughts on the

Formation of the Chalk Downland Landscape.

A talk by UCL’s Dr Matt Pope. Lewes Town

Hall, 7.30pm, £4-£2.

Photo by Carlotta Luke

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NOVEMBER listings (cont)

THURS 24 – FRI 25

Luxury Christmas Gift Fair. East Sussex

National Hotel, Uckfield, 10am-4pm, £4, see

countrylifestylefairs.co.uk.

FRI 25 – SUN 27

Winter Lewes

Speakers' Festival.

Speakers include

Anthony Horowitz,

David Owen,

General Sir Richard

Sherriff, and Colin

Thubron. All Saints/

White Hart, see

lewesspeakersfestival.com.

FRI 25

The Cathedral

of Stars

- Wonders of

the Cosmos. An

illustrated popscience

talk by

the astronomer

and broadcaster

Jane Green. St

Andrew’s Church, The Tye, Alfriston, 7.30pm,

free (donations to the church restoration

fund).

The Divide. Screening of a documentary

about the effect of income inequality,

which was inspired by bestselling book The

Spirit Level. Followed by a Q&A. All Saints,

6.30pm, from £6.

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Lewes Town & Country

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Property of the Month Lewes - Guide Price £1,250,000

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and offers the potential to create something rather spectacular. The property is set over 4 floors with a lift, large rear garden space and

parking area. There are plans approved to create a substantial house set across 4 levels with 5 bedrooms and 4 reception rooms. EPC: N/A

NEW

INSTRUCTION

Sayers Common £425,000

Two, three bedroom semi-detached houses, located in the

village of Sayers Common. The properties offer superb kitchen/

dining rooms with bi-fold doors opening onto lawned gardens, a

lounge to the front and three bedrooms with en-suite shower

room. Parking and 10 year new homes guarantee. EPC: TBC

Denton

£POA

A selection of 3 & 4 bedroom newly built family homes in an

elevated position with views across Newhaven towards the sea.

Finished to the highest standards these houses all offer

garages, gardens and balconies along with a NHBC 10 year

warranty. Off plan reservations now available. EPC: TBC

NEW

INSTRUCTION

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Lewes £284,950

Mid terrace family home located on popular Landport. Well

presented throughout with potential for modernisation. The property

offers good size living space, separate fitted kitchen/breakfast room

and ground floor cloakroom. Benefiting further from a good sized

lawned rear garden and modern bathroom suite. EPC:24

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A selection of 8 luxury newly converted 1 bedroom apartments

ideally positioned in central Lewes. Set in a prestigious corner

building the apartments offer a rare mixture of period charm and

contemporary design. Generous incentives for early reservations.

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NOVEMBER listings (cont)

SAT 26 - DEC 3

Julius Caesar. See pg 41. Lewes Little Theatre,

7.45pm (plus 2.45pm matinee on Dec 3), for

ticket info see lewestheatre.org.

SAT 26

First Nature Taster Workshops. Meditative

body, breath and voice exercises. Linklater Pavilion,

10.30am-4.30pm, £42/£35, freeingvoice@

gmail.com.

TUES 29 – WED 30

Winter Fine Sale. Entries accepted till Nov 9.

Viewing from Fri 25-Mon 28. Gorringes, see gorringes.co.uk.

TUES 29

Lewes Death Café. Discussion group, all welcome.

Trevor Arms, Glynde, 7-9pm, free.

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MARKET

&

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experience

aT NEWHAVEN FORT

Sat 10 th & Sun 11 th December 10:00am - 4:00pm

Sat 17 th & Sun 18 th December 10:00am - 4:00pm

& delicious

Mince Pies

open from

10:00am

Fort Road, Newhaven, BN9 9DS

For further information email:

info@waveleisure.co.uk or call 01323 493061.

Free bus service each Saturday from Newhaven Town to the Fort.

Contact CTLA for timetable, email: www.ctla.org.uk or call 01273 517332.

www.newhavenfort.org.uk


GIG GUIDE // NOVEMBER

GIG OF THE MONTH

The Copper Family. There’s an internationally known,

very long-running group, whose importance to their

genre is such that, in 2011, the Guardian called them

‘not just a national treasure [but] a venerable institution’.

And yet, rather than playing various big concert

halls around the country, the venues for their next five

public performances are: one London folk club, two

London pubs, and two Sussex pubs. There is a logic

to this. In the words of the Dictionary of National Biography, the Copper Family ‘never lost a feeling for an

appropriate context for their songs’. And where better to share centuries-old Sussex folk tunes than the

Queen Victoria in Rottingdean, or the Elly, in Lewes? Sat 19, Elephant & Castle, 8pm, £10

Photo © Tom Reeves

TUES 1

English Dance Tunes session. Folk. John Harvey

Tavern, 8pm, free

THURS 3

Vintage Hot Swing. Pelham Arms, 8.30pm, free

FRI 4

Shirley Collins. Folk legend album launch.

Union Music, 6pm, free (but pre-order album to

guarantee a place)

Waldshut Fager Band. German guggenmusik.

Lewes Town Hall, details TBA

SUN 6

English Dance Tunes session. Folk. Lamb,

12pm, free

MON 7

James Osler. Jazz guitar. Snowdrop, 8pm, free

TUES 8

Concertinas Anonymous practice session.

Folk. Elly, 8pm, free

Open Mic. All welcome. Lamb, 8.30pm, free

WEDS 9

Old-time Music Session. Appalachian roots.

Lamb, 8pm, free

THURS 10

Slaves. Rock (left). De La Warr, 7pm, £16

FRI 11

Death Valley Surfers. Punkabilly. Con Club,

details TBA

The Informers. Blues/soul. Lamb, 8.30pm, free

SAT 12

Musa M’Boob. Gambian music. The Con Club,

details TBA

Frankie Armstrong. Folk. Elly, 8pm, £7

Delta Ladies. Americana. Lamb, 8pm, free

SUN 13

UK Subs. Punk old timers. The Con Club,

details TBA

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On Friday 9 December 2016

organise some festive fun

and show your support for

Chestnut Tree (or choose

another date if you wish)

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GIG GUIDE // NOVEMBER (CONT)

SUN 20

Laura Mvula. Singer-songwriter. De La Warr,

7pm, £19.50

Gong. Psychedelic. Con Club, 7.30pm, £17.50

MON 21

Sam Miles. Jazz sax. Snowdrop, 8pm, free

Photo of Cam Penner & Jon Wood by Bobbi Barbarich Sam Walker

Open Space open mic. Music, poetry and performance.

Elly, 7.30pm, free

Get Rhythm. Jump-and-jive dancing. Lamb,

5pm, free

MON 14

Andy Panayi. Jazz sax. Snowdrop, 8pm, free

FRI 18

The Captain’s Beard. Sea shanties. Con Club,

details TBA

Kathryn Anderson. Country. Lamb, 8.30pm, free

SAT 19

Robert Vincent. Acoustic Americana. Union

Music, 3pm, free

Sam Walker. Singer-songwriter (above). Lansdown,

8pm, free

The Railroad Band. Blues. Snowdrop, 9pm, free

The Long Haul. Western Swing. Lamb,

8.30pm, free

TUES 22

Lewes Favourites practice session. Folk. Elly,

8pm, free

Open mic. All welcome. Lamb, 8.30pm, free

THURS 24

Cam Penner and Jon Wood. Canadian indie-folk

(bottom left). Con Club, 7.30pm, £12 adv

FRI 25

Rum Boogie. British blues. Con Club, details TBA

SAT 26

Buffalo Skinners. Bluegrass. Union Music Store,

3pm, free

Peta Webb and Ken Hall. Folk. Elly, 8pm, £7

The Fabulous Red Diesel. Festi-funk. Lamb,

8.30pm, free

Ten Below Zero. Covers (above). Royal Oak,

8.30pm, free

MON 28

Tony Williams. Jazz guitar. Snowdrop, 8pm, free

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Rodmell CE Primary School

Tel. 01273 473 916

Email. office@rodmell.e-sussex.sch.uk

Do you need to find a school for your child?

Are you concerned about class sizes in Lewes and

Newhaven?

Rodmell is rated 'Good' by Ofsted and we have places.

Come and see for yourselves and meet the staff, pupils and parents at

our open days:

OPEN DAYS

Thursday 10th November 1.30pm - 3.00pm

Friday 11th November 9.30am - 11.00am

- "Its like one big family, we have so much fun."

Rated 'Good' by Ofsted!

Rodmell school is a small primary school with a caring family

atmosphere with children from Rodmell, surrounding villages, Lewes,

Newhaven, Seaford and Peacehaven.


UNDER 16

FREETIME êêêê

What’s on

SUN 13

Film: When Marnie Was There (U). The

latest Studio Ghibli animation, based on a

1960s children’s book, tells the story of a lonely

foster child and her new-and-mysterious friend

Marnie. All Saints, 3pm, from £5.

SAT 26

Drawing Workshop. With the artist Lesley

Harvey. Paradise Park, 11am-1pm, free.

Christmas Market. St Peter’s Church, Chailey,

10am-2pm, £2 inc seasonal refreshments.

FROM SAT 26

Facts, Fun and Fairytales. An exhibition of Ladybird

Books’ illustrations. Nymans, Handcross,

11am-3.30pm, free with admission.

FROM WED 30

© Studio Ghibli

Garden of Stars. Exploratory multi-media

event, with drama, visual arts and lighting displays.

Southover Grange, 4.30-9.30pm, £8/£5/

under-4s free.

MON 14

Tales for Toddlers. Hosted by storyteller Kevin

Graal. For kids aged one-and-a-half to five. De

La Warr, Bexhill, 10.15 and 11.15am, £1.

Charity Christmas Cards. The annual sale, at

Lewes House, begins, running until Dec 19.

School Open Days

SAT 19

Vintage Christmas. With a range of stalls, plus

things to eat and drink and be entertained by.

Lewes Town Hall, 10am-3.30pm, £1 (kids free).

Brighton and Hove High School sixthform

open evening, Tues 15, 5.30pm

Lewes New School open morning, Weds

9, 10am-12pm

Rodmell CE Primary School open events,

Thurs 10, 1.30-3pm; and Fri 11, 9.30-11am

Burgess Hill School, ‘See us at Work’

open morning, Mon 14, 10.45am-noon

Brighton Steiner School open evening,

Thurs 17, 6-7.30pm

Michael Hall, ‘A Day in the Classroom’

open event, Sat 19, 8.15am

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SEE US AT WORK

OPEN MORNING.

MONDAY 14 TH NOVEMBER 2016

10.45AM -12 NOON

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SHOES ON NOW: WINKWORTH ARBORETUM

This month we ventured into Surrey to visit Winkworth Arboretum, a

sprawling National Trust estate, which looked like it would tick a few

perfect-family-day-out boxes. We discovered there are many paths to

follow, ranging from the challenging - and hilly - red route to the less

strenuous yellow ‘Taste of Winkworth’ path, which is a perfect introduction

to the Arboretum.

No matter which path you choose, you’ll find yourself heading through

areas of woodland, jumping over streams and marvelling at a rich variety

of wildlife. Winkworth boasts over a thousand different shrubs and trees, and all of us enjoyed this opportunity

to go wild in the country. It’s particularly spectacular during Autumn, offering plenty of opportunities to wade

through fallen foliage or throw heaps of leaves at your siblings.

We spent a couple of hours here tramping along the paths, playing hide and seek among the trees and admiring

the surrounding countryside. The highlight was the boat house which overlooks the fish-rich lake and

offers stunning views of the encircling paths. It was furnished with a sofa and comfy chairs, and proved to be

the perfect spot for lunch. For once, everyone was happy to sit still.

Winkworth offers a variety of activities aimed at children throughout the year, including some which accommodate

accompanying adults. It was an inspiring trip and we’re planning on going again: we’re enrolling on

the tree-planting workshop as well as returning later in the year for the ‘Winter Wonders Children’s Trail’.

Jacky Adams nationaltrust.org.uk/winkworth-arboretum

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BAGS OF BOOKS

We asked the staff at Bags of Books what

their favourite childhood book was. Here are

their answers…

Ros - Five Minutes' Peace (Jill Murphy)

I adored this picture book; it was one of those

I asked to be read to me over and over again. I

love its warmth, gentle humour and charming

illustrations.

Claire - Carrie's War (Nina Bawden)

I read this when I was ten years old. I really

enjoyed the story. It all felt so real to me and

the characters became like friends!

Nika - Nina in Wonderland (Ela Peroci)

I loved this story about a girl who had been

carried away to Wonderland by a big white

goose and the illustrations were so beautiful. I

carried it with me everywhere I went and still

know it off by heart.

Giles - Not Now, Bernard (Dave McKee)

I loved this book so much as a child. It's so

dark and funny and has been a great inspiration

in my own writing.

Anna - Famous Five (Enid Blyton)

Once I'd learnt to read on my own the first

books I flew through were A LOT of Enid

Blytons. I remember loving the 'Adventure'

series (Castle of Adventure, Sea of Adventure

etc.), being a bit scared by some of the Secret

Sevens and desperate to join the Famous Five

on their wonderful adventures!

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YOUNG PHOTO

OF THE MONTH

This month’s winner was sent in

by Lauren Eade, aged 15. “It was

taken on the Downs near Malling,”

she writes. “The place in the photo

is really special to me as I have lots

of happy memories there, but it is

also situated next to the place my

grandfather's ashes are scattered.

I took it because it's a beautiful

view and I feel it really represents

Lewes as a whole. The industrial side of the town, with the people who make the town what it is, but also the

gorgeous countryside, which has always been special to me.” Well done, Lauren, the picture has won you a £10

book token, kindly donated every month by Bags of Books. Under 16? Please send your pictures to photos@

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7.5 miles from Lewes on the A22

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FOOD

Whambam

Finger-licking good pakoras

I’m wandering down School Hill on a chilly October afternoon, in

search of lunch. I can’t decide what I feel like eating, but my mind is

quickly made up by the smell of hot oil and spices, wafting up from

the Whambam van as I reach the bottom of the hill.

It’s a bit late for lunch, 2pm, but there’s still a small queue. I go for

a Heavenly Helping (£6.50), which comes with eight pakoras (four or five different kinds of vegetable

each coated in a spicy, crunchy batter) and three dips: I choose tamarind chutney (because the

handwriting on the jar says ‘BEST!’), the ‘sort of mild lime pickle’ and the chilli pickle. The woman in

the van dollops a spoonful of each on top of the pakoras and hands me the paper tray. “Do you have a

fork?” I ask. “Fingers,” she answers, waggling hers. I take the tray, settle on a nearby bench and dig in.

Fingers, it turns out, are the ideal pakora-eating utensil. Things get a bit messy, scooping the pickle

onto the batter, while contending with wind and long hair. The pakoras are carrot, butternut squash

and, my favourite, cauliflower, and the three dips stop the flavour from becoming too samey. The

chilli pickle is a little bit spicy for me, but the heat leaves me feeling nice and warm, despite the cold

weather. I devour the whole tray, leaving my fingers coated in a layer of delicious orange oil. Next time

I’ll bring wet wipes. Rebecca Cunningham

Photo by Rebecca Cunningham

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Photo by Rebecca Cunningham


FOOD

Bonfire bread

Community Chef founder Robin Van Creveld teaches cookery courses

that aim to empower people to eat better. He says nothing builds

confidence in the kitchen like making bread.

This is a great bread for using up post-Halloween

pumpkins. It’s slightly malted and the roasted

pumpkin and apple makes for a sweet, rich and

flavoursome bread. It also makes for quite a sticky

dough, which needs to be worked with a confident

(but light) touch. A dough scraper will make the task

easier.

Makes two large (800g) loaves.

Ingredients: 100g malted bread flour, 400g wholemeal

flour, 500g strong white flour, 625ml warm

water, 5g instant yeast, 15g salt, 250g pumpkin or

squash, 100g dried apple or raisins.

Peel and cube the pumpkin or squash, season and

brush with oil. Roast for 20-25 minutes until soft and

starting to brown. Leave it to cool. If you’re using

apple rings, chop them up a little. Soak the apple and

raisins for 30 minutes, then drain well.

Stage one is the sponge. Mix all of the water with

400g of wholemeal flour and 5g of yeast. Mix well

and leave this to ferment for up to four hours at a

moderate temperature (16-22°C) or a little less time

if the environment is warmer.

The next stage is the dough. Add the white and

granary flours to the sponge, plus the pumpkin, fruit

and salt. Mix well and turn out onto your surface to

begin kneading. The dough will be sticky and wet,

but don’t be put off! A dough scraper is invaluable

at this stage. The aim is to do this until the dough

has developed enough elasticity to stay together and

come away from the work surface cleanly.

Stage three is the fermentation. Form the dough into

a ball and place in an oiled bowl. Cover it and leave

in a warm space (22-27°C) to ferment for 4 hours.

During the ferment, you should aim to stretch and

fold your dough twice - this improves the structure

of the dough and boosts fermentation. To do this,

lightly oil or wet your surface and gently ease out

the dough. Stretch it out as long and wide as you can

without tearing the dough and fold it over in three

layers. Gather the dough back into a ball and return

to the warm environment. Do the first fold after two

hours and the second an hour later.

Finally, stage four is forming, proving and baking the

bread. Divide the dough in half and gather into two

balls. Let these rest for ten minutes, then place them

smooth side down and flatten into a disk. Imagine

a clock face: take the edge (or ear) at twelve o’clock

and stretch it out a bit and fold it into the centre.

Crimp this down with your thumb and repeat at

three, six and nine o’clock. Now repeat with the

other four corners. Now turn this over so that the

crimps are below and tighten up the ball further by

‘chaffing’ it - encouraging it into shape by pulling it

towards yourself, and pushing it away - this increases

the surface tension of the dough. Continue doing

this, in a circular motion, until you have a proud

ball of dough. Place it onto a baking tray and dust

with flour. Cover with a cloth or place the tray into

a plastic bag and allow it to prove until it’s doubled

in size. You can score it with a sharp knife just before

baking. Bake in an oven pre-heated to 250°C for ten

minutes, then lower the temperature and bake for a

further 25 minutes. As told to Rebecca Cunningham

Robin will be running a Festive Baking course on

December 3rd. Visit communitychef.org.uk to see all

course dates.

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FOOD

Lewes Arms

Life after jerk chicken

I walk into The

Workshop and ask Jo

Swan - the jeweller

who runs the place - if

he wants lunch in half

an hour in the Lewes

Arms. We have to talk

Rocket FM - I’m to

interview him on my

show, and I need to

know which tracks he

wants to play.

He does. We walk the nice way, through the

Barbican gate, past the Bowling Green and

down the hill. Pretty soon we’re scrutinising

the specials board. I must have eaten twenty

times in the Lewes Arms in the last ten years

and I’ve always had the same thing - their

stupendous jerk chicken. It’s there, at the

bottom, but since I’m doing a review I need to

look past it for once.

‘Venison, smoked bacon and mushroom cottage

pie with neeps and tatties, green beans,

steamed kale and gravy (£9.95)’ seems to be a

decent substitute; Jo goes for ‘Crispy sea salt

& black pepper squid with chips, salad and

mayo (£9.95)’. He opts for a pint of Harvey’s

Best; it’s sunny, and we’ve decided to eat

on the upstairs terrace, so I go for a pint of

Frontier, Fuller’s ‘new-wave craft lager’. I’ll

move back onto ale when the temperature dips

under ten degrees.

And so we sit upstairs and talk about Jo’s music

taste, and particularly what he was listening

to in 1981, when he arrived in town, which

was pretty much what John Peel was telling

him he ought to listen to. Within five minutes

- we’re surprised at how quick - a polite young

guy arrives with our

food. My pie comes

in a Perspex bowl,

sitting on a plate

which is otherwise

inhabited by the

greens. It’s difficult

to photograph,

actually, and even

though I tell Jo to

dig in, he politely

waits the three

minutes or so while I hover round my plate,

clicking away.

It’s a fine pie. The neeps-and-tatty mix works

well as a lid, crunchy topped and soft underneath,

and the smoked bacon and venison

delivers a hefty whack to the palate, which

suits me, because I like strong tasting food.

It’s substantial too, just about right for a mesized

lunch. There’s a little jug of gravy, which

I pour in, in batches.

We know each other well enough to agree

to dig our forks into each other’s food; Jo's

squid's flesh is soft enough to suggest that it’s

been cooked fresh, rather than frozen, but I

might be wrong.

But do I know Jo - a man I’ve been saying

hearty hellos to for a decade - well enough to

put my bowl to my mouth and slurp down the

left-over gravy? In the end I decide to ask his

permission. “I wouldn’t have even noticed,”

he says, and I enjoy the guilty pleasure of this

last hit of taste, trying to make the process as

silent as possible.

Next time I’ll have the jerk chicken again, for

sure, but I’m seriously sated, and it’s good to

know there are other options. Alex Leith

Photo by Alex Leith

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DRINK

Cocktails at Chaula's

Anyone for a Tamarind Madras?

Sometimes an assignment falls to you just at the right time.

It’s Saturday night, and we’re on our way to a party, and I

suddenly remember - ‘hey, I’ve got to review the cocktails at

Chaula’s - shall we pop in?’ Not many would turn that offer

down… my wife Rowena certainly doesn’t.

Chaula’s have turned their upstairs space, which they used to use for weekend overflow customers, into

a little bar, and as well as serving traditional cocktails (and draught lager, and wine, and straight spirits)

they’ve devised a menu of drinks with an Indian twist to them.

We decide to get two, and share, and the barman (Chaula’s son) spends a while going through the

wonderful motions of shaking and stirring and rattling and pouring. The Chaulito is a Mojito made

with coriander rather than mint, which is served in a nice tin tumbler. The Tamarind Madras is a mix of

tamarind, lemon, syrup and gin, and, it must be said, isn’t the most attractive-looking drink. But…

We both sip both drinks and realise that one of them is sending acute pleasure signals to the area above

our eyes. We work out that it’s the tamarind one; the sensation is so pleasurable we don’t hesitate to fork

out £14 for two more of these drinks. Something about the sweet and sour and alcohol mix really hits the

button. I mean… wow.

As I say, sometimes an assignment really falls to you just at the right time. The party is a mere walking

distance away, and we find ourselves in just the right mood to enjoy it to the full. Alex Leith

Photo by Alex Leith


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FOOD

Edible Updates

If you’re reading

this issue

hot off the

press you’ll

have time to

nip down to

South Farm

in Rodmell to

pick yourself

a pumpkin for

Halloween. Then of course it’s Bonfire Night!

Time to get the bangers on at home or head

out for some warming street food and a few

ales. The enduringly popular Pelham Arms

hog roast is pit cooked slowly over local hard

woods and will be on sale from 5pm on the 5th.

Great news: Lewes Patisserie is reopening

shortly. And congrats are due to Lewes business

The Pig & Jacket, shortlisted for Sussex

Street Food of the Year, and Julian Warrender

of Ouse Valley Foods, who won Lifetime

Achievement at the Sussex Women in Business

Awards.

A few lovely events to look forward to this

month, including the Tudor-inspired Repast

Supper Club at Anne of Cleves on 25th

Nov [repastsupperclub.co.uk]. The Cultured

Kitchen and Hedgewitch are hosting a Foraging

and Fermenting Day on 13th Nov (call

07900 827839 for details). On 12th Nov, Chloe

at Seven Sisters Spices is hosting a Christmas

Baking Day [sevensistersspices.com] and suitably

festive also: the Elements of Islay Whisky

Tasting at Harvey’s Unwin Arms (their mock

pub in Davey's Lane) on 24th Nov.

A little further out, Horsted Place is hosting

a Sussex sparkling wine tasting and lunch on

10th Nov [horstedplace.co.uk]. Wingrove

House near Alfriston have revamped their bar

and restaurant; and the Jolly Sportsman and

Sussex Ox are offering Viva readers 2-for-1

meals on certain days, see right for details.

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THE WAY WE WORK

This month we asked local portrait and landscape photographer (and long-standing Viva

Lewes Photo of the Month contributor) David Stacey, to pay a visit to some of Lewes'

independent high street shops. He asked each of them what their favourite shop was,

when they were young.

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Fiona, Cheese Please

“A shop called Gerry Faux in Pontefract in Yorkshire. It was a general grocer's where

butter was bought from a barrel and wrapped in paper.”


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Peter, Richards Butcher's

“Rice Brothers, by the river, where I bought my fishing tackle. Or the Record Bar, under the

railway bridge, where I bought my first record.”


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Sue, May’s Antiques

“I loved the fabrics in Vokins in Brighton and I used to go and buy bits

just because I loved them.”


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Simon, Si’s Sounds

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Harvey’s Brewery Shop

Ed Page, shop manager

I’ve been working in the Harvey’s shop for 12

years now, five or six as manager. Before that I

was working in the Brewer's Arms. I still remember

my first experience of Harvey’s - it was a pint

of Old at the John Harvey Tavern in 2001. I was

just 18. I can still vividly remember the taste.

Before Tony Buxton took over the shop in the

80s, it was little more than a bottle shop and a

place for pubs to pay their bills. All credit to Tony

- who still works in the depot - for turning things

around. It’s since doubled in size twice, first in the

nineties, when some store rooms were knocked

down, and then after the flood, when a couple of

next-door businesses stopped trading.

So the shop has changed a lot, but, importantly,

a lot has stayed the same, too. Harvey’s beer is still

our centre product, accounting for about 60% of

our turnover. After that it's wine (around 20%) and

spirits (around 10%). Then various other things

we sell, like cigars and tote bags.

When Tony moved on, his job was split in two.

I’m shop manager and Adam Bagnall is our retail

manager. He deals with marketing; I concentrate

more on products and paperwork. We both do our

shifts behind the counter. In all there are eight of

us here; that’ll increase to 12 over Christmas.

The summer months are particularly busy,

and December is twice as busy as any summer

month. The early-morning queue before we open

on Christmas Eve goes over the bridge and into

the Precinct. People want their ale for the big day

to be as fresh as possible. We make sure they have

a good time while they’re waiting.

I don’t think there’s anywhere quite like this

shop anywhere else, we’re very proud of that.

Customers come from afar to visit us: there’s one

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couple who are regulars, even though they live on

the Isle of Wight. A lot of customers say they’ve

never seen such a beautiful shop.

We’ve just had a major rebranding, across all

our departments, which has proved popular. People

seem to like the new cans of Best, too. Lewes

artist Malcolm Trollope-Davis did the artwork,

and it looks really fresh.

We’ve decided to put the apostrophe in Harvey’s

back on all our branding. Before it was

on some things and not on others. Our previous

marketing manager, Bill Inman, used to tell

people that the brewery predated the possessive

apostrophe, so we could do what we wanted. The

Murdoch press picked up on the rebranding and

claimed we’d spent hundreds of thousands of

pounds just to become grammatically correct.

That was so not true.

The staff here are genuinely excited by the

products they are selling, which makes a big difference.

I’ve just been to a whisky fair - someone

had to go - and a Dutch spirit seller showed me

some oak barrel-aged Genever which I loved.

We’ll be stocking that soon. I can’t wait.

As told to Alex Leith

Photos by Alex Leith

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TALKING SHOP

Alexis Dove

'I'm a tiara-in-Tesco kind of girl'

We hear you’re moving your operation to School

Hill… The Needlemakers has been wonderful, but

we’ve been there six years and it feels a good time to

move. It will be great to have an exterior frontage.

19 High Street [where Abigail’s Drapery was] has

beautiful windows.

What look are you going for? The overall style

will be ‘colonial’. We’ve exposed a flint wall and

found some lovely original panels. We will keep the

wooden floor. I'm having my work bench specially

fitted so I can work in the shop. There will be a

private area for people coming in to talk about commissions.

Bespoke wedding and engagement rings

comprise more than 50% of our business.

What’s different about you as a jeweller? I make

and sell my own designs, so it’s all made in Lewes.

And I try to be as ethical as possible. I recently went

on an incredible, inspirational trip to Peru, where I

visited Fairtrade gold mines. I am now sourcing gold

from them.

Will you stock anything else? Some gift items and

watch brands.

What’s your price range? £25-£14,000.

Who are your customers? People are openminded

in Lewes and not just into labels and brands,

so we have a lot of loyal local customers. But people

seek us out from all over the world. We sell our jewellery

via our website, but many come and visit.

Is there anything you’d never do? I use traditional

techniques, and work with gold, silver, platinum and

palladium. I won’t work with metals that require

industrial processes, such as titanium.

What’s your favourite equipment? I’ve collected

a lot of hand tools through my lifetime. Instead of

buying a wedding dress, I got myself a lovely set of

rolling mills.

Any part of running a shop you’re less keen on? I

work too many hours in the week.

When is your busiest time of year? Christmas in

terms of volume, after that it’s wedding season, and

that’s busy too.

How many people do you employ? Five, including

part-timers at the moment, but that will increase in

the new space.

I’ve heard you wanted to be a farmer! Actually,

I wanted to be a jeweller but they told me at school

that could only be a hobby. I was at an agricultural

show and spoke to members of the Sussex Guild,

and realised I could make a living from making

jewellery.

You’re multi-award winning. Which are you

most proud of? The Professional Jeweller Hot 100

award for being a design trendsetter in 2012.

What is your favourite jewellery? The tiaras I saw

at an exhibition at the V&A about ten years ago. I

made a couple for friends after that. I’m a ‘tiaras in

Tesco’ kind of girl. I think jewellery is made to be

worn. I love vintage jewellery. Lalique, JAR. Cartier.

Tell me your favourite shop in the world.

Tombées du Camion in Paris. It’s full of strange old

objects. Dolls’ eyeballs, soap packets, advertising

materials.

Interview by Emma Chaplin

alexisdove.com

Photo by Sarah Weal & Catherine Benson

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Photos by Rebecca Cunningham


MY SPACE

Bow Windows Bookshop

Managers Ric Latham and Jonathan Menezes

175 High Street

isn’t the original

location of Bow

Windows Bookshop.

It was founded

in 1964 up the hill at

128, near the Pelham

Arms. The second

owner, Alan Shelley

moved down here in

the mid-1990s.

We’ve shelved about

as much of the walls

as is possible. The stock is organised by category,

broadly, then some is alphabetised, some isn’t. The

big books don’t fit on shelves with smaller ones, and

we don’t put expensive books with cheap ones.

The desk came from Julian Dawson a few years

ago. It’s got a laptop on it (we sell a lot of books

online), an invoice book and brass hands for holding

books open. In the drawers we have pairs of glasses

left behind by customers that we sometimes lend to

customers to use.

We’ve got metamorphic library steps that we inherited

(a chair that turns into steps). There are a

set of ‘Mouseman’ bookends* too but we keep them

in a cupboard, otherwise people talk about them too

much and don’t look at the books.

Buying is fun. Most of our stock come from private

sources, when people are moving or selling family

collections. What we look for is good condition.

Inscriptions by previous owners don’t matter.

This is a small world, and it’s very amicable as a

rule, especially when compared to the wider world

of antiques.

Most of our selling is done through the shop,

catalogues and bookfairs, but we sell a lot online

too. That’s why we have weighing scales, cardboard,

scissors, and a huge roll of bubblewrap. We’ve been

working together

for six years and

our biggest

disagreement is

over the use of a

tape gun. Jonathan

thinks it lacks

precision.

We have about

15,000 books in

stock. 3,000 are

catalogued online.

In terms of volume,

we mostly sell paperbacks. We’ve got large natural

history and geology sections, but we’re a generalist

shop, because we rely on what we’re offered.

A lot of the value of modern books is to do with

the condition of the dustwrapper. In terms of

taking care of our stock, we put protective wrapping

on dust wrappers and polish leather-bound books

with saddle polish.

The most valuable book we have in stock has a

price tag of £12,000. It’s the Britannia Illustrata by

Dutch draughtsman Jan Kip, an early 18th century

collection of engravings of country houses and their

grounds.

It helps to know what’s popular and what’s not.

Austen and Dickens are always popular. Films have

a big impact on book sales, but that can drop off, as

it did with Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.

Kindles are a useful tool. They don’t stop people

buying old books.

If we could get our hands on any first edition, it

would be one we almost did get once - the medical/anatomical

book De Humani Corporis Fabrica, by

Vesalius, published in 1543.

As told to Emma Chaplin

*Robert ‘Mousey’ Thompson, 1876-1955, was a furniture

maker who carved mice into his pieces.

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FOOTBALL

Magic sponge man

Lewes FC physio Paul Baskin

It’s fair to say Paul Baskin’s career as a physiotherapist

got off to a slippery start. He began working

with the Romford Raiders ice hockey team, patching

up players who had their fingers sliced open by

blades or who had caught a puck in the unmentionables.

“That puck can do some damage,” says

Baskin, with commendable understatement.

However, his own pride took a bruising too when

he rushed to the aid of one player who was injured

on the ice during his early days with the Raiders.

“We were playing Swindon one day, and one of

our lads went down badly hurt. Two of the boys

said ‘we’ll skate you over there,’ but I decided to

walk over and - boom - I went flat on my face.”

Perhaps it’s no surprise, then, that Paul has since

swapped the ice rink for the football field, having

joined Lewes FC when Darren Freeman arrived

as manager last autumn. Paul first started working

with Darren in 2007, when he and George Parris

had just taken over as joint managers at Whitehawk

FC. “George was an old school friend of

mine,” says Paul. “He left at the end of the season

and I’ve stayed with Darren right through.”

It was at Whitehawk where Paul witnessed the

worst injury of his time as a physio, when two of

the club’s own players suffered a sickening clash

of heads. “They were both unconscious, both

in a bad way,” remembers Paul. The anxiety of

the head injuries was made even worse by a long

wait for an ambulance - over an hour and a half

- not an uncommon situation on a busy Saturday

afternoon, when the control rooms know that the

players are already being attended to.

Sometimes the wait for an ambulance requires

a degree of stubbornness from the physio. Paul

recalls another incident during his time at Redbridge

where there was an interminable wait for

an ambulance. “The player had broken his leg and

dislocated his ankle,” he recalls. “I refused to move

him [off the pitch]. We waited for 45 minutes and

I still refused to move him. I can tell you, the

referee wasn’t very happy!”

Are footballers as melodramatic as they’re often

portrayed to be, even in non-league? “They are

pretty soft these days,” admits Paul. “I don’t know

if some of that comes from the TV. The footwear’s

shocking these days, it offers no protection at all.

Even though it costs them a bomb.”

Yet, after 20-odd years of treating injuries from

the sidelines, Paul knows when a player is genuinely

hurt. “Don’t be too worried if they’re rolling

around screaming. It’s when they don’t move you

get concerned.”

Barry Collins

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COLUMN

Lewes Out Loud

Plenty more Henty

To start with this month, a

few words of kindly advice for

anyone who may find themselves

standing on Platform

One at Lewes Railway Station

awaiting the arrival of a visiting

friend. Men in particular

should avoid, at all costs,

wearing formal clothing and,

in particular, a tie.

People who know me will

vouch for the fact that I very

rarely smarten up when wandering

the town, but on this

occasion, I sought to impress

a former newspaper colleague

who I had not seen for a good

many years. A mistake.

The London train was late. No surprises there,

but as I waited by the ticket barrier, I found myself

answering a whole series of questions from

harassed travellers. “Which platform is this?”

was the easiest, followed swiftly by “Will the

next train have stopped at Gatwick?” “Where’s

the replacement bus to Seaford?” and “I can’t do

stairs, is there a lift?”

While this was all going on, the London train

did arrive and, amidst all the mayhem, my old

chum missed me completely on the platform and

we eventually achieved our reunion in the booking

hall. “You never used to wear a tie” was his

feeble excuse for having walked right past me!

Funnily enough, when I visited Allan Griffiths,

the owner of menswear shop, Hugh Rae Ltd in

the High Street, a few days later, he was quietly

putting on a smart tie, as befits a man who has

sold hundreds of them over the years.

The business, which was started in 1923 by Allan’s

grandfather, has closed.

Allan has retired and when

I spoke to him, the future

use of the 14th century

building was undecided. He

told me that when the shop

opened in the 1920s, Lewes

Racecourse was flourishing,

and the majority of customers

were involved in that

and other country pursuits.

Bespoke fittings were the

order of the day, and wives

would sit on a chair by the

glass counter while their

husband’s measurements

were taken and forwarded to

tailors in places like Leeds.

The interior of the building and its furniture has

changed very little over the years but, clearly, the

clientele has, and its clothing requirements. This

is true of high streets everywhere today and as

one shop closes, happily another one opens.

So let us cherish the likes of Wycherleys, Reeves

and Susan’s bookshop at the top of Keere Street

where, incidentally, a vintage and painted furniture

shop has recently opened - see what I mean?

Brief encounters this month? Norman Baker, our

former MP, now out of the public eye and intent

on selling his Private Eye collection. Smiling

Sarah, a former journalist, who tried to flog me

a map of Hastings, some lipstick and a plastic

device for making snowballs. Then there was

Mike from Lewes who helped me out in Boots,

when I was attempting to print some holiday

photographs and failed to press the right button

at the right time. Readers all.

John Henty

Photo by John Henty

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WE TRY...

NLP

Retraining the brain

We tend to see ourselves

as ‘set’. Perhaps you’re

long term overweight, or

never have enough money.

Or you always attract the

‘wrong’ people, or lose

your temper with the kids.

But are the stories we tell

ourselves true, or just…

stories? According to Neuro-Linguistic

Programming,

or NLP, we create

our own reality. Better

still, it’s possible to reprogramme

the brain’s circuitry,

changing the way

we perceive ourselves and

how we behave.

“People used to believe that the brain became

fixed at an early stage and then atrophied, but now

we know that’s not the case,” says NLP Practitioner

Richard Morley, who is based at Equilibrium

on Station Street.

As I don’t have any particular issue that I want to

address, Richard sets me an exercise to determine

my ‘core values’ - thinking of something I do that

is meaningful to me, then working out why that is.

“It’s important to know what people’s core values

are,” he explains. “There are typically five or so

that we need if we are to be fulfilled and happy,

and these will be different for each person. For

example, some people value freedom, while others

might need security. Once you know what is

important to you, you can find out what is missing

and start to work out what you need to do.”

Next, Richard asks me to draw a ‘wheel of life’

- a circle divided into eight, with each section

representing an area of my life. He then gets me

to ‘rank’ each out of ten in

terms of life satisfaction.

“The wheel of life gives an

overview of where a person

is. The next stage is to imagine

what ten out of ten would

feel like,” Richard says.

“The very act of doing this

is creating the vision and

generating a sense of excitement.

Once the brain knows

what you want, it is quite capable

of providing it.”

My lowest-ranking segment

is ‘finances’. Yet when

Richard asks me how much

money I would need to feel

comfortable, I realise, rather

sheepishly, that I don’t know the answer.

“You need to think about it more specifically,”

Richard advises. “Establish what is preventing you

from having ten out of ten in that area, then you

can work out what you need to do. People need to

realise what resources they have, what resources

they would like, and what it would be like if they

had them. It’s about expecting things to happen,

rather than wanting them to happen. Being in a

place where you’re already feeling what you want

to feel opens you up to fresh opportunities. Stepping

into that ten-out-of-ten space is a motivating

thing to do.”

After my NLP session, I certainly feel more motivated,

and I walk home relaxed and smiling -

visualising some extra zeros on my bank balance.

Anita Hall

For more information or to book an appointment

with Richard Morley, call: 07973 227492 or contact

Equilibrium on 01273 470955.

Photo by Anita Hall

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FEATURE: WILDLIFE

Illustration by Mark Greco

Fly Agaric

Danger amongst the dead leaves

Iconic. Seminal. Timeless. Combining the quintessential

parasol structure with a vivid red cap topped

with white flecks, the fly agaric is a design classic.

In autumn these beauties burst from the earth

around the bases of bleached-barked birch or dark

pine. They’re such a familiar sight in fantasy art

and films that encountering one in the woods is

almost comical, like you’ve stepped into a cartoon.

I half expect Bambi or some Smurfs to skip past.

They’ve been adopted as our clichéd link to a

magical kingdom of gnomes and fairies. If you’re

into all that nonsense you’ll probably already have

a ceramic pixie sitting on a fly agaric somewhere

on your mantelpiece amongst your crystals and

birthstones.

Its name comes from the old practice of crushing

the fungi into a glass of milk where the smell

apparently attracts and kills flies. Other chemicals

within the mushroom cause hallucinations; in our

dark past, we revered mystics and shamans who

believed they had travelled to mystical realms after

eating fly agaric. One legend claims that the effects

were stronger if you fed the fungi to reindeer and

then drank their urine. But eating the fungi can

also cause extreme sweating, salivation, nausea,

psychotropic poisoning, seizures and coma. Far out,

man. These days if we see a sweaty, dribbling man

drinking pee we tend to cross the street.

Others claim that fly agaric is the origin of our

Christmas traditions. These neat little packages in

Santa red-and-white clustered under a pine tree

(not to mention the sky-high reindeer) certainly

tick a few festive boxes. Another legend tells of

Vikings who (as if they weren’t violent enough)

would allegedly eat the mushroom to make them

extra beserk.

I don’t need to eat an agaric to send me into a rage.

You just need to mention the F-words, stand well

back and watch me explode. Foraging. Aaaargh!

Foragers. I detest them. Each autumn they emerge

from underneath their Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

cookbooks and skip into the woods, designer

trug under their arm. These selfish truggers are

nowhere to be found when I ask for volunteers

to help with actual wildlife conservation. Yet each

autumn they suddenly have the urge to get closer

to nature… by destroying it. My one calming

consolation is that these pillagers have no idea what

they’re doing and will hopefully pick the wrong

mushroom and end up on the toilet for a week. But

other side effects can be much, much worse. There

are thousands of different species of fungi in the

UK and they are notoriously difficult to identify. So

be safe. Leave the fungi where they are and enjoy

their natural beauty. The risks are too high; kidney

failure, liver failure, death or even worse - you may

bump into me.

Michael Blencowe, Sussex Wildlife Trust

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BUSINESS NEWS

Photo by Alex Leith. Hello, Pat!

First up a fond farewell

to Lewesiana,

the florist-cum-tea

room which has tarted

up the top end of town

for the last six years,

literally, with their

cakes and pastries,

and figuratively, too,

with their lovely flowers.

Owner Christian

cites a number of reasons

for his reluctant

closure of the place - not least the post-Brexit

price of flowers - and would like to thank his

loyal customers and staff. The tea room’s last

day of trading is October 29th; the florist will

close on November 12th. We’ll particularly miss

their Taleggio e tonno panini. Just down the

road, we’re also losing gents’ outfitters Hugh

Rae, as we mention in two other places in the

mag. And, on October 19th, after 140 years, the

main Post Office sold its last stamp. But don’t

get us started on that one.

On the up side, down the road on School Hill,

there are a couple of openings to report. At 193,

where Mojo used to trade, Ooh Art sell locally

designed paintings, sculpture, textiles, ceramics,

prints, cards and gifts… it’s all very colourful.

And almost directly opposite, in the big space

where Bright Ideas

traded for so long,

and more recently

Fun Learning, we've

got a Mountain

Warehouse. This, of

course, is a national

chain selling outdoor

gear; not great news

for at least a couple

of our independent

retailers in the same

field.

Moving onto property development, Isfield just

got bigger. The Kent company Millwood Designer

Homes is building a 39-home development

called Lavender Fields (echoing the name

of the local railway line); some of the buildings

are completed and asking prices per unit start

at £305,000. Anyone who wants to have a look

around can do (11am-5pm: call 01825 480499).

And Oakley are handling enquiries for a

new development of three and four bedroom

houses in Denton, Newhaven, with prices from

£337,500. Developers Southern Space are

behind it; they’re calling it Claremont Heights.

See claremontheights.com or pick up/order a

brochure from Oakley 01273 487444.

Send us your local business news at

alex@vivamagazines.com

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Directory Spotlight:

Chemistry tutor Brian McVicar

I was a chemistry teacher

at various secondary

schools in London and

then joined an independent

girls' school in Croydon

as Head of Chemistry. I

retired from full-time work

seven years ago, but always

did some private tuition and

have kept that going.

Most of my teaching now is at A-level, with

some GCSE as well. I work one-on-one with

up to half a dozen pupils; a mixture of school and

sixth-form students. I'm also an examiner at A-

level for one of the major UK exam boards.

Our basic understanding of chemistry has

been around for quite a long time, although

the exam boards add current topics of interest.

For instance, the use of computers and analytical

instruments has transformed research.

The style of questions

has changed, too. When

I was at school, you'd often

be asked to write essays on

chemical topics. That's not

done today.

Students sometimes think

multiple-choice questions

are easy because you just

have to pick the right answer.

But in fact they can be constructed in quite

difficult ways - so there can be quite a lot of work

just to get one mark.

I think it’s a pity that today’s students

perhaps don’t get the breadth of laboratory

practical experience that they used to. I’m not

sure why - there are pressures on teaching time,

of course, and health and safety considerations

may play a part. Interview by Mark Bridge

01273 488023 / brianmcvicar4@gmail.com

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INSIDE LEFT

THE OCCUPATION OF LEWES, 1914

This photo is part of the Lives through a Glass Plate - Lewes in 1916 exhibition, which will place Reeves

photographs taken in the Great War in lightboxes, in or near the places they were taken, throughout the

town. For a map helping you to follow the trail look at the spread on pages 120 and 121 (overleaf).

‘The Occupation of Lewes’ read the headline of the Sussex Express on September 17th 1914, without any exaggeration.

War ‘against the Kaiser and his inhuman hordes’ had been declared barely a month earlier, and hundreds

of thousands of men had enlisted for Kitchener’s Army. The men had to be trained, and camps were prepared for

this purpose, including one in Seaford and one in Shoreham, for the newly formed 22nd and 24th Divisions, respectively.

However, the camps couldn’t be prepared in time, and so it came to pass that on Monday 13th September

1914 no fewer than 10,000 soldiers arrived in Lewes to wait for that to happen, approximately doubling the

population of the town. Public buildings, including the schools and the Assembly Room and Corn Exchange, were

used to house the soldiers, most of whom came from Lancashire and South Wales, but this didn’t nearly suffice.

Townspeople were ‘asked’ if they could help out, with the number of soldiers billeted to each house chalked on the

door, before their arrival. ‘One is wise to submit quietly to the requirements otherwise [one] might get more than

[one’s] fair share’ wrote the Express.

The soldiers stayed for some weeks: this Reeves picture is captioned ‘October 1914, Fawssett, 10 men in a bed’.

We can surmise that this, then, was the house of Dr Fawssett, who lived at 83 High Street, in the building where

the Shanaz restaurant now operates. The atmosphere in the town must have been quite electric in that period:

various entertainments were put on for the troops, the Pells Pool was opened for their use, and they were entitled

to half-price cinema tickets. The pubs, however, were ordered to shut at 9pm: ‘which may be hard on the publicans,’

the Express commented, ‘but… is a wise move on the part of the Authorities’. AL

Thanks to Edward Reeves 01273 473274.

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