Viva Lewes
 

Welcome to Viva Lewes, the new weekly what’s on guide for those who’ve chosen to live in the Lewes district. We say ‘chosen’ because whether you have moved here or stayed on here, you have decided to make this beautiful and vibrant part of the world your home. Viva Lewes is for local people and supports local businesses and products. We believe in actively promoting new ventures, and hope to be at the centre of the pro-active spirit which makes this district thrive. This edition is an early prototype of our weekly guide sent to a small number of carefully selected people. We would welcome your comments (to info@vivalewes.com), as we build what we hope will soon become a more comprehensive guide subscribed to (for free) by anybody who is interested in keeping abreast of what’s moving and shaking in and around Lewes.

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Viva Lewes
Contents : 5th - 11th January 2006
 

  • Cinema: Since Otar Left
  • Classical music: A Cappella Choral Choir
  • Dance: Egyptian dance class
  • Exhibition: Lewes Bonfire Night
  • Fair: Lewes Book Fair
  • Football: Lewes v Eastbourne Town
  • Market: Lewes Farmers’ Market
  • Meeting: DOVE anti-Newhaven Incinerator
  • Panto: Aladdin
  • Party: Russian vecherinka
  • Photography: Competition
  • Restaurant: Needlemakers’ Cafe; Rainbow Cooksbridge
  • Shopping: Bona Foodie; Threshers
  • Theatre: Come into my Parlour
  • Travel: Malaga
  • Walking: Swan-Juggs

 



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Design & Technical (dave@vivalewes.com)
 
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Thursday 5th January
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Open Meeting

In December East Sussex County Council finally decided to give the go-ahead to the Newhaven incinerator, prompting a flamboyant reaction from protestors dressed in mourning and carrying placards outside county hall. The incinerators, designed to dispose of roughly 50% of East Sussex’s household waste, will have a devastating effect on the local environment. Not only will the incinerator release dangerous toxic fumes into the air; the residue of the burning process is a toxic ash which needs to be landfilled. What’s more the incinerator will lead to about 220 lorry movements a day, nearly a quarter of these coming between 9am and 10am when locals are doing their school run.

DOVE is an organisation set up to oppose the Newhaven incinerator plans. They have called an open town meeting tonight in the Town Hall to discuss what further measures can be taken to block the plans. Let’s hope it’s as well attended as November’s meeting about the Pheonix Quarter in Lewes.

Where?
Town Hall Assembly Rooms, Fisher Street, Lewes
When? 7.30pm
How much? Free
Dove
(w) www.dove2000.org


 
 
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Thursday 5th January
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Folk Concert - John Kirkpatrick

Talented singer, songwriter, composer, choreographer, Morris Man and above all legendary squeezebox maestro John Kirkpatrick is a folk legend and without doubt his whirlwind of a gig will be one of the highlights of this year’s season at the Royal Oak. Kirkpatrick has been a major figure on the folk scene since the late sixties, playing with such bands as Pere Ubu and Steeleye Span, accompanying such legends as Ralph McTell and Gerry Rafferty and performing thousands of times in his own right all over the country, night after night. He has worked on over 200 LPs over the years.

You never know what to expect at a Kirkpatrick gig, apart from high energy and entertainment. In his latest appearance at the Oak’s weekly folk night John stunned the audience with a startling rendition of ‘the Bells of St. Clements’ whirling his anglo-concertina around his head to produce a remarkable chiming bells effect. Not just for folkies this one: arrive early if you want to get in.

Where?
Upstairs at the Royal Oak, Station St
When? 8pm
How much? £5
Folk at the Royal Oak:
(w) www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~tinvic/
John Kirkpatrick:
(w) www.johnkirkpatrick.co.uk/
 
 
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Friday 6th January
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Exhibition - Bonfire Night

‘Come ye forth and witness a spectacle the like of which you have often wished for but never seen’. The highlight of this small exhibition in the Barbican Museum about the history of the Bonfire Night celebrations in Lewes is a collection of posters dating back to 1853 advertising the fiery celebrations which put Lewes on the world map. Best of all are those from 1905 when ‘Lewes Rousers and Roman Candles’ were banned.

The exhibition looks back at the historical reasons the gentle folk of Lewes get so vehemently anti-Papist once a year, namely the burning of 17 Protestant martyrs in the reign of Mary the Terrible, and the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. There is also a rundown of the history and idiosyncrasies of the different bonfire societies, and a small photo exhibition.


Where?
Barbican Museum, Castle Entrance, High St, Lewes
When? 10am-5pm (Sunday 11am) Runs until Sunday
How much? £2.25 for Lewes District residents
Barbican Museum:
(t) 01273 486290
(w) www.sussexpast.co.uk

 
 
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Friday 6th January
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Cinema - Since Otar Left

A frail, hunched, arthritic grandmother, Eka, lives with her daughter Marina and grown-up grand-daughter Ada in a cramped high-rise flat in Tblisi, Georgia. Her son Otar, a doctor, has long since emigrated to Paris: the grandmother lives for his phone calls and his letters. So when the younger women learn of his death they try to hide the news from the old woman, fabricating his letters and inventing excuses why he can’t ring. She gets suspicious and arranges a trip to France to visit him.

Debutante director Julie Bertulluci learnt her trade as assistant director to Krzysztof Kieslowski, and it shows. This is a well-crafted, well-acted character-led movie, which, in examining such themes as sibling rivalry and denial, manages to be moving, meaningful and powerful without being cloying, worthy or heavy-handed. It’s a sophisticated, feelgood movie which will make you sob, but without using violins, and in subtitles.

Where?
All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes
When? 8pm
How much? £4
Lewes Cinema:
(t) 01903 523833
(w) www.lewescinema.co.uk
 
 
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Friday 6th January
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Party - Russian vecherinka party

A vecherinka is a Russian dinner party and over the Christmas period the Russians enjoy vecherinka after vecherinka, as they celebrate Christmas (banned by Stalin), the New Year and the Old New Year (January 13th, but the turn of the year according to the old Julian calendar). They eat fish and cabbage and dumplings, drink toast after toast, and, if they are still capable of doing so, dance traditional dances. If the children have been good, they will have a visit from Grandfather Frost, from Velikii Ustug in the north of Russia.

It’s a long way from Velikii Ustug to Southover Grange, but this is not likely to dampen the party spirit for Lewes’ own vecherinka. Go armed with these phrases: ‘Schlastivogo novogo goda!’ (Happy New Year!); ‘Pust’sbudutsya vse vashy mechty!’ (May all your dreams come true!) and, most importantly of all, ‘Za vashe zdorov’ye!’ (Cheers).



Where?
Newton Room, Southover Grange, Southover High St, Lewes
When? 7.45pm – 10pm
How much? Free. Bring blinis and vodka!
Southover Grange:
(t) 01273 403091
 
 
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Saturday 7th January
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Food - The Needlemakers Cafe

When they christen a lad Roman Grill it’s clearly his lot in life to start up a Mediterranean bistro. Roman, who has been running the elegant continental nick-nack shop Monsieur Cannelle & Compagnon in the Needlemakers for three years, will be serving ‘high quality Mediterranean food’ in the cafe section of the art and craft centre from today. So what are we to expect? “Organic puy lentils with caramelised pears, parma ham and pecorino cheese served in a bed of seasonal green salad leaves” he explains, when asked to describe a typical dish.

“Where possible we will use vegetables and meat from local producers, cooked in a Mediterranean style. All this will be well presented in chic surroundings.” Austrian-born Roman, who will run the cafe alongside local chef Tonia Tapson, also has plans to start up a weekly local farmers’ market in the Needlemakers before spring.


Where?
Needlemakers Cafe, West Street, Lewes
When? 9am - 5pm all week
How much? Around £6 for a typical main course

Needlemakers Cafe:
(t) 01273 486258

 
 
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Saturday 7th January
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Fair - Lewes Book Fair

Virginia Woolf, Sax Rohmer, Jeffrey Farnol, John Evelyn and Tom Paine all knew the streets of Lewes; Dr Johnson visited once and, it’s said, placed an irritating Lewes woman in a cherry tree. The town has a rich literary past, and its many antiquarian bookshops have long attracted enthusiasts to its narrow streets. Since 1992, Lewes local John Beck, the world’s leading expert on Rupert the Bear, has augmented the town’s hefty literary reputation by running an important quarterly book fair in the Town Hall. This event attracts book sellers from all over the country, peddling rare and first editions to bibliophile cognoscenti, who don’t always have patches on the elbows of their jackets.

There are 40 stalls, mostly run by private enthusiasts only selling at this fair. Expect to find anything from James Bond first editions to Victorian dictionaries: if you’re looking for paperback novels head to Lewes’ many charity shops instead.

Where?
Town Hall, Lewes
When? 10am-4pm
How much? 50p
Lewes Book Fair:
(t) 01273 477555
Official Rupert Bear website
 
 
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Saturday 7th January
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Market - Lewes Farmers’ Market

Worried that the food on your plate is better travelled than you are? Check out the Lewes Farmers’ Market for a riot of locally produced goods, much of which is organic, all of which has passed quality control testing. Lewes is a market town; for centuries its weekly market drew in stallholders and customers from all over the county to trade and buy local produce. Globalisation and the growth of the supermarket seemed to have put paid to that, but in 1998 Common Cause set up one of the country’s first local farmers’ markets here: now every first Saturday of the month there are 34 stalls selling fresh meat, cheese, jam, honey, pickles, cakes, fruit, vegetables, herbs, sausages, flowers, plants, apple juice, wine and cider. All produced by Sussex locals happy to talk you through the produce you’re buying.

Nowadays it’s all the rage: equivalent markets have sprung up all over the country. Avoid it if you’re in a hurry to get through the precinct: spend the morning here if you are interested in healthy food, a healthy environment and a thriving local economy.
Where?
Cliffe Precinct, Lewes
When? 9am-1pm
Lewes Farmers Market:
(t) 01273 470900
(w) www.commoncause.org.uk/farmersmarket/


 
 
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Saturday 7th January
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Classical Music - A Cappella Choral Class

A cappella singing (and that’s the correct way of spelling it, it’s Italian for ‘in the chapel’) started up in the 15th century and reached its heydey in the following century, influenced by the groundbreaking work of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. So it’s no surprise that the A Cappella Choral Class of Lewes are paying homage to the Italian maestro in their Christmas concert, starting their set with his Canite Tuba. Renaissance liturgical music might not be your idea of a wild night out, but the choir, run by theologian Gregory Atkin, have acquired a good reputation in their ten years of existence and the Westgate Chapel, dating from 1662, is a fine venue, with its wooden panelling creating good acoustics.

They will also be performing works by Jakob Handl, Orlando Gibbons and Boris Ord. Proceeds from a collection will go to the upkeep of the chapel.


Where?
Westgate Chapel, High St, Lewes
When? 7.30pm
How much? Collection
A Cappella Choral Class:
(t) 01273 477607



 
 
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Saturday 7th January
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Theatre - Come into my Parlour – a Night of Victorian Excess

Is it Viva’s imagination, or do we sense a Victorian revival coming on? Dickens on the telly and radio, magic lantern shows in the Royal Oak, and now a melodramatic farce at the All Saints, featuring, amongst other characters, queen of the silent screen Kitty Deliphez, Miss Fay and her troupe of pigeons and Huntley and Palmer’s miraculous escapology act. Come into my Parlour opened in Hastings before Christmas to rapturous applause from an audience mostly dressed in period costume. Paul Alborough stars as Professor Elemental, rapping fin-de-siecle stylee as he attempts to evade the clutches of the psychopathic Miss Fay.

There is tightrope walking, music hall singing, and a Jekyll-and-Hyde version of ‘I’ve got you under my skin’, all sepia-tinged with post-modern irony, of course. Put the clock back a century, put on your top hat and corset, leave your cynicism at home, and enjoy the pantomime.


Where?
All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes
When? 8.30pm
How much? £7

Advance tickets from
Lansdown Arms:
(t) 01273 480623
(w) www.thelansdownarms.com

 
 
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Sunday 8th January
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Walk - Pint-to-pint walk

A bracing two-hour walk from Lewes to Kingston, the long way round. Take Juggs Way over the by-pass, looking behind you for an interesting view of Lewes, with the prison dominating the foreground. Pretty soon you are on Juggs Hill, with a sea view down the Ouse Valley. Cross over the main road at the bottom and walk along Kingston Ridge past Nan Kemp’s Corner where a medieval witch was hanged for serving her baby baked in a pie to her husband. Bear right onto the chalk path after the crossroads, and walk up to the crest of the hill. At the top turn left admiring the view down to Rottingdean.

After 300 yards or so take a left down the hill to Kingston, walking past the natural arena carved into the hillside. Walk through Kingston woods, over the stile and down into the Street, the oldest part of Kingston. Fifty yards beyond the village’s 13th century church you’ll find the Juggs Arms, and a pint of Spitfire Ale.


Where?
The Swan, Lewes
When? Best before dark
 





 
 
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Sunday 8th January
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Panto - Aladdin

An Arabic tale of a street urchin who dreams above his station and attains those dreams thanks to a magic lamp and a friendly genie, despite the dastardly efforts of an evil prince. But a tale with a local twist: the St Mary’s panto company pepper the plot with local references, so it might well be a red-coated traffic warden who’s behind you. Oh yes it might. This is the company’s 40th panto; some of the actors are the third generation of Nevill locals appearing in this traditional Xmas farce-for-all-the-family. Recently they have been joined by members of the Lewes Operatic Society.

Plenty of audience participation, then, and plenty of wide-mouthed wonder for the kids. Runs till Saturday, though there is no performance on Monday.


Where?
St Mary’s Social Centre, Christie Rd, Lewes
When? Saturdays 2pm and 7pm
Sunday 12noon and 5pm
Weekdays (ex Monday) 7.30pm
How much? Adults £6, children £3
Aladdin Box Office:
(t) 01273 477733


 
 
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Monday 9th January
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Food - Bona Foodie

The name might be a bit corny, but Bona Foodie is a welcome addition to the little row of shops which serves the top end of town in Western Road. It’s a delicatessen, basically, the third in a mini chain linking onto the success of their stores in St James St, Brighton (opened 2000) and Palmeira Square, Hove (2003) where you can buy succulent foodstuff if you don’t mind putting your hand in your pocket. You can get porcini and Shiitake mushrooms, fair trade basmati rice, wholemeal couscous, honey mustard and snails. You can get locally-made pasties and pies, lumpfish caviar, a selection of olives and a variety of rich cheeses. There is pesto and interestingly shaped pasta, and tuna in extra virgin olive oil. If you believe the secret of good cooking is in the ingredients, you won’t go far wrong here.

They also serve take-away fair-trade coffee; there are plans to open a cafe serving breakfasts and lunches later in the winter. Bona Foodie? A bona fide godsend to uptown Lewes.

Where?
31 Western Road, Lewes
When? 9.30am-5pm weekdays, 8.30am-5pm Saturday
Bona Foodie
(t) 01273 483007



 
 
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Tuesday 10th January
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Food - The Rainbow, Cooksbridge

The Rainbow used to be a great old country pub: we remember banger sandwiches and a bottle of pop on the way back from trips to the Isle of Thorns. Two years ago it turned into a gastro-pub. In the winter it's a good place to have a midweek meal in front of their real wood-burning fire. An underemployed teenage waitress, dressed in black with a bling belt, brought me and my partner passable moules marinieres (£8.95) followed by a fresh swordfish steak served on a bed of cous-cous (£14.95), without kicking up a fuss that we were sharing both courses. Around us a youngish clientele drank pints of cider and talked about how nice it was to be in the country.

The decor is a bit stuffy (faux book-spines, framed etchings of country scenes) but that fire warms the soul as well as toasting one side of you raw. Some pleasures don't come without pain.



Where?
The Rainbow, Resting Oak Hill, Cooksbridge
When? Restaurant open 12 noon–2.30pm, 7pm-10pm (9.30 Sundays)
How much? Main course £13-£15
The Rainbow:
(t) 01273 400334



 
 
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Wednesday 11th January
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Dance - Egyptian dance classes

Once a week you can step out of the freezing winds whooshing through the bottleneck and shelter in the warm Nile Delta breezes temporarily floating round the seemingly incongruous setting of the Lewes YMCA. Here, if you are willing to shake off your inhibitions (and lose a few Xmas-accumulated pounds, to boot) you will be taught the ancient Middle-Eastern art of Raqs Al Sharqi, otherwise known as the belly dance, or Egyptian dance.

Tonight is a taster night to see if you take to Egyptian dance: if you do, you can sign up for a 12-week course. After this, Viva can assure you, you will have quite a party trick up your sleeve. Sounds like a pretty neat New Year’s resolution to us.

 



Where?
Lewes YMCA
When? 7pm-8.30pm, 12 week course
How much? Taster day £8
Egyptian Dance Classes:
(t) 01273 206944 / 07710362229



 
 
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Wednesday 11th January
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Football - Lewes vs Eastbourne Town

The Rooks will be confident of beating Eastbourne Town at the Dripping Pan to reach the semi final of the Sussex Senior Cup: Town are in the Sussex County League, three rungs down the non-league pyramid. Not that Lewes ever make things easy for themselves; they reached the quarter-finals after a laboured 1-0 win over lowly Wick in December, and will need to overcome something of a slump in recent form to get past what is likely to be a robust challenge from their local rivals. Town, managed by Ady Calwell, are actually the oldest football club in Sussex, and have scored 13 goals in the first three rounds of the competition: their main danger men are striker Bobby Godfrey and midfielder Mark Goodwin.

The Sussex Cup may not sound a big deal, but Lewes have only won it three times, and will be hoping to at least get to the final this year, which they should do so if they can avoid Crawley in the semis… and beat Eastbourne tonight

Where?
The Dripping Pan, Mountfield Rd, Lewes
When? 7.45pm
How much? £9 adults £6 children

Lewes FC:
(w) www.lewesfc.com


 
 
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RIP Unwins

You might have noticed that the Unwins store on Lewes High Street has been taken over by Threshers. This is good news for those who found themselves unable to buy a bottle of comfort over the Xmas period after the supermarkets had shut.
Unwins, until recently a family-run company with 400 outlets in the south of England, started finding themselves in trouble as people’s booze-buying habits have been changing, with more people favouring supermarkets and ‘booze cruises’ to France.
The company was sold in March to private equity firm DM. Problems came to a head in the months before Xmas as suppliers refused to deliver stock unless they were paid up front.

The result was a rather depressing scenario whereby empty shelves were filled with empty boxes, and skeleton staff had to patiently tell customers that, no, they didn’t have any alcohol or cigarettes for sale. This left many a dinner party wineless over the Xmas period.

 

Where?
High St, Lewes
When? 10am - 10pm weekdays
12 noon - 10pm Sundays
Threshers
(t) 01273 474586




 
 
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Travel - Gatwick flyaway to Malaga

Malaga is associated with cheapo fun-in-the-sun holidays because the city's airport is the gateway to tacky home-from-home destinations like Torremolinos and Fuengirola. Most of the Costa brigade, however, rarely venture into the city, which is a boon, as it has managed to maintain its Andalusian charm and thus constitutes a perfect weekend city-break for those who prefer genuine tapas to egg and chips, fino sherry to strong lager, and fine art to Premiership football on the telly. Last year the city was proud to open a museum dedicated to the work of its most famous son - Pablo Picasso.

It also boasts a beach, a fine hilltop Moorish castle, and Viva's favourite seafood restaurant, El Tintero, where waiters wandering round the tables with plates full of fish shout out what they have on offer, and you pick and choose according to your taste and appetite. 'Sardines!' 'Prawns!' 'Whitebait!'. Yes please.

 

Where?
Spain
When? asap
How much? From £50
 

EasyJet:
(w) www.easyjet.com
British Airways
(w) www.ba.com



 
 
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This slot of the end section of our webmag is reserved for the best photo we receive every week. Obviously for us to be able to do this, you’ve got to send them in, along with your name and a quick description of when and where you took the picture, whether it was in Grange Gardens or, as in this case, the top of the Andes. Obviously, as this is the first issue, we haven’t had any entries yet, so we’re going to start with a picture sent to the editor by his friend JC Couderc, who took it while on holiday in Peru. “It was crazy,” remembers JC of the moment. “I took it from the Wayna Picchu, the mountain overlooking the Incan ruins at Machu Picchu, high up in the Andes. There were these guys working reconstructing the terraces. They had to climb for an hour and a half just to get to work. This guy was taking a break. He stood there for three or four minutes, seemingly unaware of the drop. He was the only one wearing a safety helmet.”

That seems to be a good start to get the ball rolling. If standards are high, we’ll organise an exhibition in the summer. Pictures need to be at least 1024x768 resolution.

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