Which Bonfire Society do you go to? We don’t go to a society. We go to the procession and stay there until the kids can’t manage any more. Then we go home and watch from the window, where we can see most of the fireworks.
Which newspaper do you read? The Independent and the Guardian. And the Sussex Express for the readers’ letters to see the range of opinions on local issues.
Are you pro or anti the Phoenix development? Any development needs to be in keeping architecturally and in scale with the rest of the town. Ideally the area will be an environmental flagship that the people of Lewes can be proud of. There needs to be as much consultation and public debate as possible with all the parties concerned.
Favourite Lewes landmark? I love the castle. And I love looking down on Lewes from the obelisk.
How would you spend a perfect Sunday afternoon? Coming back from a long walk on the Downs, sitting in front of the fire, doing nothing but playing with the kids.
What’s on your hifi? Kate Bush’s latest album. Aerial. Her most recent one. It took her fourteen years to produce. It was interrupted by the birth of a son. As a mother running a business I empathise with that and was touched by her difficulties, and that she overcame them to make the best record she has, in my opinion, ever made.
Lewes would be better if… it was left as it is, and not changed too much.
What Lewes really doesn’t need is… for indigenous Leweisans to move out. They are the reason for the strong sense of community here, and that would change if too many left. Also we don’t need any more High Street chains moving in. A few have crept in in the last year or two; we’ve got enough now.


‘Parrot’, by Manja Scott, a Four Square Fine Arts artist