Linklater RATS 2017 READ MORE Linklater Rats In 2014, on the final day of an international programme called Coastal Communities 2150 on sea level rise, I walked on stage with a baton made of english sycamore, beautifully turned by Caroline Dorling of Lewes.
(cs of baton annotated with the following information or text left as it is)
4 central rings represented the Netherlands,...
Phill Mills READ MORE Singing the blues There’s a massive following for the uplifting and irresistible sounds of blues music. Devotees of all ages love the full range of emotions and style its songs and distinctive instrumentation encompass.
For Phil Mills, the blues has been a way of life, and he’s one of the very best exponents of this compelling genre, right...
The Wind in the Willows READ MORE The Toad Factor: Poop, Poop ‘Toad sat straight down in the middle of the dusty road, his legs stretched out before him, and stared fixedly in the direction of the disappearing motor car. He breathed short, his face wore a placid, satisfied expression, and at intervals he faintly murmured “Poop-poop!”
Kenneth Graham’s Toad of Toad Hall in the fascinating book...
Pfeiffer Chapel Barn Lounge READ MORE Interior Design Trends Susie Pfeiffer
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Climate Change is on everyone’s mind and there’s no doubt this acute awareness has filtered down into every aspect of our lives. As consumers, we are prioritising natural fibres and fabrics when it comes to interiors - the big fabric houses are taking notice and...
Michelle Doyle READ MORE Something for everyone In many ways, Michele enjoyed a privileged though unconventional childhood in beautiful Wykehurst Place, the Gothic Revival mansion in Bolney which was lying derelict when her father, James Doyle, bought it in the 1970s.
The magnificent building, which resembles a French chateau, had been home during the Second World War to Canadian soldiers preparing to...
Mira Patel READ MORE A Life in harmony Mira Patel took a leap of faith when she stepped back from a high-powered career to follow her dream.
Now, through her Prana Coaching business, she helps clients to set out on a journey of discovery that leads to a more fulfilling future.
A human resources professional with an impressive history of working in that field,...
Breaking free Steven and Kevin READ MORE All the right notes Fresh from performing in front of passengers on a luxury liner cruising from Dubai to Sri Lanka,
Steven and Kevin will be delighting an audience in Brighton at the beginning of March.
The pair are no strangers to exotic places as their enormously popular and distinctive act takes them around the globe, but Brighton is close...
Harveys Brewery Lewes READ MORE A Will of Iron & a Bellyful of Beer Until 1992, every morning as I climbed on the train, a herd of cows would sing a serenade to me from their pens adjacent to Lewes railway station. With big cow eyes, they would lift a hoof and wave farewell as I slammed the door. Ah, those were the days when we had slam... Old men in a pub READ MORE Have your Say I’ve mentioned before that as a journalist and perhaps as a storyteller, I’m privileged to be able to talk one-on-one with judges, barristers, politicians, businessmen, bankers and even leading names in my own profession.
I belong to a lunch club which in a quintessentially English way is called the First Tuesday club, but meets on...
Box of Chocolates READ MORE The Romans’ have a lot to answer for don’t they – roads, sanitation, heating, great wine oh and Valentine’s Day!  Notice I made no mention of bottom pinching. That’s just a modern-day Italian phenomenon. There are varying accounts of how it came to be (Valentines Day, not the bottom pinching), but the key element... One of many views taken by Phil’s drone READ MORE Eye in the sky Technology has taken Phil on a diverse and exciting journey and has now given him a new perspective, focusing on the enormous commercial potential of the small unmanned aircraft most of us know as drones.
He continues to use his impressive expertise as a freelance sound engineer but his ‘day job’ sees him flying a...
image: Shutterstock READ MORE Sold to the Man Next Door The absurdities of the lawmakers in England never cease to amaze. Until 1753 when the marriage act was introduced, ensuring a marriage ceremony took place in a church, selling your wife in this and some other countries was legal and socially acceptable.
Even then, the practice carried on, often with a nod and a wink...
Youth Impact Studio READ MORE Making A BIG impact Flick is on a mission – she is establishing a scheme for young adults to reflect, perform and grow through the spoken word, theatre and stand-up comedy. She is the founder of Youth Impact Studio, a mobile creative coaching practice delivering team development workshops and youth-led programmes. Flick uses creative storytelling as a way... Lizzie taking some time out READ MORE ladies who launched Launching your own business requires a big leap of faith at any time, but never more so than in the current period of political uncertainty.
However, after 18 months of careful planning, Lizzie Atkinson took the bull by the horns and opened her Beauty Suite in late November.
The salon in Ringmer is not just the...
Jenny and the Team at Body Happy Lewes READ MORE Living life to the full When you’re passionate about what you do, it doesn’t seem like work,” says Jenny.
Brimming with enthusiasm for whatever she tackles, she’s a force of nature whose positivity shines through in every aspect of her life.
Her boundless enthusiasm and ability to help others achieve their health and fitness goals have just seen her win through...
Image: Carlotta Luke READ MORE Building a dream Nicola is not only a skilled and highly-respected architect - master planning and ecological interiors form a major part of the wide range of commissions she undertakes.
Sustainable design is at the heart of everything she does, encapsulating her determination to draw up plans for buildings and interiors that delight the eye but where wellbeing...
Stage Coach READ MORE Stand and deliver darling My very early years were spent in what was then a rural hamlet called Roughley.
It had one pub, a dingy smoke-filled tavern with a sign designating it The Plough and Harrow. But to the locals, it was known as The Den.
Folklore had it that Dick Turpin, a famous Highwayman, used the premises as his...
Jason Tremlett READ MORE Portrait of an Artist Lewes is home to an enormously talented painter who has established an inspirational atelier devoted to teaching students the techniques and skills used hundreds of years ago to produce some of the world’s greatest works of art.
Jason Tremlett not only creates superb work himself but wants to ensure others benefit from the invaluable classical...
Phil Spector -A Christmas Gift ForYou READ MORE Union music store’s timeless classics Visitors to our shop will notice that pride of place is given over to our ‘Wall of Sound’ sign, custom built by local artist and prop maker Paul Harrison. The sign is a reference to the magical sound created by the celebrated and controversial record producer Phil Spector. You’ll have undoubtedly heard Spector’s huge,... Clare Crouch READ MORE Lewes has it all “Anything you want as a business is available here in Lewes,” Clare says proudly.
She also takes great pride in the fact that the Lewes Chamber of Commerce represents businesses of all kinds, including professionals and traders.
“We have 55 or so members, not just retailers,” she explains. “Networking is actively encouraged and if anyone needs...
Lewes Fund READ MORE The Lewes fund While many parts of Lewes and the neighbouring villages ranging from Rodmell in the south to Newick in the north are prospering, there are significant areas of deprivation and individuals in need. For example, in the villages, older people often feel isolated and value the ability to go to weekly lunch clubs, or keep... Neeta and her Art work READ MORE Living for her ART Lewes READ MORE Shaken from his bed: Lewes at war For some five years, I rolled out of bed at 5.30 each morning to sling the newspapers outside Martin’s High Street store from pavement to shelf. How this began is still a mystery to me. I can’t remember. But I joined two other elderly volunteers, Arthur and Fred.
Fred was the original curmudgeon. I learned...
David Gerrard READ MORE With a song in his heart As a talented tenor, Nicolas’ superb singing voice has given a great deal of pleasure to many people over the years. Still, he has also been a teacher for almost 40 years, a dedicated educator who has played a large part in encouraging others to share his passion and learn to appreciate good music.
Having...
Charles Dickens (1812-1870) in his study at Gad's Hill Place READ MORE And did those feet? Those who celebrate the life, at a funeral, of someone who led a healthy and extrovert life, nearly always choose the hymn Jerusalem. It’s music that can be bellowed out without fear of upsetting those mourning the dead.
The first line, for those who aren’t of a religious persuasion, reads ‘And did those feet in...
Paul Townley-Jones READ MORE The smart specialists Bringing together the very best talents in modern-day marketing is proving a winning combination for this forward-looking business as well as the companies and individuals who use its full-service consultancy.
Established by Paul Townley-Jones in May this year, Paparico is powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning and is already forging ahead, a superb example...
Christmas Action Toy Soldier READ MORE Eye Spy Many of us shudder upon hearing such phrases delivered with such enthusiasm at the end of October, and so is it time to re-evaluate the festive season and possibly our approach to it?
While I do confess to keeping my beady eyes open to gift possibilities throughout the year, I am not as they say...
Norman addresses delgates at a Ministerial Session READ MORE Against the grain Owen Ridley READ MORE Naughty Little Geezer Most people wouldn’t know quite how to react if the driver of a passing car on Lewes High Street wound down the window and shouted out ‘Naughty Little Geezer’ at them.
However, Owen Ridley loves it when that kind of thing happens as it’s a sign he is gaining recognition for his ‘alter ego’ character...
READ MORE Keeping fit for life Now she has brought that vision to Lewes, opening her Body Happy wellbeing centre with fully-functioning gym and creating a friendly and supportive environment that’s the ideal incentive for staying fit, happy and healthy.
The aim is for everyone who comes to Body Happy to become part of a supportive and encouraging community who are...

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