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...
Lewes READ MORE The Mysteries of Underground Lewes The bar fly historians of Lewes can stir things up quite considerably.
I’m not a historian but a storyteller, so its rumour, banter and gossip that continually intrigues me as the beer-swilling pundits impart their theories on what happened in Lewes, why some alleys and passages are named as they are and how extensive these...
Jodie Cartman READ MORE Heads she wins! The unique and flamboyant hats created by Jodie are a familiar sight around Lewes, but they’re also a firm favourite with global celebrities who love their eye-catching appeal and the wow factor woven into every detail.
Her fabulous Fumbalina creations feature on Medellin, the latest Madonna video, while one was worn by Skye Edwards of...
READ MORE Soul Warriors Nature, love and adventure connect the mind, body and soul; the balance of each of these, dependent on the other. The jewellery, gifts and accessories I sell all have a soulful and poetic twist, where passion is at the heart of the creation process. Each piece is inspired by nature and made with love.
“Om...
Paul Shadbolt READ MORE Eye Spy Did you know that according to the BPA (British Parking Association), four days a year in our lives are spent looking for a parking space, and a third of our lives are spent driving?
With the challenges Lewes has to offer, I think these figures must be based solely on our county town! Once we...
Kurt Pacard/Shutterstock READ MORE Bang, Bang, during WW1 Especially Rowsers, the local name for what is generally known as a ‘banger’.
Bonfire celebrations in the town go back far further than November 5th 1605, the date of the Guy Fawkes plot to blow up parliament.
The ringing of bells and the throwing of Rowsers were first used to celebrate the death of Queen Mary...
what's going on READ MORE Marvin Gaye - What's going on By mid 1970 Marvin Gaye had reached a crossroads in both his personal life and his career, his beloved singing partner Tammi Terrell had lost a prolonged battle with a brain tumor, he was struggling with depression and spiralling drug use, his marriage was over and feeling trapped by an ongoing battle with Motown... Dr Miriam Darlington READ MORE Wild about nature The foundation for Miriam’s success as an internationally renowned poet and author who is in tune with nature was formed in Lewes when she was just a child, growing up on the edge of the town.
“We used to walk out into the countryside all the time, straight onto the Downs,” she recalls.
“My father was...
Creek on the Railway Land Wildlife Trust READ MORE A place to think, reflect and act Thirty ‘Year 6’ (ten and eleven year-olds) sit quietly around 5 tables in the Linklater Pavilion.  They have been encouraged to tune-in to their new surroundings after walking from their local Primary school.  All is quiet.  Expectation is in the air.  And then, like the chattering of a dawn chorus, the room bursts into... Picture of a Crapper READ MORE Look at that dammit, he’s done it again Up and Down like a toilet seat.”
How many times have you heard that said about someone who can’t sit still.
But why is the good name of the toilet seat taken in vain?
Why is a toilet seat usually lifted by a man and left down by a woman?
In the steam train era, a message was...
Robin Walden READ MORE Good Food - Good Life Robin grew up amid awareness of the vital part that healthy, organic food plays in our wellbeing.
It’s a lifelong commitment which is stronger than ever for him now that he is at the helm of a family firm dedicated to organic and ethically-sourced produce, although he didn’t initially think of it as his future...
Grace Gasson READ MORE Amazing grace Juggling the joy of a new baby with the stress of drawing up a viable business plan and raising the money needed to make it happen was a massive challenge for Grace.
Two years on, however, the business is thriving, and she has no regrets about the chaotic 18 months before her dream of becoming...

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