The Friends of Lewes? Who are they, what do they do, and how does this concern me?
The clue’s in the name. We’re a group of volunteers with one goal in mind – to be a friend to Lewes and help keep it special. Special in its personality, special in its historic and modern buildings, special in its beautiful townscapes, streetscapes and roofscapes, special in its trees, and special in the way it develops and adapts to economic change, to climate change and to cultural change.
Special doesn’t mean preserved. It does mean conserved, respected, regarded and cared for. It means striving to ensure that development enhances rather than degrades our town’s character. It means holding local authorities to account over their decisions and policies, it means contesting plans we feel will jeopardise the town’s wellbeing, it means engaging with developers to influence their designs. It means giving awards for high quality design and building work, it means planting and maintaining trees, and it means raising awareness about the unique nature of our town.
If all this resonates with you, if you’d like to learn more about the Friends of Lewes, and perhaps consider becoming a member, explore our website.
Of course, our work takes effort and time: committee work, site visits, arranging talks, website development, membership services, responding to public consultations, planting and maintaining trees, and more. If you’re an existing member who would like to help, please get in touch. And every organisation benefits from new blood: if you’re new to us and you’d like to know how you could play a part, again do get in touch.