Litter Free Lewes childrens’ posters

The children of St Pancras Catholic Primary School designed some posters for Litter Free Lewes: to publicise the “Keeping Lewes Special” message through disposing of litter thoughtfully.

Litter Free Lewes poster by Emily G. 2018Friends of Lewes rewarded the pupils with some book tokens, which they are going to use to buy some books which will help them to learn more about caring for our environment.

All of the children’s posters can be seen on the Litter Free Lewes Facebook page or on the Friends of Lewes Flickr page.




Poster by Emily G.






Lewes Heritage Open Days, 6-9 September 2018

Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public, or charge for admission.

Eighteen historic Lewes buildings and tours will be accessible over this long weekend. Some are not normally open to the public, and for others, their usual entry charge has been waived for this event.

There are a range of guided tours, and for some, advance booking is essential.

Booking opens on 16 July 2018. Please book by 3 September 2018 for all tours except for: Lewes Prison (book by 1.9.18), the Police Headquarters (by 30.8.18), Lewes Town Hall (by 4.9.18), and Barbican House Library (by 5.9.18) – please check the booking page for details.

Brochure, full details, and how to book your place for tours 

An opportunity not to be missed!

HOD 2018 Lewes

Southover Grange, Heritage Walks, Police Headquarters

Lewes Heritage Open Days is organised by the Friends of Lewes




Lewes Speakers Festival 2018

From the 20th to the 22nd July 2018 at The All Saints Centre in Lewes, The Lewes Speakers Festival brings together some of the most exciting speakers in the UK.

• Angela Eagle and Imran Ahmed, the shadow minister/ chair of Labour’s NEC and political advisor to senior Labour politicians respectively, talk about the new serfdom in British society.
• Lt General Ben Hodges, former Commanding General, US Army in Europe, is interviewed by Dr Andrew Monaghan about defence and collective responses to Russian foreign policy.
• Dr Diane Atkinson, the specialist in women’s history, tells the story of the suffragettes.
• Professor A C Grayling, the celebrated academic, explains why democracy has failed in the UK and the US and what we can do to put it right
• Florence Gaub, the senior analyst at the EU Institute for Security Studies, tells the story of NATO’s mission in to Libya in 2011.
• John Crace, the Guardian’s parliamentary sketch writer, satirises Theresa May’s first year in office, coining the term ‘Maybot’ for her personality.
• Philip Collins, the former chief writer of Tony Blair’s speeches and columnist for the Times shows us how the right speech at the right time, can change the world.
• Salley Vickers, the analytical psychologist and author of ‘The Cleaner of Chartres’, tells the story of Sylvia Blackwell who works as a librarian.
• Jonathan Aitken, the former cabinet minister and prisoner, explains how religious belief transformed his life and how he made lasting friendships with other inmates.
• Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, one of the UK’s most brilliant military historians and thinkers, describes how he sees the future of war.
• Dharshini David, a former presenter for the BBC and Sky News, explains economics. She does this by following the passage of a dollar round the world.
• Vicky Pryce, the former Chief Economist at KPMG and Director General for economics at the department for Business, Innovation and Skills, explains why women need quotas.
• Professor Ali Ansari, an expert on Iran, gives an introduction to the country and its present dilemmas.
• David Fraser, a former senior probation officer and criminal intelligence analyst, describes how Britain’s reliance on alternatives to imprisonment allows all types of violent crime to flourish.
• Humphrey Hawksley, the BBC correspondent, explains the struggle over the China Sea and the strategy of Chinese expansion that may threaten another serious international conflict.
• Professor Edzard Ernst, who is a specialist in Complementary Medicine, explains how ‘so-called alternative medicines’ and therapy can be dangerously misleading and harmful.

To book tickets and for more information, please go to or ring the Booking Line on 0333 666 3366




UK Data Protection Act 2018

The UK Data Protection Act 2018 came into effect on 25 May 2018.

The Friends of Lewes Society complies with the EU General Data Protection Regulation and the UK Data Protection Act 2018.

We have updated our Privacy Notice, and will be contacting Members about the personal information we hold.

If you have subscribed to our News emails via our website, please note that you can unsubscribe from this service at any time by following the link included at the bottom of each of these emails.




Friends of Lewes Planning Committee Report 5 April 2018

Representations made on planning applications following the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 5 April 2018.

Weeks ending 6, 13, 20 & 27 March & 3 April 2018

Weekly list as at 6 March

SDNP/18/00851/HOUS: Proposed loft conversion to include front and rear dormer windows. 7 Delaware Road.
Friends of Lewes object to the design of the front dormer which is over- elaborate and out of proportion with the rest of the house. The Society also objects to the excessive mass and bulk of the rear box dormer which is too wide, too high and will unbalance the existing roofscape.

SDNP/18/00937/HOUS: Conversion of existing loft space including creation of dormer window to rear of property and 2 x rooflights installed to front roof.  46 Winterbourne Close.
Friends of Lewes object to the excessive mass and bulk of the box dormer which is too wide and too high.

Weekly list as at 13 March

SDNP/18/00726/ADV: Installation of new shop front sign. 162 High Street (Panda Garden)
Friends of Lewes have no objection in principle to the new shop front sign. However it would welcome removal of the existing internal illumination of the sign, which is inappropriate in the Conservation Area. (Neutral stance)

Weekly list as at 20 March

SDNP/18/01235/FUL: Erection of four dwelling houses. Street Record Daveys Lane.
Friends of Lewes have no objection to the proposed development. The Society welcomed being consulted over details of the development and commends the wider community consultation undertaken by the applicant.

Weekly list as at 3 April

SDNP/18/01024/HOUS: Installation of a rear dormer window extension and front elevation rooflights.  12 Morris Road.
Whilst recognising that the properties to both sides of the applicants property have similar box dormers Friends of Lewes object to the excessive mass and bulk of the proposed dormer in the Conservation Area.


The Committee examined the following applications and had no observations to make:

SDNP/18/00480/HOUS The New Coach House, Malling Deanery.   Retain timber deck.
SDNP/18/00560/FUL Waitwell House, Malling Hill.   New three bedroom detached dwelling, with off road parking and demolition of workshop.
SDNP/18/00747/HOUS 14 Pelham Terrace.   Replace window with door; new terrace and balcony.
SDNP/18/00855/HOUS Rykehurst House, Rotten Row.   Paint pebble dash render to garage.
SDNP/18/00886/HOUS 5 Barons Down Road.   Enlarge patio door and insert side windows.
SDNP/18/00131/HOUS Antioch Lodge, Rotten Row.   Replace three front windows.
SDNP/18/00435/LIS 17 Eastgate Street.   Remove internal staircase.
SDNP/18/00733/HOUS 15 Gundreda Road.   Convert conservatory into room.
SDNP/18/00969/FUL Sussex Police Headquarters, Church Lane, South Malling.   Create memorial garden with three brick walls.
SDNP/18/00890/HOUS 61 North Way. Convert garage to bedroom/office with utility room, replace roof with mansard roof.
SDNP/18/00940/HOUS 89 Paddock Lane.   Replace windows and doors, extend porch roof and replace guttering and pipes.
SDNP/18/1067/HOUS Long Cottage, King Henry’s Road.   Rear and front extention.
SDNP/18/01027/HOUS 7 Cross Way.   Single storey side and rear extension and timber decking.
SDNP/18/01210/LIS 8-9 Chapel Hill.   Enabling works to enable inspection of timber frame.
SDNP/18/01226/FUL & 01227/LIS 77 High Street (Lewes Estates).   Change use of first, second and third floors to residential.
SDNP/18/01233/LIS 65 High Street (Old Post Office).   Additional internal alterations.
SDNP/18/01259/HOUS 33 Ferrers Road.   Demolish garage and construct new side extension.
SDNP/17/06289/FUL St Anne’s School, Rotten Row.   Repair wall, remove trees and shrubs.
SDNP/18/00737/FUL The Swan Inn, 30A Southove rHigh Street.   Rear extension to provide WC and internal alterations.
SDNP/18/01058/LIS West Lodge, Southover High Street.   Internal alterations including opening up kitchen refitting and refurbishing bathrooms and enclosing bedroom.
SDNP/18/00805/HOUS 46 Gundreda Road.   Replace fence and erect pergola.
SDNP/18/01372/HOUS 4 Court Road.   Replace windows with UPVC.
SDNP/18/01305/HOUS & 01306/LIS Flat, 4 North Street.   Re-plan kitchen and insert roof lights.



Friends of Lewes Planning Committee Report 1 March 2018

Representations made on planning applications following the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 1 March 2018.

Weeks ending 6, 13 20 and 27 February 2018

Week ending 6 February

SDNP/18/00134/FUL: Installation of an overhead fibre optic cable between the Former YMCA Lewes building and the Castleworks. Castle Works Westgate Street.
Friends of Lewes object to overhead cabling in the Conservation Area. Cables should be run underground or alternative wireless technologies employed.

Week ending 20 February

SDNP/18/00416/FUL: Refurbishment of old generator room for conversion into office space. 40 – 42 Friars Walk.
Friends of Lewes have no objection in principle to the development proposed. However, it comments that the design of the stairwell is over dominant and its junction with the existing building is clumsy and unconsidered. The use of Corten steel needs careful detailing to stop stain runoff.

SDNP/18/00424/HOUS: Loft conversion with dormer to rear. 3 St Michaels Terrace.
Friends of Lewes object to the scale of the proposed roof dormer which is too large, too wide and undermines the proportions and balance of the existing house. The detailing of the design is poor and the false pitched roof cannot disguise the large flat roof.


The Committee examined the following applications and had no observations to make:

SDNP/18/00153/HOUS & 00154/LIS 146 High Street.   Convert stable/outbuilding into dwelling.
SDNP/18/00255/HOUS 14 Stansfield Road.   Two storey side extension.
SDNP/18/00476/HOUS 9 Clare Road.   Demolish garage and extensions, erect new garage, two storey side and rear extensions and single storey rear extension.
SDNP/17/06391/FUL The Workshop, Pipe Passage.   Demolish workshop and erect single storey studio.
SDNP/18/00070/HOUS 3 Horsfield Road.   Convert dwelling into two separate dwellings.
SDNP/18/00580/CND 40-42 Friars Walk.   Variation of Condition relating to amending parking from 35 to 30 spaces.
SDNP/100656/LIS 11 Priory Crescent.   Retain chimney lining and add new cowl.
SDNP/18/00036/LIS 41 Cliffe High Street.   Re-site toilet to basement.
SDNP/18/00620/HOUS & 00621/LIS 20 Friars Walk.   Retain rooflight.
SDNP/18/00707/LIS 182 HIgh Street (Crown courts).   Expand Wifi services.
SDNP/18/00825/HOUS 53 Old Malling Way.   Replace extension roof with flat roof and add two Velux windows to rear roof slope.