Faces of the Great War: Lewes exhibition – 5 to 17 November 2018, Mon – Sat 9am to 5pm

Dr Graham Mayhew will be putting on an exhibition in Lewes Town Hall, Baxter Corridor, from 5th – 17th November featuring 114 photographs and short biographies of Lewes individuals who died as a result of their service in the Great War.

It is a result of four years of research by Cllr Mayhew for Lewes Town Council on the county town’s casualties of the First World War, and is being staged to mark the Armistice on 11 November 1918, which marked the end of the fighting on the Western Front.

Graham is also giving a talk on Monday 12th at 2.30 pm, repeated at 7.30 pm based on letters sent home by Lewes men and women from the Front.
Venue: Lewes Town Hall, Council Chamber.

He is still looking for 250 photographs so if you can fill in any of the gaps do get in touch.

Mayhew - Faces of the Great War

 

 

 

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Friends of Lewes Planning Committee Report 4 October 2018

Representations made on planning applications following the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 4 October 2018.

Weeks ending 11, 18 & 25 September & 2 October 2018

SDNP/18/04497/HOUS:132 High Street, Lewes.
Comment: Whilst we support this application, we consider it essential that the existing door fronting the High Street be retained in order to maintain the integrity of the front elevation within the Conservation Area.

SDNP/18/04653/LIS: 123A Malling Street, Lewes.
We OBJECT to this application as the replacement of timber windows by PVCu casement windows on a listed building should not be supported. Furthermore, the loss of the existing purpose made timber front door is to be regretted.

SDNP/18/04691/FUL: 53 Cluny Street, Lewes.
We OBJECT to this application as it would be very visible within the street scene and should be set back behind the house frontage and as such does not comply with the recommendations set out in the Friends of Lewes ‘Guiding Principles for the Design of Garden Rooms’.

 

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

SDNP/18/04470/HOUS 53, North Way. Two storey side and rear extension.
SDNP/18/1496/FUL 51 Cluny Street. Convert garage into annex.
SDNP/18/04769/LIS 26 Keere Street. Rebuild chimney and roof lights to rear elevation.
SDNP/18/04928/HOUS 7 De Montfort Road.  Insertion of rear roof light.
SDNP/18/04751/HOUS 55 Cluny Street. Conversion of garage to habitable room.
SDNP/18.04873/HOUS 37 Cluny Street. Replace conservatory.
SDNP/18/04878/HOUS 5 Priory Street. Frist floor and ground floor extensions and loft conversion.
SDNP/18/04880/HOUS 19 Prince Edward’s Road. Repaint front door blue.
SDNP/18/04827/HOUS 10 St Swithun’s Terrace. Single storey rear extension and roof lights.
SDNP/18/04762/HOUS 39 South Street. Enlarge dormer.

The Friends of Lewes Planning Committee reports for 3 May, 7 June and 5 July 2018 are on the FoL Planning Committee Reports page.

 

 

 

Friends of Lewes Planning Committee Report 6 September 2018

Representations made on planning applications following the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 6 September 2018.

Weeks ending 7, 14, 21 & 28 August & 4 September 2018

SDNP/18/03712: 186 High Street, Lewes
We OBJECT to this application for the following reason: We did not have an opportunity to comment on this application before it was determined but note the Conservation Consultation response about the need to discourage the internal illuminated sign, which we would support.

SDNP/18/03713: 10 Wheatsheaf Gardens, Lewes
We OBJECT to this application for the following reason: The proposed dormer would be too large and not conform to the recommendations set out in the Friends of Lewes ‘Planning Advice for Dormer Windows’.

SDNP/18/03535: Grange Court, Grange Road, Lewes
We OBJECT to this application for the following reason: The installation of the new balustrade railings to the raised front garden facing Grange Road (which seek to ‘imitate’ the existing balcony railings) are considered to be inappropriate within the overall street scene. We would recommend simple vertical metal railings to match those proposed for the top of the sloped side retaining wall in order to achieve better visual unity within the public domain.

SDNP/ 18/ 03937: 32 Friars Walk, Lewes
Although we appreciate the care been taken in the proposed works for the Meeting House, we are concerned that the adjacent mathematical tiles should remain undisturbed.

SDNP/18/04010: 191 High Street, Lewes
Although we would support in principle the ‘Change of Use’ and conversion of the Crown Inn, we are concerned about the viability of the three commercial units and the rather cramped nature of the nine residential units.

SDNP/18/04042: 2 Winterbourne Close, Lewes
We OBJECT to this application for the following reason: Both the proposed raising of the existing ridge line and the design of the large dormer would not conform to the recommendations set out in the Friends of Lewes ‘Planning Advice for Dormer Windows’.

SDNP/18/03699: 2 Sun Street, Lewes
We OBJECT to this application for the following reason: We are not convinced that the suggested mouldings for the proposed installation of a ‘dummy door’ would be visually successful.

SDNP/18/04134: 16A St John Street, Lewes
We OBJECT to this application for the following reason: Should the proposed alterations to the front elevation be implemented, we are concerned about its visual relationship with adjacent buildings.

SDNP/18/04206: Southover Grange, Southover High Street, Lewes
We OBJECT to this application for the following reasons:
(1) The address of this application is totally misleading as it has nothing to do with Southover Grange and is not located in Southover High Street. The proposal is to repair a collapsed brick & flint retaining wall to Paine’s Twitten, (a footway linking the bottom of St Swithuns Terrace to the bottom of Keere Street) on an embankment above Southover Road.
(2) No specific drainage provision seems to have been made to cope with the large amounts of rain water that can flow down Elm Grove and which presumably caused the collapse of part of the existing retaining wall.

SDNP/18/04023: 32 Cranedown, Lewes
We OBJECT to this application for the following reason: The large dormer to the rear would not conform to the advice set out in the Friends of Lewes ‘Planning Advice for Dormer Windows’.

SDNP/18/04484: 9 De Montfort Road
We OBJECT to this application for the following reason: There are no details available to assess this proposal.

SDNP/18/04046: Woodyard adjacent to Waitrose, Eastgate Wharf, Lewes
We OBJECT to this application for the following reasons:
(1) Although an illustration of the type of fence proposed has been provided, there are no further details or drawings showing the height of the proposed fence within its context, particularly if the fence has to negotiate any slopes of changes in level adjacent to the Phoenix Causeway.
(2) Given that the proposed fence would be erected in a prominent riverside location within the Lewes Conservation Area, we would strongly recommend that if granted any planning consent should be ‘time limited’.

SDNP/18/04159: 4A Lansdown Place, Lewes
We OBJECT to this application for the following reason: There are insufficient details available to either locate or assess this proposal.

SDNP/18/04545: 92 Court Road, Lewes
We OBJECT to this application for the following reason: There are insufficient details to assess the impact of this proposal within its context.

SDNP/18/04554: 29 Prince Charles Road, Lewes
We OBJECT to this application for the following reason: We consider that the proposed installation of ‘violet blue’ plastic weatherboarding, (which would be clearly visible on both the front and side elevation) and difficult to detail immediately adjacent to existing render on the rear elevation would be visually unacceptable.

 

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

SDNP/18/03530/HOUS 37C, 37D and 37E South Street. Ground floor extensions.
SDNP/18/03875/LIS 101 High Street. Retain works.
SDNP/18/03728/HOUS 23 King Henry’s Road. Dormer and rooflights.
SDNP/18/03879/HOUS 1 Ferrers Road. First floor extension.
SDNP/18/03880/HOUS 22 Church Lane, South Malling. Demolish outbuilding and erect workshop.
SDNP/18/03296/HOUS 16 Toronto Terrace. Rear extension.
SDNP/18/04039/HOUS Nought, South Way. Side extension with crown roof.
SDNP/18/04054/HOUS 23 Hamsey Crescent. Demolish garage and porch and erect two storey side extension and front porch canopy roof.
SDNP/18/03287/FUL Brooklands Yard, Southover High Street. Conversion of existing library space.
SDNP/18/03640/HOUS 4 De Warrenne Road. Reinstate chimney.
SDNP/18/03642/LIS 25 South Street. Replace glazing to front porch.
SDNP/18/04249/HOUS 35 King Henry’s Road. Section 73 application of existing deck and safety screen.
SDNP/18/04086/FUL & 04087/LIS 73 High Street. Convert upstairs offices to apartments.
SDNP/18/04187/LIS 92A High Street. Replace section of floor.
SDNP/18/04117/ADV 176 High Street. Replacement of external signs.
SDNP/18.04381/LIS 4 Sun Street. Updating insulation and plastering and installing plasterboard and skim.
SDNP/18/04211/FUL 78 High Street. Change of use of basement to C3, residential use.
SDNP/18/04275/HOUS 61 Winterbourne Close. Replace garage with workshop/bike store.
SDNP/18/04366/HOUS & 04367/LIS 9 Lancaster Street. Works including replacing rooflight.
SDNP/18/03889/FUL Malling Community Centre. Extensions, terrace and solar panels.
SDNP/18/02107/HOUS 57 Russell Row. Conservatory on east side.
SDNP/18/04346/HOUS 20 Montacute Road. Conservatory to the rear.
SDNP/18/04398/HOUS 51 Gundreda Road. Front extension and additional storey, and alter roof pitch on side extension.
SDNP/18/04573/FUL & 04574/LIS The Bridge Wharf Brewery, 4-6 Cliffe High Street. Alterations to improve wc facilities and enlarge access door in North Yard Cottages.
SDNP/18/04622/HOUS 4 Timberyard Cottages. Side infill extension, rear dormer and front rooflight.

The Friends of Lewes Planning Committee reports for 3 May, 7 June and 5 July 2018 are on the FoL Planning Committee Reports page.

 

 

 

Friends of Lewes Planning Committee Report 2 August 2018

Representations made on planning applications following the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 2 August 2018.

Weeks ending 10, 17, 24 and 31 July 2018

The Committee had no observations on any of the following applications:

SDNP/18/01367/CND Spring Barn Farm Park, Kingston Road.   Variation of Condition No. 2 on previous planning consent.   Amend windows and doors.
SDNP/18/03132/HOUS 9A St John’s Terrace.  Demolish conservatory, erect single storey rear extension.
SDNP/18/03258/FUL & 03259/LIS Pelham House, St Andrew’s Lane.   Internal alterations.
SDNP/18/03493/LIS 26 Keere Street.   Internal alterations.
SDNP/18/03379/CND Hanover House, Timberyard Lane.   Variation of Condition no.6 of previous planning consent. (Removal of an external ramp).
SDNP/18/03456/HOUS 15A Nevill Crescent.   Single storey rear extension with cedar clad exterior finish.
SDNP/18/03876/FUL 20-25 North Street. Temporary change of use for 6 years to a car park.
SDNP/18/03487/HOUS & 03488/LIS 27 Southover High Street. Replacement of existing porch structure.
SDNP/18/03590/LIS 2 Keere Street. Internal alterations.

The Friends of Lewes Planning Committee reports for 3 May, 7 June and 5 July 2018 are on the FoL Planning Committee Reports page.

 

 

 

Work begins at the “Magic Circle”, Lewes

Magic Circle, Lewes, tree fellingIn the first on-the-ground step in the project to renovate Lewes’ Magic Circle as a Garden of Peace, this Pissardi plum tree is being felled to make way for landscaping work. This will allow a clear view from the Maltings car park – a key part of the overall garden design.

The project is being led by the Friends of Lewes, and being funded by FoL, Lewes Town Council, the SDNPA and by Lewes District Council, who is also managing the construction work.

The target completion date is June 2019, to coincide with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.

 

 

 

 

 

Event to mark the 250th anniversary of the year Thomas Paine rode into Lewes – Tuesday 30 October 2018, 6pm

A triple bill in the Depot cinema in Lewes – FREE TO ALL!

The Melvyn Bragg documentary Radical Lives – ‘Rights of Man: Thomas Paine’
(Runtime one hour)

Paine wrote three of the bestselling political essays of all time: Common Sense, Rights of Man, and The Age of Reason. His books changed the world and helped shape modern democracy. He lit the fuse for the American Revolution, was an active participant in the French Revolution and laid the foundation for political reform in Britain.

Melvyn Bragg travels from Norfolk to Philadelphia, New York and Paris as he follows in the footsteps of one of the great champions of democracy and human rights – Thomas Paine. Along the way, he shows how the freedoms we all now enjoy grew out of 18th-century Enlightenment thinking and were given popular voice in the works of Thomas Paine.

Melvyn visited Lewes and found out about Paine’s first writing ‘The Case of The Officers of Excise’ penned while Paine lived in Lewes 1768-1774. This features in this excellent documentary which was only screened twice on BBC 2 on prime time. Bragg managed to get the whole of Paine’s life into 60 minutes, and did it very well indeed!

The Case of The Officers of Excise: directed  by Mick Hawksworth produced by Artemis Arts
Runtime 20 mins

Mick Hawksworth was asked to produce a film about Paine in Lewes as a part of The Thomas Paine in Lewes festival. Mick is an accomplished director who has worked at the highest level for ITV and Channel 4 news. Previously Mick has directed and produced two documentaries for Lewes about Rodin and Caro, both screen nationwide.

Many Lewes characters were recruited to act in the film, some seasoned actors for Lewes Theatre Club including  Miles Jenner, Simon Hellyer and Roger Murray and others who showed their talents: Julian Bell, Adam Frost, Dave Hobson and Merlin Milner to name but a few.

Mick wrote the screenplay based on Thomas Paine in Lewes 1878-1774: A Prelude to American Independence by  Colin Brent Deborah Gage and Paul Myles. It was shot in Lewes over one weekend and to date has had one screening in a Lewes cinema. This is a rare outing for this still relevant film.

Thomas Paine: The Case of The Officers of Excise by Paul Myles
A short talk with Q&A

An introduction to the publication of Paul Myles’s latest book, showing the events that led to Paine being plucked out of obscurity to pen his first national document, here in Lewes.

Paul will show the documents that lay hidden in the Treasury Boxes in the National Archives – the missing signatures. This tells a different story about Thomas Paine, about how he was trying to make things better in the United Kingdom with the help of some friends in very high places.

A quote from Professor Richard Whatmore of the University of St Andrews (History and Intellectual History) about Paul’s book:

“This original and scholarly work explains the rise of Thomas Paine, who was chosen by a Commissioner of Excise, George Lewis Scott, to write The Case of the Officers of Excise, a work which identified and condemned the deep corruption within the English excise service, and called for the organization of workers to improve their pay and conditions. The origins of Paine’s links with figures such as Benjamin Franklin, so important when Paine moved to North America, is thereby explained”

The book is due to published early next year, and this is a peek preview of the story that emerged from the finding of these documents.

Venue: The Depot, Pinwell Rd, Lewes BN7 2JS
Entry: free, but please obtain tickets from The Depot, online or phone 01273 525354

 

Thomas Paine, copy by Auguste Millière after an engraving by William Sharp after George Romney oil on canvas c. 1876-1792

 

Supported by Lewes Town Council and The Depot cinema, Lewes and The Thomas Paine Society UK

 

 

 

Women’s Suffrage in Lewes: Friends of Lewes talk – Wednesday 24th October 2018 from 7.45pm

Frances Stenlake: Women’s Suffrage Campaigning in Lewes

This year is the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act and of the general election in which some women were able to vote for the first time, along with millions more men.

Author and local historian Frances Stenlake recounts the story of women’s suffrage in Lewes.

Women's vote - Stenlake talk to the Friends of Lewes

7.45pm Lecture Room, Lewes Town Hall (Fisher Street entrance)

Open to all – admission free to Friends of Lewes members, £3 for non-members

Wine and juice can be purchased in the interval

See the Diary page for a list of  forthcoming events organised by the Friends of Lewes.

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