Welcome to Viva Lewes. On this page you’ll find listings for what’s happening in and around Lewes during the next ten days. You can browse through each day’s events by clicking the ‘more’ arrow at the right-hand side.

We also have columns and readers’ photos, although they haven’t been updated since 14th August 2014. We’re taking a little break from these and will let our subscribers know when we’re back.

Monday 15th September 2014
Gigs
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Lawrence Jones & BJAS

Starts: 8:00pm   Ends: 11:00pm

Lawrence leads the Brighton Jazz All Stars in what promises to be a lively evening.

The Snowdrop Inn, free.

Festival
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Make Lewes

A festival of making, architecture and sustainable design at venues across Lewes until Sun 21. Exhibitions, seminars, workshops, films and more.

Venues across Lewes, many events with free admission.

http://makinglewes.org

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Tony Parsons at Chalk Gallery

The 'off duty' work of professional caricaturist Tony Parsons: landscape paintings he describes as “gloriously unstructured”.

Chalk Gallery, 10am-5pm, free.

http://chalkgallerylewes.co.uk/

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The Bio-Base Exhibition

An exhibition showcasing examples of renewable and natural building materials, including timber, reed thatch, chalk, flint and seaweed.

William Hardie Design Studio, Phoenix Place, 10am-5.30pm, free.

http://makinglewes.org/

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Pelham House Hotel

Six artists show their work as a continuation of the Artwave festival. [Pic by Sarah Gregson (detail)]

Pelham House, 10.30am-9.30pm, free.

http://pelhamhouse.com/

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Tuesday 16th September 2014
Festival
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Make Lewes

A festival of making, architecture and sustainable design at venues across Lewes until Sun 21. Exhibitions, seminars, workshops, films and more.

Venues across Lewes, many events with free admission.

http://makinglewes.org

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Tony Parsons at Chalk Gallery

The 'off duty' work of professional caricaturist Tony Parsons: landscape paintings he describes as “gloriously unstructured”.

Chalk Gallery, 10am-5pm, free.

http://chalkgallerylewes.co.uk/

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The Bio-Base Exhibition

An exhibition showcasing examples of renewable and natural building materials, including timber, reed thatch, chalk, flint and seaweed.

William Hardie Design Studio, Phoenix Place, 10am-5.30pm, free.

http://makinglewes.org/

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Pelham House Hotel

Six artists show their work as a continuation of the Artwave festival. [Pic by Sarah Gregson (detail)]

Pelham House, 10.30am-9.30pm, free.

http://pelhamhouse.com/

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Wednesday 17th September 2014
Festival
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Make Lewes

A festival of making, architecture and sustainable design at venues across Lewes until Sun 21. Exhibitions, seminars, workshops, films and more.

Venues across Lewes, many events with free admission.

http://makinglewes.org

Art
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Tony Parsons at Chalk Gallery

The 'off duty' work of professional caricaturist Tony Parsons: landscape paintings he describes as “gloriously unstructured”.

Chalk Gallery, 10am-5pm, free.

http://chalkgallerylewes.co.uk/

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The Bio-Base Exhibition

An exhibition showcasing examples of renewable and natural building materials, including timber, reed thatch, chalk, flint and seaweed.

William Hardie Design Studio, Phoenix Place, 10am-5.30pm, free.

http://makinglewes.org/

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Pelham House Hotel

Six artists show their work as a continuation of the Artwave festival. [Pic by Jerry Shearing (detail)]

Pelham House, 10.30am-9.30pm, free.

http://pelhamhouse.com/

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Thursday 18th September 2014
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Equinox

Starts: 8:30pm   Ends: 11:00pm

Contemporary jazz sextet.

The Dorset, free.

Festival
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Make Lewes

A festival of making, architecture and sustainable design at venues across Lewes until Sun 21. Exhibitions, seminars, workshops, films and more.

Venues across Lewes, many events with free admission.

http://makinglewes.org

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Tony Parsons at Chalk Gallery

The 'off duty' work of professional caricaturist Tony Parsons: landscape paintings he describes as “gloriously unstructured”.

Chalk Gallery, 10am-5pm, free.

http://chalkgallerylewes.co.uk/

Misc
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The Bio-Base Exhibition

An exhibition showcasing examples of renewable and natural building materials, including timber, reed thatch, chalk, flint and seaweed.

William Hardie Design Studio, Phoenix Place, 10am-5.30pm, free.

http://makinglewes.org/

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Pelham House Hotel

Six artists show their work as a continuation of the Artwave festival. [Pic by Jerry Shearing (detail)]

Pelham House, 10.30am-9.30pm, free.

http://pelhamhouse.com/

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Friday 19th September 2014
Markets
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Lewes Food Market

Starts: 9:30am   Ends: 2:30pm

Seasonal food from local producers every week.

Market Tower.

http://www.lewesfoodmarket.co.uk/

Walks
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Bird Migration Walk along the Ouse

Starts: 10:00am   Ends: 1:00pm

A 6km hike down the Ouse to Southease, looking for birds heading out of England as well as butterflies heading in. (Train back costs £2.60.)

Meet at the bridge on Cliffe High Street, £3 donation (SWT members free), 07827 830891.

http://www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/

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A Long Way Down (15)

Starts: 6:00pm   Ends: 7:45pm

Four strangers meet on New Year's Eve and form a surrogate family to help each other weather the difficulties of their lives.

All Saints Centre, from £5.50/£5.00.

http://www.filmatallsaints.com/

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Making Lewes @ Zu

Starts: 6:00pm   Ends: 11:59pm

Talks about alternative building at 6pm and 7pm, then a party from 8pm!

Zu Studios, suggested £10 donation for both talks and party.

http://makinglewes.org/2014/09/05/making-lewes-zu/

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CCTV All Stars

Starts: 8:00pm   Ends: 11:30pm

Fusing ska, reggae and much more.

Con Club, free.

http://lewesconclub.co.uk/

Cinema
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Noah (12A)

Starts: 8:00pm   Ends: 10:30pm

Biblically-inspired epic starring Russell Crowe as the man preparing for an apocalyptic flood.

All Saints Centre, from £5.50/£5.00.

http://www.filmatallsaints.com/

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Festival
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Make Lewes

A festival of making, architecture and sustainable design at venues across Lewes until Sun 21. Exhibitions, seminars, workshops, films and more.

Venues across Lewes, many events with free admission.

http://makinglewes.org

Art
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Tony Parsons at Chalk Gallery

The 'off duty' work of professional caricaturist Tony Parsons: landscape paintings he describes as “gloriously unstructured”.

Chalk Gallery, 10am-5pm, free.

http://chalkgallerylewes.co.uk/

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Misc
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The Bio-Base Exhibition

An exhibition showcasing examples of renewable and natural building materials, including timber, reed thatch, chalk, flint and seaweed.

William Hardie Design Studio, Phoenix Place, 10am-5.30pm, free.

http://makinglewes.org/

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Pelham House Hotel

Six artists show their work as a continuation of the Artwave festival. [Pic by Jerry Shearing (detail)]

Pelham House, 10.30am-9.30pm, free.

http://pelhamhouse.com/

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Saturday 20th September 2014
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Lewes Farmers' Market

Starts: 9:00am   Ends: 1:00pm

Established in 1997, the Farmers' Market now attracts almost 40 stallholders selling local produce.

Cliffe precinct.

http://commoncause.org.uk/

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Macmillan Lido Challenge

Starts: 9:00am   Ends: 3:00pm

2km sponsored swim - that's 44 lengths - to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Sessions take place all day.

Pells Pool, £15 entry for competitors.

http://snurl.com/pells2k

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Southdown Sports Club Open Day

Starts: 10:00am   Ends: 5:00pm

Have a go at squash and tennis, test your serving speed with a radar gun or watch the exhibition matches. Food available.

Southdown Sports Club, next to the Priory ruins, free admission, 480630.

http://www.southdownsportsclub.co.uk/

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Lewes Eco Open Houses

Starts: 10:00am   Ends: 5:00pm

Visit low-energy houses and pick up some ideas for green living and cutting energy bills. Organised by Transition Town Lewes.

Properties in vilages around Lewes, free admission, please check website for opening times.

http://lewesecoopenhouses.org.uk/

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Herb Celebration Day

Starts: 10:30am   Ends: 3:00pm

The 30th anniversary of the Priory herb garden. Children's herb workshops 11am-1pm, puppet show 1.30pm-2.15pm, tours 2.15pm-2.45pm.

Lewes Priory, free.

http://www.lewespriory.org.uk/

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Lewes Chilli Fayre

Starts: 12:00pm   Ends: 6:00pm

With DJs, cocktails and street food from mild to super-hot.

Paddock, free entry.

https://twitter.com/leweschilliday

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Kids Pizza Making

Starts: 12:00pm   Ends: 4:00pm

An opportunity for children aged 5-15 to get hands-on pizza making experience with Master Baker Michael Hanson. Drop in; takes about 1 hour.

The Hearth (above the bus station), £7 includes soft drink, pizza, chef’s hat and poster, 470755.

http://www.thehearth.co/

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Out of the Box: preview and meet the artist

Starts: 12:30pm   Ends: 2:30pm

An opportunity to meet artist Chris Dawson, whose paintings and cartoons show the world from an unexpected and often amusing perspective.

Hop Gallery, free.

http://www.hopgallery.com/

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An Octogenarian Overture

Starts: 2:00pm   Ends: 9:00pm

Vintage stalls, train rides, a café - and a concert at 7pm, raising funds to get an 80 year old engine back on the rails.

Lavender Line, Isfield Station, concert £10/£8, trains £4 adult single, advance tickets from hl3837ps@yahoo.com or 07989 393044.

http://www.lavender-line.co.uk/

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Lewes FC vs Maidstone United FC

Starts: 3:00pm   Ends: 4:45pm

The Stones visit the Dripping Pan for some high-quality Ryman Premier League football. Come on you Rooks!

The Dripping Pan, £11/£6/under-16s free.

http://www.lewesfc.com/

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Lewes RFC vs Hastings & Bexhill

Starts: 3:00pm   Ends: 4:30pm

Lewes Rugby Club First XV play their first RFU London League home game of the season against Hastings & Bexhill.

Stanley Turner Ground, Kingston Road.

http://www.lewesrfc.org.uk/

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The Lewes Singers

Starts: 6:00pm   Ends: 8:00pm

Nicholas Houghton conducts the choir, which will be performing works by Aaron Copland, Benjamin Britten and Gerald Finzi. [Pic: Katie Vandyck]

St Michael’s Church, £9/under-19 free, tickets via 472489 or on the door.

http://lewessingers.wordpress.com/

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The Alter Eagles

Starts: 8:00pm   Ends: 11:00pm

Tribute band playing Eagles classics and some rarer tracks as well.

Con Club, £10 (£8.80 advance) /members free.

http://www.lewesconclub.com/

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Damien Barber & Mike Wilson

Starts: 8:00pm   Ends: 11:00pm

Folk songs in a traditional English style.

Elephant & Castle, £7.

http://www.lewessaturdayfolkclub.org/

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Festival
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Make Lewes

A festival of making, architecture and sustainable design at venues across Lewes until Sun 21. Exhibitions, seminars, workshops, films and more.

Venues across Lewes, many events with free admission.

http://makinglewes.org

Art
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Tony Parsons at Chalk Gallery

The 'off duty' work of professional caricaturist Tony Parsons: landscape paintings he describes as “gloriously unstructured”.

Chalk Gallery, 10am-5pm, free.

http://chalkgallerylewes.co.uk/

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Travellers' Tales

New work on the themes of travel and journeys by Lewes-based artists Rachel Clark and Jo Lamb. [Pic: Rachel Clark]

St Anne's Galleries, High Street, 10am-5pm, free.

http://www.stannesgalleries.com/

Misc
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The Bio-Base Exhibition

An exhibition showcasing examples of renewable and natural building materials, including timber, reed thatch, chalk, flint and seaweed.

William Hardie Design Studio, Phoenix Place, 10am-5.30pm, free.

http://makinglewes.org/

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Art
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Pelham House Hotel

Six artists show their work as a continuation of the Artwave festival. [Pic by Jerry Shearing (detail)]

Pelham House, 10.30am-9.30pm, free.

http://pelhamhouse.com/

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Sunday 21st September 2014
Misc
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Lewes Eco Open Houses

Starts: 10:00am   Ends: 5:00pm

Visit low-energy houses and pick up some ideas for green living and cutting energy bills. Organised by Transition Town Lewes.

Properties in vilages around Lewes, free admission, please check website for opening times.

http://lewesecoopenhouses.org.uk/

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Plumpton Family Raceday

Starts: 11:30am   Ends: 6:00pm

Horse races plus a funfair, free pony rides, rock climbing wall, displays, face-painting and loads more.

Plumpton racecourse, gates open 11.30am, first race 2.30pm, £18/£14/£10/under-18s free.

http://plumptonracecourse.co.uk/

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Lewes International Soup Festival

Starts: 12:00pm   Ends: 2:30pm

A family festival of food, with cooking demos, children's activities and - of course - plenty of soup variety.

All Saints Centre, free entry, 07852 370747.

http://diversitylewes.org.uk

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Lewes Allotments Show

Starts: 2:00pm   Ends: 4:00pm

Staging from 9am, judging from 11am - and then an opportunity to see the town's best fruit and veg!

Corn Exchange, Town Hall, 471469.

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Lewes Ladies RFC vs Worthing Ladies

Starts: 2:00pm   Ends: 3:30pm

The women's rugby team play their first home league game of the season against Worthing.

Stanley Turner Ground, Kingston Road.

http://www.lewesrfc.org.uk/

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Duck Soup

Starts: 3:00pm   Ends: 5:00pm

Acoustic trio having fun with English and French Canadian traditional music.

Con Club, free.

http://www.lewesconclub.com/

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Festival
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Make Lewes

A festival of making, architecture and sustainable design at venues across Lewes until Sun 21. Exhibitions, seminars, workshops, films and more.

Venues across Lewes, many events with free admission.

http://makinglewes.org

Art
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Philomena at home with the Surrealists

Philomena Harmsworth’s new paintings are inspired by Sussex and its local celebrations. [Pic: The Bull and the Beer]

Farley Farm Gallery, Chiddingly, 10.30am-4.30pm, free (does not include admission to house).

http://www.philomenaharmsworthart.co.uk/

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Tony Parsons at Chalk Gallery

The 'off duty' work of professional caricaturist Tony Parsons: landscape paintings he describes as “gloriously unstructured”.

Chalk Gallery, 10am-5pm, free.

http://chalkgallerylewes.co.uk/

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Travellers' Tales

New work on the themes of travel and journeys by Lewes-based artists Rachel Clark and Jo Lamb. [Pic: Rachel Clark]

St Anne's Galleries, High Street, 10am-5pm, free.

http://www.stannesgalleries.com/

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Misc
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The Bio-Base Exhibition

An exhibition showcasing examples of renewable and natural building materials, including timber, reed thatch, chalk, flint and seaweed.

William Hardie Design Studio, Phoenix Place, 10am-5.30pm, free.

http://makinglewes.org/

Art
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Pelham House Hotel

Six artists show their work as a continuation of the Artwave festival. [Pic by Jerry Shearing (detail)]

Pelham House, 10.30am-9.30pm, free.

http://pelhamhouse.com/

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Chris Dawson: Out of the Box

Cartoons and paintings from artist Chris Dawson show the world from an unexpected and often amusing perspective.

Hop Gallery, 10.30am-5pm, free.

http://www.hopgallery.com/

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Monday 22nd September 2014
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Kjell Berglund with Alex Eberhard & Terry Seabrook

Starts: 8:00pm   Ends: 11:00pm

Jazz trio, featuring guest trumpet player Kjell Berglund.

The Snowdrop Inn, free.

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Tony Parsons at Chalk Gallery

The 'off duty' work of professional caricaturist Tony Parsons: landscape paintings he describes as “gloriously unstructured”.

Chalk Gallery, 10am-5pm, free.

http://chalkgallerylewes.co.uk/

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Pelham House Hotel

Six artists show their work as a continuation of the Artwave festival. [Pic by Jerry Shearing (detail)]

Pelham House, 10.30am-9.30pm, free.

http://pelhamhouse.com/

Art
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Chris Dawson: Out of the Box

Cartoons and paintings from artist Chris Dawson show the world from an unexpected and often amusing perspective.

Hop Gallery, 10.30am-5pm, free.

http://www.hopgallery.com/

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Tuesday 23rd September 2014
Art
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Tony Parsons at Chalk Gallery

The 'off duty' work of professional caricaturist Tony Parsons: landscape paintings he describes as “gloriously unstructured”.

Chalk Gallery, 10am-5pm, free.

http://chalkgallerylewes.co.uk/

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Roger Dean Exhibition

Original paintings, watercolours, drawings, sketches and prints by Roger Dean. Work by Roger's daughter Freyja is also on show. [Pic: Roger Dean]

Trading Boundaries, A275 near Sheffield Park, Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm, free.

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Pelham House Hotel

Six artists show their work as a continuation of the Artwave festival. [Pic by Jerry Shearing (detail)]

Pelham House, 10.30am-9.30pm, free.

http://pelhamhouse.com/

Art
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Chris Dawson: Out of the Box

Cartoons and paintings from artist Chris Dawson show the world from an unexpected and often amusing perspective.

Hop Gallery, 10.30am-5pm, free.

http://www.hopgallery.com/

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Wednesday 24th September 2014
Spoken Word
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Book Lovers' Supper Club

Starts: 6:45pm   Ends: 9:00pm

A Turkish-style supper, with bestselling authors Emma Healey and Hilary Boyd reading from their latest books and answering questions.

The Barn, Ditchling, tickets £20 include supper and glass of wine via 709709 or brightonticketshop.com.

https://www.facebook.com/BookLoversSupperClub

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Christians in Russia and the Republics from 1960

Starts: 7:30pm   Ends: 9:00pm

Elizabeth Kennedy worked at the Foreign Office and visited the Soviet Union on behalf of the charity ChildAid.

Christ Church, Prince Edwards Road, free, j.d.smith@sussex.ac.uk.

http://www.churchestogetherlewes.org.uk/home/ecumenical-think-tank

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Radical Reconciliation in South Africa

Starts: 7:30pm   Ends: 9:30pm

A presentation by Lewes Soroptimist Natalie Armitage, who has recently returned from researching in South Africa.

Beechwood Hall, Cooksbridge, free (donation for refreshments), please contact info@lewessoroptimists.org.uk if you wish to attend.

http://lewessoroptimists.org.uk/

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Lewes FC vs VCD Athletic FC

Starts: 7:45pm   Ends: 9:30pm

Visiting from Crayford, VCD Athletic are challenging the Rooks in this mid-week Isthmian League Premier Division fixture.

The Dripping Pan, £11/£6/under-16s free.

http://www.lewesfc.com/

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Tony Parsons at Chalk Gallery

The 'off duty' work of professional caricaturist Tony Parsons: landscape paintings he describes as “gloriously unstructured”.

Chalk Gallery, 10am-5pm, free.

http://chalkgallerylewes.co.uk/

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Roger Dean Exhibition

Original paintings, watercolours, drawings, sketches and prints by Roger Dean. Work by Roger's daughter Freyja is also on show. [Pic: Roger Dean]

Trading Boundaries, A275 near Sheffield Park, Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm, free.

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Pelham House Hotel

Six artists show their work as a continuation of the Artwave festival. [Pic by Jerry Shearing (detail)]

Pelham House, 10.30am-9.30pm, free.

http://pelhamhouse.com/

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Chris Dawson: Out of the Box

Cartoons and paintings from artist Chris Dawson show the world from an unexpected and often amusing perspective.

Hop Gallery, 10.30am-5pm, free.

http://www.hopgallery.com/

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