Is the ‘Magic Circle’ hiding secrets from the past?

An archaeological dig must take place at the so-called ‘Magic Circle’ in Lewes before plans to establish a peace garden there can proceed.

One More Minute campiagn by Child Bereavement UK SUS-171020-153937003

TV ad raises awareness about child bereavement

What would you say if you had one more minute? That is the question put to children and parents as part of a new campaign by national charity Child Bereavement UK.


LETTER: Forest gardens are the future

Forest gardens are the future

Your Say
Stay away unless you're from the county town is the official advice

Bonfire celebrations ‘an event for the locals’

Emergency services have appealed for the Lewes Bonfire Night celebrations on November 4 to be considered an event for locals.

Seaford Bonfire has been cancelled due to severe weather conditions

Bonfire Night plans cancelled due to severe weather conditions

Seaford Bonfire Night has been cancelled due to a severe weather forecast.

Trampoline on the track

Storm Brian: speed restrictions for some Southern services

A speed restriction has been imposed on Southern trains running on some Sussex lines tomorrow (Saturday October 21) due to Storm Brian.

Waste underneath the vehicle

Permanently parked van sparks health concerns

Public health concerns have been raised over a large van permanently parked on a Lewes road adjacent to Sussex Police Headquarters.

Olivier Bell pictured with presenter Joan Bakewell in the garden at Charleston, near Firle

Olivier, 101, the focus of BBC television special report

A 101-year-old from Firle will appear in a Panorama Special due to be screened by the BBC on Monday (October 23, 8.30pm).

Flash as a baby

Drusillas Park celebrates International Sloth Day in style

Drusillas Park is celebrating International Sloth Day today (Friday).

Sussex braced for Storm Brian battering

Sussex braced for Storm Brian battering

As Sussex is set to be hit by gales tomorrow (Saturday October 21) the Met Office has re-issued its yellow ‘below aware’ warning.


Video: Paddington’s Pop-Up London uneiled ahead of latest movie

Paddington’s Pop-Up London was unveiled at London Bridge City by London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Paddington 2 filmmakers and cast members Hugh Bonneville, Simon Farnaby, Rosie Allison, Alexandra Ferguson-Derbyshire, Michael Bond’s daughter Karen Jankel and local school children.



THE ARTS SOCIETY: Uckfield and Lewes (formerly Uckfield and Lewes Decorative and Fine Art Society) next meet on Wednesday November 8, 2pm for tea/coffee 2.30pm talk, Dragon Imagery in Chinese Imperial Textiles by David Rosier. The meeting takes place at Uckfield Civic Centre.

Village Voice


OUR VILLAGE: When strangers have come to our village in the past they have often described it as a ‘lovely, laid-back peaceful sort of place where I would like to live’. Indeed, several have done just that. Yet, lately, ‘old Pidd’noo’ has gathered something of an unwanted reputation as well. There have been dark deeds committed, although not actually in the village but just outside, which have rightly caught the attention of this newspaper and shocked the many who come off the Downs to visit the area for a pleasant interlude at weekends. It must be admitted, too, that a couple of unattractive ‘building sites’ near the village centre, are still having a detrimental effect, too. The rubble and the broken fencing have overstayed their welcome and it needs those responsible to start clearing them. Even so, there are still many who are proud to reside here and join in the social events and sheer neighbourly friendliness which has been more typical in my time here. We all hope for and believe in a return of that philosophy before too long.

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Ditchling news


DITCHLING PLAYERS: Light of Heart by Emlyn Williams, November 22 to 25. The auditions held in August for the 2017 production were well attended and the director, Liz Burton, had no problems in casting this play.

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Arlington & Berwick news

Arlington & Berwick

ROADWORKS: Details of imminent roadworks in the two parishes (and elsewhere) are available from

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Waldron news


WEIRD WEATHER: Last week I recalled Waldron in the Great Storm of ‘87 with its terrifying destructive force. Thirty years on, this week has been calm but unseasonably warm with temperatures up to 23 degrees. On Monday morning I walked in bright sunshine, without a breath of wind, yet in Wales and across the Irish Sea the tail end of ex-Hurricane Ophelia was tearing roofs off buildings and lashing the sea into huge waves. That same afternoon, a strange yellow glow hung over the village like a prediction of doom, threatening who knew what. The pragmatic explanation was that Ophelia had swept up particles of sand from the desert and debris from the wildfires in Spain and Portugal which effectively blotted out the blues of the light spectrum. Evening came early and the birds didn’t sing. Locking up the church at sunset, Christo Corfield said that the sun had reappeared with a blue glow round it but down the path, all blues had vanished. There were reports and images across the south of blood-red sunsets. By the next morning, all seemed back to normal, though not for those in Ireland and Wales, faced with the clear-up in the wake of Ophelia.

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Rodmell & Southease news

Rodmell and Southease

HARVEST FESTIVAL: It was so sad not to have any children at or Harvest Festival Service on Sunday October 8. Now the village school is closing, it has only one pupil. It is a church school, which used the church regularly and you had standing room only at Harvest Festival. We were very pleased to see the Headteacher and Anne at the service and my heart went out to them, because it must be awful for those staff left to see the fall of such an old and well-loved school. The village is very sad about the whole situation and I hear general village opinion is that they would have liked more back up from the church. For those that work for the church locally, I would like to say they are appreciated.

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