The new issue of the Lewes Pound will launch officially on May 3 and will be available at the town’s farmers’ market and at a special stall in the Lewes District Council tent at the Chalklife Festival on Landport Bottom.
The first 100 people to exchange £20 or more for the new notes will receive a free Battle of Lewes badge.
There are no huge changes to the fronts of the new notes with the exception of the new LP10 note which has changed colour from orange to purple. But they look cleaner and more modern. The backs of the notes, however, feature exciting new designs.
For the new LP1 a school design competition was staged asking for something that reflected the Battle of Lewes. A number of wonderful designs were submitted and in the end judges had to go for the one that best fitted into the overall layout of the note.
The winner was Millie Long, from Lewes Old Grammar School. Her shield laid over a map of the battle area is stylish and reflects both history and locality.
There is also a new LP5 design that reflects the battle and features the splendid logo created for anniversary events by local artist Tom Walker. It also has a special strap-line – The Battle of Lewes 15th May 1264 “Local power reclaimed” - which is also on the LP1 note.
The second LP5 brings together artwork from previous issues to reflect creativity and local production in Lewes The Illustrators were Michael Munday and Adam Robertson-Charlton.
The LP10 in its new purple livery is intended to celebrate the fact that Lewes is now in the South Downs National Park.
The LP21 is the least changed from the previous issue. It still features Bonfire, which, after all, for many people personifies what is really special about the Lewes community. To help identify the new note the words “Lest we forget” have been added.
The Lewes Pound team would like to thank Chris Smedley for all his hard work on these inspiring designs and the printers for their commitment to the project and the work they put into the many security features that largely go unnoticed.
There are now more than 90 businesses in the town willing to accept the new notes, but if you still have old notes don’t worry. They don’t officially expire until August 2014 so you can carry on using them for a while or exchange them for new notes.