Lewes Railway Land Trust celebrates 25 years

Lewes Railway Land nature reserve

Lewes Railway Land nature reserve

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A dazzling evening is being planned to celebrate the first 25 years of the Railway Land Wildlife Trust that was set up in Lewes in November 1988.

The Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex and local MP Norman Baker will attend an event that will look back as well as forwards.

Four primary schools, Wallands, Rodmell, St Pancras and South Malling, will take part in a special procession at Lewes Town Hall to music specially composed for the event performed by the Cycling Orchestra led by Ian McCrea.

Fifteen green businesses, Priory School and each of the primary schools will be exhibiting in the Corn Exchange; broadcaster Chris Baines of ‘Wildlife on your Doorstep’ fame is the guest speaker; there will be bar and ploughman’s, a spectacular raffle with 25 prizes; and a barn dance led by caller David Sykes to music by Contraband. Railway Land Project Director Dr John Parry said: “We have been heartened by the enthusiastic response of the schools and businesses and the bulk of the free tickets have been accounted for, but we are keen to make 30 tickets available for the public and especially folk new to Lewes who perhaps know little about our work and the Railway Land Local Nature Reserve.”

Thirty free numbered tickets are available from Lewes Mobile Communications at 52 High Street, Lewes. The event starts at 6.30pm prompt at Lewes Town Hall on Friday, November 8.

Meanwhile, comedian Simon Evans will perform a charity gig for the Trust on January 26, taking inspiration from some aspects of the Railway Land project. Previous gigs by the rising comic star have been a sell-out and tickets will be on sale at Harveys, Ieko and Lewes Mobile Communications from December.