DAVID ARNOLD – Sporting tales of the Dripping Pan

Pipers lead out the team at the Dripping Pan
Pipers lead out the team at the Dripping Pan

“Dripping Yarns” is the title of a talk I’ll be giving to the Lewes History Group on Monday evening, September 8.

In words and pictures, I’ll be telling the story of the Dripping Pan sports ground that’s been home to Lewes FC since 1885, but before that date was in use for all kinds of sporting and entertainment activities.

England once played a game of cricket against a touring Australian team and the ground has even hosted circus visits. The football club is now wholly community-owned and is keeping up the tradition of the Dripping Pan being much more than a football ground as you can see from this picture (by James Boyes) of a Pipe Band leading out the players in a match last season. The Dripping Pan features on the early 18th century maps of Lewes but is likely to have medieval origins.

The talk is being held in the King’s Church building on Brooks Road, Lewes. All are welcome from 7pm for free refreshments and updates on the group’s activities.

The talk will begin promptly at 7.30pm and will finish before 9pm. Entry fee, payable at the door, is £2 for members, and £3 for non-members.